Swaddle Your Baby to Sleep

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Sleep training your baby is not for the faint of heart. There are two keys: Aden + Anais and the book The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer. Dr. Karp introduced us to the swaddle and our daughter became a magnificent sleeper. If you buy one sleep book this should be it.

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Once you read the book, it's time to start swaddling. The trick is in the wrapping. Not any old piece of cloth works. I found Aden + Anaisto be the very best wraps. These blankets grip like no other--and don't rely on scratchy velcro or sweaty synthetics. It's all about sweet, breathable muslin. And the prints...well they are the cutest around. Check out the mod collection!

Once you master the swaddle (check out this link for step-by-step instructions), you and baby will be on the way to a great night's rest. Yes, the wraps are pricier than the standard cotton flannel (expect to pay around $39 for the Aden & Anais - Zoo Animals - Swaddle Blanket 4 Pack on Amazon.com). But they are also enormous (47" x 47") and serve many purposes. As my daughters got older they became a sun shield, a picnic blanket and a lightweight summer blanket.

CONTEST CLOSED

Win it: One lucky reader is going to win a 4-pack of Aden + Anais muslin wraps. To enter, go here to check out the prints. Come back to Momtrends and tell me your favorite print. It's that easy!

Be sure to add your contact email. Contest open to US residents ages 18 and over. Contest ends 3/31/09. Winners will be announced on a blog post. If winner fails to respond in three days a new winner will be chosen.

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