If you’re looking for a better night’s sleep for you and baby, and a little one who feels more safe and secure, then it’s time to start swaddling. You may have been shown how to swaddle in the hospital or maternity center, or perhaps you’re brand new to the practice. Either way, this ancient method of wrapping a newborn up all snug and secure, is good for your little one. Swaddling promotes a feeling of security and being held that is reminiscent of the womb. As well as promoting good sleep, swaddling can help to:
•Soothe and pacify – being swaddled is soothing for your baby, helping them to feel safe.
•Protect against SIDS – swaddling can help protect against SIDS by restricting movement. Do be sure to stop swaddling as soon as your little one learns to roll in their sleep.
•Ease crying – babies sometimes cry at first when being swaddled, as it’s unfamiliar, but most little ones quickly calm down and cry less when swaddled.
•Relax your baby – swaddling prevents those sudden movements that babies often make while falling asleep, thus helping your little one to relax.
If you want to swaddle your baby, there are plenty of blankets on the market that make swaddling easy. Here are reviews of the top 10 best swaddle blankets in 2016 to help you make up your mind.
1. HALO Sleepsack
This swaddle has it all! Its innovative design allows for three swaddle positions. You can tuck your little one up in a complete swaddle, or wrap them up with hands to face for little ones who like to self-soothe. You can also swaddle with one or both arms out, which is perfect for when it’s time to transition out of the swaddle and into the next stage of sleep. As well as being designed to best meet your baby’s preferred sleep position, the HALO sleepsack zippers from the bottom up, making diaper changes an absolute breeze. It’s easy to see why the HALO is one of the best swaddle blankets in 2016, and the number one choice of hospitals everywhere.
If you’re looking for a delightfully soft swaddle to keep your baby safe all night long, look no further than the SwaddleMe. A favorite with parents, SnuggleMe is made of only the softest, most natural cotton for a finish that will keep your baby warm and happy. The easy-close velcro design is made for ease of use, making it so simple to get your baby swaddled in no time. The SwaddleMe also features a harness slit that is perfectly positioned for settling baby into a car seat or sleeper product, making this the swaddle that you can use on the go.
From the team that brought you the SwaddleMe, the SwaddlePod is the ideal solution for the newest of newborns. When you’ve just brought your little one home and you’re ready to swaddle him or her, the SwaddlePod is a fantastic solution. The simple but clever design means you can simply zip baby into the pod for instant swaddling. The cotton / elastane blend material makes for a comfortable fit for baby. Not to mention the two-way zipper to make diaper changes easier than ever. SwaddlePod helps your new little one to sleep better and feel safe.
4. Ziggy Baby
Babies need to be just the right temperature, which is why the Ziggy Baby swaddle is the perfect swaddle blanket for warmer climes or the heat of summer. Ziggy Baby swaddles are made of a lovely, light, breathable fabric that will keep your baby wrapped up secure without making them feel too hot. Ziggy Baby swaddles come in reasonably priced three packs and soft, gender neutral grays, making them perfect for boys or girls, and parents on a budget! With soft cotton wings and an easy-fasten velcro closure, your baby will be swaddled in no time. Even better, the lightweight fabric washes and dries quickly and easily.
5. Aden and Anais Classic Swaddle Blanket
This is a more traditional swaddle blanket – but don’t let that scare you off! Once you get the hang of folding the soft blanket and getting your little one wrapped up nice and secure, you’ll love the versatility of the Aden and Anais swaddle. The traditional square shape means that this beautiful swaddle also doubles as a stroller cover, traditional baby blanket, oversized bib, or comfortable play blanket. You and your baby will love the incredibly soft touch of the muslin fabric, which is breathable and easy to care for. The swaddle is oversized too, to make swaddling a piece of cake.
6. Cozy Cocoon
The Cozy Cocoon must be one of the easiest swaddle options on the market! There are no straps, no zippers, no velcro, and no fasteners. Instead, the Cozy Cocoon simply slips over your little one in one easy movement. It’s like putting on a sock – all you do is scrunch it up in your hands and then carefully unroll. Made of soft, breathable fabric, this easy-care cocoon comes in a wide range of eye catching styles. You’ll even receive a matching hat, making this the perfect choice not only for sleeping, but for those all-important newborn pictures.
7. Lollipop and Lullaby Simple Swaddle
This quirky, fun swaddle comes in four unique designs: Bumble bee, cow, mermaid and American football! But don’t let the whimsical designs fool you – this swaddle is all business. Made from lovely soft, breathable cotton, the Simple Swaddle is designed to keep even the wriggliest babies save and secure, thanks to not one, not two, but three secure velcro fastenings. The Simple Swaddle comes in two sizes (0 – 3 months and 3 – 6 months) to ensure you get the perfect fit for your baby, and the organic cotton is safe for baby’s skin and will keep them lovely and warm.
8. Love To Dream Swaddle UP
The Love to Dream Swaddle UP is surely one of the best swaddle blankets on the market for 2016! The innovative design keeps your baby safe and secure from head to toe, while still allowing them to raise their hands to their face. Many newborns like to self soothe by stroking their face or sucking on their hands. The Swaddle UP lets them do that while still keeping them securely swaddled for a safe and peaceful night’s sleep. The easy-close zipper makes fastening your little one into the swaddle as easy as pie, while the soft, light material is warm and soothing to the touch.
9. BundleBee Baby Wrap
The BundleBee Baby Wrap is a swaddle with a difference! This unique design cocoons your baby in soft material that offers a little extra support, too. The back and head support is filled with soft fibre that offers extra protection when baby is being held. The BundleBee has a soft, safe, filling that makes it feel a little like a duvet, while still providing all the safety and comfort of a traditional swaddle. The design is snug and secure, yet has enough space to allow for natural hip movement to protect against the hip problems that come from swaddling too tight. For an extra cushiony swaddle that protects baby and keeps them held safe, look no further than the BundleBee.
10. My Tiny Tot Organic Swaddle Blanket With Stroller Clips
This is another traditional swaddle blanket, and is a very popular choice with parents. It’s easy to see why: This Mom-designed swaddle blanket is made of the softest organic muslin that is triple-washed before despatch for a buttery soft finish like no other. The design is large than most traditional swaddles, making swaddling easier than ever. This versatile blanket also doubles as a receiving blanket, nursing cover, tummy time blanket, stroller cover and more. It comes packages with a set of stroller clips to keep it securely attached to the stroller whether you’re using it to cover the stroller, or cover baby.
Swaddling is ideal for any newborn. When you swaddle your baby, you help him or her to feel safer and more secure, promoting good sleep and a happier little one. A happy baby means happy parents! Choosing from the best swaddle blankets in 2016 means you’ll find the perfect product for you and your little one. From velcro to zipper fastenings, these swaddles and sleep sacks make it so easy to get your baby wrapped up securely and ready for a nap.
Traditional swaddle blankets made this list too. Sometimes a traditional swaddle is just what you need, providing quality bonding time with baby and doubling up as a soft, durable blanket for nursing, tummy time, visits from loved ones and more. Traditional blankets also make great stroller covers to keep your little one protected from the sun.
Every item on this list features soft, breathable fabric for easy care and a healthy touch next to baby’s skin. With everything from traditional prints to a cute bumblebee, you’re sure to find something that suits both your budget and your baby.
If you’re already swaddling, you’ll know why so many parents love it. If not, why not get started today? With so many great swaddles to choose from, experienced and new swaddlers alike can enjoy a more secure baby and better sleep all round.