There’s basically two types of swaddles available to us mamas these days: simple sheets of square fabric that can be tied in a few different ways or fancy contraptions with velcro or zippers. This post is about the latter. Besides matching my neutral baby gear aesthetic (don’t act like you’re not at least slightly superficial if you follow me, haha), these 3 following hip-safe baby swaddles are what I’ve used on my newborn son for all of his naps, day and night, for the past 7 weeks of his life.
When one of these swaddles is in the wash, I reach for whichever other one is clean and re-fall in love with it once again. And yes, you need at least a few of these swaddles, because poop and spitup is somehow constantly getting on everything. Each swaddle is slightly different in design but fulfills the same purpose: easily swaddle a newborn to help him feel safe and secure just like in the womb and in turn keep him sleeping soundly. We’ve all heard of the fourth trimester. Swaddles help babies transition into the world big time. The few times I’ve let my son sleep unswaddled have always ended in me regretting it. So here’s my three favorites and why…
I love that the Ergobaby swaddle puts his hands into little pockets, which makes it almost impossible for him to wiggle out of and accidentally pull his pacifier out, sounding his own alarm, haha! There’s also a great kangaroo pouch-type of thing that gives me a spot to attach that said pacifier and lets me change his diaper without undoing his arms. The velcro ensures he stays secure. The material is a cotton terry. We LOVE it.
The Nested Bean Zen Swaddle is unique in that it has weighted bean sacks on the chest and sides that help babies feel like someone is holding them or has their hand on their chest. This swaddle later transitions into allowing their arms to be left out/unswaddled. It’s a longer swaddle that can be used up to 6 months — you first put the baby’s legs in the smaller inner pocket and then transition them into the larger sack. The velcro lets me get it really tight, and the material is a very soft cotton. I did a sponsored Instagram post for the brand, and I really do love it and use it regularly. Just FYI (but you probably already know), I get multiple offers for sponsored posts daily, whether social media or blog, and I only accept the ones I would spend my own hard-earned money on anyway. Win-win-win for everyone. This swaddle is awesome.
The Love to Dream Swaddle is unique in that it lets my son have his arms up yet still feel secure. I got it in the lite fabric, which is ideal for the summertime heat we are currently experiencing in Southern California. I love that it has a double zipper that goes up as well as down, so you can easily change a diaper without taking off the swaddle. He likes this one just as much as the other ones that keep his arms down though. Out of all of our swaddles, this one is the fastest to put on and take off. There’s not much extra fabric for him to grow into, so I’ll likely need to buy a bigger size fairly quickly. It’s ok, though, because even my 2.5 year old daughter can unzip him and start the diaper changing process for me, haha.
All three swaddles are pretty much no-brainers to use. The fabrics are beautiful, soft, and wash well. The Nested Bean will last the longest. The Ergobaby and Love to Dream are basically impossible to get out of, and both allow changing of diapers without taking out the arms. The Ergobaby and Nested Bean keep the arms down, while the Love to Dream lets baby have his arms up. It’s hard to say what your baby will like until you actually get to meet them and learn their personality, but my good-natured baby boy loves all three! Definitely buy and/or register for at least a few of these since spitup and poop in the newborn days is no joke.
Isn’t my son just an absolute dreamboat? I could stare at him and snuggle him all day, in case you couldn’t already tell. I think there really is some truth to mama’s boys and daddy’s girls, because that’s exactly what’s happened to us. My daughter is extra-obsessed with her dad, to the point where she cries if he is holding Sebastian but has no problem with me holding him.