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the importance of swaddling and a giveaway

January is here and my due date is just about a month away (although I’ve never made it to my due date, so who knows?!) so I am in full blown baby mode. Today I am so excited to share a great giveaway with you that I organized with some other blogging mommas-to-be! All of us are due in the first part of the year and decided to get together and share some of our favorite baby products with you, and one lucky winner will get it all! (Open to residents of the US and Canada age 18 and older.) My contribution is one of my absolute, favorite baby items–muslin swaddle blankets from Aden + Anais. So before we get to the giveaway I’d like to share some of my thoughts about the importance of swaddling.


Justine Young mom blogger who is pregnant with her fifth baby shares about the importance of swaddling.


the importance of swaddling

Growing up I was one of four daughters, and two of my sisters were eight and ten years younger than me so I had a lot of experience with baby-related things like changing diapers, preparing bottles, and swaddling. The swaddling blankets I knew then though were small and not very stretchy, trying to wrap up a baby in them could be tricky. Most of the time they were made out of flannel that wasn’t all that soft either until it had been through the washer about a thousand times. Then, when I was pregnant with my son I was given some muslin swaddling blankets from Aden + Anais and I discovered how amazing swaddling blankets could really be; these were so large, so breathable and stretchy, and so soft from the beginning (and they just get softer with each wash!).


Justine Young mom blogger who is pregnant with her fifth baby shares about the importance of swaddling.


After my son made his appearance I quickly became an even bigger believer in the power of swaddling your baby. My son was sleeping through the night fairly consistently (defined as sleeping for six hour stretches at a time) by about two months old, and all of my children have followed suit sleeping through the night by about three or four months old. I will admit that I think other factors have helped them be such good sleepers (establishing a routine early on, implementing dream feedings, desensitizing them to loud noises by not being afraid to vacuum, etc. while they’re sleeping…), but I think it all began with keeping my babies feeling cozy and secure from the beginning with swaddling.


Justine Young mom blogger who is pregnant with her fifth baby shares about the importance of swaddling.

new year, new baby giveaway

Now it’s time to share the great New Year, New Baby Giveaway that I’ve been organizing with you! I’m contributing two Aden + Anais muslin swaddle blankets in a sweet, Classic Pooh print. I’m also including the book Swaddle Love, which talks about the history, science, and technique of swaddling. Those items are valued at $50, but the winner of the New Year, New Baby Giveaway will also win favorite baby items from four other bloggers with a total value of $200! Be sure to enter the giveaway and check out their blogs to see what they’re contributing and why!

Jenise from A Toddler & A Topknot
Marette from Floradise
Mary Leigh from Live Well Play Together
Shani from Sunshine & Munchkins


Justine Young lifestyle and mom blogger shares a NEw Year, New Baby giveaway for $200 worth of baby gear!


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Have you swaddled your babies? What are some of your favorite baby items?

27 Responses to the importance of swaddling and a giveaway

  1. Shalin January 8, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    The swaddle Pooh blanket is adorable! My sister is pregnant with her first. I would definitely gift this to her, so thank you for the opportunity to win a giveaway with such amazing items! I hope you have a Happy New Year! <33

    • Marie W January 8, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

      Super cute Winnie the Pooh item, makes my heart happy. Have heard so many good things about a quality swaddle blanket and importance of baby carriers too for moms.

  2. Krystal @ Simple Finance Mom January 8, 2018 at 10:05 am #

    Congrats on your newest arrival this month! Prayers for a safe and healthy delivery for mama and baby!

  3. Kiley January 8, 2018 at 10:15 am #

    I swaddled both of my babies and it was the only thing that kept them feeling secure. I am a huge believer in swaddling!

  4. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side January 8, 2018 at 11:44 am #

    What a fun giveaway! I am a huge advocate for schedules and swaddling too. My kids were both pretty good sleepers too.

  5. Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy January 8, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    Those are so soft!! I was never able to get swaddling with a blanket down, so I used a swaddle with Velcro.

  6. Angela Kim January 8, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

    two out of my three kids couldn’t sleep without being swaddled. Swaddling is so important!

  7. Francesca January 8, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

    Such a great giveaway! The swaddles are adorable! Makes me wish I had a little one that was still tiny!

  8. April@LoveOurRealLife January 8, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

    Our kiddos calmed down immediately when swaddled. I’m a firm believer!

  9. Ashley Newell January 8, 2018 at 10:36 pm #

    We swaddled our kids too! It was great for sleeping!

  10. Marci January 9, 2018 at 4:46 am #

    I like the swaddling

  11. Wendy Thao January 9, 2018 at 5:41 am #

    the swaddle has to be my favorite.

  12. Lyndsey January 9, 2018 at 6:02 am #

    such an adorable swaddle blanket! both of my girls loved being swaddled!

  13. Justine January 9, 2018 at 7:31 am #

    My favorite is the swaddle blanket it’s so adorable

  14. Kristi B. January 9, 2018 at 8:11 am #

    Congrats! You are almost there! Hope you are doing well!

  15. Lisa S. January 9, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    Swaddle blankets are the best! We are expecting a new little one in a few months so this would be amazing.

  16. Lindsey January 9, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

    Such a fun giveaway!! We totally swaddle around here and love the muslin blankets for everything!!

  17. celeste January 9, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    I didn’t swaddle with my daughter and I wish I would have now!

  18. elizabeth o January 9, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

    What a fantastic giveaway that any expecting mom would love to win. Swaddling is another great way for a baby to bond with mom. I recommend it too.

  19. Christina January 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

    I don’t have children yet but I’ve heard swaddling is a must.

  20. kesha January 10, 2018 at 5:30 am #

    I love swaddling! I wish I could be swaddled too! It is so comforting! My favorite baby product for my little guy is muslin blankets

  21. Kari Barone January 10, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    My favorite baby item is my Catbird Baby Pikkolo! So comfortable and practical. I swaddled my boys when they were small babies. I think that it is soothing for them and helps them sleep soundly. Aden and Anais is one of my favorites as well! Their swaddling blankets included in this Giveaway are absolutely adorable!

  22. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins January 10, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

    I can’t believe you are so close to holding your sweet new babe! You already know I love swaddling blankets and I like to have both the muslin kind and the swaddleme kind on hand. I need to get some cute girly swaddling blankets asap!

  23. Maria January 10, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

    What a fun giveaway!! Congrats to you and your growing family!

  24. Dandi D January 11, 2018 at 9:51 am #

    Aden & Anais swaddle blankets are definitely at the top of my list. My older children love them just as much as my baby does!

  25. Katelyn L Fagan January 11, 2018 at 7:29 pm #

    Want those muslin swaddle blankets!!

  26. Joanna January 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm #

    I have bought a few of these muslin blankets for my son!! They are my favorite baby item! Affordable, durable, soft and multifunctional. After the baby grows out of the swaddling phase, I use them as thei baby’s comfort blankie. My daughter is 3 and she loves holding onto her blankie during nap times and at bedtime. She can’t sleep without them!! Also, a great product to have in the go when you’re breastfeeding or need a burp cloth!!

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