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« on: May 14, 2006 06:06:39 AM »

Hi Crafters! I am having a baby in September and want to make some functional swaddle blankets. I saw a really easy one for sale online, but I don't know the dimensions. Does anyone have a pattern to make a one similar to this one?

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2006 11:18:39 AM »

I'm not sure what the dimensions would be, but I'd think you'd want it pretty large or the baby will outgrow it so fast!  I'll dig around and see if I can find anything.
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2006 11:34:51 PM »

Well, some numbers for you to play with. Average newborns are 20 inches and 8 lbs.

length(total) should be a minimum of 45 inches, width of wings each (IMHO!) 12 in.

at 6 mo my son's shoulders are 10 in wide.

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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2006 05:22:49 AM »

Does this have velcro or something to help keep the wings tight to the baby?  Mine were such kickers that we really had to tuck them in tightly for the swaddling to work.  We typically used a square blanket.

From the picture you posted, it looks like you lay the baby down, pull up the bottom piece to his chin or so, then fold in one wing at a time. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2006 05:27:28 AM »

Does this have velcro or something to help keep the wings tight to the baby?  Mine were such kickers that we really had to tuck them in tightly for the swaddling to work.  We typically used a square blanket.

From the picture you posted, it looks like you lay the baby down, pull up the bottom piece to his chin or so, then fold in one wing at a time. 

I don't think it has velco. I think the top flap just folds over....
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2006 05:28:49 AM »

Well, some numbers for you to play with. Average newborns are 20 inches and 8 lbs.

length(total) should be a minimum of 45 inches, width of wings each (IMHO!) 12 in.

at 6 mo my son's shoulders are 10 in wide.

HTH!

Thanks! I'll try these measurements and let you know what happens  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2006 05:41:44 AM »

These look cute, but in my humble opinion, you'd get more mileage out of a large square blanket.  These can swadle very tightly and you can use them as baby grows for lots more things.  My son loved being swaddled when he was a baby, but I don't think we did it for longer than maybe 2 months.  It also looks like you'd get a more snug wrap at the legs from a square.

I made blankets out of one cut of novelty fabric as long as the width of the fabric, typically 42 inches, and a cut of flannnel the same size.  I put the wrong sides together, rounded the corners a bit by tracing a plate, and sewed on double fold bias tape around the raw edges  all the way around. You need 2 packages of the bias tape.  The fabric usually didn't shift that much, so I didn't bother to tack the fabric together. 

Swaddling was incredible calming for my babies.  Also, oddly, the static on the tv used to calm my son. 
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Swaddling was incredible calming for my babies.  Also, oddly, the static on the tv used to calm my son. 


Gotta love white noice.  An air purifier was our best friend in those early weeks.  Worked like an on/off switch--truly!

We loved to swaddle tightly, er he loved to be swaddled tightly.  When he outgrew the receiving blankets we had, I went to the thrift store and bought a king sized flannel bedsheet, cut it in half, then folded one of the halves in half.  We still have those somewhere.  I should cut them into squares, add something else, and make him a blanket he can keep.
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Swaddling was incredible calming for my babies.  Also, oddly, the static on the tv used to calm my son. 


Gotta love white noice.  An air purifier was our best friend in those early weeks.  Worked like an on/off switch--truly!


I used a vacuum cleaner to put my son to sleep. LOL! It worked until the motor burned out.....
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2006 01:29:46 AM »



Swaddling was incredible calming for my babies.  Also, oddly, the static on the tv used to calm my son. 


Gotta love white noice.  An air purifier was our best friend in those early weeks.  Worked like an on/off switch--truly!


I used a vacuum cleaner to put my son to sleep. LOL! It worked until the motor burned out.....

LOL Back in the day mom used a tape recorder to preserve the vacuum Smiley I slept well.
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