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Today’s giveaway features one of my less obvious must-haves for mamas and dadas…the Miracle Blanket.

 

It goes by many nicknames: The Baby Straight Jacket, The Baby Off Switch, The Miracle Mummy, etc. Whatever you want to call it, this blanket was a godsend with our first two babies and we plan on using it with #3 as well. Not only does it help prevent the newborn Moro reflex {you know…just as lay your peaceful, sleeping baby down to rest your arms, he/she becomes startled, flings his/her arms out wide, extends legs, starts crying and, well, there goes your break} and promote longer stretches of sleep, the Miracle Blanket offers other benefits:

  • helps reduce SIDS concerns by allowing parents to place babies on their backs for sleep
  • eases fussiness
  • prevents facial scratches
  • makes breastfeeding easier
  • keeps baby warm

The blanket works by securing baby’s arms with two flaps. There’s a pocket for baby’s legs and feet and then two larger flaps of fabric wrap around baby’s body to keep everything in place.

For new swaddling parents, this process might seem daunting but I assure you, once you do it two or three times, it’ll become second nature. Here’s my real life tutorial – if you can call swaddling a one-legged stuffed teddy bear ‘real life.’

1 – Lay blanket on large, flat surface {the floor, a bed or couch works well} with all flaps spread out.

2 – Place swaddlee on blanket with torso centered above leg pocket. The tops of the swaddlee’s shoulders should line up with the top of blanket.

3 – Wrap the arm flap on your right over swaddlee’s left arm then place rest of flap under swaddlee’s back to hold in place. The key here is to keep the swaddlee’s arm straight at their side – not bent.

4 – Wrap the arm flap on your left over swaddlee’s right arm then place rest of flap under swaddlee between their back and the other arm flap. Keep swaddlee’s arm straight at their side.

5 – Place swaddlee’s legs and feet into bottom pocket. You can skip this step if you think baby will be too warm, if placing baby in a seat with crotch straps {swing, bouncy chair, car seat, etc.}, or if baby is too long to fit inside comfortably. {This is the step I skipped when my babies were > 4 months old as they were too big for the foot pocket. I swaddled my babies until they were 9 months old and 6 months old.}

6 – Wrap shorter body flap on your right across swaddlee’s belly and tuck the end under swaddlee between the arm flap that’s securing the right arm and swaddlee’s back.

7 – Wrap longer body flap on your left across swaddlee’s belly. Keep the fabric pulled snug avoiding large wrinkles or twisting.

8 – Wrap longer body flap underneath swaddlee’s back pulling taught.

9 – Wrap excess blanket across swaddlee’s belly and tuck the end underneath swaddlee’s back to secure. FYI – How many times you wrap the longer flap around and around will depend on your baby’s size.

You’re awarded with a calm, happy, one-legged bear! Just what every new parent wants, right?

Again, I can’t stress enough how well the Miracle Blanket works in conjunction with The Happiest Baby on the Block techniques.

I believe in this swaddle blanket so much that I contacted Miracle Industries, LLC to see if they’d be willing to offer one up to a H*T reader. I was happy to discover that nearly all of their marketing success has been through word of mouth, so they were extremely willing to provide a blanket to a lucky reader!

Here are all the details on how to win a Miracle Blanket of your own:

  • PRIZE: one gender neutral Miracle Blanket valued at $25
  • RULES: You must be at least 18 years old to enter and have a shipping address within the U.S. One entry per email address.
  • HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “IT’S A MIRACLE!”
  • DEADLINE: Enter before Friday, March 16th at noon EST. One winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced later that same day.
  • WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Share a real life miracle you’ve experienced. I’ll go first. I was ~11 years old and browsing a local flea market with my mom. Somewhere along the way, we came across a large crowd of people gathered around an older man who had lost consciousness and wasn’t breathing. I’ll never forget how purple-gray his skin looked. My mom, having never performed CPR before but being the only person in that huge crowd motivated to take action, immediately yelled for someone to call 9-1-1 then began chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It seemed like forever until the EMT’s arrived. The man was still unconscious when the ambulance took him away. In our local newspaper the next day, there was an article about the man. He had survived the ordeal. I don’t remember the exact wording but it was something like ‘if it weren’t for the quick and thoughtful actions of a complete stranger, the man would have likely died.’ My mom had been a SAHM up until that point in her life. She applied for and got accepted into the nursing program at a local community college that same year. She was in her early 30’s with 4 kids to care for. She went to nursing school 3 years straight {no breaks}, graduated with honors, and attained her Bachelor Degree in Nursing. Now that I’m a mom myself, I can only imagine how difficult those three years of studying must have been for her.

images: 1-3 & 6) Miracle Industries, LLC  4 & 5} Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle! I’m expecting my first baby in August which already seems pretty miraculous that a little person is growing inside me! :) Even if I don’t win, I’m so registering for this!

