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Swaddle Blankets 101

In my opinion, there’s three things you need with a newborn: milk, diapers and swaddle blankets. With a five-week-old swaddle-a-holic at home, I currently feel like a swaddle blanket expert. This is my third baby, and although I remember swaddling my first two, I don’t think they required it (or enjoyed it) as much as baby #3.

So, as much as I’d love to just tell you which brand and style to get, I have to say…each one of these has a feature that I love the most! So, I’m breaking it down for you. Hoping that my experience with FIVE, yes, five different swaddles will help you find the one that works best for you!

1. Swaddle Me is a hybrid swaddle and pocket blanket. Its velcro closure lets you adjust the tightness easily around the infant, and they come in a variety of sizes that grow with the baby. PROS: It’s made of a lightweight cotton, and its minimal wrapping leaves the baby perfectly snug. CONS: The velcro closure makes for a noisy adjustment at the 3am feeding.

2. SwaddleDesigns Ultimate Receiving Blankets are large, square, lightweight and breathable (42 x 42 inches). It comes in a variety of adorable prints and is made of cotton flannel, similar to the blankets the nurses wrap so snugly around your newborn in the hospital. PROS: The cotton flannel washes really well, and the weight of the blanket makes it really easy to tuck in the corners to successfully make a baby burrito. CONS: In Texas at least, the cotton flannel gets a little hot during the summer months. Luckily, SwaddleDesigns now offers a lightweight blanket too!

3. The Miracle Blanket is a swaddle designed to keep wiggly arms and legs securely tucked into the blanket, and with Houdini for a daughter—she can get her arms out of anything—this is the one blanket that seems to keep her in place! It’s made with a soft cotton knit, and washes well. PROS: It’s exclusive pocket design is perfect for keeping arms and legs tucked in securely! CONS: It takes a little practice to get the arms tucked in so that it’s not too tight or too loose.

4. Aden + Anais‘ original swaddles offer style and function. Its large size is perfect for any size infant, and the slight stretch helps you wrap your infant snugly. PROS: This is the blanket with a thousand uses. Nursing cover, check. Car seat cover, check. Toddler blanket, check. CONS: Their original design is a cotton muslin, which does get softer with each wash, but with anything baby, I like it soft from minute one.

5. Aden + Anais‘ bamboo cotton swaddles are by far the softest of all of the blankets. With the same size as the original Aden + Anais swaddles but with extra softness, it’s hard for this not to be your favorite go-to blanket. PROS: The over-sized blanket folds up to fit easily into your diaper bag. CONS: The bamboo cotton comes with a price tag, but personally, I think it’s worth every penny!

So there’s my top 5! I’d love to hear if you have a favorite swaddle blanket. I’m willing to try anything, especially if it might help me get a few extra hours of sleep!

Katy's Baby Registry Advice - Project Nursery

Tuesday 12th of August 2014

[…] Other Must-Haves. A swing will be your go-to extra set of hands. Make sure to pick one that rocks both side-to-side and front-to-back. Breastfeeding pillows aren’t just for breastfeeding! They also make great baby positioners. There are so many to choose from, but these are some of my favorites. Finally, add a few different brands of swaddle blankets to your registry too, because just like bottles, every baby is different, and what works for one baby might not work for another. Here are a few options for great swaddle blankets. […]

C Tickle

Friday 4th of January 2013

I love both the aden and anais swaddle blankets you mentioned. They are great to use past the swaddling ages for tummy time and stroller blankets!


Tuesday 30th of October 2012

Swaddling is actually a great way to calm a crying baby down. And out of all the swaddle blankets you recommended, I think that I'd like the bamboo cotton ones from aden + anais!


Tuesday 23rd of October 2012

I have both the aden+anais blankets and swaddle-me - I like both of them. But the swaddle-me's with their velcro help in keeping my daughter swaddled even though she fights it.


Tuesday 16th of October 2012

It's so nice to have blankets designed for swaddling. I remember using a plain baby blanket before and it was a challenge to keep it in place when the baby keeps on moving.