When traveling with a baby, one of the most important things our family can pack are some good swaddlers and sleepsacks. My husband is a self-proclaimed “Master of the Swaddle.” He took a class at our hospital, watched YouTube videos and practiced with baby dolls before our oldest was born. He can swaddle our son with just about any blanket, towel or piece of fabric he comes across. Every time he’s near a friend with an infant, he always asks if he can swaddle their baby. I, on the other hand, am not as passionate about swaddle blankets as I’m usually exhausted by the time baby needs another swaddle. So, I’m a big fan of swaddlers.

Babies are picky and what works one month, might not work the next. Or baby blew out/threw up on their swaddler or sleepsack and you need a clean one. So I contacted several companies that create innovative swaddlers and sleepsacks so I could test them out and compare them.

Below are my reviews of each one. I’d like to note that I tested these on my son from the time he was 4 weeks until he was 13 weeks old. Before that, he was only swaddled with blankets. My son is a good sleeper, is in the 95th percentile for height and weight and (thankfully) doesn’t suffer from colic or have any health issues. It’s been my experience that different babies react differently to being swaddled and when they go through “leaps” (according to The Wonder Weeks) their sleep can be affected. (Contains affiliate links.)

Embe Classic 2-Way Swaddle

Embe Classic 2-Way Swaddle

embe 2-Way Swaddle

What I Like:

  • Because of the option to swaddle with baby’s legs out, this swaddle is great for taking on trips to warmer climates, especially if you won’t have A/C at your lodging.
  • I love the feel of the fabric! It’s 100% Cotton, which is what I usually prefer for my baby.
  • I love the print!
  • I like how strong the velcro is because it feels very secure.
  • Diaper changes are really easy because their arms stay swaddled while their diaper is completely accessible.

What I Don’t Like:

  • My husband thought the zipper came up a little high and seemed to hit our son’s chin (the zipper is covered by fabric.)
  • The zipper can be tricky if baby is squirming, as it requires pulling across arms while zipping up.
  • One size fits 6 to 14 lbs, which meant my son outgrew it at 2 months old.

Embe Signature 2-Way Swaddle

Embe 2-Way Signature Swaddle.

Embe Signature 2-Way Swaddle

What I like:

  • I prefer the fabric of this one to the classic style because it feels stretchier. It’s made with 100% Pima Cotton, which is incredibly soft.
  • Like the classic style, I like how strong the velcro is because it feels very secure. It’s also very quiet.
  • Like the classic style, diaper changes are really easy because their arms stay swaddled while their diaper is completely accessible.
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What I don’t like:

  • The zipper can be tricky, even when baby is not squirming. It took me several attempts to get the zipper to work.
  • One size fits 6 to 14 lbs, which meant my son outgrew it at 2 months old.

Nested Bean Zen Swaddle

Nested Bean Zen Swaddle

Nested Bean Zen Swaddle

What I like:

  • It’s supposed to last from 0-6 months. I tested it with my large 3 month old and he has plenty of room. There’s a pocket for smaller babies and then the larger pocket for babies as they grow.
  • It features lightly weighted sides and center that mimic touch. It’s not too heavy, just about the weight of a small bean bag.
  • There are no zippers or snaps, just Velcro.
  • The fabric is very soft, lightweight and slightly stretchy.
  • There’s a super cute baby bird embroidered on the weighted center panel and even though it gets hidden, it’s pretty adorable!
  • My very awake 3 month old baby fell asleep moments after I put him in the swaddle for the first time and took quite a long nap.

What I don’t like:

  • My son was able to work his hands up in this swaddle. He likes to sleep with his hands near his mouth and I purposely swaddled him with his arms down to see what would happen.
  • I could see if a baby was smaller, it might be tricky to get a tight swaddle.

