Seven years ago, Hindi Zeidman became a foster mom to a 3-month-old baby named Oliver (Ollie). Other foster parents had already tried and failed to take care of Ollie because he was particularly fussy and struggled with eating and sleeping. Doctors were also concerned that he was behind in his development.
But Zeidman, who had a background infant health, was determined to help Ollie. "I was in love, and so I began my journey to help Oliver thrive," she said.
The foster mom decided to tackle the difficulty of calming down Ollie and getting him to sleep through swaddling. But the blankets Zeidman used were never quite right and never contained Ollie or comforted him. So instead, Zeidman decided to create her own. She consulted with Kiti Freier Randall, M.D., a pediatric neurodevelopmental psychologist based in San Bernardino, California, for tips on how to create the ideal swaddle.
After some trial and error, the result was a swaddle blanket made from a stretchy, thin, and breathable fabric to prevent risk of overheating or suffocation. The swaddle was a success -- baby Ollie calmed down, started sleeping better, and began hitting developmental milestones. Within a year, Ollie was officially adopted by another family.
Boosted by her success, Zeidman continued to perfect the swaddle while pursuing a master's degree in social work/infant mental health. And in February 2014, she launched her company, The Ollie World. Today, the final product, named the Ollie Swaddle, is still made from a stretchy material with velcro to help easily adjust tightness, length, and size. And only three simple steps are needed to use the swaddleto ensure that babies of all sizes will remain just as cozy and contained as the swaddle's originanl namesake, Ollie.
Follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines on how to swaddle your baby safely.
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Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.
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Photo of the Ollie Swaddle from the Ollie World Instagram page