10 of the best baby swaddles

Simple cotton, zip up, stretchy, arms free – swaddling blankets could help your little one to sleep better, and there’s plenty to choose from.

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What is baby swaddling?

Swaddling is a centuries-old practice of snugly wrapping babies in a blanket, sheet or cloth to help them feel secure and (hopefully) sleep better!

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We’ve answered all your baby swaddling safety questions below, for a more thorough read or you can click here to go directly to the list of the best swaddles on the market.

What are swaddle blankets?

There are plenty of swaddle blankets out there; from simple cotton sheets and muslin squares that you fold and wrap around your baby, to zip-up, no-fold swaddles that can transform into a baby sleep sack as your little one grows.

Should I swaddle my baby?

It’s totally up to you whether you swaddle your baby. Swaddles can be a useful sleep time aid in the early weeks, as the idea is to keep your little one cuddled up and avoid the ‘startle reflex’ that might disturb their slumber.  We recommend you keep an eye on your baby when swaddled, to make sure they don’t overheat.

Is swaddling my baby safe?

Yes, when done correctly.  You may have also read about concerns on swaddling and hip dysplasia after the issue was raised by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Professor Nicholas Clarke.

However, Professor Clarke concluded: “I advocate swaddling in the right and safe way, which means ensuring babies are not rigidly wrapped but have enough room to bend their legs.”

A recent report also highlighted a higher risk of SIDS in babies who had been swaddled and placed to sleep on their front or side, rather than on their back.

It also noted an increased risk of SIDS where swaddled babies were found on their fronts, but had not been placed on their front to sleep.

The lead author, Dr Anna Pease, does not advise against swaddling, but says that once babies can roll over and move on to their sides of fronts by themselves, they should no longer be swaddled.

This is often around the age of 4 months.

How do I swaddle my baby safely?

If you do choose to swaddle it’s important to follow the NHS Choices team tips:

  • Your baby should not be swaddled too tightly
  • Still give your baby’s hips and knees room to move freely
  • Do not swaddle above the shoulders
  • Your baby’s face should also not be covered
  • Care should be taken that they do not get too hot
  • And, as advised by safe sleeping guidelines, you should always place your baby on his or her back to go to sleep

Here’s a more in-depth step by step guide to swaddling your baby

What size swaddle should I use for a newborn?

The swaddle needs to be large enough that it isn’t wrapped too tightly once the fabric is folded around your little one.

Most shaped swaddles – which could come as a triangular fabric, or a sleep sack style – will be sized so you can choose the right one for your baby’s age and weight.

  • If you’re choosing a traditional muslin cloth-style to wrap, they are usually around 120cm x 120cm.
  • You can also use a plain cotton cot sheet, which normally measures around 120cm x 150cm.

These are 10 of the best swaddles and where to buy them.

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1. ErgoCocoon Swaddle and Sleeping Bag, £34.99

  • Age suitable for: 0-3 months (3-7kg) or 3-12 months (7-12kg)
  • Type: Zip-up sleeping bag style
  • Fabric: Organic cotton and bamboo

With its bell-shaped bottom, this convertible swaddle to sleeping bag is designed by Australian brand ErgoPouch to be hip healthy so your baby can comfortably bend and move their legs.

There are different tog ratings for each season – 0.2 tog for summer, 1 tog for spring/autumn and 2.5 tog for winter – and the chic designs are just beautiful.

The ErgoCocoon may be pricey, but the thoughtful poppers in the armholes to transform it from swaddle to sleeping bag mean it’s going to last well beyond the newborn stage.

You can buy the ErgoCocoon from ergoPouch and BuggyBaby.

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2. Groswaddle hip-healthy wrap, £13.99

  • Age suitable for: 0-3 months (up to 6.5kg)
  • Type: Shaped swaddle
  • Fabric: 100% cotton jersey

When used as directed, the Groswaddle hip-healthy wrap is approved by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, as it allows babies to move their legs freely.

With a large pocket for your little one’s legs, the fabric at the top then wraps around their arms, to keep them snug.

The design also means it can be used with both their arms free, or with one arm free, if they self-soothe, and it comes in six cute patterns, including ladybird print, giraffes and hot air balloons.

You can buy the Groswaddle hip-healthy wrap from the Gro Company, John Lewis, and Amazon.

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3. Love to Dream Swaddle UP, £22.99

  • Age suitable for: From birth
  • Type: Zip-up sleeping bag style
  • Fabric: 93% cotton, 7% elastane

We love the idea behind this swaddle, as your little one can sleep with their arms up (in that adorable way that newborns do!) and can safely suck on their hands through the soft fabric.

With a two-way zip for easy nappy changing, the Swaddle UP also has access at the back for a car seat harness so your baby can travel in their car seat wearing the swaddle too.

Sizes range from XS (2-3.2kg) to Large (8.5-11kg), although once your little one is showing signs of rolling over, they can move onto the Swaddle UP 50/50 (£27.99), which has removable arms.

