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The Best Baby Swaddles

We put swaddles from Burt's Bees, Aden + Anais, Summer Infant, Ergobaby, and others to the test to determine the best in the bunch
The Best Baby Swaddles
Our 2 1/2mo tester was comfy and cozy in the Woolino sleep sack.
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Tuesday May 3, 2022
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A swaddle is a great way to keep your baby safe, warm, and happy at night. We purchased the top 12 swaddling products available today to find the best swaddle, including swaddling blankets, sleep sacks, and wraps. There are many choices with options ranging from newborn to toddler for use in warm climates and cold winters. We tested each product for comfort, ease of use, and durability or longevity to determine which options were the best of the best. With hands-on experience and at-home testing, let us help you find the perfect swaddling solution for you and your baby.

If you are looking for items to help soothe little ones into lumber, you might want a sound machine, night light, or pacifier. Looking to keep an eye (or ear) on what is happening in the nursery, we've tested various monitors to find the best options of each type.

Editor's Note: This swaddle review was updated on May 3, 2022. We considered the product selection and updated prices.

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Pros Large age range, durable, easy size adjustmentsEasy 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 out
Cons Expensive, requires special cleaning careLots of wrapping, layers might get warmVery lightweight, runs largeLoud Velcro closure, more steps to swaddleLoud velcro, lower quality
Bottom Line High quality sleep sack that uses wool to help regulate temperature, but is quite expensive and high maintenanceAn 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 baby
Rating Categories Woolino 4 Season Ul... Miracle Blanket Burt's Bees Baby Be... Ergobaby Swaddler HALO SleepSack Swaddle
Baby Comfort (40%)
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Specs Woolino 4 Season Ul... Miracle Blanket Burt's Bees Baby Be... Ergobaby Swaddler HALO SleepSack Swaddle
Style Sleep Sack Swaddle Wrap Sleep Sack Velcro Swaddle Zippered Transition Swaddle with Velcro
Material Organic Cotton with Merino Wool Core Cotton GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Cotton Cotton
Zipper Direction Two-way NA Reverse NA Reverse
TOG rating NA Not Listed 0.5 0.5 1.5
Age Range 2 Months-4 Years 0-14 Weeks 0-18 Months 0-3 Months 0-6 Months
Available Sizes Baby, Toddler One Size Small, Medium, Large One Size Preemie, Newborn, Small
Washing Instructions Machine wash cool. Can be tumble dried on No Heat or Air Dry setting. Hang to dry whenever possible. 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


Best Sleepsack


Woolino 4 Season Ultimate


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Baby Comfort 8.0
  • Ease of Use 9.0
  • Durability 9.0
Material: Merino Wool w/ Organic Cotton Shell | Age Range: 2-24 Months
REASONS TO BUY
High quality
Very versatile
Self-regulating temperature
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Only one size

The Woolino 4 Season Baby sleep sack is a high-quality wearable blanket of 100% Merino wool with an organic cotton exterior layer for durability. This sleep sack is naturally flame retardant and wicks moisture away from the baby to regulate their temperature, thanks to the wool's inherent properties. Woolino only makes their sleep sack in one size, which will fit children from 2 months to 2 years, and underarm snaps help with adjustability to keep it snug around children of different ages. Additional snaps on both shoulders and a 2-way zipper allow it to be opened and laid flat, making it easy to put on, even if your baby is sound asleep. Many users appreciate the side zipper because it stays out of the baby's face and out of chewing range. The Woolino 4 Season also has an opening on the front and back to allow for the crotch strap of a car seat or stroller to pass through, which can be super handy if you would like to transfer a sleeping baby from a crib to a car seat without redressing them.

While advertised as a year-round product, many find that the Woolino is too warm to use during the summer months. Because this is a one-size-fits-all product, many parents feel there is too much fabric for younger infants and prefer to use it once their baby is older. It's machine washable, but you must follow special washing instructions to keep the wool in tip-top condition throughout its lifespan. Last, it is expensive, sporting one of the highest price tags in this review. However, many parents, including us, think it is worth the initial investment. Thanks to its high quality and multi-age fit, you only have to purchase one sleep sack until the baby is ready to sleep with ordinary blankets rather than create a collection of multiple sizes and weights. We believe that most families will be happy with the Woolino 4 Season Baby sleep sack.

