The Aden & Anais Classic Swaddle is the very best lightweight, breathable, swaddle blanket around, and is our Top Pick for Versatility. Made of 100% cotton muslin, they are soft at first touch, and they become more cozy with every wash. Extremely multi-purpose, they are large enough for great swaddle but can also be used for changing baby, tummy time, nursing and as a burp cloth or cover to create shade and privacy for a stroller or infant car seat.
Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle Review
Pros: Highest quality, breathable and soft material, can be used for multiple purposes, large
Cons: Harder to use than sleep sacks, May be difficult to swaddle baby tight enough
Manufacturer: Aden & Anais
Our Analysis and Test Results
We love these versatile soft cotton blankets. They will serve you for years, initially for swaddling, but later for general purpose uses once your baby is older. It is essential to understand that swaddling with these blankets is harder than the zippered sleep sacks. While not rocket science, you should learn how to swaddle correctly (there are some helpful how-to videos included below), as you do not want the wrap to come loose in the night. We love the Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle and would recommend it to anyone looking for a general use blanket in addition to a swaddle for baby.
The Classic Swaddle comes as singles or sets of 2, 3, or 4 with bundling discounts for the larger packs. Overall, these swaddle blankets are available in 2 varieties:
- Classic Swaddle
- Aden + Anais Silky Soft Swaddle
Below, Aden + Anais gives an overview of a classic swaddling technique. Be sure to keep in mind that the safety recommendation to discontinue swaddling at eight weeks of age (2 months) is vital for SIDS reduction, and you should only use this technique up to that point.
If a swaddling blanket presents a challenge or you have a particularly squirmy baby who routinely breaks out of their swaddle, Aden + Anais has developed their Aden + Anais Classic Easy Swaddle which is available in small/medium and large sizes. Below is a demonstration of this style of swaddle:
Once your baby is eight weeks, it is necessary to discontinue swaddling and switch to a sleep sack. There are oodles of great sleep sacks available today, which come in a variety of weights for hotter and cooler climates. A few of our favorites include:
The most common likes for the Aden & Anais Classic Swaddle are:
- Breathable cotton helps avoid overheating
- Perfect large size for multipurpose use
- Makes swaddling easy
- Comfortable for baby even as he or she grows
- Great for Multi-purpose Use
There is very little to dislike about the Aden & Anais Classic Swaddle. However, a couple of user reviews cited:
- Difficulty with swaddling baby tight enough for soothing
— Juliet Spurrier, MD