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It’s a miracle! I have witnessed one miracle… my Great Grandmother was living in Denver (we live in Maryland) and my Dad said he just kept feeling a calling to go visit her. He went and she seemed in good spirits. He left and before he even had gotten to the airport, she had passed away.

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle!

I didn’t fully realize it at the time, but the birth of my son was truly a miracle. He was born full term, beautiful, and perfect . . . . he continues to be the joy of our lives. Three years later, after three late/unexplained miscarriages, it appears as though he may be our only biological child. I thank God for the gift of my son!

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13.March.2012

“IT’S A MIRACLE!”

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13.March.2012

Its a miracle! I can’t think of any really exciting miracles in my life, but I have many small ones that I experience everyday!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE! 2 words…. college algebra.

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle!

Oh I’ve witnesses the miracle of these blankets with our first baby! However, I was borrowing one from my sister, but now our second babies are due around the same time so one of my own is on my list :)

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle!

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle!

We’re expecting our third baby in September – that’s a miracle in and of itself!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

Honestly, I just think conception and birth are miracles. I mean, these two things unite, grow and become a baby. If that isn’t miraculous, I don’t know what is.

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle!

The one miracle I’ve witnessed was my grandfather dying and coming back to life 10 minutes later! It is something that lives in infamy in our family.

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13.March.2012

ITS A MIRACLE! My little miracle is being able to have a second child, Im currently pregnant with our second boy, which we never imagined would be possible. After the birth of our first boy we waited a year before started to try again for the second. We figured it would happen fairly fast since it happened that way with our little man. But 3 years and 4 miscarriages later we where deflated, and where ready to give up. If all we where destined to have in this world was our one little perfect boy than so be it. We moved on, I started focusing on myself working out, getting acupuncture, just trying to get myself to a good healthy place. I woke up one morning feeling sortta sick, and feeling bloated, and i thought wow I must have eaten something not good. well that lasted a week. Finally, i was cleaning out the bathroom closet and came across an old pregnancy test, and i thought, nah it couldn’t be. But I decided to give it a shot, and there it was 2 pink lines, I have never cried so long and so hard in my life. I prayed and thank god for his blessing, and then called screaming for my husband. We are or will be a family of 4 soon, and so so happy. That’s our little miracle. :)

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle! My fiance being offered a well paying job for a great company before he even finished his masters degree in the midst of this economy? Pretty miraculous!

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle! There have been many miracles in my life, but my unexpected pregnancy has resulted in the greatest miracle of all–my two year old. I can’t imagine life without him. Doing grad school while having a toddler wasn’t in my original plans but thankfully I have a wonderful husband to help!

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle.
We’re expecting our 2nd baby in 5 weeks! It’s a miracle in itself, but more of a miracle because I was on birth control at the time. Lucky us… we’re that 1%

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IT’S A MIRACLE! Now I’m feeling kind of bad – I can’t think of a miracle I’ve witnessed…

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE! Four years ago I was told that I wouldn’t be able to get pregnant and now I’m expecting my first little miracle baby girl in less than four weeks!! My hubby and I are beyond excited and I can’t wait to put your Mama Must-Haves to work!

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13.March.2012

Seriously, if I could successfully swaddle my (4th) baby, due in the next week or two, THAT would be a miracle. I am the worst swaddler!

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle!

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13.March.2012

It’s a Miracle!!

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13.March.2012

It’s a Miracle!!

My miracle is my daughter, which may seem like a rather common one, but she has a chromosomal abnormality that has a survival rate of about 2%. Now she is a happy, and miraculously HEALTHY, 4 year old. And now I’m pregnant with my second child. I just used a large receiving blanket to swaddle my first daughter, but I would love to have this with my second!

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle. First baby due in 6 weeks. Every time I feel him move (and as I have learned more about how the processes of pregnancy and delivery work) I realize what a miracle our bodies are.

