Note: There is no one universal “best,” especially when it comes to parenting. These are “The Best Swaddle Blankets” based on Also Mom's strict criteria, detailed here.
If you’re planning to use a velcro/zip-up swaddle (highly recommend!), you may not think you need swaddle blankets, but think again! Swaddles can be used as…
- Swaddles, if you like origami and don’t have a baby Houdini on your hands (we prefer cheater zip-up or velcro swaddles personally)
- Second swaddles, to wrap around a cheater swaddle for added warmth
- Light blankets for the stroller, car seat, or at home cuddles
- Car seat/stroller covers for shaded naps
- Makeshift nursing covers
- Burp cloths, especially when baby spit up happens at an inopportune time and the only thing you have handy is a swaddle
And by the way, although most new moms flock to Aden + Anais because they are supposedly “the best” swaddle blankets… just choose some swaddles with designs you love. They're all similarly high quality these days.
These are a few boutiques that have curated a wonderful collection of swaddles (start here if you don't want to go hunting brand-by-brand)…
These are a few of our absolute favorite swaddle brands, organized alphabetically…
- Cam Cam Copenhagen ($27) – GOTS-certified organic cotton muslin swaddles in subtle Scandinavian neutrals.
- Little Unicorn ($16) – Beautiful, original prints featuring flora, fauna, and more on cotton muslin swaddles.
- Nobodinoz ($25) – Gorgeous Scandinavian neutrals and subtle prints on organic cotton muslin.
- Rylee and Cru ($26 and up) – Beautiful, original prints on Scandinavian-inspired neutral organic cotton muslin.
- Solly Baby ($23) – Stretchy Lenzing modal swaddles featuring Solly Baby neutrals, colors, and prints.
These are a few brands we also like, organized alphabetically…
- Aden + Anais ($13) – Original prints and designs on cotton muslin.
- Clementine Kids ($18) – Original prints and designs on cotton muslin.
- Copper Pearl ($25) – Stretchy polyester/rayon blend featuring prints, patterns, and some neutrals.
- Coveted Things ($34) – Large-scale prints with clever sayings and designs.
- Fabelab ($33) – Subtle solid colors on organic cotton muslin.
- KB Cute Designs ($28) – Stretchy rayon/spandex blend featuring stripes and florals.
- Lou Lou and Company ($25) – Stretchy rayon/spandex blend featuring bright solid colors and stripes.
- Loulou Lollipop ($20) – Original prints and designs on super soft bamboo rayon.
- Lulujo Baby ($16-$18) – Bright, original prints on cotton muslin or super soft bamboo rayon.
- Mebie Baby ($20-$24) – Boho and Scandinavian colors and patterns on cotton muslin or rayon/spandex blend.
- Modern Burlap ($26) – Monochromatic small-scale and large-scale original prints on organic cotton muslin.
- Numero 74 ($23) – Gorgeous, hand-dyed colors with gold thread and tassel accent details. (Numero 74 applies their signature perfume to each swaddle, but it dissipates with a few washes.)
- Pehr Designs ($20) – Simple, sweet patterns, in bright colors or subtle neutrals, on cotton muslin.
- Wee Gallery ($26) – Sweet monochromatic prints on organic cotton muslin.
A Note: There are so many indie swaddle brands, and we will be adding them to this list as we discover them. If you have a favorite indie swaddle brand you think we should include on our list here, send us a note (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Which is the Best Swaddle?
The one that suits your taste!
The best swaddle if you’re actually planning to use it as a swaddle… anything with a little stretch. We like Solly Baby, Mebie Baby Stretch Swaddle, Lou Lou and Company,KB Cute Designs, Copper Pearl, since they all stretch for a more snug fit.