Last Updated on January 1, 2023
Using a swaddle blanket is one way to help calm a fussy baby who needs a little extra help going to sleep. Although swaddle blankets are normally used for sleeping purposes, some can be used for other reasons, such as breastfeeding.
Swaddling is an excellent way to encourage a newborn baby to sleep well. It helps soothe your baby and make them feel comfortable and safe, somewhat recreating the feeling of being in the womb. It also keeps them feeling secure, making them cry less when they sleep.
Some Popular Swaddle Blankets
Swaddle blankets come in many sizes, so you can find exactly what you need. Generally, they’re made of fleece or cotton; some have no prints, while others have adorable patterns. One great advantage of a classic swaddle blanket is that you can use it as a regular blanket after your baby has grown out of the swaddling phase. Also, they are pretty big and can be used for larger babies and longer.
There are many types of swaddle blankets you can use. The most popular include muslin, flannel, fleece, and wool blankets. They will all work well with newborns, but deciding what to use can sometimes be challenging. Below we discuss some of the benefits and drawbacks of the different types.
Sometimes referred to as burp cloths, muslin blankets are known to be very soft, light and breathable. They are made from super soft organic cotton and may be plain or printed with pretty flowers or images. They can also be woven into a cradle stitch, making it easier to fold and fold again.
Muslin blankets are much softer than any above, so they’re great for soothing a little one’s pain if they fuss or move around uncontrollably during sleep. You can wrap them over the baby’s body without much effort, and again it doesn’t have to be neat because afterwards, it will look just like a regular blanket and can also be used as a nursing cover or cloth while burping a baby.
Flannel baby swaddle blankets come in varying weights and thicknesses. Lightweight flannel works best when trying to get your baby down for an early morning nap. Heavyweight flannel is better suited for bedtime and other times of the day when you want to keep your baby warm.
Wool blankets are nice because they are easy to wash, often come with a large pouch or pocket for storing extra clothes, and do not require special washing instructions. You can also opt for a 100% organic wool type as it is nourishing and will help regulate body temperature.
Wool blankets are made from 100% wool fibres, making them quite thick and heavy. They have the advantage of being very insulating, warm and breathable but need a lot of care to maintain their quality. Wool can be hand washed with a gentle detergent but needs to be laid flat to dry without wringing it out or pulling it into shape. Most people prefer using wool and flannels swaddles when they’re using them for cold winter months because they’re comfortable for your baby’s skin.
Fleece blankets are made of 100% polyester or a blend of polyester and acrylic fibres. They are cosy, soft and light, and are easy to keep clean as they can be machine washed. They don’t require any special care and do not fray or pill.
Fleece baby swaddle blankets are great for days when you need something that can keep your baby warm but still feels light. They’re also great for sleeping because they’re easy to use and don’t stick to your baby’s skin.
All-in-one types are soft, usually zip-up or velcro designs, with a fluffy cover that tucks around the baby’s head and body. These range from lightweight and breathable to thick, warm layers that are comforting for babies who might have trouble regulating their body temperature. They are great for people who don’t want the hassle of going through the swaddling process, as they are usually easy to zip and secure the arms into position. It’s risk-free and unlikely that you can get the swaddling process wrong with one of these.
All-in-one swaddles are made with different types of material depending on the brand and often come with a hat. The blankets and the hats have snaps that allow babies to grow into the size they need. Swaddle’s with snaps usually have Velcro tabs as well, so you can easily fit the blanket to any size, but it will not get loose. It would stay on your baby all night and is easily adjustable with the straps.
When choosing the best baby swaddles, there are several factors to consider, such as how much time you want it to last, which type of fabric you choose, the wrapping process involved, or how small or large you want it to be. Some parents choose a combination of different styles to add to their collection of nursery goods.
Hopefully, this article will help you decide what type of baby swaddles suit your child.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Also, if you’re already using one of the above (or something different) to keep your baby swaddled, let us know in the comments below.
Sources and References
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Baby Swaddle Blankets – kippins.co
Sophie is a former primary school teacher and passionate about parenting. She enjoys writing, reading, cooking, and making memories with her family.