Designed with safety in mind, this sleepsack is a better swaddling alternative to loose blankets. Baby can be swaddled with arms in or swaddled with one or 2 arms out. Soft 100% cotton material has a Thermal Overall Grade of 1.5, making this product versatile for warm and cold weather.
Some babies may be able to get their arms out of the swaddle.
This is a 100% cotton swaddle 2-pack from a popular brand. These machine washable swaddles are equipped with durable velcro to keep outer flap secured. Features openings on the back for use in infant loungers with straps.
Entire swaddle must be undone for diaper changes.
Name brand and popular swaddle for babies who may fuss over regular swaddling. Calms baby and helps to limit startle reflex with its stretchy and snug style. Allows baby to keep hands close to body for comfort. Inverted zipper for easier diaper changes.
Does not leave much room for layering clothing underneath.
Pediatrician-designed 100% organic cotton swaddle wraps baby for a better night's sleep. Conducive to good hip health and one of the easiest swaddles to use. Inner velcro strap hugs baby's arms and outer inverted zipper closes the swaddle. Mesh on the shoulders allows for better airflow.
Inner flap may not dry well in drying machine.
Cotton swaddle offers 2 interior pouches for newborns and infants over 6 weeks of age. Thermal Overall Grade rating of 1.5. Versatile for use with arms out or in, making it perfect for transitioning when the time arrives. Machine wash and dry.
Baby may be able to remove arms from the swaddle.
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Leaving the cozy confines of the womb and adjusting to the open spaces, amplified sounds, and bright lights of the outside world can be an overwhelming experience for newborns. But by recreating the perpetual hug your baby enjoyed in the womb, swaddling can help make the transition a little easier for everyone.
With ever-evolving swaddle designs and a stronger focus on user convenience, achieving the perfect baby burrito has never been easier. But that's not to say you should rule out those simple, but oh-so versatile old-school swaddle blankets just yet either. Every parent has their own preference, and choosing a great swaddle isn't always easy.
But deciding among the many options available can be confusing, and the last thing you need when you’re caring for a newborn is one more complicated choice to make. We’re here to help. If you need a hand finding the best fit for you and your baby, you've come to the right place. We've wrapped up everything you need to know about swaddles in this buying guide.
Baby swaddles are available in a variety of styles, ranging from traditional swaddling blankets to swaddle "pods" that simply slip onto your baby. Here are three of the most common swaddle types.
While the average swaddle blanket will see your baby right through the swaddling months, other styles often need to be replaced as your baby grows. Swaddle sacks and pods come in sizes that range all the way from birth to 12 months and over. Although age-based sizes can be a decent guideline, it's always best to check the measurements first, especially if your little one is on the tall side.
When it comes to swaddle materials, you have three main options.
Velcro fasteners are usually only found on swaddle sacks and make it that much easier to secure your swaddle after wrapping your baby. However, keep in mind that Velcro can be noisy, so you might not want to unwrap your bundle of joy during naptime. Zippers, on the other hand, are a prominent feature on swaddle pods and allow you to secure your baby in one easy, and relatively noiseless, step.
Some babies feel most secure when they're wrapped up tightly while others prefer having some freedom to move about. Swaddles with an adjustable fit will allow you to experiment until you find your baby's sweet spot. While swaddle blankets are infinitely adjustable and most swaddle sacks offer some measure of adjustability, swaddle pods typically have a fixed fit that leans toward being loose and roomy.
Swaddles are available in a huge variety of cute colors and prints. Having swaddles in a handful of different designs can make it easier to determine which one you used last — and will also boost your slumbering cherub's cuteness factor. If your little one has severe reflux or happens to be especially prone to diaper blowouts, prints can provide helpful stain camouflage.
Swaddling is a great way to soothe your baby and induce relaxation in the crib, but sometimes a little extra push in the right direction can make a world of difference. These accessories can help your baby sleep more soundly.
Sound soother: Cloud b Sheep Sleep
Baby sound soothers play calming audio tracks that often take the form of simple white noise, nature sounds, or relaxing melodies. These soothing sounds can give babies something to focus on while cutting out background noise, helping little ones drift off and stay asleep. We especially love the Cloud b Sleep Sheep’s huggable body, generous selection of sound features, and the fact that it comes with a volume control.
Calming night light: Tranquil Turtle
If you have a baby, you probably already realize the importance of having a night light for diaper changes, feeds, and the occasional check-in. However, not all night lights are created equal. Some go beyond mere functionality with soothing sound and light effects. Our favorite is the ocean-themed Tranquil Turtle from Cloud b, which creates a sublimely relaxing underwater light display and comes with two soothing ocean sounds.
Humidifier: PurSteam Cool Mist Humidifier
Getting a peaceful night's sleep with a stuffy nose can be nearly impossible. Newborns, because of their narrow nasal passages, tend to be especially susceptible to congestion. A humidifier can help keep your baby's sinuses happy by combating dryness and stuffiness. We like the PurSteam Cool Mist Humidifier for it's silent operation, long run-time, and night light option.
Inexpensive: Simple swaddle blankets tend to be the most affordable, with prices ranging from $20 to $25 for a pack of four. Small swaddle sacks in packs of three or single swaddle pods can also be found at this price point.
Mid-range: From $25 to $35 you’ll find premium swaddle blankets made of bamboo or organic cotton as well as medium-size swaddle sacks and swaddle pods.
Expensive: Luxury swaddle sacks, premium swaddle pods in larger sizes, and high end swaddle blankets can set you back anywhere from $35 to $60.
The concept of swaddling might be simple in theory, but many parents find that things aren't quite as straightforward in practice. These tips can help you overcome some of the most common swaddling obstacles.
Couldn't find what you were looking for among our top picks? One of our runners-up might just do the trick. If your little one kicks up a fuss when swaddled, the answer might lie in their arm positioning. The Love to Dream Swaddle UP delivers a snug fit while still allowing babies to sleep with their arms up. This swaddle’s wide bottom is specially designed to prevent hip dysplasia.
Looking for a budget-friendly set of swaddle sacks? Then the SwaddleMe Original Swaddle Three-Pack is an excellent choice. These swaddle sacks couldn't be any easier to secure, and the pure cotton construction is ideal for little ones.
If you want something that's easy to use and capable of growing with your baby, the The Ollie Swaddle simply can't be beat. This innovative blanket/sack hybrid features a traditional square shape with carefully positioned Velcro fasteners and some extra length at the bottom to accommodate growth.
Q. At what age should I stop swaddling?
A. This varies somewhat from child to child, but the most common age at which babies outgrow swaddling is between four and six months. At this point, the startle reflex subsides, decreasing the need for swaddling. However, your baby's activity level is often the best indicator. Most experts agree that it's safer to ditch the swaddle once your baby becomes more mobile and starts to roll over.
Q. Will my baby still be able to use a car seat when swaddled?
A. If you'd like to use a car seat or any other seat with a restraint system while your baby is swaddled, it's worth looking for a compatible model. Many swaddle sacks and swaddle pods feature small openings in the lower portion to accommodate buckles and clasps. But not all do, so check before you buy.
Q. Can I buy a larger swaddle sack or pod and let my baby grow into it?
A. Babies can certainly rack up a lot of expenses, but purchasing a larger swaddle in the hopes that your tot will grow into is a bad idea for a number of reasons. Excess fabric can end up bunching around your baby's face and neck, increasing the risk of suffocation. Also, a loose swaddle won't provide the comforting permanent-hug feeling for baby, not to mention that little Houdini's will likely make quick work of wiggling their way out of an oversized swaddle.