Had a few sleepless nights lately? I’ve been through my share as well, mama. Here’s a virtual hug and a cup of coffee for ya, friend. You’ll get through this!
You know what you need? (Besides a hot shower and 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.) You need an awesome swaddle for that baby. Lucky for you, I’ve also been through my fair share of swaddles and lived to tell the tale. Today I’ll share with you the pros and cons of each and give you my (definitely biased) opinion on which swaddle would beat the other swaddles in a cage match.
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Read on my friend…
The Contender: SwaddleMe
We used the SwaddleMe for about four months with my son and up until three months with my baby girl. At about three months old, my sweet little thing decided she would have her four month sleep regression early! We were totally rocking sleep up until then thanks to our toddler and newborn schedule. I decided we needed a new swaddle to help ease this sleep regression.
Pros: The SwaddleMe is designed with simple velcro tab closures. This makes is super easy to get a snug fit on your baby, even at that 4AM wakeup call. They also come in several different sizes. SwaddleMe is also one of the most economical swaddles on the market. You can get a pack of three for under $20, and they even carry them at most Wal-Mart stores.
Cons: The SwaddleMe is notoriously easy to break out of. My baby girl learned this nifty trick of sticking her arms straight down, the raising them up as fast as she could. This left us with a fun origami baby with her swaddle bunched up close to her neck and her legs hanging out the bottom. Not so cute. Those velcro tabs are also not so fun when they get tangled up in the washer. The SwaddleMe is also pretty much good for only the “both arms in” stage of swaddling. There’s no easy way to transition out of the swaddle with this one.
The Contender: Halo SleepSack
When my daughter was about three months old I did an emergency Amazon search for a new swaddle. I needed a swaddle that would help her transition to self-soothing and also prevent her from breaking out constantly. She was quite the escape artist! I ordered the Halo SleepSack with my trusty Amazon Prime and did a happy dance when it arrived two days later. (Get Amazon Prime FREE for 30 days!)
Pros: I would consider the Halo SleepSack a step up from the SwaddleMe. It has two basic features, the zip up functionality with arm holes, plus the velcro wings that wrap over the zipped pouch. Basically it’s a double edged sword against to keep those baby escape artists at bay. Another pro is that you can gradually wean from swaddling. The Halo SleepSack allows you to swaddle your baby with both arms in, hands near face, or both arms out. I did my baby girl with an arm out and she did pretty good for a while. Oh, and did I mention the zipper zips up from the bottom so you don’t have to completely unswaddle for night diaper changes? The Halo SleepSack is also priced mid-range, which makes it a great alternative to higher-priced swaddles.
Cons: Remember that double edged sword of zippers and velcro wings? Turns out these can become really cumbersome when you’re in a hurry to swaddle a fussy baby. The wings get all twisted and you end up with not-so-happy baby in a big jumble of swaddle blanket. It does have so many pros going for it though, so if you’ve go a little more patience than me this might be the perfect swaddle for you. Honestly, my husband just couldn’t stand this swaddle which is why I moved on to the next contender…
The Contender: Woombie Convertible
Ahhh, the Woombie. This, my friend is genius. After a few weeks of trying out the Halo SleepSack, I did another emergency Amazon search for a simple, zip-and-go swaddle. Amazon Primeto the rescue again, and I had my new BFF swaddle ready to go.
Pros: There are so many pros with this swaddle. I didn’t even realize what I was missing until I put my baby in her new Woombie. The genius is in the simplicity. First, there’s only one zipper, which can zip either up OR down. No velcro wings means that you’ve got that baby swaddled in literally two seconds. There’s no chance of escape since the neckline is snug but not too tight.
The Woombie is also made out of a more stretchy fabric than the previous two swaddles. My baby girl loves to sleep with her hands by her face, but I discovered she’s not quite ready for her arms to be completely out yet. Her startle reflex is still in play a bit, and she tends to scratch herself. With the Woombie, however, she can still move her arms freely inside the swaddle, but she has just enough restriction to prevent those sudden movements from waking her up. She can touch her face to self-soothe without going all crazy with those hands.
I bought the convertible Woombie, which has snaps on the shoulders. This means that when she is ready to transition all the way to arms out, I can just unsnap the shoulder closures and put her arms through. She’ll still get that cozy feeling through her torso and legs.
Cons: The only, and I mean the ONLY con with the Woombie swaddle is the price. It’s on the more expensive side. Yet, it’s still not the most expensive on the market, and I think it’s a fair price to pay for the genius engineering that went into this thing.
The Winner: Woombie Convertible
Hands down the Woombie is the way to go, mama. It has alllllllll the other things the other swaddles have and so much more versatility too. I’m telling you, you won’t regret it. Around my house we invest in anything that will get us more sleep!
What’s your swaddle story? Have a favorite? Looking to find a new swaddle BFF? Tell us all about your swaddle wars in the comments below!