Snug as a bug in a rug, or a sweet babe in a swaddle. A baby swaddle can be you and your fresh bub’s sleep saviour and create a strong link to the bedtime routine. But which type of swaddle will suit your newborn?
There are a host of different types of baby swaddles but the basic principles are all the same. The aim is to restrict the movement of the arms to prevent bubba from waking themselves with their startle reflex. You’ll need to consider the season your little one will be born in, what room they’ll be sleeping in and if you’ll be using swaddling for naps or nighttime or both.
As with everything baby, there are always choices, choices, choices. But not to worry, we have done the work for you and below is a list of all the info you need to know about choosing the right baby swaddle for you and your newborn.
What to know about newborn swaddles
Before you decide what to buy, you need to know what you can buy and why. We’ve answered some basic questions for you to get your head around what’s out there and what you might need.
Is it essential: No
How much will it cost: $5 to $80
How long will you use it: 3 to 4 months (until they can roll)
Should you purchase before baby arrives: Yes
Can you buy secondhand: Yes
Types of swaddles for newborns
Wraps: Swaddle wraps are the traditional way of swaddling your baby with either a muslin wrap or blanket. Wraps are one-size-fits-all and can also be used in other ways, like a breastfeeding or pram cover.
Zip swaddles: Zip swaddles are sack-style suits with zips that make it easy to put bub in and difficult for them to get out. Usually, they come with a two-way zip for easy nappy changes.
Pouches: Somewhere in between a wrap and a zip suit, there are a range of pouches that involve some basic wrapping and often secured by velcro.
Transition swaddles: Transition swaddles start with both arms in, then either one or both arms come out for transitioning from the swaddle into a sleeping bag.
What to consider before buying a baby swaddle
Breathable materials – Like any sleepwear for babies, ensure your swaddle is made of natural fabrics that allow good airflow such as super soft organic cotton or Merino wool. This is important for keeping baby at a comfortable, safe temperature while they snooze.
A hip-friendly design – With Healthy Hips Australia reporting that eight babies a day are diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), preventative measures are super important in the early months. Hip-friendly swaddles give little legs plenty of room to sit in the natural ‘froggy’ position and move freely.
T.O.G warmth rating – Like a baby sleeping bag, swaddles also sometimes come in different T.O.G ratings, which is a measurement that indicates the warmth of materials. The higher the T.O.G rating, the warmer the garment, so keep this in mind when buying for warm and cool climates.
OUR PICK OF THE CROP
15 Baby Swaddles for newborn bubs
To help you find a the perfect suit to swaddle your baby, we’ve compiled this list of fab brands available in Australia to get you started in your search.
Here are 10 of the best baby swaddles in Australia:
Available in a range of T.O.G ratings, ergoPouch Cocoon Swaddle Bags have you covered all year. Easy to use, but hard to escape from, they’re made with super soft organic cotton and bamboo plus elastane for stretch. Arm poppers make them fab for transitioning to a sleeping bag.
The perfect pouch for your little joey. Bubbaroo’s award-winning swaddles are made with lightweight, knitted cotton that’s machine washable and fast drying. They come in one size to fit newborns through their early months and have a bottom zip for easy nappy changes.
Crafted from gentle cotton, the Babystudio Swaddlepouch features a 1.0 TOG rating, two-way zips and just enough tightness to mimic the cosiness of the womb. We love the added stretch for allowing legs to sit in a natural froggie position.
4. Love To Dream
The multi-award-winning SWADDLE UP is a favourite among mums for its unique shape that allows bubs to sleep with their arms up, just the way so many like it. Choose from original styles in multiple T.O.Gs and transition suits for bubs ready to free up an arm.
5. Snuggle Hunny Kids
Exquisitely soft and beautifully designed here in Australia, these are swaddles you won’t be able to take your eyes off. Like a stretchy sack, each is free from Velcro, zips and buttons, and comes with a matching beanie for next-level cuteness.
6. Mokopuno Merino
Silky-soft Mokopuna swaddles are made of 100% Merino wool to insulate baby while allowing healthy airflow throughout the seasons. Acknowledged as hip friendly, they give babes loads of wriggle room and come fitted with a two-way zipper for change time.
7. Sleepy Bub
Some bubs like to snooze with their arms down, some with their arms on their chest, and Sleepy Bub hip-healthy swaddles cater to both. Ultra-soft thanks to GOTS certified organic interlock cotton, they come with protected zippers and sweet fold-over mittens. Aww.
It’s the world’s only legs in / legs out swaddle and it’s perfect for adapting to changing weather and doing nappy changes with the stealth of a ninja. Hip safe, it comes with a ‘no break-out’ zip that keeps little ones cocooned and cosy all night long.
9. Tommee Tippee
These zip-up swaddles make bundling up baby a breeze. Fully accredited as ‘hip-healthy’, they come in a choice of colours and are specially designed for newborns up to around three months of age. Made of soft cotton, these are easy to care for and easy to wear.
The Purflo Swaddle To Sleep Bag was created as a healthier, safer sleeping solution for new little humans. Super snug, it eliminates the need for loose bedding and has unique mesh panels for great airflow. And when bub outgrows the swaddle, it converts to a sleeping bag.
11. Summer Infant
Snug and easy to use, the SwaddleMe features adjustable wings that fasten securely around bubs with a hook and loop system. There is a handy zip at the base for quick nappy changes in the ‘wee’ hours and a fun range of styles to choose from.
12. Bespoke Baby
Available individually, in multi-packs or in sets with a matching hat, these swaddles are as giftable as they are gorgeous. Taking the struggle out of swaddling, they come with non-scratch Velcro that holds bubs nice and tight for a better night’s sleep.
The clever Woombie covers all five stages of sleep to see babies from birth right through to 18 months of age. Cotton and Spandex provides plenty of room to wriggle, while mild compression mimics the sensation of touch to soothe new little humans through the night.
In soft cotton and a simple design that takes the stress out of dressing bub for bed, it’s easy to see why this budget-friendly set is winning fans. It comes in two sizes and features adjustable wings that secure with Velcro tabs.
15. Billie + Bobbie
Designed specially with safety and comfort in mind, the Billie + Bobbie Swaddle Sack is proudly made in Australia from superfine merino wool. Naturally breathable, it helps reduce overheating and disruption from the startle reflex.
How do you dress a newborn under a swaddle?
It’s super important to avoid baby overheating, so don’t overdress baby under the swaddle. Red Nose Australia recommends dressing baby as you would dress yourself for the temperature of the room. Use breathable, lightweight garments made of fabrics like muslin or cotton.
Should I swaddle my baby for daytime naps?
If swaddling helps baby nod off sooner during the day, go for it. In fact, daytime can be harder for falling asleep due to household noise and daylight, so the extra comfort of a snug swaddle can be helpful.
When do you stop swaddling a baby?
The most important sign that it’s time to stop swaddling is when baby learns to roll over, which happens anywhere between two and four months. Of course, bub could show clear signs that they’re ready to move on before they even learn to roll, such as constantly breaking out of their baby wrap or swaddle suit.
What are some of the benefits of swaddling a baby?
According to the RCH, not only do swaddle suits or muslin wraps help baby feel secure after the cosiness of the womb, but it keeps them warm, helps in the development of muscles and keeps them from waking due to the startle reflex.
Are muslin swaddles better than swaddle suits?
It comes down to personal preference and what works best for your baby. A muslin swaddle is a large square of fabric for wrapping baby (it also doubles as a useful burp cloth). Swaddle suits either zip up or come with Velcro wings for quicker, easier dressing. The advantage of suits is that many convert to a sleeping bag once baby has outgrown being wrapped.
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