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Morable Blanket BambooAs a mother to two little ones, “Mom” swaddled both babies from birth to 12 months in a Miracle Blanket®. They slept better, more comfortably and secure, and eased our worries that a blanket would cover their tiny nose or mouth. Now that her youngest is one year old, swaddling has now been replaced with footed sleepers, just as an eco-friendly swaddling blanket has made its debut! (why does that always happen!?) Regardless – the Miracle Blanket® makes it a breeze for anyone (new moms and dads, grandparents, visiting aunts and uncles…) to swaddle your little one properly and with ease.

Miracle Industries, LLC, the inventors of the award-winning Miracle Blanket®, have designed the Cool Bamboo Miracle Blanket®, the first eco-friendly swaddling blanket to join the company’s line of best-selling swaddling blankets.

Cool Bamboo Miracle Blankets® are made from a super-soft bamboo-cotton blend (70% bamboo and 30% cotton). “Mom” is a big fan of anything that is made of bamboo! It is extremely soft and just lovely next to the skin. The silky smooth fabric is stretchy, odor and stain-resistant, breathable, and lightweight, making it perfect for swaddling during the warm weather months and year-round according to Michael Gatten, CEO and founder of the dad-invented Miracle Blanket®.

“We know many families are conscientious about the environment and rightfully so. That’s why we have been working hard to give these families an eco-friendly swaddling solution – and not just any solution – but a solution that also happens to be the #1 pediatrician recommended swaddling blanket on the market today,” says Gatten. “While the fabric is different, the one thing that remains unchanged is our guarantee that Miracle Blanket® will give your baby (and mom and dad) a good night’s sleep.”

The new Cool Bamboo Miracle Blanket® is available for $32.95 on www.MiracleBlanket.com and at authorized Miracle Blanket® retailers worldwide. Please visit www.MiracleBlanket.com for more information.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Searching for a last-minute gift for the expecting mom-to-be this season? Look no further than TrueWomb™ – it is a gift that both mama and her precious cherub will really appreciate, especially in those first few months after baby’s arrival! The TrueWomb™ sleep system helps to ease newborns and infants into slumber, providing a safe, secure womb-like feeling. For those parents and caregivers new to swaddling, TrueWomb™ makes it a breeze for anyone to quickly and snugly swaddle a fussy baby. With easy-to-follow instructions, this innovative new sleep system helps to soothe and calm little ones in no time.

What are the Advantages to Swaddling?

  • Helps babies feel safe and secure while adapting to life outside the womb
  • Provides the “4th Trimester” that babies need for proper development
  • Promotes longer periods of quality sleep for newborns and infants, important for health and development
  • Helps control the startle reflex of newborns and infants to improve sleep patterns
  • Helps induce babies’ natural calming reflex to reduce fussiness and stress
  • Reduces the risk of SIDS by letting babies sleep on their backs
  • Helps colic by providing snug abdomen pressure and better sleeping patterns

What are the Advantages to Using the TrueWomb™ Swaddle?

  • Patent-pending design mimics the comforting form and function of the womb
  • SwaddleTech™ pouch allows baby’s legs to kick and stretch, returning them to the naturally desired fetal position while at rest
  • SecureSleeve™ escape-proof arm pockets allow movement of the arms
  • ComfortWrap™ belt adjusts for growth and provides a gentle, snug fit
  • Two-stage swaddle system supports evolving needs as baby develops and grows
  • Lightweight, breathable, four-way stretch cotton fabric helps to prevent overheating
  • Improves quality of sleep by reducing the “startle reflex”
  • Reduces gastrointestinal colic symptoms
  • Enhances feeding
  • 100% money-back guarantee

Mom” wishes that she had discovered the TrueWomb™ Swaddle much earlier! With a high-need baby who constantly needed to be held, rocked, sung to, and swaddled, this sleep system would have made swaddling her little one that much easier!

The TrueWomb™ Swaddle is available in two designs, the Sleeping Swaddle and the Daytime Weaning Swaddle, and costs a reasonable $39.99. To learn more about TrueWomb™, to locate a retailer near you, or to order, please visit TrueWomb.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Win the Miracle Blanket® in the Miracle Fall Festival Giveaway! If you are a new parent, or need a wonderful (and appreciated!) gift for an expecting mom, the Miracle Blanket® is an absolute necessity for soothing and comforting a fussy infant.

Mom’s” experience with the Miracle Blanket® has been extremely positive. Her little one was a high-need baby right from birth, and keeping her cozy and calm inside the Miracle Blanket® was the key to everyone’s sense of sanity. Her daughter was able to relax and sleep more peacefully when cuddled up inside the Miracle Blanket®.

Now you can enter to win one on Tiny Green Mom! Now through Monday, November 8th, you can enter daily to win your own Miracle Blanket®!

