While she was peacefully sleeping, I had a mini tsunami of emotions swirling in my gut.
It was a mixture of excitement, relief, happiness and fear - all melted in one big pot of soup.
Do I pick her up?
But why? She is sleeping..
But why not??? I want to hold her!
What if I break her? What if she cries and I wont be able to sooth her?
Now how do I pick her up..? Uhhhmmm...
I could not imagine that a few months later, I would be able juggle three hundreds things simultaneously with a baby propped on my hip.
And to help me get there I will forever be grateful to one person - my mom.
She was there almost everyday and she taught me everything. First and foremost - SWADDLING!
Thank you , thank you, thank you - goes to the large squarish cotton sheet we call swaddling blanket!
Thank you for gently embarrassing my baby in your soft, cozy layers. Thank you for your great artistry of re-creating that safe, little space she called home for 9 months, thank you for soothing her in your breathable comforting cocoon.
Once I mastered the technique of swaddling, which my dear mom has faithfully kept in her memory for 26 years, just so she could pass it on to me, my life has gotten so much better!
I learned , in a few swift moves, to turn the screaming, cranky, so-want-to-sleep-but-I-can't baby, into a quiet little burrito, snoozing away into a sweet sleeping babyland....Aaaah!
Now, whenever I see a kicking and screaming tiny little baby, a couple months old, and trying so hard to fall asleep in his/her designer little onesie...I think to myself: :I could wrap that little thing into a nice sleeping bundle like a pro!"
"So what is this magic swaddling blanket you are talking about?" - you ask me.
Well, it is just a simple large sheet of fabric.
BUT... there are some rules:
- It must be natural fiber, like cotton, in order to breath and not overheat the baby
- It must be large, in order to wrap the baby correctly and to last a while
- It must have a cool, hip pattern on it, because your baby deserves to look like a STYLISH burrito!
- Covering the baby during nap time - lightweight and breathable, it was perfect for naps in an air conditioned room- the baby wasn't cold and wasn't sweating either.
- Covering up during breastfeeding. There comes the time for all breastfeeding new moms out there, when you are so exhausted and sleep-deprived, you don't care who sees your breasts anymore. The baby needs to eat? HERE. But let's face it - normal people, that are not super exhausted or sleep deprived, feel just a little uncomfortable. So cover up with a light, cotton sheet, mommy!
- Cover up in the stroller, cover up from the wind, cover up from the sunlight.
- Set up an instant changing station anywhere.
- Throw it in the diaper bag for "just in case".