This baby swaddle pattern and tutorial has been requested by many of our readers over the past few months. I have tried to make the baby swaddle pattern both easy to adjust and to sew. Hope you enjoy it and put it to good use either with your own family or as a gift for a friend.
I credit many more hours of sleep to the baby swaddle, a humble practice dating back to the discovery of linen –I am sure somewhere around 4000 to 4500 years ago. You can read more about why we use the baby swaddle by reviewing the article. Please have a look through and contribute to the many reader comments which are very informative.
My own earliest recollection of the swaddling practice was when I was very young. My mother was swaddling my baby brother using a very thin blanket. It looked to me at the time like she was wrapping up a birthday present. Surprised at what she was doing, I asked if she have had enough of him and was she giving the baby away? She quietly replied, “I'm only doing this so he can stop hitting himself and stop crying.” I could sense the edge in my mom's tone indicating that she was tired and needed to be left alone at that point.
A couple of decades later and I had my own baby. The first one could only be swaddled for about 6 weeks, after that he would become irritated and cry as loud as he could, so I stopped. When the weather got cold I got him to sleep in a sleeping bag with no arms and he loved that.
My second child was swaddled for about four months since she was premature and needed a lot more wrapping. The neonatal nurses at the hospital in Sydney highly recommended swaddling. Also, my mother, who had come to give a hand with the baby, reminded me that this simple practice would give me extra hours of much-needed sleep. Unfortunately, the commercial swaddles available then (15 years ago) were much too big, so I could only use a blanket. It did not help that my daughter was born in Australia and the babies there are usually pretty big. Once she was born, I simply didn't have the time to make a baby swaddle myself, but this is your opportunity to do it now!
In this design, I have tried to take into consideration that most babies roll at different stages and it is hard to make a one-size-fits-all. To try to address this, I have graded the pattern in two sizes. The smallest should fit a newborn and the larger size for bigger babies. You can also adjust the pattern yourself if you want. I hope you enjoy the project.
- Easy to make
- Graded in two sizes for newborns and larger babies
- Optional zippered bottom for easy diaper changing
See next page for free pattern download.