To enter the Miracle Fall Festival Giveaway, you must:

Favorite Miracle Blanket® on Facebook. Please leave a comment below along with your facebook name to let me know you became a fan.

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To obtain extra entries:

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The Miracle Fall Festival Giveaway ends November 7th, 2010 and is open to the US and Canada only. Please leave your email address in each comment, and make sure to leave a separate comment for every each and every entry that you make so that they will count for you!

Thank you! “Mom” at Tiny Green Mom can’t wait to announce the winner of this fabulous giveaway!

Newborn care experts are calling claims for arms-free swaddling and anti-swaddling misleading and irresponsible at best and potentially harmful or even deadly at worst.

Experts say Harmful & Misleading Information Being Spread About Infant Sleep Anti-Swaddling Advice Could Trigger Illness or Have Deadly Consequences

“Swaddling a baby is perfectly safe”, says Raleigh, North Carolina-based Pamela Diamond, a certified postpartum doula and baby sleep consultant.

“There are people out there who are spreading fear-laden messages that are patently false, lacking in evidence, data and clinical studies and go directly against decades of clinical research,*” she said. “To advise parents to use an arms-free swaddle or no swaddle is downright absurd.”

“Swaddling is a vital tool that is clinically proven to comfort a crying, screaming newborn and keep an infant safely asleep on its back.”

Dr. Harvey Karp Pediatrician concurs. An eminent expert on the subject of newborn sleep and whose work spans nearly four decades, Dr. Karp has long advocated swaddling as part of the Five S’s. On his website The Happiest Baby on the Block, Karp writes that swaddling is essential to public health because infant crying and the exhaustion it causes in parents are main triggers for postpartum depression, SIDS, child abuse such as Shaken Baby Syndrome, breastfeeding failure, maternal smoking, marital stress, car accidents, and over-diagnosis and treatment of babies for illness, among others.

Though some published reports claim otherwise, the American Academy of Pediatrics has advocated swaddling many times and has also written about the benefits of swaddling on numerous occasions.

Nowhere is the anti-swaddling trend more directly evident than in North Carolina. As part of the implementation of the Infant Safe Sleep Campaign the NC Healthy Start Foundation says the long held tradition of swaddling could lead to suffocation due to loose bedding. While loose bedding is no doubt a serious problem, it is altogether a separate issue from swaddling safety.

“Considering the millions of people that have been swaddling newborns every night and every day, if such a theory were correct, there would be literally thousands of such reported incidents over the years, and there simply aren’t,” says Michael Gatten, CEO and Founder of Miracle Industries, LLC, makers of a leading swaddling product, Miracle Blanket. “We are extremely concerned about parents being incorrectly educated regarding sleep positions that have not been clinically studied.”

As an example of the misinformation, the term “swaddling” is being exploited and illegitimately applied to various non-swaddling items to validate the use of clinical studies to promote sales. While most of these products do serve the purpose of eliminating loose bedding, they lack the very discernible scientifically-proven attributes that make swaddling safe and effective.

Arms-free swaddling or no swaddle at all, it’s pretty much the same. In both cases, experts say the efficacy and the benefits are gone. Therefore it’s crucial to separate the MYTHS from the FACTS.

MYTH: A wearable blanket or other zip-up sack is just as good as a swaddling blanket to help babies sleep.

FACT: Medical research showing the incredible efficacy of PROPER swaddling has been done using a snugly-wrapped blanket with arms comfortably immobilized; usually at the sides. Wearable blankets are not snug to apply pressure and do not keep the arms snugly inside.

MYTH: Babies need their hands free to self-soothe, develop motor skills, and to flail their arms if they are in distress.

FACT: Babies are not coordinated enough to practice motor skills and/or self-soothe (ie. suck hands) reliably until 14 weeks. Swaddling is a substitute during this time to limit startle reflex, thus preventing unwanted arousal and facial scratches.

MYTH: Wearable blankets and other zip-up sacks help babies sleep better.

FACT: Only PROPER swaddling has been shown in clinical studies to calm a fussy, colicky baby while helping baby sleep safer, better, deeper and longer on their backs, while also eliminating loose bedding.

MYTH: Wearable blankets and other zip-up sacks contribute to a decrease in the risk of SIDS.

FACT: Only PROPER swaddling has been shown in clinical studies* to reduce SIDS by as much as 30% even over back-sleeping babies without swaddling.

MYTH: Tight swaddling can interfere with lung expansion, contributing to the risk of suffocation.

FACT: Research on PROPER swaddling has shown that a tight swaddle does not inhibit oxygen absorption or respiration. And, no incident of suffocation due to overly tight swaddling has ever been reported.

*Ponsonby, A, et al, Factors potentiating the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome associated with the Prone Position. NEJM 1993; 329:377-82 http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/329/6/377 .

For more information, visit http://www.swaddlingtruth.com/.