Read review: Woolino 4 Season Baby

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The Woolino is made for babies as young as 2 months who are transitioning out of the swaddle stage.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Newborn Swaddle


Miracle Blanket


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  • Baby Comfort 8.0
  • Ease of Use 7.0
  • Durability 8.0
Material: 100% Cotton Knit | Age Range: 0-14 Weeks
REASONS TO BUY
Good for Houdini
Velcro/zipper free
Lightweight fabric
REASONS TO AVOID
May take some practice
Lumpy under the back
Must unswaddle to change diapers

The Miracle Blanket is an innovative take on the classic swaddle concept. It is a lightweight, 100% cotton fabric recommended for room temps from 67-72°F. Many parents love that it resembles a traditional swaddle more closely but find it much more manageable. When swaddling the baby, an extra flap tucks around each arm to keep them snug and prevent them from breaking out of the swaddle. From there, you wrap the extra-long fabric around and around to keep it secure; no tucking or folding is required. At the bottom is a large pocket for the legs that won't come undone. If you think your baby will be too warm with the extra coverage, you can remove their legs from the pocket. If mom and dad are having trouble getting the wrapping down just right, there is helpful information on how to use the Miracle Blanket on their website.

You cannot change a baby's diaper like a traditional swaddle without completely unwrapping the Miracle Blanket. Although it is simpler than a conventional swaddle, it is more involved than those with zipper closures. Due to the non-adjustable leg pocket at the bottom, extra-tall babies tend to grow out of the swaddle before the 14-week suggested age limit. Lastly, the arm flaps from each side end up under the baby's back, and if you're not careful when wrapping, all that extra fabric can get a bit lumpy under the baby's back. Some users complain about the material being too lightweight, but others see it as increased freedom when choosing how to dress the baby. Adding more layers to keep a baby warm is more manageable than avoiding overheating in a heavyweight sleep swaddle. Overall, we are impressed with the Miracle Blanket and would happily recommend it to anyone. It may be especially handy for those with little Houdini babies that seem to escape from every wrap.

Read review: Miracle Blanket

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Baby is snug and cozy in the Miracle Blanket swaddle.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Bang for the Buck Organic Option


Burt's Bees Baby Beekeeper


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  • Baby Comfort 7.0
  • Ease of Use 8.0
  • Durability 7.0
Material: Organic Cotton | Age Range: 0-18 Months
REASONS TO BUY
Soft fabric
Extra length for long babies
Snap cover at the bottom of the zipper
REASONS TO AVOID
Very thin/lightweight
Mixed quality reviews

The Burt's Bees Baby Beekeeper is a lightweight, 100% organic cotton wearable swaddle transition blanket available in various adorable patterns and is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. The material's weight is similar to a thick t-shirt, so we recommend this sleep sack for warmer homes and nurseries. The zipper works in reverse and has a small pocket at the bottom to keep it tucked away and prevent it from catching on to things. The fabric is very soft, and it is easily machine washable, with no special instructions. This sleep sack is longer than others, allowing for lots of extra legroom and making it a good choice for longer babies or those who want to get the most use out of their baby clothes.

Although there are many things to like about this sleep sack, many users note that the fabric is much thinner than anticipated and doesn't provide adequate warmth in colder homes or climates. The Baby Beekeeper also lacks the convenient shoulder snaps that some other sacks have and may not be as easy to put on the baby. While the quality of the fabric itself is excellent, there is an occasional complaint about assembly quality. Many find loose threads and seams that come undone after a few washes, implying that there may be poor quality control on the manufacturer's end. Because of the extra length, smaller babies may swim in the excess fabric, so be sure to take a look at Burt's Bees size guide to achieve a proper fit. Aside from this, we think that Burt's Bees makes an excellent organic sleep sack that will keep your baby will be happy.

Read review: Burt's Bees Baby Beekeeper

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Although we purchased the correct size, the Burt's Bees Baby Beekeeper felt a bit large on our 12-month-old tester.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best for Baby's Hips


Ergobaby Swaddler


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  • Baby Comfort 7.0
  • Ease of Use 7.0
  • Durability 8.0
Material: Cotton | Age Range: 0-3 Months
REASONS TO BUY
Adorable & soft
Ergonomic
Easier diaper changes
REASONS TO AVOID
Weak Velcro
Learning curve

The Ergobaby Swaddler is adorable, 100% cotton, and undeniably soft. The material has some stretch, making it suitable for babies who want some movement, and the neck hole is wider for babies who prefer that style. The manufacturer claims that this swaddle has an ergonomic design that keeps the baby's legs and hips in the proper ergonomic position, promoting healthy hip growth. The removable leg pouch makes diaper changes more accessible, and the swaddle's Velcro is quieter than some competing swaddles in our roundup.