You can buy the Swaddle UP from Cheeky Rascals, Natural Baby Shower, and Amazon.

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4. Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle, £15

  • Age suitable for: From newborn
  • Type: Classic square fabric swaddle
  • Fabric: 100% cotton muslin

This classic style swaddle is made from a beautifully soft, pre-washed cotton muslin and measures a generous 120cm by 120cm.

Winning the bronze award in the MadeForMums Awards 2017 in the best baby sleeping aid category, our judges were impressed with the quality, size and softness of these swaddles.

Available in a plethora of beautiful designs, including understated Disney prints, and metallic woven patterns, these swaddles can also be used as burping cloths, breastfeeding covers, changing table cloths and even tummy time mats.

You can buy the Aden + Anais swaddles from Aden + Anais, Natural Baby Shower, and Kidly.

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5. Summer Infant Swaddle Pod, £9.99

  • Age suitable for: 0-2 months (2-4.5kg)
  • Type: Zip-up sleeping bag style
  • Fabric: 93% cotton, 7% elastane

Suitable for small newborns, and even premature babies as it’s suitable from 2-4.5kg, the Swaddle Pod adds to the Summer Infant sleeping range, which also includes its wraparound Swaddle Me shaped swaddle (£9.99) that can be used from 3.2-6.4kg.

This tiny pod is made from a soft and stretchy cotton elastane, and has a two-way zip, so it’s easy to do a night time nappy change.

Colours include grey with white dots, white with grey stars, and a new pastel zoo design.

You can buy the Swaddle Pod from Summer Infant, Mothercare, and Amazon.

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6. Ergobaby Swaddler, £19.90

  • Age suitable for: 0-3 months (2.7-6.8kg)
  • Type: Shaped swaddle
  • Fabric: 100% cotton

Recognised by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, the Swaddler from Ergobaby (the brand behind the baby carrier) is made from a soft jersey cotton and comes in 11 sweet colours and patterns.

It’s different from some of the other swaddles as it has arm pockets, which aim to keep your little one’s hands at their heart with elbows bent, which Ergobaby says is a natural foetal position.

The removable leg pouch allows for easy nappy changing, and it can be used with harnesses in baby swings and rockers.

You can buy the Ergobaby Swaddler from Kiddies Kingdom, Natural Baby Shower, and Amazon.

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7. Woombie Air Swaddle, £25

  • Age suitable for: Newborn (2.5-6kg) and Big Baby (6.5-9kg)
  • Type: Zip-up sleeping bag style
  • Fabric: 95% cotton, 5% spandex

Designed specifically for warmer houses, summer time, or holidays, the Woombie Air swaddle has a ventilated panel across your little one’s chest, to keep them cool.

Like the Woombie Original, it has a two-way zip for easy changing, and is made of a soft, stretchy fabric to allow your baby to move freely.

Coming in two sizes (2.5-6kg or 6.5-9kg), the Woombie should fit most babies from newborn.

You can buy the Woombie Air Swaddle from Jojo Maman Bebe, Amazon, and Best for Baby .

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8. Mothercare Swaddling Blanket, £10

  • Age suitable for: Birth to 14 weeks
  • Type: Shaped swaddle
  • Fabric: 100% cotton

The simple design of the Mothercare Swaddling Blanket includes unique arm holders inside the swaddle, and fabric markers to help you wrap up your baby safely and snugly.

Made from 100% cotton, it’s machine washable and can be tumble dried, and it comes in a delicate floral pattern.

You can buy the Mothercare Swaddling Blanket from Mothercare.

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9. Halo SleepSack Swaddle, £26.99

  • Age suitable for: Preemie (up to 2kg), 0-3 months (3-5kg), 3-6 months (6-7kg)
  • Type: Zip-up sleeping bag style
  • Fabric: Micro-fleece or 100% cotton

Combining sleeping bag and swaddle in one item of baby sleepwear, the Halo SleepSack Swaddle was founded by a couple who lost their first child to SIDS.

Their design has now been recognised by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, and has a main zip-up sleeping bag, with wings that wrap around your baby’s arms, or can be fastened to leave your little one’s arms free.

With around 30 different patterns, in either micro-fleece or 100% cotton, there’s a design to match every nursery.

You can buy the Halo SleepSack Swaddle from Best for Baby, and Amazon.

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10. Baby K’Tan Newborn Swaddle, £24.99

  • Age suitable for: From newborn to toddlers
  • Type: Swaddle-shaped blanket
  • Fabric: 100% all natural cotton, innovative mesh weave

With its stylish, breathable fabric, the Baby K’Tan Swaddle and Toddler Blanket cleverly provides continuous airflow to prevent overheating.

Made from 100% all-natural cotton, it’s soft, stretchy and perfect for those warmer days. And the best, thing – it comes in a pack of two, so you should always have one to hand.

Available in teal and charcoal, the K’Tan Swaddle blanket not only looks good, but the fact that it grows with your baby into a toddler blanket, means it’s good value for money too.

You can buy the Baby K’Tan Newborn Swaddle at Baby K’Tan

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