I found that when my daughter was warm and snug, she definitely slept better. She not only slept longer but also more soundly. Because of SIDS I was afraid of putting any type of blanket in her crib though. I used receiving blanket swaddles only when I could keep an eye on her and I did some research on other swaddles to use at night.
So, what will we be discussing in this article? Yep you guessed it… how to keep your baby warm and snug with swaddles! Below I talk about several options.
Receiving Blanket – Best when needing a multipurpose blanket
When my daughter was an infant, I could get away with using a receiving blanket to swaddle her because she didn’t move around too much. I personally only used this type of swaddle when she was in the bouncer and I could keep an eye on her though. Receiving blankets are great because they are versatile. The receiving blanket is like a bigger version of a burp cloth. I used it to swaddle, to catch spit up, to prop under my baby’s head while breastfeeding to give her more support, and to cover her in her car seat or stroller when the sun was directly on her. They are thinner than a regular blanket so they fit easier in the diaper bag. Here’s a great video if you’re unsure of how to swaddle with a blanket.
SwaddleMe Swaddle with Velcro – Best when on a budget
After my daughter was about 2 months old she started flailing her arms around and would quickly become un-swaddled and upset. At this point she really started liking the swaddling for comfort and just couldn’t seem to settle down without it. Are you having that same type of problem with your little one? Rather than using a blanket at that point, I used several different swaddles with velcro. These are safer than a blanket because they stay securely in place so you don’t have to worry about suffocation. It still gives added warmth though and your baby’s arms are wrapped up keeping them snug and happy. I don’t really have a recommended brand. I tried a few and they all seemed to do the trick as long as I was laying her down to nap on a flat surface like her crib or pack and play. Just pay attention to the size that you are buying to make for a good fit.
The Miracle Blanket Swaddle – Best for Infants
I did not use the Miracle Blanket myself but I have talked to many parents who have and they highly recommend this product. I did some research on it and found that like anything there are pros and cons, but the biggest issue to me was the size constraint. It only comes in one size so it’s great for infants but there’s no bigger size to upgrade to if your baby still needs swaddling at the 5 or 6 month stage. If you’re looking for an infant swaddle though, Mom’s say these do indeed work miracles and that babies sleep longer when swaddled in them.
Read the Miracle Blanket Swaddle review
Woombie Swaddle – Best for bigger babies, strong babies, or those using a swing/bouncer
As my daughter got older she started getting hulk like strength… or so it seemed! She would break her arms free from the regular velcro swaddles and then cry because she no longer felt secure. At that point I did a bunch of research and I invested in a Woombie. It looks kind of like a straight jacket which you don’t really want to envision putting on your sweet little baby but trust me, it worked and it doesn’t hurt. She actually found it comforting and I could instantly see her relax once I zipped her up and her arms were snuggled. They actually have some cute ones too.
If your baby sleeps in a swing or bouncer like my baby did at night, you’ll want to look into the Woombie with legs. We actually bought a couple of these in different sizes as she grew because she slept in the swing at night until she was 6 months old. The Woombie with legs allows the baby to still be warm and snug but allows for the strap on the swing to go between the legs. I couldn’t put her arms through the straps but I had them go up over the shoulders. The cradle of the swing and the snug feeling helped her to stay in place so I wasn’t worried about her falling out. Woombie’s come in different sizes from 5lbs up to 25 lbs so that you can get just the right fit.
The Woombie pictured here is called the Woombie Convertible Leggies. It has the separated legs and also has snaps at the arm slots allowing you to gradually transition your baby from being swaddled to having just one arm free, to then having both free
Have you had any success with one of these products or have other suggestion on ways to keep a baby warm, yet safe? If so, please comment below.