Although we appreciate a Velcro system that doesn't wake sleeping babies, users mention that this hook-and-loop system lacks strength, particularly over time. Also, there's a learning curve when first swaddling your baby. This product even comes with an instruction manual. However, with practice, you'll be a master in no time. This product is a contender if you seek a swaddle with an ergonomic design and handy leg pocket for diaper changes.

Read review: Ergobaby Swaddler

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The Ergobaby Swaddler has more steps than some other options we tested, but it is easy to master.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Most Versatile Swaddle


Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle


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  • Baby Comfort 9.0
  • Ease of Use 2.0
  • Durability 9.0
Material: 100% Cotton Muslin | Age Range: 0-3 Years
REASONS TO BUY
High quality
Washes well
Highly versatile
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Requires good swaddling skills

Aden + Anais makes various baby accessories, but they are perhaps best known for their Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle, our favorite option for versatility. It is a roomy 47" x 47" swaddle blanket from soft cotton muslin and comes in a large selection of cute prints and colors. Muslin is a breathable fabric, but thanks to the multiple layers of material you will be wrapping around the baby, it will keep them reasonably warm. The extra-large size makes it easier to swaddle with, and parents love how well these blankets wash, noting that they don't hold stains from spit-up or other spills and messes. Despite the delicate feeling of muslin, these swaddle blankets last. They can be used for a huge variety of purposes even after your baby has outgrown swaddling, including car seat/stroller cover, burp cloth, nursing cover, tummy time blanket, and changing table cover.

We love these blankets, but there are a few things to remember before purchasing. To use these blankets as a swaddle, you must trust your skill in this area as you do not want the wrap to come loose at night, a potential problem that is not present when using zippered swaddles. Another common complaint is the price. At first blush, $35 may seem a bit steep for such a simple set of blankets; however, we think it is worth it if you consider their longevity and potential versatility, even for budget-minded parents. Based on our personal use and experience, we love the Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle. We would recommend it to anyone looking for a general-use blanket in addition to a swaddle for a baby.

Read review: Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle

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Knowing how to properly swaddle is essential when using a blanket like the Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle.
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Compare Products

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Score Product Price Our Take
86
$100
Editors' Choice Award
Expensive but durable sleep sack made from natural materials that requires special care to clean
76
$30
Editors' Choice Award
A quality swaddle blanket that brings security to the table with a Velcro free design but there is lots of layers and wrapping required
74
$25
Best Value Award
A cozy, affordable sleep sack made with organic cotton that tends to run big and could be too light for colder weather
72
$25
Best Value Award
A hip friendly swaddle that is soft and durable, but somewhat complicated to use and the closure mechanism is loud
68
$30
A simple hybrid swaddle perfect for beginners, but the quality is not excellent and the Velcro closure could wake a baby
66
$23
A budget solution to prevent kicking off blankets, but uses less durable materials and runs big
62
$33
Uniquely shaped swaddle is good for arms up sleepers, but does not offer alternate positioning
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$40
Top Pick Award
Beautiful swaddling and multi-purpose blanket uses soft quality materials, but it is harder to use than sleep sacks
60
$40
A baby swaddle and sleep sack that accommodates five stages of growth, but has many snaps and zippers to contend with
50
$25
A simple to use swaddle that allows more freedom for movement but is sized for smaller babies and is not adjustable
50
$30
An affordable 3-pack of hybrid swaddles that are much lower quality than most other options
42
$40
A unique, but difficult-to-use transitional product for babies who are out of the swaddling stage, but it is heavy and not breathable

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Putting your baby down for the night can be made stress-free with the help of the right tools.
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Why You Should Trust Us


Our review team is well versed in best baby sleep practices, and each member has contributed hours of research and hands-on experience. The swaddle and sleep sack review is led by a board-certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Juliet Spurrier, MD, who is also a mother of two. Dr. Spurrier applies her knowledge as a pediatrician to guide our selection process and research methods, focusing on the best safe sleep practices for babies. Conducting the research and testing portion of this review is Senior Review Editor Abriah Wofford. She has tested hundreds of baby products since joining the BabyGearLab team in 2015 and brings to the table experience as a nanny. Rounding out the review team is Senior Review Editor Wendy Schmitz, mother of two, who has been with BabyGearLab since 2014.

