Are you looking for the best swaddle for your new baby? Here are 10 great options for swaddling your baby and keeping them cozy while they sleep!
If you’re looking for help with swaddling, you’ve come to the right place!
There are pros and cons to swaddling, but ultimately I am a big advocate of swaddling young babies.
In fact, I encourage families to swaddle babies during nap time and at bed time. I think that creating a sleep association for your baby around swaddling means you’ll have an easier time getting them to fall asleep consistently, even in the newborn days.
Swaddling is great because it mimics the conditions of mom’s womb, keeping your little one warm and their limbs cozy and close to their bodies.
Keeping your baby wrapped up tightly while they sleep means they’re less likely to accidentally wake themselves up before they’ve gotten all the rest they need.
If your baby hates the swaddle, there are definitely some great swaddle alternatives out there, including sleep sacks that serve many of the same purposes of traditional swaddle blankets. When it comes to a swaddle vs sleep sack, there are plenty of options, even for newborns.
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The 10 Best Swaddles
A good swaddle is one of my baby registry must haves.
Even though your baby will only use a swaddle for about three months, swaddling properly can really improve everyone’s sleep.
I’ve included some favorite swaddles that are foolproof.
These types of swaddles have velcro, zippers, or button closures to make swaddling super easy. These types of swaddles were my favorite as a new mom because I could never master the perfect swaddle using only a swaddle blanket.
I also included traditional swaddle blankets for those overachiever parents who are really good at wrapping their baby up in a perfect baby burrito. (I give you major props!)
Here’s a list of the 10 best swaddles:
- Kyte Baby Sleep Bag Swaddler
- Ollie Swaddle
- Halo Sleepsack Swaddle
- SwaddleMe Easy Change Swaddle
- Love to Dream Swaddle Up
- Happiest Baby Sleepea Swaddle
- Zipadee-Zip Transition Swaddle
- Little Sleepies Swaddle Set
- Woolino Swaddle Blanket
- Aden and Anais Swaddle Blanket
Some of these swaddles are even designed to grow with your baby as they transition out of the swaddle and into a sleep sack.
Read on to learn a little more about each of these and find the best swaddle for your baby.
Quick Note About TOG Ratings
You’ll notice that I reference something called a “TOG rating” for some of the swaddle options below. A garment’s TOG rating stands for “Thermal Overall Grade” and it is a unit of heat measurement.
On a scale of <1 to 3.5, a TOG rating measures the insulation—or the amount of warmth—a fabric provides.
The higher the TOG rating, the warmer the fabric.
If you live in a climate with large temperature fluctuations, you’ll want to make sure you have swaddles or sleep sacks with varying TOG levels (or warmth) to them.
You can find swaddles and sleep sacks for summer weather and for cold winter nights, and everywhere in between. Many of the swaddles listed below come in a variety of TOG ratings.
The Kyte Baby Sleep Bag Swaddler is a fan favorite for many reasons! This swaddle is made of buttery-soft fabric that is so cozy.
The best part about this swaddle though is that it doubles as a sleep sack. It comes with an attached swaddle wrap that can be fully removed once your baby starts to roll over and grows out of the swaddle.
This swaddle does have a larger price tag, but with the 2-in-1 feature, I think it’s worth it. The sleep bag with the swaddle removed can fit a newborn up to 13 pounds.
The Ollie swaddle is made of high-quality fabric that is moisture wicking and designed to reduce the risk of overheating. If you know me, you know I obsessed over how to dress my baby for sleep in those newborn days, but the Ollie makes it so simple!
The opening at the bottom makes middle-of-the-night diaper changes a breeze and the swaddle design makes it so that it grows with your little one.
I’ve always been a big fan of Halo’s sleepwear products. They have tons of cute prints and are some of the more affordable sleep sacks.
Halo’s sleep sacks are some of my favorites. But they also make this great sleepsack swaddle with velcro panels that hold baby’s arms securely to their sides, making folding-in your sleepy baby easy and fuss-free.
This particular Halo swaddle is a great fit for newborn babies. It has a nice mid-range TOG of 1.5, which means you can pair it with another layer to keep baby warm at night.
The SwaddleMe Easy Change swaddle is a great budget-friendly option that I loved when my daughter was a baby.
The bottom zipper closure makes diaper changes so simple and you really can’t beat the price! I did find that the stickiness of the velcro wore off after several uses. If you wanted a swaddle that could be passed on to multiple babies, this might not be the best bet.
But, if you’re looking for a soft, short-term swaddle this is a great option.
The Love to Dream Swaddle UP is unique in its design because it allows you to securely and easily swaddle your young baby with their arms bent and hands up by their face.
This is a great alternative for any families who notice their baby frequently resists their arms swaddled down by their sides. Once your baby starts to roll over, you can easily zip the arms off and you’ve successfully transitioned out of the swaddle.
Another nice thing about this swaddle is the zipper feature. I know some parents can’t stand the sound of velcro on their baby’s swaddle. The zipper makes it super easy and velcro-free.
Dr. Harvey Karp brought his pediatric sleep expertise to the design of his very own line of swaddles. The peanut-shaped design helps to make sure that baby’s hips have plenty of room for movement while still keeping them comforted and secure.
Marketed as the “5-second baby swaddle,” the Sleapea uses a 2-way zipper and quiet velcro to quickly and quietly embrace your baby in that cozy cocoon feeling they love.
The Sleeppea contains mesh panels on the top and bottom to allow for good air flow, ensuring your baby won’t overheat. There are also arm openings you can unsnap to allow for one or both arms out of the swaddle, so it can grow with your little one.
Some babies really resist the swaddle or may need to transition out sooner than you want them to. The Zipadee Zip is a great swaddle transition that provides the cozy feeling of a swaddle without the restriction of baby’s movement.
The unique starfish design makes it so baby can safely roll, making it a one of the best transition swaddles.
Hands down the Little Sleepies swaddle sets come in some of the cutest designs! Each swaddle comes with a matching bow or hat for added cuteness.
Their Lunaluxe™ bamboo viscose fabric is ultra-soft and stretchy and great for eczema-prone skin. These swaddles are perfect for that first newborn hospital photo, and they also double as a nursing cover, play mat, stroller cover, burp cloth and more.
Their versatility and cuteness make these one of our favorite swaddle blankets! Use the code POSTPARTUMPARTY to save 15%.
Woolino swaddle blankets are made from 100% merino wool, which is a great textile for swaddles because it is both warm (without overheating) and breathable.
The Woolino swaddles help your baby regulate their temperature throughout the night and can absorb moisture when needed.
Woolino recommends their swaddling blankets for babies up to three months old, or until your baby is ready to transition out of a traditional swaddle. Use the code POSTPARTUMPARTY10 to save 10% on your order.
Aden and Anais is a manufacturer of some of the best-selling swaddle blankets in the country, and for good reason! Not only do they have tons of beautiful designs, but their swaddles are made from super soft muslin fabric.
The muslin material makes these some of the best swaddles for hot weather. They are lightweight and breathable, and have tons of patterns to choose from.
You can also use the these as a burp cloth, play mat, nursing cover, and the list goes on!
Enjoy shopping for some adorable swaddles for your baby!
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