NuRoo Swaddler

NuRoo Swaddler

NuRoo Swaddler

What I like:

  • With two interior pockets and a removable seam to extend its length, the NüRoo Swaddler grows with baby until they roll over.
  • I love the print I have!
  • There are no zippers, so I don’t worry about anything poking my baby in the face.
  • The velcro area is small, so it prevents the swaddler from feeling stiff.
  • The velcro doesn’t snag clothing.
  • My son’s arms look comfortable whether I swaddle them down or up near his face.
  • It folds up compactly, making it easy to pack.

What I don’t like:

  • I had a hard time getting it to fit right when my baby was a newborn. I think he was between sizes in the pockets.
  • While the fabric is really soft (like swimsuit material) it’s pretty slippery. When you add in a wiggly baby, it can be tricky.

Milkmaid Goods Buffalo Plaid Swaddle Blanket and Hat

Milkmaid Goods Buffalo Plaid Swaddle Blanket and Hat

Milkmaid Goods Swaddle Set

What I like:

  • It is incredibly soft and stretchy, so we can get a tight swaddle on our baby.
  • I can also just wrap it around him a few times and have him lay on the end of the blanket.
  • I LOVE all the prints and that it comes with a matching hat. (If I had a girl, I would definitely have an assortment of their Hawaiian print blankets and headbands because they are too gorgeous!)
  • It’s an easy way to pull together a matching outfit suitable for photos or for company.
  • If you are handy with a swaddle blanket, this is a great item for you!
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What I don’t like:

  • The blanket feels a bit thin for colder climates/weather.
  • Their selection of boy/neutral blankets is slim.

Bitta Kidda Sleep Sack.

Bitta Kidda Sleep Sack.

Bitta Kidda

What I like:

  • It has an attached lovie, which is great for babies who need a lovie to sleep.
  • It also features a diagonal zipper so you don’t have to fully take baby out of the sack for diaper changes.
  • It’s great for older babies who don’t need to be swaddled, but still need a wearable blanket.
  • I really liked the diaper cover because it kept my son in the right position and I didn’t worry about him moving around within the sack.

What I don’t like:

  • The fabric is a bit stiff, especially compared with all the rest of the sleep sacks on the market.
  • My son had a hard time grabbing the lovies, but he’s 3 months old and it was designed for babies 3-6 months.

*Since my son was on the smallest size for this sleep sack, I will be updating my review to see how he likes it as he grows and starts moving more.

I’m really glad we had the opportunity to try these different swaddling products. As I said before, my son is a solid sleeper and he slept well in all these products. I appreciated the different weights and designs, especially when I thought about how well they would travel. If you’ve tried any of these, please leave your review in my comments!

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 Nested Bean, NuRoo , Milkmaid Goods, Bitta Kidda, and Embe provided products for review purposes.
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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

10 Comments

  1. Great review! I actually had no idea these existed when my son was first born. I ended up buying two at a used clothing store and it changed my life! The next time around I will have to try one of these ones you reviewed!

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Thanks Lindsay! They are so helpful! I couldn’t get a tight swaddle on either of my boys, so these have made bedtime so much simpler!

  2. angie church Reply

    swaddling is so perfect for the baby and gives them a comfort secure feeling Thirty years ago when I had my first child these were not available with my grand babies we have tried a few of them thanks for sharing such great information

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Thanks, Angie! We love swaddling and our babies seem to feel so comforted by them!

  3. Love this. The hubby and I just talked about sleep sacks as we need to transition our daughter to sleeping in her crib.

  4. Jasmine Hewitt Reply

    This is an awesome review! My son loved being swaddled as a newborn, but only my husband could do it-he always busted out of mine

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Yes! Why is it that so many husbands are amazing swaddlers? I always need to cheat with these ones!

  5. The Gifted Gabber Reply

    Our first daughter would NOT sleep a lick without a velcro swaddle. We swore by them until she was around four-five months old – before she started to roll over. I love how you broke down the good points and the negatives here as it can be overwhelming to choose just the right one! – Amy @ http://thegiftedgabber.com

    • Marcie in Mommyland Reply

      Thanks Amy! Yes, each baby is so different which is why I’m so thankful there are so many different types of swaddlers available. I was surprised how different my boys are when it came to to sleep sacks and sleep styles.

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