True Womb Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I swaddle my baby?
Medical research shows that swaddling in the first several months can help ease your baby's transition from the womb to the world. We're not here to tell you every baby must be swaddled in order to be happy, sleep well or develop normally... every baby is different! But imagine the shock of leaving the cozy darkness of the womb and entering the bright lights, noises, smells and temperature changes of the outside world. There's no denying that many babies don't handle this transition well. In fact, most experts believe it's the major cause of fussiness, poor feeding, lack of sleep, and other difficulties like colic. It's for those babies and parents that we believe swaddling is a great choice... and it's why we tried to design the very best swaddle ever.
What is the TrueWomb advantage over other swaddles or sleep systems?
Most swaddles only provide arm security to control the startle reflex. Our patent-pending design, inspired by Mother Nature, is the only one that addresses both your baby's arms and legs effectively. The TrueWomb design provides gentle security for the arms across the body while allowing legs to kick and stretch, returning them to the naturally desired fetal position while your baby is at rest. This is the sensation your baby is most comfortable with after 9 months in the womb. Other systems either ignore the legs entirely, restrict the arms and legs in unnatural positions, or don't secure your baby's twitching and kicking extremities except to cover them in too loose, too stretchy or too heavy fabric. Babies spend 9 months in the womb, mostly curled up securely in the fetal position. But they also have the freedom to stretch, push and kick whenever they want, ultimately returning to the fetal tuck. TrueWomb is the only sleep system that truly mimics the natural feeling of being back in the womb.
Why are the legs and core so important to the TrueWomb concept?
It's not just the arms but also the major muscles of the legs that can cause the startle reflex in newborns. The legs and abdominal core are the biggest muscle groups and the hardest for newborns and infants to keep tucked up while lying on their backs. To reduce SIDS risks, we expect newborns to sleep flat on their backs even though their central nervous systems aren't yet fully wired, their digestive systems aren't completely developed, and their abdominal muscles, hips, and legs can't sustain a full fetal tuck in this position. The ComfortWrap belt applies gentle, consistent pressure to your baby's abdomen, providing extra security and comfort. Meanwhile, the SwaddleTech pouch simulates what they felt in the womb. This design is simply following the design Mother Nature created. (Important note: TrueWomb FULLY SUPPORTS the NICHD recommendation that babies sleep on their backs to reduce SIDS risk factors… and it is for back sleeping our design is especially meant for. When babies used to sleep on their bellies “back in the day”, you would often see that their legs were tucked under them in the fetal position or as yoga refers to it, the ”child’s pose”. Our design allows babies to do the same thing belly sleepers naturally did, while now sleeping more safely on their backs.)
How do I put the TrueWomb on my baby?
The TrueWomb is easy to use once you've done it a couple of times, but only works its magic if you put it on properly. The keys to the entire system are: 1)making sure you have the right size, 2)making sure you start with the legs in the fetal position inside the SwaddleTech pouch and 3)ensuring you have attached the ComfortWrap belt snugly and at the proper position across the torso. There are instructions on the back of the package and on a label printed on the inside arm of the Sleeping Swaddle itself.
What is the "4th Trimester" and what does it have to do with swaddling?
The 4th Trimester has to do with the generally accepted concept that unlike many other species, human babies are especially immature at birth and need extra support, particularly in the first 3 months of life (or the 4th Trimester). Humans are born about three months before our systems are fully developed. If we were not essentially evicted from the womb, natural childbirth would be virtually impossible because of the average size of the human fetus' head. It's a quirk of nature that means human newborns need extra nurturing and attention during the first few months of life. A significant way to provide this support is swaddling, especially during those times when you’re not available to hold and nurture your baby. Our results show that the best kind of swaddling mimics the structure and feel of the mother’s womb.
How do you know babies want to be in the fetal position after they are born?
Through simple observations anyone can tell what makes babies most comfortable. Why is your baby so content in their car seat? Because their legs are in the fetal position or their feet have resistance and support. Why do the best baby photographers usually place their subjects in the fetal position? Because it relaxes them! If your baby could talk (and in a way they can, by crying, twitching and not sleeping) they would probably ask you to put their legs in the fetal position and their arms snugly secured while they sleep.
How does TrueWomb help alleviate colic symptoms?
Gastro-intestinal colic symptoms stem from a newborn's inability to easily pass gas and bowl movements and other potential factors such as diet. The patent-pending structure and fabric combination of the SwaddleTech pouch provides active resistance that allows newborns and infants to kick and stretch the legs, hips and abdominal muscles so they can pass gas and bowel movements much easier. Let's put it this way...when you have severe gas pains and bowel distress, would you want to be forced to lay flat on your back with your legs down? Or would you prefer to have your legs tucked? This is what your gassy baby is faced with when they must sleep on their backs (to reduce SIDS risks) but have no leg support to allow them to be in the fetal position. The TrueWomb gives the best of both worlds... leg support when they are at rest, yet the ability to kick and stretch their legs with some active resistance to help push out the gas and bowel movements.
