Our top five swaddles
Swaddling is one of the most effective things you can do to help your baby get a better (and longer) sleep. The idea is to emulate the womb environment that your baby has known for the past ten months.
Very few babies actually prefer their arms out while they are sleeping – the startle reflex is very strong in the first four months of life so will often wake baby out of their sleep cycle prematurely if their hands/arms are not secure.
There are so many different types and brands of swaddles on the market. We’ve seen and used a lot of different styles both ourselves and with our clients, here are our top five.
The Miracle Blanket is the creme de la creme of fitted swaddles. It is so easy to use and incredibly effective in emulating that womb environment. The baby’s arms are swaddled to their sides which inhibits the startle reflex that can cause waking prematurely in a sleep cycle.
Made of 100% cotton, it is super soft, easy to wash and dry and breathable.
The Miracle Blanket can be used from birth until approximately 4 months, or until your baby starts rolling. If you wish to begin using a sleeping bag, you can continue to use the Miracle Blanket over the top, just leave out the bottom tail.
Love to Dream Swaddles
The Love to Dream range is quite extensive and covers from newborn to the transition out of being swaddled. The Love to Swaddle Up Original is probably the easiest fitted swaddle on the market. You simply pop baby into the bag and zip up. Their arms are supported in a position up by their head, which is a very natural position for babies.
These swaddles are great for babies who really resist the traditional arms down swaddle but still need a bit of resistance against their arms to stop the startle reflex waking them.
The Love to Dream swaddles are 90% cotton, 10% spandex which gives the fabric a wonderful stretch so your baby can still move their arms. They come in small, medium and large and it is important to buy the size that fits your baby, rather than sizing up, otherwise they will not be as effective.
RRP: $44.95 – The Sleep Store
Ergopouch – ergoCocoon
The ergoCocoon is another incredibly easy zip up swaddle. It keeps your baby feeling snug and secure, inhibiting that startle reflex, while still allowing your baby to move their hands to a position that suits them. It is designed with arm poppers which can open to allow you to put your baby’s arm through, when the time comes to transition to a sleeping bag.
The ergoCocoon comes in different tog (warmth) ratings from 0.2 (coolest) to 2.5 (warmest) so there is one for every season. It comes in two different sizes, 0-3 months and 3-12 months. Again, it is important to pick the correct size for your baby rather than sizing up.
Made from 100% organic stretch cotton with a terry cotton lining, these swaddles are very easy to wash and dry.
RRP $49.95 – The Sleep Store
An oldie but a goodie, a simple square blanket made of merino is ideal for all types of swaddles and pretty easy once you get the hang of it.
Merino is an amazing natural fabric, breathable and adapts to suit your baby’s temperature, keeping them cool or warm as needed. Merino is also very easy to wash – we recommend washing on a wool cycle with a wool detergent and dry on an airing rack or on the line. The merino fabric will dry very quickly.
RRP $99.95 – The Sleep Store
Another simple design, a cotton swaddle can be very effective. Appropriate for a wide range of swaddling techniques, with just the right amount of stretch, the stretch swaddle is a classic.
100% cotton makes for incredibly easy washing and drying (you can throw it in the dryer) and it’s a natural, breathable fabric, just what you want in your baby’s sleep space.
RRP $29.95 – The Sleep Store
If you need any advice on swaddling please get in touch, we are always happy to help.