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Best Swaddles and Sleep Sacks for Newborns

by Samantha McIntyre


Best Swaddles and Sleep Sacks for Newborns
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Your newborn needs a lot of sleep. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, infants should be sleeping between 10 to 18 hours per day. New parents looking for ways to calm a fussy baby and help lull their little one to sleep should consider using swaddles. Swaddling is a truly effective and timeless technique of snuggly wrapping the baby in a soft breathable blanket to mimic the safe feeling of being in the womb, which helps soothe and encourages restful sleep. “For nine months newborns have been in tight quarters,” explains Gina Posner, MD, a pediatrician at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley. “Once out in the real world, they have a startle reflex which sometimes will wake them up while they are sleeping. The swaddle helps keep them from startling themselves awake.”

 

 

Best Swaddles And Sleep Sacks For Newborns:

 

 

 

 

“Swaddling reduces fussing and improves sleep,” adds Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block. “It is an amazing and empowering tool—there’s nothing more overwhelming for a new parent than feeling unable to help a screaming baby.” Swaddling is also a great way to ensure that babies remain asleep on their backs. “With the Back to Sleep program promoted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), swaddling ensures that a young baby cannot, in fact, roll over onto their front,” says Robert C. Hamilton, MD, pediatrician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California and author of 7 Secrets of the Newborn. “Thus, there is a protective effect in swaddling as well.”

 

 

Be sure to loosen up just a little when swaddling to allow your baby to have some movement in their hips and legs to avoid hip dysplasia. However, swaddles should stay neatly tucked in place. It is advisable to stop swaddling once the baby begins to roll or starts to squirm out of the swaddle as loose blankets are dangerous to newborns. “Swaddles are effective for the first 3 to 4 months,” advises Dr. Hamilton. “After this, the child is more robust and more difficult to get into a swaddle. Also, I find that the constricting effect, that works so well when they are young, doesn’t seem to have the same value.” Sleep blankets are ideal for helping babies transition from swaddling when they are old enough or ready for more range of motion while sleeping. Adds: Dr. Karp, “Since swaddling reminds babies of their happy life in the womb and since—after birth—babies need a fourth trimester of extra womb-like soothing, it makes sense that by around 4 months, most babies are ready to be swaddled with one arm out, to see how they do. And, if that goes well, it’s time to eliminate the swaddling altogether and celebrate your baby’s graduation!”

 

 

Whether you are tucking your babe in for a nap or wrapping up for bedtime, we’ve uncovered a variety of comfy, cozy swaddle blankets and sleep sacks to help your babe swiftly drift off to dreamland—which means a little extra shut-eye for mom and dad!

 

 

Swaddle styles:

 

Swaddle blanket: Lightweight, cotton blanket wrapped securely around the baby to simulate the security of the womb.

 

Swaddle suit: A wearable blanket that provides more mobility for babies, allowing them to move their legs and arms without constriction while still giving warmth and comfort for better sleep.

 

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Itzy Ritzy Cutie Cocoon and Hat Set

Price:$20.00

Hats off to baby brand Itzy Ritzy for this adorable new Cocoon and Hat Set. The "Cutie Cocoon" collection is made with super soft, stretchy fabric and features an adorable name announcement card, cozy cover and coordinating cap that neatly nestles your newborn and keeps baby feeling secure. Designed for infants ages 0 to 3 months, the set comes in a variety of patterns and colors. Perfect for preparing baby for those first hospital pics!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Baby isn’t here yet and we still have a ways to go but I wanted to start buying slowly. This was one item I could not pass up! The material is so soft and the cap is small enough to fit tiny baby or a baby with a larger head. The cocoon wrap is the same material which I love and it even comes with a name badge. Cannot wait to use this!”

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SNOO Sack

Price:$28.00

"Up until birth, a baby has known nothing other than the cozy, tight quarters of the womb. Swaddling is so important because it’s a way to help ease a baby’s transition to our big, wide world," explains Dr. Karp, designer of the SNOO smart sleeper and this cozy, organic cotton SNOO Sack. The snuggly SNOO Sack is a safe way to warmly wrap baby without the worry of overheating thanks to a unique mesh design that regulates body temperature and promotes a safe, peaceful sleep.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“We took this swaddle to the hospital and it has been our “go-to” from day 1! Just ordered the next size up! We have received other swaddles as gifts and this is by far the easiest to use and most effective! If I could give it 10 stars I would!!”

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Happiest Baby Sleepea 5-Second Swaddle by Dr. Harvey Karp

Price:$24.00

"Many parents find traditional swaddling complicated and frustrating, so I designed a swaddle called Sleepea," says Dr. Karp. “Sleepea makes it super easy, that’s what it’s called a 5-second swaddle! Now, it’s easy to get a fast, escape-proof wrap every time!" Your little superstar will swiftly fall asleep snuggled in this cozy swaddle.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It's so easy to put on. I've used so many other swaddles and this is the best one! My baby stays put and calm all night. Wish I would've had it earlier and for my first baby.”

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HALO SleepSack 100% Cotton Swaddle Wrap

Price:$22.00

For newborns resistant to having their arm movement restricted, the HALO SleepSack 100% Cotton Swaddle features a 3-way adjustable design that allows mom and dad to adapt for baby's comfort. Designed to swaddle with arms in or out, the wrap helps baby to transition to the SleepSack Wearable Blanket once they have outgrown swaddling. Strong fasteners ensure that your little one won't break out of the swaddle and a convenient zipper at the bottom allows for fast diaper changes.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“The only swaddle that works for our baby. Cotton is nice in Florida because baby doesn't get too hot.”

