In the first months of baby’s life, swaddling can promote bonding, improve sleep, and help baby feel secure—benefits that last long after she outgrows it. Three moms describe the blankets that worked best for their little ones.
SNUG AS A BUG: From top,
Aden + Anais blankets;
Miracle Industries' Miracle
Swaddling Blankets Miracle Blanket
by Aden + Anais; starts at $19.95
Reviewer: Megan, mom of John (2) and Leo (2 mos., U.S.)
Sleep Unsettled: My first son had a hard time staying asleep. We were able to rock him to sleep, but he would wake up when we moved him to his crib.
It’s a Wrap: The Aden + Anais blankets are light, and I love that. They’re nice during the summer months, and you can use two of them for a double wrap in the winter. I also love the texture of the fabric. It sticks to itself a little bit, so that the swaddle holds better, but is still very soft. The wraps are useful for all sorts of things: I’ve used them as a sunshade, a picnic blanket, a cape, even an emergency diaper! I believe swaddling increased my son’s security by keeping him calm. He slept better, and the tight swaddle made it easy to move him when I needed to. I’ve been swaddling my younger son from the day he came home, and he is a great sleeper.
by Miracle Industries; $29.95
Reviewer: Marilen, mom of Gabriel (8 mos., U.S.)
Sleep Unsettled: My son often startled himself awake. By his second week, he could shimmy his arms out of other swaddlers we tried, leaving them in an uncomfortable, upright position.
It’s a Wrap: The Miracle Blanket has internal wraps that “lock” the arms in place, so he didn’t squirm loose. The first few nights we wrapped our son in it, he slept a full three to five hours, and, eventually, he slept up to seven hours at night. It takes a day or two to get the hang of using this swaddler, so keep the instruction card close by. At $30, the Miracle Blanket is expensive, but it held up well. Mine were still “like new” when my son outgrew them, after three or four months, and I gave them to a good friend who is expecting soon.
by Kiddopotamus; starts at $9.99
Reviewer: Molly, mom of Mya (18 mos., U.S.)
Sleep Unsettled: We tried to keep Mya on a schedule, but she would cry for more than a half-hour, even when she was exhausted. She was a small infant, and other swaddle blankets fit poorly. My tightest wrap did not keep her arms from popping out seconds later.
It’s a Wrap: I didn’t believe that this simple wrap could make much difference in how a baby reacts. But Mya was calmer right away, and she drifted off to sleep in minutes. Amazingly, there are no tricks to keeping little arms and legs in. Every bundle is perfect—even Dad’s first one! The SwaddleMe was a lifesaver. We used it off and on during cranky times, until Mya no longer fit into the largest size. Now it is a “must-have” present I give to every new mom I know!
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