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Best Swaddles

February 2015

Here are TotScoop's top picks for swaddles by subcategory:

Note: Our editors developed this list by summarizing TotScoop parent favorites and adding a few hand-picked editor favorites and new releases. Our picks are 100% unbiased — we never accept compensation in exchange for coverage. That said, this page may contain affiliate links, meaning we may receive a small commission on any purchases that you make (at no cost to you); see our full disclosure.

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Best swaddle/receiving blankets

Value pick: Hudson Baby Organic Receiving Blanket

This organic receiving blanket from Hudson Baby ($9-14 at Amazon) is made of a nice midweight 100% organic cotton and can be used for swaddling or as a lightweight blanket. It measures 40” square and is available in a range of solid pastels.

Everyday pick: aden + anais Classic Muslin Swaddles

aden + anais 100% cotton muslin swaddles ($40-50 per 4-pack at Amazon) are among the most popular baby blankets on the market, and with good reason. They’re soft and breathable, feature adorable designs, and are generously sized (47” x 47”) so they stay useful for longer. They’re incredibly versatile — can be used not only as a swaddle, but also as a burp cloth, nursing cover, car seat cover, lightweight blanket, playmat, etc. Be aware that the cheaper ($35 for 4-pack), smaller (44” x 44”) versions available at outlets like Target and Babies R Us are neither the same size nor quality.

Splurge pick: SwaddleDesigns swaddle blankets

SwaddleDesigns is a great alternative if you’re willing to pay a tad more for adorable modern designs — with the added bonus that you won’t have the same blankets as everybody else. Their cotton marquisette blankets (MSRP $15, Amazon $12-14) are very similar to A+A’s muslin blankets, while their "ultimate” 100% cotton flannel blankets (MSRP $25, Amazon $18-24) provide a bit more warmth. They measure a generous 42” to 46” square, and have swaddle instructions stitched on for ease of use.

Best swaddle aids

Value pick: Summer Infant SwaddleMe

The SwaddleMe ($13-24 for 2-pack at Amazon) features adjustable arm wings with hook-and-loop fasteners to take the guesswork out of swaddling. The leg pouch can be opened without undoing the tabs for diaper changes. They are excellent value and come in 100% cotton or organic cotton, polyester microfleece, and polyester velboa.

Everyday pick: Halo SleepSack Swaddle

The market leader in sleep sacks, Halo, also offers the SleepSack Swaddle (MSRP $27-35, Amazon $15-25), which is like a normal Halo sleep sack with added wings that are secured with Velcro. Baby’s arms can go either in or out of the swaddle, which is helpful during the transition period. The reverse zipper allows for easy diaper changes. They’re available in 100% cotton, organic cotton, muslin, polyester microfleece, and polyester velboa.

Splurge pick: Miracle Blanket

It may be pricey, but parents with super squirmy and/or fussy babies swear that the Miracle Blanket (MSRP $32) is worth every penny. Thanks to inner flaps and long wrap-around design, baby’s arms stay firmly in place. The Miracle Blanket is 100% cotton, comes in assorted colors, and can be used for babies up to 14 weeks old.