Happiest Baby On The Block
When Adalaide, my youngest, was a new born I read the book The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. A friend had recommended it when I told her that I was struggling to sooth the baby during crying fits. Adalaide was my first experience with a new born and I had no idea how to comfort her when she was inconsolable. Naleigh came to us at 10 months old and was already past the crying fits and sleeplessness. Dr. Karp’s Calming reflex and the five S’s were the greatest gift I received as the mother of a new born. His method worked like a charm and I suddenly had a calm, content and peaceful baby! I cannot recommend his book enough and will be forever grateful for the information and knowledge he bestowed upon me! The first S is for swaddling, and I became our houses resident master of what we called the burrito wrap. As soon as Adalaide started getting fussy and I could tell a rage was brewing, I whipped out the gauzy swaddling blankets I had made before her arrival and got to wrapping. In mere seconds her crying turned to a peaceful big eyed gaze that drifted just as quickly into hours of sleep! I’m not exaggerating, the swaddle is that effective. At least it was with my new born and I’m hoping it will work just as well for my new nephew!
I know how important rest is for the baby as well as the parents so I got out my serger and made a stack of gorgeous swaddling blankets to gift to my sister and brother in law. I used this pattern but decided to serge the blankets instead of hemming them to save myself time and energy for all the other gifts I had in mind.
I purchased my Juki mo 654DE when I found out that Adelaide was on her way so that I could hop to making blankets, burp cloths and diaper covers that would be ready for her arrival. It does feel a little bit like cheating since the serger takes all the hard work out of most things; but, “why hem if you can serge” quickly became my new motto! If you don’t own a serger you can obviously just follow Purl Soho’s exact pattern for the swaddling blanket, which is gorgeous and really shows off the glory of the Kokochi Double Gauze fabric. If you do have a serger and are short on time, try doing a rolled edge hem in a coordinating thread like I did. Or you can get crazy and do a contrasting thread to shake things up. These blankets are beautiful, quick and useful…it really doesn’t get any better than that!