The 10 Best Swaddling Blankets
This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in August of 2018. Whether your bundle of joy is fussy and can’t sleep or you just like how cute they look wrapped up like a burrito, you can benefit from one of the swaddling blankets on our list, which are designed to provide comfort by hugging your little one securely. We’ve included everything from no-frills options to clever designs with features like Velcro closures that make them easy to put on and remove. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
June 04, 2020:
Years ago, when my first child was born, I watched in admiration at how adept the nurses were at wrapping him up into a secure, tight swaddle. I went on to practice this technique hundreds, probably thousands, of times until I got it just right. Today, there are many helpful how-to videos online for those who choose to swaddle using a standard square-shaped baby blanket. In addition, there are many clever designs for swaddling that incorporate Velcro tabs and ties, which are convenient when you’ve got helpful relatives or other caregivers who might not be as trained in the art of wrapping a blanket securely around a sometimes-fussy tiny tot. Our list features a variety of designs that fall into both categories. Today we added in The Ollie Adjustable, winner of the Bump’s “Best of Baby” awards in 2018. This pouch-shaped product is designed to provide a secure fit on the torso, but with plenty of room in the hip and legs area to allow little ones to kick to their heart’s desire, which is important for hip development. It can be worn with the arms covered or free, depending on which way your child prefers, and since free hands often help in self soothing. The open bottom that closes with an elastic tie is great for quick access when middle-of-the-night diaper changes are needed.
In today’s update, the swaddle version of the Halo SleepSack remains in the number one spot. This tried-and-true product is used by hospitals around the country for educating new parents on safe sleeping techniques. Like the Ollie, this one provides ample room for kicking and won’t inhibit hip development. It too provides an easy-open bottom -- this one by use of a zipper -- that makes for convenient diaper changing. The SwaddleMe Original, another highly popular choice among parents, made its way to the number two spot. They can fasten easily via hook and loop attachments, making them easy to put on by anyone who care for your baby. They come in a pack of three, which you’ll appreciate for laundry purposes.
As mentioned, in addition to these three clever designs, you’ll also find plenty of perfectly flat, square blankets on the list, such as the Aden + Anais Classic, which are made of smooth, breathable muslin and are durable enough to stand up to frequent washing. If you prefer flannel, instead, look to the Ultimate Premium Flannel, an American-made choice that comes in a bright and cheery chick pattern, with several matching products also available, like burp cloths, crib sheets, and sleep sacks.
On a safety-related note, be sure to read the guidelines put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) regarding swaddling and safe sleep. The AAP advises always putting your baby to sleep on his or her back, whether swaddled or not, and to stop swaddling when infants show any signs of trying to roll over, which often is around two months of age or sooner. It’s important to swaddle the torso tightly so the blanket does not become loose to the point it could cover the baby’s face. However, hips should be swaddled more loosely to help prevent hip dysplasia, the AAP instructs. Be sure to consult with your pediatrician for advice and guidance regarding swaddling and safe sleep.
Cotton Swaddle Blanket A cheerful print of snoozing suns, stars, and moods adds a playful touch to this gauzy cotton blanket. It’s sized at 46 square inches, to keep your little one wrapped in cozy comfort. It’s available exclusively from Nordstrom Baby, and is easy to care for by machine washing in warm water and tumble drying on low. nordstrom.com