Man, Companies have Really Upped their Baby Swaddler Game Up!

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A cousin of mine is due to deliver her first child pretty soon and I’m stoked to help her prep for baby. If you couldn’t tell, I love pregnant women and babies.  One of the must-have items is the swaddle blanket with is essential for helping baby feel safe, secure and comforted during those very early weeks.

There are many swaddle blankets on the market and I am always pleasantly surprised about all the updates in baby tech. Here is a repost of an excellent review of  two distinctive models from our partners at BabyCubby. Both of these are products of innovative technology to accommodate advances in knowledge of early infant development:


Ergobaby Original Swaddle: This swaddle has been designed to easily and safely swaddle your baby, with comfort in mind. Made from 100% knit cotton terry, it is soft and cozy (and can easily be washed)! The Ergobaby keeps your baby’s hips in the proper position, while still leaving enough room in the removable leg pouch. It securely fastens the arms making the Ergobaby practically escape proof! The best part about this swaddle? Thanks to the removable leg pouch, you don’t have to unswaddle your sleeping baby for a diaper change! Can I get a Hallelujah?

The Ergobaby Original Swaddle is an excellent choice that many parents love! Here are a few thoughts to consider before buying:

  • One possible downside to the amazing removable leg pouch, is the possibility of baby kicking himself awake because his legs aren’t secured.
  • The Ergobaby Original Swaddle is made from 100% cotton, which isn’t the best material for cooler temperatures, so keep that in mind if you live somewhere a little chilly!

Ollie World Swaddle: This swaddle encourages your baby to be calm and improves overall sleep quality. Featuring velcro straps, theOllie makes swaddling easy! Additionally, the mix of polyester and spandex is great for moisture wicking, cooler temperatures and also keeping a nice snug fit! The Ollie World Swaddle also features a tie at the bottom which decreases the likelihood of hip dysplasia in infants. This makes diaper changes a breeze, while still allowing your baby a little wiggle room!

While the Ollie is also an exceptional swaddle blanket, some facts to think about are:

  • It does not have a removable leg pouch, but instead features a tie at the bottom. This allows for easy diaper changes, but does not secure the legs to keep baby from kicking.
  • It is significantly different in price, but also includes a laundry bag to properly launder it.

Happy shopping parents!

photo: ErgoBaby

Bellyitch’s Favorite Thing: Bada Boum Sleep Sack is a safe swaddling alternative ( WIN IT $45)

There is so much controversy over the practice of swaddling newborns, the practice of wrapping them snugly in a receiving blanket to keep them calm and steady while they sleep. 
Bada Boum resolves some of the concerns about whether a baby’s body parts may be too restrictive. It is a sleep sack with plenty of wiggle room. The unisex sack, the brainchild of a French ex-pat California mom,  snaps on the shoulders and zips down, making it easy to get baby in and out. The design also accommodates quick removal for a diaper change if mom or dad wants to put baby back to sleep without waking him or her.
It comes in two sizes:  0-6 months and 6-24 months. It is machine-washable too. I
A great design and concept and that is why Bada Boum sleep sack is one of Bellyitch’s Favorite Things of 2013.
We are giving one sack away to a lucky Bellyitch reader. (and although the Favorite Things Giveaway technically ends today, we are extending the time that this sack can be won to Wednesday, 18 at midnight.)
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