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle!!

After being on Prednisone non-stop for seven+ years, my Crohn’s Disease is officially in remission! Medication free and now expecting our first child! The GI sees little evidence of any history of Crohn’s in my GI tract!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!!!

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle!

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle. 30 weeks pregnant with number 2…

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

I’m pregnant right now with my first child after suffering a miscarriage last year. I certainly feel very blessed to have this little life inside me!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

Okay, I already have 3 of these but I promise I will share it with a mom who needs one (I work with a teen/young moms group) if I win.

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle! My husband and I are expecting our first in July! It’s amazing experiencing the little kicks and tumbles I feel…I never understood a mother’s connection to her child until now!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

I’m also pregnant with my first (20 weeks). But not only am I pregnant, my sister is pregnant and my two best friends are pregnant (not to mention various other friends). It’s kind of feels like miracle to have all these ladies to lean on and share experiences with during this exciting journey.

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle. Not only is geting pregnant after many failed attempts and expecting our first in 6 weeks a true miracle, but having my sister in law wake up from a coma after 2 months is truly amazing. And she could remember everything people saidto her while she was in the coma!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

Our first little miracle is due this summer…one of these blankets sounds like it would make first-time parenthood a lot easier! Also, it’s a miracle that just one week before we found out I was pregnant, my husband got offered his dream job. It means he is gone for training for most of my pregnancy (boo!) but also that I will probably be able to stay home with our little one when he or she arrives!

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle!

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IT’S A MIRACLE! At least, that’s how it’s going to feel when this little one is born!

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle!

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13.March.2012

“IT’S A MIRACLE”
To make a long story short…I had a tubal pregnancy between my first and second child. I lost one of my tubes do to the severity of things. I thought I am going to have a really hard time ever getting pregnant again..little did I know I would have 3 perfect little boys after that with no help.

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

My Dad tells the story of ‘The Miracle of the Pizza’. When I was in elementary school, my parents were barely getting by. We had had dinner that night, but our family of five was still hungry. And there wasn’t much at all to eat. Out of the blue, the phone rang, and it was Papa John’s Pizza. The man on the other end of the phone said they were new to the area and would like to send our family a complimentary pizza to get the word out about them. Within 30 minutes, a large pizza arrived at our door. My Dad has always been loyal to them since that day, and we were all grateful to God that He had used something as crazy as a pizza place to provide for us in a time of true need.

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

It is a miracle that my husband and I have been able to get jobs, move, and get new jobs in this economy!

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13.March.2012

It’s a miracle!!!!

This past summer we were at our neighborhood pool with our three children (infant, 4, & 5) and another family was there with their two children. There is no lifeguard and we were getting ready to leave. I looked over to see the older son of the other family laying face first and lifeless in the pool. The father instantly jumped in and handed the boy to my husband. He was completely unresponsive, blue and not breathing. My husband started compressions and I called 9-11. It was a complete miracle that within a few minutes ( but what seemed like forever) the boy woke up crying. The boy went to the hospital and was released the next day – he was going to be ok! It was the scariest moment in my life, and yet the most proud! My husband 4 years prior had given up a very financially rewarding job to pursue his dream of becoming a firefighter. We knew the sacrifices with regards to money would be tough, but he wanted to do something he felt proud of doing every day! We are so lucky he was at the pool that day and not at work, because who knows what the outcome would have been if it was just me and our three kids! It was truly a miracle and one that grounds me in life each and every day!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

We had our “God trumps science” miracle baby 7 weeks ago. Two failed forms of birth control (one of them from CVS and I debated asking for my $50 back…) allowed for our precious #3 to exist. Can’t imagine life without her now!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE.

A truck was speeding and ran a stop sign and rammed into my driver’s door in October. When I look at the pictures from the wreck, I realize it is a miracle that I was able to walk away. It was also a miracle that my children weren’t with me at the time.

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE! I’m having my first baby sometime in the next 6 weeks or so. Any baby is enough of a miracle, right? :)

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE! I almost died at birth. I weighed 11lb, 15oz (oy! my poor mom!) and my size, combined with a couple other factors, put me in stress. It “just so happened” that both of grandmas woke up at 2:30 in the morning with a prompting to pray for me.

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!!!!!

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13.March.2012

IT’S A MIRACLE!

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