Navigating nap and bedtime as a new mom can be intimidating. Scratch that, navigating sleep schedules as a seasoned mom can be intimidating because no two babies are exactly the same. Luckily, there are tried-and-true tricks that make lulling your little one to sleep a bit easier, like feeding them a warm bottle before putting them down to sleep and finding the best swaddle blankets to wrap them up in for a nice, tight, incredibly snug space that keeps them tucked in (for the time being).
Swaddling is a blanket-wrapping technique that essentially turns your baby into a living, breathing, (hopefully) snoozing burrito. It’s meant to make the baby feel calm by recreating the sensation of being back in the tight-on-space womb. But here’s the thing: While every swaddle blanket is a blanket, but not every blanket is a swaddle blanket.
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Ideally, your baby’s swaddle should be lightweight, breathable and big enough to bundle your little one as he or she continues to grow. Below, we’ve rounded up the best swaddle blankets that meet all the aforementioned requirements, and then some.
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1. Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets
Rocking your baby to sleep can be a wild time, but Aden + Anais’ muslin swaddle blankets help to calm the chaos. Made with a classic cotton-muslin material, the cult-favorite blanket comes pre-washed (yes, it’s machine washable!) so it’s soft from the moment you open the box, and will only continue to get softer as time goes on.
Expecting a newborn in the summer? No sweat. Aden + Anais’ swaddle is single-layered, so it’s incredibly lightweight and breathable. It’s also multifunctional and be can be used as a stroller cover, nursing cover or burp cloth when necessary.
2. CuddleBug Muslin Swaddle Blankets
Your baby needs a swaddle they can grow with, which is exactly why CuddleBug makes its Muslin Swaddle Blankets four feet long by four feet wide. These muslin swaddle blankets get the job done and then some.
Aside from wrapping your baby in the most luxurious material that’s almost guaranteed to have them sleeping soundly throughout the night, they can also be used as stroller covers, car seat covers, burping cloths, cleaning blankets, changing blankets and even picnic blankets. You might even want to save this pack of four for when baby becomes a toddler and you need a new statement scarf.
3. Hudson Baby Unisex Swaddle Blankets
Your bundle of joy will literally sleep tight, yet snug, in these swaddle blankets from Hudson Baby. While they may not feel super-soft at first touch, they become significantly softer with each wash.
Hudson Baby’s Unisex Swaddle Blankets are made of 100 percent cotton-muslin so they’re breathable, comfortable, and so gentle on baby’s skin that you can also pack them in your diaper bag as a burping cloth or tummy time blanket.