We test each product side-by-side to determine the best option for each stage of life and lifestyle choice. We considered quality, design, comfort, and features when comparing products for this roundup. We enlisted multiple children from 2-13 months to help us test our products for fit, comfort, and durability.

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.
Wrapping up our baby tester Annie tight in the Aden + Anais Classic...
Wrapping up our baby tester Annie tight in the Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle.

Analysis and Test Results


Most babies love being swaddled. It can help newborns, and infants fall asleep faster and help prevent the Moro reflex that could lead to accidental waking at night. Sometimes even after a baby outgrows the swaddling stage, they still enjoy being lightly cuddled by their sleepwear. Our review covers the details and differences between swaddles and sleepsacks and helps you decide when is the right time to make the transition. We can help you find the perfect swaddle for your infant or sleep sack for your growing toddler who loved their swaddle but needs something a little different.

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Zippered swaddles like the Summer Infant SwaddleMe Pod are simple to use.
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Value


Quality materials and construction can set products apart and enable them to endure years of use, possibly through multiple children. Swaddle products are only used during the first 2-3 months of a baby's life, so they are usually much less expensive. One of our favorite swaddles, the Ergobaby Swaddler, offers a good balance between price and quality. When it comes to sleep sacks, you have a product that your child may potentially use until their later toddler years. With that in mind, it may be a good idea to invest in a sleep sack that will fit your baby for an extended period and is durable enough to last. With products like the Woolino 4 Season Baby, your child can keep using it from two months up to two years and during all seasons. The Burt's Bees Baby Beekeeper is one of the most affordable sleep sacks we tested but still maintains a quality feel. Keep in mind that you will likely have to buy multiples to use as backups when one is in the wash and different sizes to use as your baby grows, and varying weights to use during different seasons. Taking these factors into account can help you decide which swaddle or sleep sack best fits your budget.

swaddle and sleep sack - the woolino 4 season baby fits babies from 2 months up to 2 years.
The Woolino 4 Season Baby fits babies from 2 months up to 2 years.
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Wearable Blanket vs. Swaddle Blanket
Swaddles and sleep sacks can be an invaluable addition to your bedtime routine. Swaddles are best for newborns and younger infants, and you often learn how to swaddle in the hospital before you go home. Non-traditional swaddle products attempt to mimic the comforting aspects of a swaddle for a baby but attempt to make it foolproof for parents to master with designs that make it harder for babies to "escape." Sleep sacks are for babies who've aged out of swaddles but still enjoy the comfort of being wrapped in a blanket like a loose burrito.

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Lots of extra fabric on the Woolino leaves lots of room to grow, but can be a hassle to deal with when your baby is small.
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Baby Comfort


Your baby's comfort should be the number one consideration when looking at sleep sacks and swaddles. You want your little one to be as cozy and snug as possible so they (and you) can get a good night's rest. Since we can't ask our 2-month-old tester how comfortable they are in a swaddle, we rely on observations such as the softness of the fabric and breathability. We also check to ensure there is adequate room for the baby's hips and legs to move freely. The presence of zippers and Velcro are less significant, but if they are near the baby's face or bare skin at any point, we give the product a lower score. The highest score in this metric is a 9, earned by the Aden+Anais Classic Swaddle. It is free of Velcro, zippers, and seams that may cause any discomfort and is made from supple cotton muslin that gets softer over time. As a traditional swaddle, it is fully adjustable, so you can tailor the wrap to suit your baby.


The least comfortable product we encountered is the Summer Infant SwaddleMe Pod, earning a 3 in this metric. It is made from a lightweight fabric that does not provide much warmth, and the shape is narrow from shoulders to toes, not allowing much room in the leg area. The 2-way zipper is excellent for parent convenience, but the baby will have a zipper pull tab in their face all night.

Fabric/Materials


We think it is good practice to know what you're putting near your baby's skin, especially when it's something they'll be wearing for 8+ hours a day. Our favorite swaddles and sleep sacks are natural materials such as cotton or wool and get bonus points if they are organic, like the Burt's Bees Baby Beekeeper.

Fleece is a good option to use during the winter, or for families...
Fleece is a good option to use during the winter, or for families who live in cooler climates
The Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle is made from cotton muslin that has...
The Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle is made from cotton muslin that has no stretch but washes well.
The Burt&#039;s Bees Baby Beekeeper is made from 100% organic cotton.
The Burt's Bees Baby Beekeeper is made from 100% organic cotton.

