To swaddle or not to swaddle is one of the many questions new parents face after their baby is born. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that when done safely and correctly, swaddling can be a beneficial method to help soothe newborns and encourage sleep. The latest AAP guidelines for swaddling can be found here.
This information is all good and helpful, but choosing what type of swaddle to use can be a feat in and of itself. There are so many options! Do you use a simple blanket or purchase a pre-made swaddle? Do you wrap the arms or leave them free? How do you keep your Houdini baby from escaping? And what about when it’s time to transition out of a swaddle; then what? Over the years we’ve found ourselves using many types of swaddles & blankets with out clients. We’ve narrowed down the options to share our top 4 favorites in hopes of making the decision a little easier for you.
Most, if not all of these swaddles can also be found on Amazon. Is anyone else as obsessed with Amazon Prime as I am?!? HELLO CONVENIENCE 🙂
If you are one that prefers using a good old fashion blanket instead of a premade swaddle, you should definitely give the muslim blankets from aden and anais a try. Their swaddle blankets are large, lightweight and perfect for swaddling your baby. They also are multifunctional and can be used to lay your baby on, shade the stroller on a sunny day or double as a cover up while breastfeeding. There are so many cute, stylish designs to choose from as well, so good luck with that!
The Original Woombie especially, is a favorite of ours for its’ simplicity. Lay your baby in it, snap, zip it up and you’re done. I would even go as far as to say it’s almost impossible for your baby to wiggle their arms free while in the Woombie. Anyone who has ever gotten up repeatedly to re-swaddle their baby in the middle of the night will understand the awesomeness of this. The stretchy knit material allows plenty of room for your baby to naturally move around while also helping them feel snug and secure. There are also several transitional options available depending on the individual needs of your baby.
Whether you’re looking for something for your 2 week old, 2 month old or even 2 year old; Halo has swaddle and sleepsack options for every age. Their swaddles can be used with both arms secured or with 1 or both arms free. You also have the ability to keep the top part secure and simply undo the bottom half. This is especially helpful for the middle-of-the-night diaper changes when you want to keep your baby as drowsy and undisturbed as possible.
The Merlin Magic Sleepsuit is specifically designed to use once your baby is ready to transition out of being swaddled; often around 3 months of age. This transitional suit helps your baby to still feel cozy while minimizing their startle reflex and twitching that happens during sleep that often wakes them up. The sleepsuit comes in 2 different sizes and is available in cotton and microfleece options. This transitional suit provides you the parent with an alternative to discontinuing swaddling cold turkey.
Maybe you have another favorite swaddle that you use. We would love to hear your favorite and why you love it so much