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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Can a Blanket Be a Miracle?

Posted by Missy W. @ 9:53 AM

Amazing Miracle Blanket

By Miracle Blanket

MSRP $29.95

Ages Birth – 6 mos

5 Faces

Buy from Amazon

Ed. Note: You know how much I love Mom-Powered projects, so I was stoked to review the Rookie Moms’ new handbook. In honor of their book launch, I invited Whitney and Heather, the Rookie Moms themselves, to be the GHM Guest Reviewers today.  I’m not sure when they had time to review something for me, in that they are both Moms, run a wicked cool site and just finished their book, The Rookie Mom’s Handbook! They probably even brushed their teeth today, too.

When we heard that Gearhead Mom was expecting baby #2, we felt it was critical to begin our campaign of convincing her that she must use the Amazing Miracle Blanket. There are simply no substitutions.

A rock solid swaddle is the key to good sleep for a newborn, hence the postpartum nurses wrap an hours-old baby as tightly as a San Francisco-style burrito, but rarely can an inexperienced (or out-of-practice) parent do the same. Add a few weeks of consistent sleep deprivation, and even the most coordinated parent can only produce a flimsy swaddle with a regular receiving blanket.

The geniusly designed AMB features a unique shape with special panels that go over the baby’s arms and then under their body so that the limbs are really straightjacketed in place. This feat of engineering appeals to geeky parents (us) and gear-headed folks (Missy and Roger). There is even a DVD that demonstrates the sophisticated wrap procedure. But rest assured: after a few tries, you will have the technique memorized and be handling your delicate newborn as if she were a mass of carne asada, cheese and guac.

Having tried the Swaddle Me and other velcro wraps, let us assure you that they do not compare. Those who say that their babies don’t like to be swaddled, that they’re too strong and always escape, here is your answer. Even if you have lost faith in the swaddle, give this absurdly named blanket a try.

Gearhead Mom, we wish you much sleep in the coming months. Let us know if you don’t find this blanket to be an Amazing Miracle.

Reader Comments

April 30, 2008 @ 02:45 PM

RookieMom Heather said:

Our second babies got even more time in the AMB than our first. Happy sleeping to everyone!

May 2, 2008 @ 10:50 AM

Amy Kissell said:

Ithink this blanket is a miracle…i still swaddle my 8 month old…she was sleeping 11 hours at night by 6 weeks old!

May 2, 2008 @ 12:11 PM

Lindsay Fa said:

A little disclosure…. I’ve only used the Miracle Blanket for an hour during a new mommy group - so I can’t speak to it’s efficacy at night; however, it did calm my crying baby long enough for me to ask other new moms ‘how do I make my crying baby stop?’

Anyhow, I’ve been plagued by the rampant commercialism that attacks us new moms… You know the thoughts: 
“Do I really need another product?”  “But what if it makes me a better mother?”  “I’m already poisoning the environment with all the diapers we’re disposing… i have to stop consuming!!!” and the constant:  “If i buy one more thing my husband will kill me!”

Anyhow, to that effect - you can make your own amazing miracle swaddle by folding a receiving blanket into a skinny rectangle and layering that horizontally on top of the regular swaddle blanket.  Use the rectangle piece to tie your baby’s arms back (it’s a pretty sad process), and then swaddle them as usual.  It may not be quite as sturdy as the actual miracle blanket, but it eases a little bit of my guilt!

March 23, 2010 @ 03:46 PM

Jess said:

I prefer the “double swaddle” technique using just a plain, large receiving blanket. It’s the same effect of pinning the arms without buying into more mom consumerism.

Here’s a YouTube video of it in action:

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