Most swaddles and sleep sacks come with a temperature guide and recommendations on how to dress your baby. Typically this information is on the company's website or provided in the product's instructions. How you dress your baby will depend on the garment's weight and the nursery temperature. You should always choose the swaddle or sleep sack that best fits your situation and nursery. Some parents tuck their baby inside the product with nothing but a diaper to make nighttime diaper changes more straightforward, while others prefer to have a onesie underneath.

The different materials of the swaddles and sleep sacks also provide varying levels of warmth, and most manufacturers give a TOG rating for their products. A TOG is a measurement unit commonly used in the textile industry to measure a product's warmth. Sleepsacks with a rating of .5 are relatively lightweight and best for babies who live in mild climates or sleep in warm nurseries. The highest recommended TOG for baby sleepwear is 4, but a maximum rating of 2.5 should be sufficient in most homes. The Woolino 4 Season Baby is the only wearable blanket in this review with a wool lining. Wool is a breathable temperature-regulating fabric that helps keep the baby's body temperature stable and does not have a fixed TOG rating. This property makes it ideal for use in a variety of temperatures. An excellent summertime swaddle is the Ergobaby Swaddler with a Tog of .5, suitable for rooms between 71°-77°F.

When to Stop Swaddling
Swaddling is good for babies up to about eight weeks old. When your baby starts showing signs of rolling over independently, the swaddle should be retired and replaced with a suitable infant sleep sack.

Thanks to the wrap around zipper and shoulder snap combo, the...
Thanks to the wrap around zipper and shoulder snap combo, the Woolino 4 Season Baby can be laid open flat.
The Ergobaby Swaddler is a favorite for proper hip placement.
The Ergobaby Swaddler is a favorite for proper hip placement.

Ease of Use


Many of the swaddles and sleep sacks in this review are more manageable than a traditional swath of fabric where you must fold or wrap the swaddle yourself. They achieve this by using zippers, snaps, and even Velcro in various combinations to create a wearable blanket that is easier to use and takes little practice to master.


The difference in ease of use between swaddles can vary significantly. Classic square swaddle blankets take the most time to master but can become useful later on for various purposes, especially if you purchase a high-quality and durable product. However, when you first learn how to wrap your baby, it can be confusing and frustrating, questioning if it is really worth it. The Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle earned the low score for this metric with a 2. The Woolino 4 Season Ultimate is one of the easiest to use, earning a 9 for ease of use. This top score is thanks to a user-friendly zip and snaps system and a handful of other features, such as a seatbelt opening that allows for easy transfers between stroller, car seat, and crib.

The Miracle Blanket takes some getting used to, but the learning curve is short and intuitive. Using a zipper/wrap combination such as Halo's SleepSack Swaddle offers the same flexibility but is much easier to use. If you choose to use a zipper-only swaddle, the process is straightforward. Still, you will likely have to purchase many different sizes to accommodate a fast-growing baby.

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The Comfy Cubs is simple and straightforward, plus uses Velcro tabs to achieve a snug fit.
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Transitional
Hybrid styles combine the secure feeling of a swaddle with the convenience of a sleep sack. They can come in various styles, from suits to zippered swaddles, and are often helpful during the transition from arms-in to arms-out. Examples include the HALO SleepSack Swaddle, Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit, and the Woombie Grow With Me Convertible Swaddle.

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A high quality, easy to use zipper can make all the difference when dressing a squirmy baby for nighttime.
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All the wearable blankets in this review have a zipper closure. Most have a reverse zipper that starts at the top and ends at the bottom, but some have a 2-way zipper that allows you to unzip from either end. While it seems like a small detail, we think you will appreciate this feature when you can perform midnight diaper changes without undressing your baby. On the Woolino 4 Season Baby, the zipper is located on the side, which keeps it away from the baby's face and stomach. Shoulder snaps come in handy when trying to dress a sleeping baby without waking them. You can lay baby flat on the garment and wrap, zip, and snap around them rather than trying to force their arms through tiny armholes. Armpit snaps also allow one-size sleep sacks to grow with the baby, keeping the armholes snug but not too snug as they grow.

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The Woombie Grow With Me Convertible Swaddle provides five stages of expansion, working for children ages 0-18 months.
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Ease of Cleaning


Cleaning your swaddle and sleep sack is an ease-of-use factor, and if having a simple laundry routine is higher up on your checklist, you will want to pay close attention to washing instructions. These can vary from piece to piece and are usually material-dependent, but most sleep sacks will stay in better condition if you zip them and turn them inside out before washing. Most wool and some cotton sacks need to be washed on a delicate or cold cycle and air-dried to avoid shrinking. Suppose you want to throw the blanket in the wash with the rest of the clothes and not add special instructions to your list of a million other things to worry about. In that case, products like the Burt's Bees Baby Beekeeper or the Miracle Blanket are excellent choices.

