Wrapping babies, swaddling babies, cocooning babies... is a globally accepted & proven method for helping babies to settle and sleep.
But there is a transition period for babies when moving from being snugly wrapped or swaddled, to a sleeping bag or under blankets. This period can be quite unsettling for baby’s & parents’ precious sleep routine.
The Love To Swaddle UP ’50/50’ is the no cry solution, which helps your baby, adjust to full blown freedom slowly. No matter how you have been swaddling your baby either with arms up, down or across their chest the 50/50 can help your baby transition out of swaddling and into a sleeping bag.
Medium: Designed for babies 6-8kg. Wrap measures approx 70cm.
Large: Designed for babies 8-11kg. Measures 78cm.
Extra Large: Designed for babies 11-14kg. Measures 85cm.
The length is measured from the shoulder where the arm zips on, down to the bottom hem.
Which size should I buy?
Please buy the correct size for your baby NOW. If the wrap is too big, it will not be effective and it may be unsafe if it is loose fitting and can stretch up over your baby’s face. Like baby clothing, a wrap needs to tbe the correct size to fit well.
WHY THE LOVE TO SWADDLE UP 50/50 IS SAFER*?
Usually parents transition their babies out of swaddling by using a conventional wrap, they leave one arm out and then later leave the second arm out. There are potential dangers with using conventional wraps for transitioning as the blankets/bedding can unravel. Unraveling or loosening can pose a tangling, suffocation and choking hazard to the baby.
Providing the parent has used the right size the Love To Swaddle UP 50/50 has a snug fit and is ergonomically designed to fit thebaby, and therefore reduces the risk of tangling, choking or suffocation.
HOW IS THE FIT OF THE LOVE TO SWADDLE UP 50/50 DIFFERENT TO THE LOVE TO SWADDLE UP ORIGINAL(previously called Wrap Me Up)?
The top half of the 50/50 is the same as the ORIGINAL but the bottom half is slightly wider which helps the baby get used to not being so snugly wrapped. This also makes the 50/50 a great option for babies with hip issues or a cast.
The bottom half is reminiscent to a conventional sleeping bag. As you transition the bub by taking one wing off at a time they slowly and smoothly end up in a Summer weight sleeping bag.
HOW DO I USE THE LOVE TO SWADDLE UP 50/50?
Transition your baby in three easy steps
1. Use your 50/50 just like the Love To Swaddle UP ORIGINAL (2 wings attached)
2. When your baby is ready to transition remove one wing. One arm is free and one arm is still swaddled.
3. After about three weeks its time to let the other arms loose! Simply remove the wing and now your baby has graduated to a soft summer weight sleeping bag!
By Caitlin from Auckland on 15 January 2013
I absolutely adore the Love to Swaddle Up swaddles! Our boy hated sleeping with his arms down, but wouldnât sleep more than 25 to 30 mins tops in his moses basket or cot un-swaddled. I found a way of wrapping him that trapped his arms up, and that was great. But the bigger he got the harder that was, and it was challenging for babysitters too. So we gave the Love to Swaddle Up a go, since itâs essentially built to do what we were conducting baby origami to achieve and what a win!
The first time we put him in it he was out for a solid three hours ï He subsequently maintained his average 2 hour naps until he was about 5 months old when they started reducing to about 1.5 hours average.
Definitely recommend getting two of these though, as they do need regular washing (baby sucks fists through the fabric so it can get rather messy).
Now the only thing is, transitioning became quite a challenge around 6 months, as weâd bought one 50/50 swaddle as one of our two in order to transition him when he started to roll, but then found even one hand totally free was still too distracting for him. He still had his startle reflex, and also developed a sort of fist pump twitch when tired, so having the hand free made it all even worse!
I searched a number of forums and eventually came across a reference to this gem of an item â the Zipadeezip star shaped sleeping bag hand made by a woman in Texas. We bought two of them and honestly, itâs magic! The boy sleeps an absolute treat in them right from the first nap, and is even settling 100% better at night where heâd started needing a bit of help after many months of settling easily. We believe he really just needed more freedom of movement, but not the full free hand. Seriously seriously recommend trying it if you donât have any luck with the 50/50.
I would still recommend starting with the 50/50 as one of your Love to Swaddle Up bags, as you need two anyway, and many babies transition very well with it by
By Sarah from Sydney on 5 September 2012
My bub never liked being wrapped, so we started using the Love to Swaddle sleeping bags full time when he was about six weeks old. They were fabulous because he loved to suck his arms when they were in the wings and it helped him self-settle. I started using the 50 /50 sleeping bags in the day time from when he was about five months old, starting with one arm out for a few weeks, and then finally two arms out. Then I started putting him in a regular sleeping bag during the day and repeated the same process with the 50/50 at night, and now he is using a regular sleeping bag all the time. It took a couple of months and I bought two 50/50 sleeping bags, because he is a spewer. The only problem I had was trying to zip the arms back on in the middle of the night when he woke up and couldn't get back to sleep (because it's a bit fiddly, especially when you're tired), but once I had the second bag I just swapped sleeping bags.
By Kelly from Oamaru on 31 August 2012
We used the love to swaddle wraps from day one and at 4.5months old we decided the time was right to wean our wee one off of swaddling so we swapped to the 50:50 wrap and within 2 weeks we were swaddle free. A super easy transition! A+++++
By Sarah from Auckland on 16 July 2012
I used this on my wee man to help with the transition from Miracle Blanket and Woombie to sleeping bag. It's a great summer bag as it's quite thin (doesn't wear as well as I think it should...) but is great and stretchy. Good to be able to take arms out one by one to help with the process. I really do rate this wrap (actually rate all the wraps we used!).
By Natasha from Auckland on 10 June 2012
It took 10 days to move from swaddling to no swaddling. This is the perfect trainer.
By Alesha from Christchurch on 9 March 2012
These are fantastic! I have just purchased 2 after having used the original ones for my wee guy from 7wks old. I was concerned about how to wean him off the wrap as there wasn't the option of one arm out, then someone pointed the 50/50 out. I had seen them previously but thought the 50/50 meant the fabric was a mix, duh! I'm so glad I found these, they're making the transition so easy and ensuring we don't have the cold turkey, sleepless, grumpy nights :)