What Are the Best Swaddle Blankets?

Swaddle blankets are some of the most common items new parents and parents-to-be purchase.

As one of the top ten most recommended items for bringing home a new baby, finding the best swaddle blankets is so important.

Parents use swaddle blankets for more than just swaddling their babies; swaddle blankets can also be used as a thin blanket in the car seat or stroller, spit up rag, a towel, a cloth diaper, a changing pad, a nursing cover, a sunshade, and possibly even a sling.

Standard receiving and thermal blankets are not usually big enough to swaddle your little one.Baby with flower being swaddled

Much like car seats, baby carriers, and pacifiers, swaddle blankets come in various brands, fabrics, and prices. Because of the variations in swaddle blankets, making your decision on which brand and style of swaddle blanket could being confusing and overwhelming.

We have put together a list of different swaddle blankets with what type of fabric is used and how breathable they are. Below you will also find swaddle blankets suggested for various seasons, types of babies, and such.

Best Swaddle Blankets for Babies

 
IMAGE BRAND FABRIC OTHER DETAILS PRICE RANGE
Aden + Anais Aden + Anais  Aden + Anais Classic square blanket comes in pretty prints, must know how to swaddle. Very light weight. $49.95 on Amazon and Diapers.com for 4 pack
HALO Sleep Sack HALO Sleep Sack  HALO Sleep Sack  Zippered pouch and velcro wings, easy to use, babysitter friendly! Velcro can wear down in the wash. $12.71 on Amazon
Miracle Blanket Miracle Blanket  Miracle Blanket  Includes a pouch to tuck baby’s feet in and a long tail to wrap around his arms. No velcro or zippers with a bit of a learning curve. $31.95 on Amazon
Summer Infant Swaddle Me Blanket Summer Infant Swaddle Me Blanket Summer Infant Swaddle Me Blanket Includes a pouch for your baby’s feet and Velcro wings. Varying in sizes. Velcro is a bit loud. $22.40 on Amazon for a 3-pack
Love to Dream Swaddle Up Love to Dream Swaddle Up  Love to Dream Swaddle Up  No wrapping, no folding, no velcro. Instead, this swaddle holds your baby’s arms up and legs down in a splayed position. One zipper. $22.68 on Amazon and $30.00 on Giggle
Woombie Original Woombie Original Woombie Original Easy, snug, one zipper swaddle! $25.40 on Amazon
Nested Bean Zen Swaddle Classic Nested Bean Zen Swaddle Classic  Nested Bean Zen Swaddle Classic  This swaddle is lightly weighted. $29.99 on Amazon

 

SWADDLE BLANKETS FOR DIFFERENT BABIES

Each brand will have their swaddle blanket instructions for their particular swaddling technique. You can easily look them up on their websites.

Best Swaddle Blankets for Preemies

As you can imagine, you won’t need the mass amount of fabric that muslin swaddle blankets are. Halo makes a sleep sack swaddle designed for preemies! It is made for babies between 14” and 19” and up to 5 pounds.

Best Swaddle Blanket for Newborns

You will find a load of opinions out there for the best swaddle blankets for newborns. It truly varies based on what you are looking for. When it comes to the simple swaddle blankets that are “just” a blanket of fabric, we highly recommend the Aden + Anais muslin swaddle blankets. The muslin fabric is absolutely perfect. If you’re looking for something with less folding, look at the table above – any of those options are perfect for newborns.

Best Swaddle Blankets for Older Babies

As your baby grows and becomes less of an infant-newborn and more of an “older baby,” he or she will begin to roll around, and that is a sure sign it is time to swap out the swaddle for a transition blanket. If your baby is swaddled and rolls onto his or her face, it can be very dangerous as her hands/arms are trapped beneath her. The Halo Sleep Sack is designed as a snugly-fit transition blanket, similar to the swaddle, but without the arms being forced down. You can also try Merlins Magic Sleeper, which is a very full jumpsuit meant to restrict babies movements as he becomes accustomed to sleeping without a swaddle.

Best Swaddling Blankets for Twins

Any parents of multiples know how valuable it is to find secrets to sleeping techniques! Swaddling is one of those great secrets. Not every baby is the same, so it is possible you will need two different styles with each twin; you won’t know until you experiment! Many parents of young twins, or “twinfants,” have found that either the Aiden + Anais muslin swaddles or a type of sleep sack swaddle are their best go-to. Check out any of the swaddles shown in the above chart and go from there!

Best Swaddle Blankets for Summer

Are you due this summer? Go with the Aiden + Anais muslin swaddle blankets. Some parents feel these have a learning curve, but after the fourth or fifth time, you will have it down pat! The thin, light, breathable material is absolutely perfect for your summer baby swaddling needs. You can roll it up and store it in your diaper bag and use it as a nursing cover, a changing pad, and more! These swaddles are very multi-functional.

Best Swaddle Blankets for Winter

Many parents’ favorite swaddle blankets are the Aden + Anais muslin blankets, but they often wonder if they are the choice swaddle for the winter as they tend to be on the thinner side. Because the muslin fabric is so breathable and a perfect stretchiness, parents are able to double up and swaddle with two of them if worried about the temperature. But in most cases, if a baby is in a sleeper and a swaddle, they will be kept perfectly warm in your home.

Best Swaddle Blankets with Velcro

The two most recommended swaddles with velcro are the Halo and Summer Infant swaddles.

To see a great Aden + Anais swaddling technique, check out this video:

Conclusion

It could be very confusing and overwhelming to choose the best swaddle blankets for your family. Reading reviews on each brand and style may actually help you with your decision. The right choice will be what helps your baby sleep most comfortably.
Sources:
https://www.babylist.com
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Featured image source: Staci Zohlen Photography Blog

Natalie

Writer and Photographer at Natalie Brenner Writes
Natalie is a freelance writer and professional photographer who is up for just about any crazy adventure. She guzzles iced coffee while changing diapers and singing songs in silly voices to her two sweet boys who are almost 5 months apart and both under 1. When not bouncing babies or reading books in the rocking chair, her husband works with at-risk children. Their boys joined their family via birth and adoption and they hope to continue expanding their family via adoption and possibly foster care. Connect further with her through her blog, Natalie Brenner Writes, Instagram, or her community Facebook Page.
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