You watched the nurses wrap your newborn in the perfect swaddle. You practiced under their supervision and thought you had mastered it, but two seconds after your first home attempt, your newborn manages to free both arms. There’s wiggling and screaming, and you can’t remember which direction to wrap first and how exactly to tuck in the end. That’s when you ditch the blanket swaddle and invest in smart sleepwear. We’ve rounded up 10 easy swaddles and sleep sacks to help baby fall asleep fast and stay asleep. Sweet dreams to you both, mama!
HALO SleepSack Swaddle
There’s a reason why the HALO brand of baby sleepwear has been around for over 20 years. They pretty much invented the modern sleep sack and continue to innovate. The HALO SleepSack Swaddle adjusts so newborns can have both arms, one arm, or no arms tucked in. It comes in a choice of cotton for warmer weather or micro-fleece for when it gets cold. A bottom zipper allows baby to stay swaddled throughout all those middle of the night diaper changes.
Available at halosleep.com, $28.95.
Kepi Support Swaddle
If you’re worried about visitors—big and small—holding your child, consider the Kepi Support Swaddle. In addition to being easy to wrap, it includes the Kepi Support Spoon,a plastic backboard that can be inserted into the swaddle’s back pocket for proper head, neck and spine support. So when big sister asks to hold baby, you can say yes!
Available at shopkepi.com, $82.
The Ollie Swaddle
Developed with optimal neuro-development in mind, The Ollie Swaddle reduces the Moro reflex—which can jerk baby awake—and keeps baby comfortable with patented moisture-wicking fabric. It comes in one size that uses Velcro and an easy open bottom to grow with baby so you don’t have to buy a new one every growth spurt. Available at theollieworld.com, $59.00.
Love to Dream Swaddle UP
The Love To Dream Swaddle UP is for babies who bust out of their swaddle to get at their hands. This innovative arms-up design allows newborns to use their hands to self-soothe while also keeping them snug in a no-wrap swaddle. The original cotton option comes in three soft pastel colors or go for the lighter summer option in off-white or light green. Upgrade to organic cotton or to the designer patterns for your little fashionista. Available at lovetodream.com, $29.95 to $34.95.
BundleBee Baby Wrap
Known as the 10-second swaddle, BundleBee says if you can wrap a burrito, you can swaddle a baby with their luxurious wrap. The removable cushion supports baby even when he’s not in a crib or cradle, making it great for visits to friends and relatives. The adorable bow literally wraps your bundle up like a gift. Available at amazon.com, $42.00.
Touch is an important sense for a baby’s comfort and security. The Zen Swaddle from Nested Bean mimics your embrace with gentle pressure from lightly weighted pads on the chest and sides. Swaddle with the arms in or out or opt for the sleeveless Zen Sack for older babies. Available at nestedbean.com, $29.99.
The footed feature of the SwaddleMe Footsie allows for safe swaddling in bouncers, rockers, and swings. Perfect for little ones who like the comfort of a swaddle but the freedom to kick and wiggle. In warm months, switch over to open-leg design of the SwaddleMe Kicksie. Wrap your baby in comfort with soothing pastels in stripes or a variety of other prints.
Available at summerinfant.com, $17.99.
Woolino Baby Sleep Bag
Once baby reaches a more active age, a sleep sack or bag is a great step up from a swaddle. Made from breathable merino wool, the Woolino regulates baby’s temperature in all climates. It's pricy, but the universal size (with underarm snaps) fits babies from 2 months up to 2 years, so no need to transition your toddler to different sleepwear for a good, long while.
Available at woolino.com, $99.99.
Loose blankets and stuffed animals aren’t safe for sleep, but the BittaSack has a solution for babies that crave a sensory experience in the crib. This cotton wearable blanket has two lovies attached to it, right within easy reach for baby’s little arms. The shoulder straps and diagonal zipper make it easy to put on, take off, or change a diaper. Available at bittakidda.com, $33.95.
Gunapod Bamboo Duvet Sack
Who knew bamboo-fiber material is ideal for baby’s sensitive skin? Well, the brains behind the Gunapod Bamboo Duvet Sack did. It breathes better than cotton and is silky soft, environmentally friendly, and hypoallergenic. Stuffed with a premium fill, it will make baby feels like she’s sleeping under a down comforter. The stitched channels provide light pressure points to hug your little one all night long. Available from gunamuna.com, $49.99.
What are your go-to swaddles and sleep sacks? Let us know in the comments!
— Katie L. Carroll