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Cloud Island Floral Muslin Swaddle Blankets

Price:$20.00

This 3-pack set of pretty pastel Cloud Island Floral Muslin Swaddle Blankets is a perfect complement to the nursery and a wonderful way to snuggly wrap your sweet little lady. Made with breathable cotton muslin that gets softer with wear, the swaddles can also be used as a stroller cover, receiving blanket or nursing cover.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I am in love with these blankets. They are large in size and I can’t wait to use them! Soft and beautiful design.”

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Aenne Baby Muslin Baby Swaddle Blanket with Dinosaur Dino Print

Price:$16.00

"The tightness of the wrap is important because this is the definition of proper swaddling to help comfort baby by duplicating the tightness of the womb that a child just departed from," says Dr. Hamilton. This comforting Aenne Baby Muslin Baby Swaddle Blanket soothes with silky soft fabrics and a ferociously fun print that your little one will go wild over one day. It’s made with bamboo fiber and cotton muslin fabric. Dream on, baby!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I have several muslin blankets for my son but this hands down has been my favorite! Super cute print, lightweight and extra soft!!”

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Aden by Aden + Anais Easy Safari Babes Swaddle Size Large

Price:$19.00

"When mom and dad shop for a swaddle, simplicity is a virtue," says Dr. Hamilton. "It should not be too complicated to apply and remove." This Aden + Anais Easy Safari Babes Swaddle fits that bill perfectly! The sweet, soft cotton muslin swaddling blanket safely secures with snaps to keep baby comfy and cozy. It’s made for babies ages 3 to 6 months.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I love that it has snaps to keep baby securely swaddled! My son sleeps so well in it!”

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Love To Dream Swaddle UP

Price:$30.00

The lightweight Love To Dream Swaddle UP is designed for babies to sleep in a natural position with their arms lifted while safely snuggled in this soft swaddle sleeper. The award-winning design allows infants to self-soothe with access to their hands for sucking while providing mom easy access for quick diaper changes with a two-way zipper. Baby has plenty of legroom in this certified hip-healthy design. It’s available in size small and medium.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Love love love this! My son was only sleeping 1 to 2 hours at a time and after we got this, he started sleeping longer!!! He won’t have good, long naps unless he’s in it too! We wasted tons of money on other swaddles so glad we found this!”

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Mother's Lap Classic Swaddle Baby Blankets

Price:$20.00
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As cozy as being cuddled in mom’s arms, this set of four pure cotton muslin blankets from Mother's Lap in vivid, pretty prints are perfect for swaddling baby. These sweet swaddles can also be used as a nursing cover, stroller blanket or burp cloth. It’s made with high-quality, machine-washable fabrics that mom and baby can feel good about.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Good quality material which is super soft! Pleased with this product and the cute print.”

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LifeTree Muslin Feather Print Bamboo Cotton Swaddle Wrap

Price:$13.00

Light as a feather and soft as a cloud, this LifeTree Muslin Feather Print Bamboo Cotton Swaddle Wrap is ideal for calming and quieting cranky little ones. Soft, breathable fabrics make this a wonderful wrap for baby and a beautiful nursery blanket. It’s constructed with bamboo material and cotton muslin for softness and durability.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“We love this blanket, one of the best gifts we got at the baby shower! Super soft and large, baby girl is too big to swaddle but we still use this as a cover all the time.”

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Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Blanket

Price:$38.00

Sleep is magical for mom and baby, and while a night of complete uninterrupted rest may be wishful thinking in the very beginning, this 3-pack set of black and white Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Blankets is perfect for some sweet snuggle time with your newborn. Made for swaddling, this collection of cotton, machine washable blankets get softer after each wash helping baby settle into a sound sleep

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“These are my favorite swaddle blankets ever! I wish I discovered them with my first. I found the Little Unicorn brand when I was looking for muslin quilts for my first. These are a little more expensive than most swaddles but worth it. Thicker fabric, soft on first wash, beautiful prints and colors. I can’t wait to hoard more!”

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Hudson Baby Muslin Swaddle Blankets

Price:$21.00

It will be a challenge for your little fox to fight sleep tucked into these Hudson Baby Muslin Swaddle Blankets. The charming set of extra large, unisex swaddle blankets are ideal for helping baby enjoy a peaceful slumber. These multifunctional swaddles are crafted in a super soft, cotton muslin fabric also designed for tummy time as the baby gets older and a convenient nursing cover for mom.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing these are! They last long and do not rip apart they wash well in the washing machine. And my daughter loves them so much she takes them everywhere we go. I've ordered 3x from this company and will order many more times as gifts for baby showers.”

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Uncommon Goods Burrito Baby Wrap

Price:$48.00

It's a wrap. No, seriously! We can't help but fall for the deliciousness of this delectable Uncommon Goods Burrito Baby cotton-blend tortilla swaddle and cap. The reviews simply speak for themselves with over 100 positive consumer comments. This savory swaddle set is a super sweet nursery must-have for sure!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Fun and original wrap for my new granddaughter. She'll be a hit at our next get-together when she looks good enough to eat!”