Swaddle Blankets and Products for Your Baby

The ancient art of swaddling has made a comeback in the past decade with the help of Dr. Harvey Karp's book The Happiest Baby on the Block. Swaddling is one of his famous 5Ss and parents the world over have been swaddling their babies. Swaddling was typically done with a blanket that was square and you'd have to fold and tuck and pray that the baby stayed swaddled. This is where specially designed swaddle blankets have come in, each with their own unique take on swaddling. Here are some of the favorites from parents.

The Summer Infant SwaddleMe Adjustable Infant Wrap comes in a wide variety of patterns and sizes from preemie to small, large.The leg pouch opens easily for diaper changes. The top is secured with hook and loop fasteners.

What makes the Embé® Swaddle different from your typical swaddle is the fact that you can do a complete, full body swaddle, or you can allow you baby to have their legs free. It is made of 100% Organic Cotton. It is designed to fir 6-18 lbs (about newborn to 6 months old). You also have built in diaper access for those middle of the night diaper changes. This is designed to prevent the swaddle from rising up and accidentally covering baby's face.

The Miracle Blanket Swaddle is made of 100% Cotton and imported from China. Interestingly enough, it comes with a 100% Guarantee. This is a full body wrap that comes in multiple colors. Parents rave about this swaddle, saying it's earned the miracle title for helping their little one sleep.

The Woombie Original Baby Swaddle is made of 95 Cotton/5 Spandex, meaning it has some cling but give. This means it's designed to move with the baby but not off the baby. It's not so tight that it hurts babies hips. There is a reverse zipper so that you can easily change diapers in the middle of the night. It's also a one step design, making it easy to use. There are a variety of colors and sizes from which to choose.

The HALO SleepSack Swaddle is 100% polyester. It comes in many colors and fabrics (including cotton and fleece). You can use this swaddle with the baby's arms inside or outside as you transition away from swaddling. It zips at the bottom for easy diaper access. There is also plenty of room at the bottom for kicking, making it "Hip Healthy." There are two sizes: newborn fits 6-12 lbs, size small fits 13-18 lbs

The Ergo Sleep Tight Swaddler is designed with ergonomics in mind. This patent-pending Healthy Hip Positioner keeps baby's legs and hips aligned, and the unique arm pockets hold baby's arms in the fetal "hands to heart" arm position. The leg pouch comes off to access the diaper area for quick changes, or to allow for the harness systems in bouncers and swings. It's 100% cotton knit, allowing baby to regulate their own temperature. This swaddler is machine washable. There are two sizes: Small/ Medium fits 6- 12 lbs, Medium/Large fits 12-18 lbs

The Love To Dream Swaddle Up has unique arm positioning with the arms up next to the baby's head to help baby sleep. The leg pouch allows for freedom of movement to keep baby's hips healthy and safe. The two way zipper gives easy diaper access or from the top to remove the swaddle. There are four sizes: X-Small: 4.5-7 lbs (Grey Only), Small: 6.5-13 lbs, Medium: 13-19 lbs, Large: 19-24 lbs.

Perhaps a swaddle blanket isn't your thing. Parents rave over the Swaddle Swing. This portable device is parent powered and helps you closely snuggle and swing baby to give them a sense of calm. It is recommended from birth to about 6 months of age, but unlike other products, it has a weight limit of 1600 pounds. There are no chemically added flame retardants to this cotton/polyester blend swing. This sets up in seconds and you're ready to go.

If you're looking for real flexibility the Anna & Eve Swaddle Strap Arms Only Baby Swaddle might be just what you need. This band covers only your baby's arms. This is great for big or long babies, but those who still need some swaddle support. It's simple to use and 100% cotton. This comes in multiple sizes based on the chest circumference of your baby.