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Miracle Blanket Review

An escape-proof swaddle that is a bit more time-consuming with lots of wrapping, but is free of snaps, zippers, and Velcro
Miracle Blanket
Credit: Miracle Baby
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Price:   $30 List | $29.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, Velcro free, quality material
Cons:  Lots of wrapping, layers might get warm
Manufacturer:   Miracle Baby
By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 18, 2021
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  • Baby Comfort - 40% 8
  • Ease of Use - 40% 7
  • Durability - 20% 8

The Skinny

The Miracle Blanket is a product that offers a happy middle ground between a traditional swaddle blanket and a more modern zippered version. It pulls off an escape-proof design without the use of zippers and velcro and takes only a short amount of time to master. The soft cotton fabric keeps your baby cozy through the night. It is not as convenient as some more modern options, but it is one of the best options for baby comfort and overall quality. This is our favorite swaddle for newborns and colicky babies.

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Pros Easy to use, Velcro free, quality materialSoft fabric, organic cotton, easy to useSecure wrap, soft material, hip friendlyEasy to use, reverse zipper, can swaddle arms in or outFits older toddlers, warm material, lots of leg room
Cons Lots of wrapping, layers might get warmVery lightweight, runs largeLoud Velcro closure, more steps to swaddleLoud velcro, lower qualityRuns big, lower quality, zipper issues
Bottom Line An escape-proof swaddle that is a bit more time-consuming with lots of wrapping, but is free of snaps, zippers, and VelcroLightweight organic cotton sleep sack that has a large age range, but may need to be sized down and may not be good for colder climatesBudget-friendly swaddle with a hip-healthy design, but not as simple to use and the Velcro is loudA simple hybrid swaddle perfect for beginners, but the quality is not excellent and the Velcro closure could wake a babyA budget solution to prevent kicking off blankets, but uses less durable materials and runs big
Rating Categories Miracle Blanket Burt's Bees Baby Be... Ergobaby Swaddler HALO SleepSack Swaddle HALO SleepSack Micr...
Baby Comfort (40%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Ease Of Use (40%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (20%)
8.0
7.0
8.0
4.0
5.0
Specs Miracle Blanket Burt's Bees Baby Be... Ergobaby Swaddler HALO SleepSack Swaddle HALO SleepSack Micr...
Style Swaddle Wrap Sleep Sack Velcro Swaddle Zippered Transition Swaddle with Velcro Footed Sleep Sack
Material Cotton GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Cotton Cotton Polyester Micro-Fleece
Zipper Direction NA Reverse NA Reverse Reverse
TOG rating Not Listed 0.5 0.5 1.5 1.0
Age Range 0-14 Weeks 0-18 Months 0-3 Months 0-6 Months 6-24 Months
Available Sizes One Size Small, Medium, Large One Size Preemie, Newborn, Small Medium, Large, X-Large
Washing Instructions Machine wash cold, tumble dry low Machine wash cold and tumble dry on low Machine wash, tumble dry low Machine wash with like colors. Close fastener strips before washing Wash inside out and zipped

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Miracle Blanket was invented by Mike Gatten, father of 3, after experiencing many sleepless nights with a colicky firstborn. In order to avoid this with babies 2 and 3, Mike used his extensive research to come up with solutions, and the Miracle Blanket was born. After more than a year of researching, developing, and testing, the company officially launched the escape-proof swaddle wrap in 2002. Since then, the Miracle Baby company has expanded to include sleep sacks and clothing in its line of products and is now based in Alabama.

Performance Comparison


It was easy to get a secure wrap around our tester to help soothe...
It was easy to get a secure wrap around our tester to help soothe her before bedtime.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Likes


The Miracle Blanket is an item of baby sleepwear that falls somewhere between a traditional swaddle blanket and a transitional sleep sack. According to the Miracle Baby website, what makes this swaddle so effective is that it combines classic swaddling with lateral abdominal pressure providing babies with a cozy and secure feeling that helps to calm and soothe. With a pocket for the legs and two small flaps to keep the baby's arms in place, it is much easier to get a secure wrap in the Miracle Blanket and it is less likely that your baby will be able to wriggle their arms out, even if you have a little Houdini on your hands. A long stretch of fabric wraps around the baby multiple times so it is essentially self-securing, which means no tucking or folding is required. This will be a huge relief to some parents who like the idea of traditional swaddling but find it nearly impossible to master. Miracle Baby also has very helpful instructions on their website for new users.

Masting an effective wrap with the Miracle Blanket takes much less...
Masting an effective wrap with the Miracle Blanket takes much less than time than with traditional swaddles.
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We love that it is free of zippers and velcro. You can wrap the swaddle as tight or as loose as you want without the restriction of a fixed zipper and there are no hard or scratchy materials that may get in the way of your baby's comfort. The lack of Velcro also means that there is no loud trsschht sound if you have to readjust the wrap. This can feel like an absolute god-send to parents who just worked so hard to shush their baby to sleep. Velcro also tends to wear out quickly and can snag other fabrics during use or a wash cycle, so we prefer to avoid it altogether.

The flaps may be somewhat confusing for first-time users, but it...
The flaps may be somewhat confusing for first-time users, but it does not take long to find a good wrap.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Miracle Blanket can be used from 0-14 weeks, or until your baby starts to roll over. At just over 3 months, this is an average usage range for the swaddles in our review, however, the durable construction and 100% cotton material make this a product you can save and pass down to a little brother or sister. Because there is no fixed sizing, you can be sure that it will fit your baby, no matter how tiny or chunky.

There is plenty of room for free leg and hip movement even after the...
There is plenty of room for free leg and hip movement even after the blanket is fully wrapped.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dislikes


We love the Miracle Blanket, however, it is not for everyone. It is not as involved as using a traditional swaddle blanket and you don't have to learn a very complicated technique, but it does require more work than a simple zippered swaddle. There may be a bit of a learning curve before you find a method that works best for you and your baby.

The Miracle Blanket has various flaps of fabric that help keep the...
The Miracle Blanket has various flaps of fabric that help keep the baby's arms secure through the night and making it nearly escape-proof.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The wrapping process is fairly straightforward. One flap over each arm then under the baby's back to keep them secure, and then you wrap… and wrap… and wrap. Some users mention that there seems to be an excessive amount of fabric to deal with, and it tends to get tangled and twisted if you don't lay it out flat beforehand. The multiple flaps under the baby's back can also become lumpy if you don't take special care to tuck it securely. We also find that with the greater freedom of wrapping style, there is more room for error until you have your method down.

After the wrapping process is complete, your baby is surrounded by 4+ layers of fabric, and there is no option to remove layers from this swaddle if you feel your baby is getting too warm. Taking extra care to dress your baby appropriately for the temperature of their nursery can help you avoid this. Miracle baby indicates that the cotton material that they use for their blanket is a 3 season fabric for their blanket, and it is best suited for nurseries between 67°-72°F.

Swaddling your baby can help soothe, help them stay asleep longer...
Swaddling your baby can help soothe, help them stay asleep longer, and keeps loose blankets out of the crib.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


Bridging the gap between traditional and modern swaddling with high-quality material and an escape-proof design, the Miracle Blanket is one of our favorite swaddles out there. The unique wrap style brings along our favorite aspects of a traditional swaddle blanket, but does not involve a complicated folding and tucking process. The soft material is cozy for your baby and the material stays sturdy through heavy use. This is our first choice for newborn swaddling and we think it is a great option for most parents and babies.

Abriah Wofford

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