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Parents love that the Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle is easy to wash and doesn't hold stains from spit-up and other messes.
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Longevity/Durability


The amount of use your swaddle and sleep sack will go through can vary depending on your baby. If your baby is a light sleeper and will typically only stay asleep when following a strict routine, your swaddle will have to be able to stand up to daily use and washings. The Woolino 4 Season Ultimate and Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle tied for the high score in this metric, both earning nines. The two products are high quality, very durable, and can be used for a more extended time.

If you are looking for a product to use occasionally, this metric may be lower on your list. If you are really in a pinch, Comfy Cubs Swaddle Blankets are one of the least durable options, earning only a 3 for durability, but they come at a hard-to-beat price. The Love to Dream Swaddle UP and Summer Infant SwaddleMe Pod earned a 3 in this metric, but they don't have the price tag to match the lower quality construction.


We also considered how long a product is useable regardless of its durability when scoring this metric. In this case, the Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle is the clear winner. The plain design and high quality make it ideal for long-term use and give it more flexibility than most products.

Safety Considerations


As always, safety comes first. In addition to finding the best product for your lifestyle, developing good habits, and following safe sleep practices is crucial. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its safe sleep guidelines with new recommendations, including the mention that weighted bedding, swaddles, sleepers, and other weighted products, should not be used with babies. For more information, see their article, specifically Table 3, which compares the old vs. new recommendations. This is your best source of safe sleep information.

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Charts like this can help you know how to properly dress baby during the night.
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Dressing for Sleep


Babies are not very good at regulating their temperature, especially in the first year of life. The ideal room temperature for a newborn is between 68° F and 72° F, and if you put a baby in multiple layers, they can be too warm. Most parents use sleep sacks and swaddles over clothing, and many come with instructions on how to dress a baby underneath, depending on the room temperature. A good rule of thumb is to add one more layer than you need to feel comfortable. Take care not to overdress the baby, as overheating can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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Finding a swaddle or sleep sack that your baby likes will help smooth your nightly routine.
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How to Swaddle
You need to wrap the baby tight enough on top that the blanket won't come loose and become a safety hazard. At the same time, the fabric around the hips and legs needs to be flexible enough to give the joints the freedom to move naturally. Swaddling this way helps avoid hip dysplasia, or instability or looseness of the hip joint. For more information on how to safely swaddle, read our article on how to practice safe swaddling to protect baby's hips
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swaddle and sleep sack - back is best for nap time and nighttime.
Back is best for nap time and nighttime.
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Safe Sleep Practices


General safe sleep practices should be followed for every sleep.

  • Always put your baby on their back to sleep. Swaddling can help keep infants in this position and lessen the likelihood of accidentally rolling over early. The swaddle should be retired as soon as they show signs of turning over. Once a baby can go from back to tummy and tummy to back, usually around one year, they can sleep in any position they choose.
  • Place baby on a firm mattress to sleep, free of loose blankets, pillows, bumpers, or toys to help reduce suffocation hazards. Nothing should be in the crib or bassinet with the baby, and you should never let the baby sleep on a couch, armchair, or sofa.
  • Room share, but do NOT bed share. Keeping your baby in the same room, on a separate sleep surface, for the first 6-12 months helps you maintain a close eye on your baby and can be more convenient.
  • Using a pacifier can help reduce the risk of SIDS, even if it falls out after the baby has fallen asleep.

These are just basic safe sleep guidelines. Many additional tips and more in-depth explanations are available on how to protect your infant from SIDS and other causes of sleep-related deaths.

swaddle and sleep sack - swaddling can help babies feel secure and calm while going to sleep.
Swaddling can help babies feel secure and calm while going to sleep.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Conclusion


Keeping your baby safe and warm is the number one priority through the night, and swaddling is one solution. Swaddling can help calm your baby and keep them from frequent waking. A wearable blanket can keep loose blankets and pillows out of your baby's crib for longer for recommended safe sleeping to help avoid SIDs. We did our homework on the products in this review and gathered the details you need to make the best decision for your baby and your budget. There is sure to be one in our lineup that fits the needs of you and your baby.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Abriah Wofford


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