The 8 Best Swaddles to Buy in 2018

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Swaddles can be sanity savers for parents. From preventing babies from scratching their faces to calming those startle reflexes that can also wake them, swaddling babies is a technique many parents and doctors swear by for better sleep. Swaddles mimic the snug space of the womb and can make babies feel safe and secure, resulting in better sleep. Better sleep for baby means better sleep for mom and dad. Basically, when they work, they’re a win-win all around for those bleary-eyed, newborn days and beyond.

Because of their growing popularity in recent years, numerous manufacturers have hit the market with their versions of the swaddle. From the basic swaddle blanket that you will have to fold and wrap yourself, to pre-made swaddles that you can velcro or snap your baby into, you've got plenty of options to choose from. Of course, not all kids will love every swaddle so it is best to buy a few different brands and see which works best for you and your family.

Before You Buy

The AAP approves of swaddling, but they do have some safe sleep guidelines, so be sure to follow these before bringing your baby home. The top ones are to always place your baby to sleep on their back and to stop swaddling around the 2-month mark when your baby will learn how to roll over.

Best Overall: SwaddleMe Original Swaddle

If your little one fights the power of the swaddle, an option like the SwaddleMe, which comes with Velcro to secure it, will help soothe your little one without them breaking free in the middle of the night. This set comes with three swaddles, so you'll have one the baby can wear, one in the wash, and one on standby for when spit ups and blowouts occur. Its constructed of 100 percent cotton so your baby's temperature can regulate without overheating.

Parents who have tried many other swaddles claim this is the best fit yet. They're great for smaller babies but they have two sizes so you can get a larger package if you expect a big baby.

When you are trying to transition out of the swaddle you can place one arm or both out of the swaddle to get them used to sleep with their hands "free". One note—these need to be completely undone for a middle of the night diaper change, so it might be a negative for some parents.

Best Swaddle Blanket: Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle Blanket

These blankets from Aden + Anais get high marks all around for their versatility. Not only are they a great weight and size (47 x 47 inches) for swaddling, but you can also use them as a tummy time blanket, nursing cover, burp cloth, and more. New moms will appreciate their versatility.

You will have to master your swaddling techniques, as they have no Velcro or other fasteners to secure them. The good news is that once you do, you can create a wrap that’s just right for your baby. This set of four is made of soft bamboo muslin with 18 different print options to suit the baby's nursery.

Customers rave about how soft and beautiful these blankets are. Those in warm climates particularly like how lightweight the muslin is for swaddling.

Best Convertible: HALO® Sleepsack® Plushy Dot Velboa Swaddle

A veteran of the sleepsack business, Halo makes a variety of wearable sleep blankets, including this soft, plush swaddle suit. It comes in three soft, pastel colors—cream, pink, and blue— and is made of 100 percent polyester. It also comes in a variety of other materials to suit warmer or colder climates and patterns.

This doesn’t take as much skill to master as some of the other swaddle options, as it has a zipper up the middle, which brilliantly unzips from the bottom to make diaper changes easy, and adjustable fasteners that keep the swaddle in place. It’s versatile too, as you can choose to swaddle your baby one of three ways—with arms in, hands-to-face or one or both arms—to match their sleep style. This one is also endorsed by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for being “Hip Healthy.”

Parents love this swaddle, saying it’s the perfect alternative to a blanket, and many credit it with helping their newborns sleep soundly.

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Best for Preemies: SwaddleMe Pod

These pod swaddles from SwaddleMe will keep tiny, newborn babies snug and warm. Designed for those weighing 5-12 pounds and up to 21 inches, they simply zip up the middle, no need for wrapping, fastening or tricky folding.

This pack comes with two sacks, one printed with adorable pea pods and the other in a sweet shade of green. They also come in an array of other colors, patterns, and materials, as well as in bigger sizes for when baby grows (see our best overall pick). These are made of 93 percent cotton and 7 percent Spandex that has a nice stretch to it, and they have a two-way zipper to make diaper changes as easy as possible.

Thankful parents say these swaddles are lifesavers and extremely easy to use. Some, however, don’t like the fact that they don’t wrap baby as tightly as some other options on the market.

Best for Transitioning: Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit Microfleece

Babies can’t be swaddled forever (most manufacturers recommend you discontinue their use once baby can roll to their stomach, while the AAP suggest 2 months), and this microfleece “magic” sleepsuit from Baby Merlin will help make the transition out of one easier, since it still calms their startle reflex but they won't be able to roll over in it. It’s designed for babies 3-6 months and 12-18 pounds, and it also comes in larger sizes as well.

With full arms and legs, it keeps them warm and cozy, but there’s no wrapping necessary. You simply put baby in, then zip up the double zippers on the front of the suit. The hands and feet are open. It’s made of microfleece on the outside with an inner layer of breathable cotton.

Parents say it’s the perfect transition, and many believe in the “magic” of this sleep suit. “If you thought unicorns were magic, try this suit,” one reviewer wrote on Amazon.

Best for Baby’s Hips: Ergobaby Original Swaddler

This swaddle is specifically designed to help prevent hip dysplasia, a condition in which an infant’s hip joints don’t form properly. It’s designed to keep their legs in an ergonomic position, which promotes healthy hip growth, and keep their arms in a “hands to heart” position. While fasteners keep them securely in place, there’s also a removable leg pouch to make diaper changes easy.

This one is made of 100 percent cotton, but it comes in a variety of other colors and fabrics as well. It’s designed for infants weighing between 6-15 pounds. The majority of parents rave about its ease of use and effectiveness, though some parents report that their little ones were able to escape this swaddle.

Best for “Arms-Up” Position: Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

While some babies feel more secure with their arms snuggly nestled beside or across their bodies, other babies sleep more soundly in the natural “arms-up” position, which allows them to self soothe. This swaddle from Love to Dream allows them to do just that, but also offers the snug, secure feel of a swaddle to calm the startle reflex and help them sleep better. A simple twin-design zipper keeps it secure and makes diaper changes easy with no Velcro or other fasteners to master.

This one is designed for babies from 6.5-13 pounds, but it comes in other sizes as well and in a variety of colors and prints. While it doesn’t work for every baby, the majority of parents say it’s not only adorable, but that it’s a great alternative to more traditional swaddles.

Best for Summer: The Ollie Swaddle

Just like top-of-the-line athletic wear for adults, this swaddle is made of moisture-wicking material to keep baby comfortable. Made of 86 percent polyester and 14 percent Spandex, it’s lightweight and breathable to prevent overheating. Velcro tabs up top keep it secure, while an elastic tie loop keeps the bottom closed around baby’s feet. When it’s time to change their diaper, you simply open the bottom, with no need to unfasten the rest of the swaddle. It also comes with a delicates laundry bag to use when washing this swaddle.

While this swaddle is a bit pricier than other swaddling options on the market, the majority of parents say this one is worth every penny of it. And can you really put a price tag on sleep?

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