I remember in our childbirth class learning about swaddling babies and the magical effects that it can have when trying to sooth a fussy baby. I listened but shrugged it off, not realizing the true power of a good swaddle. While in the hospital Dave and I tried to replicate the swaddles that we practiced in our class but we really just fumbled around like goons until our amazing nurse would come in and save the day!
When we got home we kept trying but still couldn't quite get it right- his little arms would slip out and it would come unraveled and he wouldn't stay comforted for very long. That is until we started seeing our pediatrician and admired his amazing swaddle powers. Emmet would go from screaming mad to as content as could be in seconds after his doctor quickly and artfully wrapped him up like a little burrito. I studied and practiced his techniques, and sure enough I too now am pretty good at the art of swaddling!
I found so many cute swaddles when I was shopping the internet for hours while pregnant with Emmet. We received a few as gifts, I splurged on one, and I decided to make a few of my own too.
-A Plain White Muslin Swaddle Blanket
-A Rubber Brayer
-A plate or tray to spread ink out on
-A Knife or Spoon
-Fabric Screen Printing Ink
-Foam Sticker Sheets
-A Ballpoint Pen
-A Pair of Scissors
-A Wood Block
I first used the ball point pen to draw my cactus shapes onto the foam sticker sheets. Once they were drawn and I was pleased with my design I drew over them a few more times pressing down hard to create a dent in all of the pen lines. Once my pen lines were nice and pressed I cut them out and stuck them each to a wood block that are as close to the size of the cacti you drew as possible to prevent extra ink marks from accidentally getting on your blanket (the wood block shown is a little larger than ideal).
Once all of my stamps were created I laid my plain swaddle blanket down on a large surface with a layer of newspapers underneath to prevent any ink from seeping through. I then used a knife to put a little ink onto a plate and spread the ink out on the plate using my brayer. Once my brayer was covered with an even coat of ink I rolled it onto my stamp and pressed it all over the blanket until I was pleased! I then followed the directions for the ink that I bought for how to set in the ink.
Soon Emmet will be able to roll over and will no longer be able to be swaddled... but for now I'll wrap him up tight, just like I learned from our Doctor, in our adorable cactus swaddle!