The Best Swaddle Blankets of 2017

best swaddle blankeyHow to swaddle your baby is one of the first things you learn as a new parent or caregiver. You’ll soon realize that some swaddle blankets make things much easier than others. They can also make your little one feel much more comfortable and calm.

On this page, we will show you the best swaddle blankets to help your newborn feel comfortable and relaxed.

The Benefits of Swaddling

Perhaps the biggest benefit of swaddling is that it helps reduce the risk of SIDS. Swaddling makes it harder for babies to inadvertently cover their heads or face with bedding and it can help decrease their ability to flip onto their stomachs.

Swaddling can also help soothe and relax your little one. It helps them cry less and sleep better.

Finding the best swaddle blanket can be quite the task. There are so many options out there in today’s market you may not know which one your child will prefer. There are a few important things to consider: the type of fabric, is it breathable and how easily can you wrap your little one with it. We have done the hard work for you and you can see our 5 favorite baby swaddles below.

BrandSizeMaterialPack SizePriceReview Score
44" by 44"100% Cotton Muslin4$$$$4.8
0 - 3 months100% cotton3$$$4.6
47" by 47"100% Muslin Cotton3$$4.9
72" by 24"100% Cotton1$$$$$4.6
48" by 48"100% Muslin Cotton4$$$$4.8

aden and anais Swaddle Review

An All-Year-Round Swaddle

What parents love about these swaddles is the more you wash them the softer they seem to get. Made out of 100% cotton muslin, they are really soft on an infant’s skin.

They have a  lovely stretch and this makes it easier to tuck and wrap your little one. The breathable fabric is perfect for helping to reduce the risk of overheating. This makes these aden and anais swaddles great to use in both the summer and winter.

With stylish and cute prints, these blankets are sure to grow with your baby. At 44″ by 44″, they are a bit smaller than others we featured. A complaint from caregivers and parents is that babies can break out of theses swaddles a bit too easily. However, most swaddle blankets have this to some degree. A lot will depend on how good your swaddling technique is!

Another great thing about these aden and anais swaddles is their versatility. You can use them with a stroller and as a nursing or changing table cover. It also makes a great tummy time blanket as well.

Parents love these so much, they’re currently one of the best-selling swaddle blankets on the market today.

Pros:

  • Help reduce the risk of overheating
  • 100% cotton muslin
  • Gets softer the more you wash it
  • Multi-use
  • Stylish and cute prints

Cons:

  • Smaller in size
  • Baby can break free

Summer Infant SwaddleMe Muslin Blanket Review

Best Swaddling Blanket for the Money

The Summer Infant SwaddleMe is also made out of 100% cotton muslin and comes in a pack of 3. What makes these blankets stand out is their price. They are considerably less than other muslin blankets on the market today.

These blankets can also be used in other ways and are not just for swaddling. They can also be used as a burp cloth, for a nursing cover or for tummy time on the floor.  Another great thing is they are available in preemie, small and large sizes.

You need to know there isn’t any Velcro to hold the blanket together. This makes it easier for your baby to break free.  This can be prevented by tucking the ends in well to secure the swaddle. Many swaddles don’t go with Velcro as they find it irritates and scratches a baby’s skin. Once you get the technique down, this becomes less of a problem.

One of the other things I do really like about these is there are six colors to choose from

Pros:

  • 100% Cotton Muslin
  • Multiuse: Burp cloth, nursing or playtime
  • Leg pouch opens for easier diaper changes
  • Comes in a pack of 3
  • Price

Cons:

  • Not as soft compared to competitors
  • Small size

Snug-Ems Classic Muslin Swaddle Review

Best Large Swaddle Blanket

The Snug-Ems swaddle is a very lightweight and breathable swaddle for all seasons. These wonderful blankets allow for excellent air flow and are breathable even during those hot summer days. They can also keep your newborn just as warm and cozy in the winter.

Sung-Ems can have multiple uses such as a burpie, burp cloths, nursing blanket, stroller cover or a changing table cover. They are made out of 100% cotton muslin and come in a large size – 47” x 47.” This really helps keep them comfortable and secure.

There have been a few complaints that the prints can be improved upon. They are not as pretty as other muslin blanket brands. The cotton is also not as soft as its competitors, but parents report this improves with more washes.

Quite often, Amazon has Snug-ems at a great price.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and breathable blanket
  • Multiple uses
  • 100% cotton muslin
  • Great year round
  • Large size
  • Great Price

Cons:

  • Not as soft compared to its competitors
  • Can improve on prints

Miracle Blanket 15799 Swaddle Review

Best New Swaddle

The Miracle Blanket claims to be the secret to having a happy and well-rested baby. This swaddle has been proven to extend your little one sleep periods between feedings. It has also be shown to help prevent night movements and separation anxiety. I guess that’s where it gets the name “Miracle Blanket” from 🙂

What parents really like about the Miracle Blanket is that there is no Velcro to scratch or wake the baby. This proves to be important when you have those late night diaper changes and feedings.

Another cool thing about this blanket is it’s easy to swaddle. No origami folding and it truly does keep baby’s arm secured and wrapped tight. The fabric is thin so in winter, you may want to layer with warmer pajamas underneath.

A drawback to the “Miracle Blanket” is it can only used for swaddling.  It does not have multi-uses like others on our list. Also, it will  only last you a few months. As soon as your baby can flip themselves over to their tummy by themselves (4 – 6 months on average), this blanket should not be used.

Pros:

  • No Velcro to scratch or wake baby
  • Helps ease a fussy baby
  • Easy to use
  • Triple patented design keeps baby secured

Cons:

  • Thin fabric
  • Just for 0 – 3 months

CuddleBug Swaddle Review

Most Durable Swaddle

The Muslin Swaddle Blankets by CuddleBug really stand out against the rest. What makes them so great is the large size and they come in a pack of 4. They are made out of 100% muslin cotton with a beautiful and classic print.

You can use these blankets not just for swaddling but also as a picnic blanket, changing blankets, car seat covers, etc… The list is endless!

Another great bonus about the Cuddlebugs is that they come with a lifetime guarantee. If  your blanket rips or fails you in some way they will send a replacement free of charge! For this alone, they must qualify as one of the best swaddle blankets.

While it was hard to imagine any cons with this blanket, you do need to have a pretty good swaddling technique. There is no Velcro or other method to secure the swaddle.

Pros:

  • Multi-use
  • Large size
  • Very soft 100% Muslin Cotton
  • Beautiful prints and 4 blankets in a package
  • Lifetime Guarantee

Cons:

  • Not as secure as others on the list

 

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