Swaddling may be a traditional practice, but that doesn't mean it's outdated. There are many benefits of swaddling your baby, in fact lots of parents agree that it helps their baby to sleep.
When you think of your baby being tucked up in the womb it makes sense that they find the sensation of being wrapped in baby swaddle blankets to be comforting.
Is it safe to use baby swaddle blankets?
If you’re considering swaddling your baby, make sure you always follow safe swaddling guidelines to protect your little one:
- Don't wrap your little one up too tightly.
- Make sure the material of the blanket is breathable.
- They should only have their body wrapped and not their neck or head.
More safety tips on how to safely swaddle a baby
How to swaddle a baby in a blanket
- START POSITONS: Start with a triangle (fold your blanket into a triangle if needed), make sure baby's arms are across his chest.
- GET WRAPPING: Fold either the left or right side of the swaddle blanket across your baby.
- TUCK IN HIS TOES: Fold the bottom of the blanket up and tuck it into the hem, just under baby's chin.
- THE PERFECT BURRITO: Pull over the last flap of the blanket, tucking it behind baby.
The good news is, if you really can't get the hang of the traditional blanket swaddle, there are now so many types of baby swaddle blankets available, including ready-made pouches with zips or buttons, swaddling sleeping bags and even swaddle towels for straight after bathtime snuggles.
The best baby swaddle blankets 2021
Lily & Mortimer's muslin swaddles are made with care in cool, organic cotton - a gorgeous addition for your newborn that can be used for just about anything.
Shortlisted in the 2020 Mother & Baby awards for Best Sleep Product.
Tested by mum Eleanor: 'I absolutely love this product, the large size of the muslin means that it’s suitable for so many different jobs! A swaddle wrap or even a sicky cleaner! A blanket to lay on the grass or a little light cover for the pushchair or the car seat when you’re out and about, it folds so small it’s no problem just to shove it in your changing bag!'
The designers behind Aden + Anais have created some really beautiful looking muslin swaddles, that keep their quality no matter how many times they go through the wash!
Mother & Baby awards 2018 and 2017 Gold winner, Best Product for a Newborn - 0-4 months.
Tested by mum Emma Carter for the Mother & Baby Awards 2018: 'I have tried other swaddled blankets in the last ten weeks since my baby was born, and found some with double the material of this one that, ultimately, didn’t stay in shape as much as these do. The price is also amazingly cheap. I have been paying this amount for one, never mind four, so would definitely recommend this item to other mummies without doubt.'
This award-winning cot-sized blanket has you covered for swaddling your newborn or just keeping your little one warm. The extreme natural stretch in the merino ensures baby is always kept warm when needed, and if used for wrapping, your baby will be so snug and never overheated.
Shortlisted in the Mother&Baby Awards 2019, Best Product for a Newborn - 0-4 months.
Tested by mum Elizabeth: 'I would recommend this product because of how easy it makes swaddling a baby. This gives the mum more rest as the baby is soothed. The material is very soft and the natural fibres mean that it is easier for the baby to maintain the correct body temperature so is less likely to overheat.'
These large blankets are perfect for swaddling, burping, feeding, wiping, comforting, a light blanket, a pram cover and anything else you can think of!
Mother&Baby Awards 2018 Silver winner, Best Product for a Newborn - 0-4 months.
Tested by mum Ami Howard for the Mother & Baby Awards 2018: 'I find this product makes life so much easier because it's so versatile! It can be used as a swaddle, muslin, blanket on its own or one to lay them down on and, in times of need, even a changing mat! It's a product that if I'm in a rush I can just shove in the changing bag and leave, knowing if I have forgotten one of the above, I have it now!'
The Groswaddle looks and feels beautiful and has been desgined by The Gro Company to make swaddling simple.
Mother&Baby Awards 2018 Shortlisted Innovation of the Year.
Tested by mum Leigh Taylor: 'This product changed my life with my baby as there was no more struggling to swaddle my little one in a blanket and it put an end to my constant fretting that he would be able to get out of the swaddle. This Groswaddle works perfectly and is very easy to use with clear instructions.'
The Love To Dream Swaddle Up is lovely and soft, and easy to use. The design allows for different arm positions (up or down), optional zipping and it has enough space for little legs to move around. It’s well shaped, with sizing dependent on weight rather than age.
Mother&Baby Awards 2021 Silver winner, Best Sleep Product.
Reviewed by mum of three Lucy Clark: 'This swaddle made my baby feel really snug. I think this helped her sleep better which obviously makes my life much easier as a mum of 3! The swaddle was easy to use and put on, and it was much quicker than folding baby in an actual swaddle but still provided that comfort feeing that babies like. I can now dress baby for bed really quickly and easily.'
The Swaddler has a Healthy Hip Positioner to keep baby's legs and hips in an ergonomic position for healthy hip development, and positions arms in natural "hands to heart" position.
Mother & Baby Awards 2017 Bronze winner, Best Product for a Newborn - 0-4 months.
Tested by mum Keisha Drakes for the M&B Awards 2017: 'I would recommend the Ergobaby Swaddler Lightweight as I loved everything about it. This swaddler is lightweight which is good in the heat and the material is super comfy for him and can be easily cleaned. It is easy to use; my 8 year old daughter figured it out without the instructions. I feel my son is safe sleeping in this swaddler.'
Although not really a swaddle – in the traditional sense of the word, at least, the Love To Swaddle 50/50 is great quality and easy to use. The fabric is not restrictive so it’s more like a sleeping bag, or a babygrow with a bag bottom, so It’s great for babies who like to snuggle but prefer the simultaneous freedom of their arms.
The zip-design is so convenient; the swaddle is easy to get on and off – especially when a nappy change is in order.
Review: 'I loved this swaddle. My girl had the startling reflex for long time and figured out how to get out of cheaper swaddles, but this did the trick. It was holding her hands nicely and muted the reflex plus it allowed her to have frog legs when sleeping which is better for hips. I liked that it was snug on her waist so she feels comforted and swaddles. The swaddle is thin so very good for summer. In hot weather I put her into this swaddle with just nappy on.'
A swaddle shaped towel that is perfect for newborns and has been designed to recreate the soothing effects of swaddling after bathtime. Made from soft hypoallergenic pure dry microfibre for quick and easy drying there will be no time for little ones to get cold. Recommended from birth to 6 months.
Mother&Baby Awards 2019 Shortlisted Best Bathtime Product.
Reviewed by mum Winnie: 'This towel is made of soft hypoallergenic microfibre which makes it dry easily and quickly. I love snuggling my baby girl in it after a bath as she is soothed by the swaddling effects which help her settle for bedtime. It is extremely soft and the super soft hood keeps her little head nice and warm after a bath. I love it so much I have gone on to buy Grotowel for my two-year-old boy.'