I’m a huge fan of the swaddle. All three of my kids were calmed and comforted by being wrapped in a blanket cocoon. But finding the perfect blanket for swaddling isn’t always easy. We’ve tried dozen of blankets over the course of our three kids, and below I wrap up (ha ha) my favorite swaddlers.
Giggle Better Basics Organic Swaddle Blankets (set of 2) – these are my go-to swaddle blankets for newborns. The blankets are uber-soft, organic and come in a two-pack with one white and one pink or blue blanket depending on the set that you buy. These blankets have an overlock stitch to finish the edges which makes them ideal for swaddling since there isn’t a thick piece of trim to add bulk to your newborn’s swaddle, and the 100% organic cotton blankets have the perfect amount of stretch to get a snug swaddle. At 30″ x 30″ they are the perfect size for newborns, though older kids will like them too. Case in point? My 4-year-old still uses his original Giggle blanket as his favorite snuggly.
Petunia Picklebottom Swaddling Blanket (set of 3) – Once my babes start putting on some weight and height, I move to the Swaddling Blankets by Petunia Picklebottom. Available in a trio of adorable prints, Petunia’s Swaddle Blankets are made from 100% organic cotton and again offer the perfect stretchiness for getting the perfect swaddle. The blankets in the boy set include geometric shapes in a palette of chocolate, olive and sky while the girl set uses hues of rose, chocolate and olive to feature modern floral patterns. For the tactile-inclined, the Petunia blankets also include coordinated trim, a logo tag and washing instruction tag to rub, twist and wrap fingers around.
Kiddopotamus SwaddleMe – Though it’s not exactly a blanket, I’ve also become fond of Kiddopatomus’ SwaddleMe for its ease of use. My kids loved to be swaddled but teaching the swaddling technique to grandparents or babysitters wasn’t always successful. The SwaddleMe makes swaddling foolproof. Put the baby’s legs in the bottom pouch and fold over the two arm flaps, securing the SwaddleMe closed with the velcro tabs – done! The SwaddleMe also comes in a variety of solid and print microfleece, cotton knit, cotton fleece, bamboo and luxe velboa fabrics. In addition, Kiddopotamus makes a SwaddleMe Traveler with separate leg holes for easily swaddling your baby in the car seat or stroller as well as the SwaddleMe in preemie sizes.
1 for about $10-$12 depending on the color, print and fabric