Are you a parent of a newborn struggling to get more sleep? If your reading this, you probably are. Getting more than a few hours of sleep at the time with a new baby is rare.
Babies spend nine months growing in the womb, and the last few weeks they are curled up nice and cozy in mom’s belly being rocked and swayed 24/7. To them it’s like being held and cuddled all day long.
Then comes delivery day. Eviction Day. Everything is strange and new.
You know that feeling when your about to fall asleep but feel like your falling, then jerk yourself awake? In babies that’s called the Moro relflex.
With all that extra room it causes your baby to jerk and wake themselves up without meaning to.
That’s where swaddles come in.
Your newborn needs to be swaddled to feel safe and secure. Think baby burrito. Swaddling a baby will soothe your baby and help them sleep longer with less waking.
There are tons of swaddles out there. Some are great and some just aren’t. Swaddles are not one size fits all. Some claim to fix all your baby’s sleep issues. Most are an investment.
You probably want to do some research before you buy one.
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These are my top picks for the best swaddles for newborns.
One of the best newborn swaddles is The Nested Bean Zen Swaddle Classic.
This swaddle is lightly weighted on the chest and arms to help your baby sleep through the Moro reflex. (the sudden startling I just mentioned)
This swaddle will grow with your baby. There is a small inner pouch that will keep your baby secure and an outer pouch they can grow into.
This swaddle is designed for a baby 7-18 lbs.
My next pick are the jersey stretch swaddle from SpearmintLOVE.
I actually bought these exact swaddles for our last baby and fell in love with them.
They are huge, stretchy and SUPER SOFT. You can really wrap your little one up snug and tight with these swaddles.
The Woombie was designed by a fellow RN when her own daughter was struggling with sleep issues.
This is a perfect swaddle for parents who are intimidated by swaddling their babies themselves.
All you do is place your baby in the swaddle and zip it up, it’s that easy!
When my third baby got a few months old he hated having his arms tied down and actually slept worse when I when I swaddled him in the traditional way.
Someone told me about the Love to Dream Swaddle, which allows your baby to be swaddled while keeping their arms up by their face.
It worked like a charm while keeping him snug and secure.
The Halo Sleep Sack is a 3-way adjustable swaddle designed to adjust to your baby’s needs.
Swaddle arms in, hands-to-face, one or both arms out.
This sleep sack will adjust to a wearable blanket as your baby no longer needs to be swaddled.
Swaddles I do not recommend
I am not a fan of the Summer SwaddleMe.
I always have problems with this swaddle being to small or big for the baby I am trying to wrap.
This swaddle relies on the velcro on the flaps to get a snug fit and often this swaddle is a bad fit.
You really need something more adjustable.