How and why are the arms secured in the Sleeping Swaddle?
Swaddles secure the arms in order to control the startle reflex. Our unique SecureSleeve arm pockets prevent the arms from escaping and scratching your baby’s face, a common problem with other products. Even though it secures the arms, the SecureSleeve gently and snugly holds them across the body, allowing for enough motion to be safe and soothing but not totally restrictive.
What material is the TrueWomb swaddle made of and will it hold up to multiple washes?
TrueWomb is made of a stretch cotton (cotton / spandex blend). We use what is called a “long staple” cotton which is basically the same structure as Pima cotton. It makes for a wonderfully soft, yet durable, fabric that will hold up much better to multiple washings than the many products made of lighter, less expensive cotton fabric. But we don’t use this high quality fabric just for the heck of it… our research has determined it’s important for the specific performance characteristics necessary for the product to work its magic. We do recommend that you have at least two TrueWomb swaddles in your baby’s size so that you always have one available for sleeptime!
Why does TrueWomb use Velcro? Is it bad for my baby's skin?
TrueWomb uses a specific version of Velcro called “soft and flexible” that is specifically engineered to be used in things like baby products. It’s gentle enough that if it does touch your baby’s skin it won’t hurt or scratch. However, our product is designed so that the Velcro should never touch your baby if it’s put on properly. We use a very specific amount of Velcro in order to provide the highest level of comfort and security possible. If you’ve ever woken up to find other swaddles or blankets laying across your baby’s face, you’ll understand exactly why we use the amount we do. Yes, the Velcro can be a little loud when you’re removing the swaddle, but your baby will usually be awake, or waking, when that happens for feeding or a diaper change… don’t worry, they’ll fall asleep quickly when back in the TrueWomb. The idea that the sound of the Velcro might wake the baby (as if they won’t wake up with any other swadding methods being removed or adjusted) seems like a minor concern compared to a good night’s sleep! Some of our competitors may try to convince you that there’s something wrong with our use of soft and flexible Velcro. We trust that you will simply judge these issues for yourself instead of taking the opinion of those who’ve never tried our product or have their own motives to be critical… and we promise not to point out everything that’s wrong with their products! That’s also why we offer our 100% money-back guarantee!
Why does the TrueWomb cost $39.99?
We understand that $39.99 may seem like a lot for a swaddle…. we think of it as a sleep aid, not just a swaddle. To us, having a happy, healthy baby who sleeps at night is priceless. The main reason for the cost is the high-quality breathable, four-way stretch cotton fabric and the specially designed Velcro used in our product. We could use cheaper ingredients, but they wouldn’t give the lasting structural support that helps keep your baby happy. We’ve had customers tell us they’ve paid anywhere from $12 to $70 for products that did not work, so we feel very good about the value TrueWomb actually provides for a full night’s sleep. We continuously look for ways to lower our manufacturing costs and pass those savings on to you, but we will not skimp on quality and function when it comes to the health and well-being of your baby. After trying the TrueWomb for yourself, if you don’t think the extra sleep and peace of mind are worth it, please call us and we’ll refund your money!
My baby kicks and squirms when I try to swaddle. Does that mean she doesn't like it?
Newborns have very little muscle control and their arms and legs kick and flail automatically. Swaddling helps control this movement so the baby can settle down. If your baby continues to squirm after five or ten minutes, take a break before you try it again. The best time to swaddle is after your baby has been fed, burped and had a diaper change. Find your own routine and your baby will learn to love her TrueWomb. Eventually, she’ll even relax and let you put her legs in the fetal position as soon as she sees it.
Will swaddling make my baby overheat?
Overheating is one of the biggest SIDS risks and should be avoided at all times. TrueWomb uses a lightweight, breathable four-way stretch cotton fabric. So while it’s possible for your baby to overheat, it won’t likely be caused by swaddling in our product. We recommend using TrueWomb in normal indoor temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees.There are swaddle products and blankets on the market made of very heavy fabrics like fleece that should give cause for concern. Wrapping your baby in several layers or a single heavy blanket can also be very dangerous when it comes to SIDS risks. A baby may appear to sleep well for long periods in a heavy blanket or fleece wrap but this is probably because they are lethargic and not necessarily getting QS (quality sleep).
