Expert Swaddler

Betsy and I are almost two weeks into our parenting journey and we have both already developed our areas of expertise. Betsy is good at things like producing food, offering unconditional love, and functioning on very little sleep.

I’m good at swaddling.

I can take my fussy kid, tightly wrap him up into a nice little baby burrito, and almost instantly calm him down. It’s something I’m pretty proud of these days because it seems like the one thing I can do to help him be more comfortable.

I know not all babies like to be swaddled, but Theo really loves it. I almost can’t make it tight enough. The tighter the burrito, the happier and calmer he seems to be.

We got lots of swaddle-type gear for Theo as gifts (things that zip, velcro, etc.), but he’s a bit too small for those things yet. The best thing for him right now is just a nice, large muslin blanket that can be wrapped tightly but doesn’t get too hot. Right now my favorites are the Aiden and Anais swaddles. They are a bit pricy, sure, but at 3AM I’d pay almost anything to get the little guy back to bed!

The Links

Here are a few delicious looking recipes that caught my eye this week!

Meyer Lemon Cream Puffs – Not only do these look wonderful, but I just love their love of citrus. Todd and Diane have planted loads of citrus plants throughout the years and it’s always fun to follow their harvests and resulting recipes! (@ White on Rice Couple)

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Chili – This is slow cooker season for sure and nothing beats a good, hearty beef chili. This recipe is simple enough to toss together almost on a whim, but has some great add-ins like a touch of expresso and cocoa. (@ The Perfect Pantry)

Spaghetti and Meatballs – I love a simple spaghetti and meatball dish, but what really shines in this recipe is the oven roasted tomato sauce. Another hearty dish for these cold days! (@ Eat the Love)

Cranberry Meatballs – Another meatball recipe that caught my eye this week except this one is geared toward an appetizer. If only there was a super huge football game so I could have an excuse to make these… (@ David Lebovitz)

Have a great weekend everyone! If you need me, I’ll be swaddling.

13 comments on “Expert Swaddler

  1. I hear you on the 3 AM swaddling! The blanket looks so cozy.

    Thanks for the links round up, all perfect for the relaxed (I wish!) weekend. Whipped cream-lemon curd filling for the cream puffs sounds heavenly.

  2. Good job, Nick. Betsy is probably exhausted and definitely needs all the help she can get. And, yes, Theo is just adorable. You are now a proud member of the braggers’ club. Take advantage, we are a captive audience.

  3. Google and master the double swaddle–it’s a must once they get bigger and stronger. I never liked the swaddle-me blankets or anything like that; a good traditional swaddle is far superior and immobilizes them from the shoulders down.

  4. I’m the same. My wife is good at so many parent things, and I’m good at swaddling. I get the night shifts where I make sure my kids make it through the night and she gets the shift where she makes them better babies. When I can I make her awesome food.

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