Swaddle Strap® FAQs

How do I know which size will fit my baby?
My baby is too long for most swaddle products. Will Swaddle Strap® work for us?
My baby can roll over – is it safe to use Swaddle Strap®?
Why the pillows?
Why not use a stretchy fabric?
How can Swaddle Strap® help me wean my baby from swaddling?
How should I wash the Swaddle Strap®?
Is Swaddle Strap® 100% cotton?
My baby is getting an arm out of the Swaddle Strap® – what can I do?
I’m not sure that I am putting Swaddle Strap® on my baby correctly. Can you please help?

How do I know which size will fit my baby?

Swaddle Strap® is adjustable and comes in two sizes, so you’re sure to find one to fit your baby! Choosing the correct size Swaddle Strap® for your baby is all about the chest circumference, not age or weight. Please measure your baby’s chest with a soft tape measure (or ribbon) below the armpits around the widest part of rib cage. Use the following guide to determine whether the small or large will fit.

If your baby is between the two sizes (but at least 16” chest circumference) we recommend going with the large, as it will last longer as baby grows. (But if chest is less than 16” the large will not fit.)

My baby is too long for most swaddle products. Will Swaddle Strap® work for us?

It doesn’t matter how long – or short – your baby is with Swaddle Strap®, because it does not enclose baby’s legs. It’s all about chest circumference. If your baby’s chest circumference, measured below the arm pits at the widest part of the rib cage, is between 13.5-21 inches (34-52cm), there is a Swaddle Strap® to fit! 

My baby can roll over – is it safe to use Swaddle Strap®?

Pediatricians advise to stop swaddling baby with any swaddle product or blanket immediately if baby can roll over from back to tummy.

Why the pillows?

Swaddle Strap® arms only baby swaddle is the fastest, easiest way to securely and comfortably swaddle a baby with the least amount of fabric. Because Swaddle Strap® has so little fabric, the pillows provide extra comfort and security to help keep baby cozy and prevent escapes.

Why not use a stretchy fabric?

We use a very soft, high-quality, 100% cotton, non-stretchy fabric to make Swaddle Strap®.

To make our first Swaddle Strap® prototype, we used stretchy knit fabric. But our little Houdini was able to stretch the fabric and wriggle out in just a few seconds. That’s when we realized, that because it uses so little fabric, Swaddle Strap® could not be made from a knit – we must use a fabric that cannot stretch.

How can Swaddle Strap® help me wean my baby from swaddling?

Swaddle Strap® is a great tool for swaddle weaning! Once you are ready to start weaning, simply begin the night (or nap) with baby in Swaddle Strap®, but leaving one arm out. (You can simply close that strap without enclosing the arm.) Once baby disturbs him or herself with that arm, simply enclose it. Leave the arm out a little longer each night until baby can sleep without that arm enclosed. Then do the same with the other arm, until voila! No more swaddle need!

We have heard from parents that this whole process takes around 3-5 weeks. It took exactly 4 weeks for us with little Eve.

How should I wash the Swaddle Strap®?

Wash before first use. Close Velcro tabs securely before washing. Machine wash in cold with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry warm, remove promptly. Do not iron.

Is Swaddle Strap® 100% cotton?

Yes! Swaddle Strap® is made of fine 100% cotton fabric, with 100% cotton edging – plus Velcro. (If 100% cotton Velcro existed and worked wonderfully, we’d use that, too!)

My baby is getting an arm out of the Swaddle Strap® – what can I do?

If your little Houdini manages to wriggle an arm out of the Swaddle Strap®, these Troubleshooting Tips will most likely do the trick!

  1. Either the inner or outer strap may be on too loose. Make straps a bit more snug.
  2. Check your placement of the pillows over baby’s arms. They are sewn to “toggle”. Make sure that pillows are securely down over each arm with no space to move when outer strap is closed. Adjust, once closed, by sliding a finger in and moving pillow down or open and redo. It is very important that both pillows be down as far as possible over baby’s arms—if they are not, a space can form that can make it easier for baby to get an arm out.
  3. Since all babies are different, you may need to try it higher or lower on the torso to find your baby’s Swaddle Strap® “sweet spot”.
  4. For some babies, it works better to close the outer straps in a slight, upside-down “V” shape.
  5. We have heard from a few parents that their baby prefers to wear Swaddle Strap® upside down! (The logo will be upside down when looking directly at your baby.)
  6. If none of those do the trick: After you close the outer straps and makes sure the pillows are down as far as they can go over baby’s arms, carefully use a diaper pin on each side, through the outer strap and the pillow, to secure each pillow to the outer strap.
  7. We are also more than happy to troubleshoot with you via videochat (Skype or Facetime). Please send an email to Anna at: info@annaandeve.com with the subject: “Troubleshooting Help” and request a videochat. Through the use of videochat troubleshooting, Anna has been able to solve 9 out of 10 baby escapes! 

I’m not sure that I am putting Swaddle Strap® on my baby correctly. Can you please help?

We’d love to! If you’d like to contact us to do a quick video chat (via Skype or FaceTime), please email Anna at: info@annaandeve.com. We can show you exactly how to put it on, and can make sure you are putting it on your baby correctly.