Swaddle blankets are one of the most versatile textiles around, and you'll be happy to have a few handy even if you plan to use a velcro/wrap swaddle (or no swaddle at all).
Swaddles can be used as…
- Swaddles (obviously) with a bit of clever origami
- Car seat / stroller covers for shaded naps
- Nursing covers, if you prefer to cover up
- Second swaddles, to wrap around a velcro/wrap swaddle for added warmth
- Light blankets for the stroller, car seat, or at home cuddles
- Burp cloths, in a pinch or on purpose
The vast majority of all cotton muslin, bamboo, and stretch modal swaddles out there are lovely and soft regardless of brandnames, so just choose the colors and/or designs you love.
The Best Stretch Modal Swaddles
Solly Baby's stretchy Lenzing modal swaddles are typically available in lovely neutrals, seasonal colors, and subtle prints. If you're planning to use your swaddle blanket as an actual swaddle, having a little stretch in the fabric definitely helps!
Mebie Baby's stretchy modal swaddles come in a variety of subtle colors and neutrals. You can't go wrong with any of them.
Lou Lou & Company's stretchy modal swaddles are very similar to Mebie Baby swaddles, but come in a wider variety of (hit or miss) colors and prints.
The Best Bamboo & Cotton Muslin Swaddles
Made from 100% organic cotton, Mushie's muslin swaddles are super soft and only come in the most perfect hues.
Max & Moose features more perfect hues in pima cotton, a super soft and slightly more sheet-like deviation from the standard cotton muslin or bamboo swaddle.
Cam Cam Copenhagen has so many sweet things, but these GOTS-certified organic cotton muslin swaddles in subtle Scandinavian neutrals are a fan favorite.
These organic cotton muslin swaddles come in nothing but the most gorgeous Scandinavian neutrals and subtle prints.
Beautiful, original prints featuring flora, fauna, and more—and some eye-pleasing colors and neutrals—on cotton muslin swaddles.
Fabelab is a Danish brand through and through, featuring subtle solid Scandi colors on organic cotton muslin.
This Aussie brand makes super soft bamboo/cotton blend swaddles in only the most deliciously earthy prints and hues.
Numero 74 features gorgeous, hand-dyed cotton gauze swaddles with gold thread and tassel accent details. (Numero 74 applies their signature perfume to each swaddle, which I hate, but it dissipates with an Oxiclean Free soak, a few washes, and some time in fresh air.)
Rylee + Cru organic cotton muslin swaddles are like all things Rylee + Cru, beautiful, original prints in Scandinavian-inspired neutrals.
Mebie Baby's super soft cotton muslin swaddles feature subtle, earthy prints.
Loulou Lollipop mostly features a variety of hit or miss prints on super soft bamboo rayon.
Pehr can be a bit too sweet for my taste, but sometimes they nail it, featuring simple, sweet patterns in both bright colors and subtle neutrals on cotton muslin.
Other Brands You May Consider
I don't love most of what these brands make, but sometimes, they make really nice things. They may be worth a look if you're on the hunt for something specific.
- 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.
- Lulujo Baby ($16-$18) - Bright, original prints on cotton muslin or super soft bamboo rayon.
- Modern Burlap ($26) - Monochromatic small-scale and large-scale original prints on organic cotton muslin.
- Wee Gallery ($26) - Sweet monochromatic prints on organic cotton muslin.
This article was last updated July 2020.