Here are a few simple ways to avoid this:
- Wrap your baby in the TrueWomb swaddle and a thin bodysuit only.
- Be sure the room is not too warm. The temperature should be comfortable for a lightly dressed adult. Most babies can sleep well at about 68 to 72 degrees. They generate an amazing amount of body heat so don't be afraid to err on the cooler side.
- Do not use other blankets or swaddles with or on top of the TrueWomb when indoors and the temperature is in the appropriate range above.
Is it true that improper swaddling can cause hip dysplasia?
According to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, "Improper swaddling can lead to hip dysplasia. For swaddling to be both effective and safe, the baby should be wrapped so that the legs are able to bend up and out at the hips. This position allows for natural and proper development of the hip joints. The baby's legs should not be tightly wrapped straight down and pressed together. Swaddling infants with the hips and knees in an extended position may increase the risk of hip dysplasia and relocation". TrueWomb agrees with these findings and it's why we include the dynamic stretch properties of our patent-pending SwaddleTech Pouch in to our design so that baby's legs can bend up and out at the hips, and stretch and kick freely, yet return to the bent-knee fetal position while at rest - helping to safely support natural growth and development.
Can swaddling make it hard for my baby to breathe?
Studies have shown that this is not a big concern with most modern swaddles as long as the wrap is not too tight and is made from a stretchable fabric that doesn't restrict chest movements. The TrueWomb, and any other swaddle, works best when your baby is wrapped snugly but comfortably.
What is the "Rooting Response"?
Infants look for one thing from the moment they are born: a nipple. When something touches their face, they think it might be a nipple and they will try to position their head to begin feeding. Babies tend to get upset when they are awakened by something touching their face and they can’t find a nipple. Unlike blankets and other bedding, the TrueWomb swaddle won’t touch your baby’s cheeks while he or she is sleeping.
What is the startle reflex or "Moro Reflex"?
The startle reflex is when infants startle or jump for no obvious reason. You’ve probably experienced this yourself when “falling” asleep. There are several different theories but one suggests that without the support of the fluid in the womb, the baby often experiences a falling sensation and awakens with a start. This reflex can be almost entirely controlled by a good swaddle.
My baby wiggles, kicks and grabs while eating. Does swaddling help this?
Absolutely. We recommend feeding your baby without the swaddle so they get a break from it, but swaddling does make it easier to hold a baby still. With the TrueWomb and most other swaddles, your baby is wrapped securely—the perfect position for feeding. Remember, while it may be tempting to rely heavily on the TrueWomb swaddle as a “virtual babysitter” because it is so effective, please take your baby out of the swaddle from time to time for exercising, diaper changes, burping, bathing, tummy time and other fun breaks during the day! (A NOTE ABOUT FEEDING – Please follow your pediatrician’s or lactation consultant’s specific advice on feeding schedules for your baby! Swaddling a newborn infant is not intended for them to sleep through their designated feeding times, it’s intended to help improve the quality of sleep they get. Typically, the younger the baby, the more often they need to be fed and it is important that you do not allow your baby to sleep through through their designated feeding time. Please consult with your specialist for more specifics about feeding times for both breast fed and formula fed babies and stick to your schedule, even if your baby may appear to want to sleep through it!
My baby likes to suck his thumb. Can I still swaddle with his arms free?
Yes, and that’s one reason TrueWomb also makes the Arms-Free Weaning Swaddle. Although we recommend that you accustom your newborn to the sensation of having both arms inside the swaddle to avoid scratching and twitching, this second-stage model swaddles the legs in the fetal position but leaves the arms free to explore. Remember, the legs probably have more to do with causing the startle reflex than the arms do for most babies, so this version may be great for your thumb-sucking baby!
When should I stop swaddling?
Whenever your baby can sleep through the night without it! Every baby is different, but anywhere from three to nine months is not unusual. However, we size the product by the baby’s length and weight, not by age, because a tailored fit is vital to performance. We make four sizes of the Sleeping Swaddle to accommodate preemies through most six-to-nine-month-olds. The Arms-Free Weaning Swaddle comes in three sizes (S, M and L) and will accommodate average-sized newborns through most six-to-nine-month-old babies.Our best advice is to use the Sleeping Swaddle for the first few months and then start incorporating the Weaning Swaddle as much as possible so your baby gets used to the sensation of having their arms free. Sleeping Swaddles are geared more towards the younger babies and Weaning Swaddles are geared more for the older ones. For a while, you may find yourself using the Sleeping Swaddle at night and the Weaning Swaddle during the day (recommended) until they transition fully to the Weaning Swaddle full time. Then just use this one as long as your baby needs it—they’ll let you know when they’re unhappy about the sleeping arrangements!