Ever heard of The Moro Reflex? It’s an infantile reflex normally present in newborns and usually lasts up to 3-4 months. The baby jumps, out of reflex because they feel like they are falling. Babies are used to being nice and secure in the womb, so when they are free, they feel a lack of support. That’s why cuddles and love are so important!
The Moro Reflex in babies is like the Startle Reflex in adults. Have you ever had a dream that you are falling and you feel your muscles jerk and it wakes you up? Same thing, except young babies don’t know how to self-soothe to go back to sleep.
That’s why a good swaddle is a MUST for your new baby. We recently took a poll on our Instagram on the best swaddles out there. We had tons of responses but narrowed it down to these top 7 brands.
The Best Swaddles For A New Baby
- Copper Pearl: Gone are the days of boring baby products. Copper Pearl swaddles are stylish, lightweight, and breathable. Not only will your baby look cute all swaddled up but you won’t have to worry about overheating due to the premium knit. These are swaddle blankets so they can be used as a receiving blanket or playmat as well.
- Love To Dream: Now this is a true swaddle (not a swaddle blanket). Love To Dream has options for 0-36 months. If you struggle doing a burrito swaddle (like I do), you don’t have to worry because this is a simple zip up. The shape of their swaddle also allows for baby’s arms to be up and not snug by their sides. Some babies prefer this position.
- Aden and Anais: Another type of swaddle blanket. And also pretty darn cute as well. Their swaddle blankets come in 3 different materials: classic muslin, organic muslin, and silky soft muslin. If your baby has super sensitive skin, the silky soft option might be best for them.
- SwaddleMe: I’m a little biased with this one. Since I’m horrible with doing the swaddle burrito with a swaddle blanket, I NEEDED something I could just secure on (these attach with velcro). Plus, my little guy was always trying to break free so this stayed on nice and tight.
- Halo: These swaddles also attach with velcro but they are more of a sleep sack. They are made in a way that you can easily transition from swaddle to arms-free swaddle. The sack allows for more wiggle room around the feet, which some babies prefer.
- Zippadee-Zip: This star-shaped/star-fish design is probably the most unique-looking swaddle out there. Just as the name implies, this swaddle zips right up. It allows baby some wiggle room, while also providing enough closeness that the baby feels snug. It’s like a comfy sleeping bag for a baby. *note* This is a transition swaddle, usually after the baby is ready to have their arms free.
- Ollie: This is a hook and loop swaddle. Made to move with the baby at night (not constrict), keep comforting pressure (from shoulder to feet), and help keep the baby cool. The material is moisture-wicking and the bottom is creatively made in a way that diaper changes don’t mean stripping baby all the way down.
The Best Swaddle For You and Your Baby
The funny thing about baby products is that one brand could work for you and be useless for another parent. It’s all about experimenting!
So, if you are registering for items for your upcoming baby, it doesn’t hurt to register for different types of swaddles. But believe me when I say that you will definitely want some sort of swaddle when your babe comes home. Both of you will sleep better.
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