Love to Dream Swaddle, Original Small

Last updated date: June 24, 2019

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8.7

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In our analysis of 44 expert reviews, the Love to Dream Love to Dream Swaddle, Original Small placed 0th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 16, 2019:
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0.0
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User Summarized Score
8.7
2,672 user reviews
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From The Manufacturer

Regal Lager (Exclusive Distributor) is the ONLY authorized seller of Love To Dream products on Amazon. To avoid receiving inferior and potentially unsafe counterfeit product, please purchase from our only authorized seller, Regal Lager. Swaddling has been around for ages as it helps to prevent the startle reflex. But forcing the baby’s arms to their sides or over their chest prevents two natural behaviors that frustrate the baby and they fight to get their hands free. First - Over 90% of babies sleep with their ARMS UP around their head when placed on their back to sleep. This is simply a baby’s natural and preferred way to sleep, just like in the womb! Second - All babies are born with the need to SELF-SOOTHE by touching their face and sucking on their hands as they did in the womb. This medically proven behavior is how a baby calms and falls asleep on their own. Traditional swaddling prevents this. The patented wings on the Swaddle UP allow the baby to both sleep with their arms in their preferred ARMS UP position and gives enough movement so they can SELF-SOOTHE, all while calming down the startle reflex. The snug fit from our 4-way stretch fabric of 93% Cotton and 7% Elastane creates a familiar and secure feeling just like in the womb to calm the Moro (startle) reflex. Does not contain flame retardants or any harmful chemicals. The dual zipper makes diaper changing a breeze and eliminates the need to remove the swaddle and having to completely re-swaddle the baby. The patented design eliminates any risk of loose fabric and the zipper replaces noisy Velcro or bothersome snaps. The unique wing design eliminates face scratching from baby’s sharp finger nails. All seams are sewn on the outside and the zipper is protected so there is nothing rough against baby’s skin. Small size designed to fit babies from 7 lbs. up to 13 lbs., approximately 1 -3 months. The Swaddle UP Original is 1.0 TOG. Once baby shows signs of rolling over, it’s time to transition to arms free sleep. The Stage 2 - Swaddle UP 50/50 Transition Bag will ease with this transition from being swaddled.

Overall Product Rankings

1. aden + anais Classic Swaddle Baby Blanket
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Love to Dream Swaddle, Original
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 7
3. Halo SleepSack Swaddle
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Happiest Baby Sleepea Swaddle
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 4
5. SwaddleMe Pod 2 Pack
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 2
6. SwaddleMe Original Swaddle 3 Pack
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Ziggy Baby Swaddle Blanket Adjustable
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
8. CuddleBug Adjustable Swaddle Blanket
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 1
9. Woombie Original Nursery Swaddling Blanket
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Swaddlers

Parents will be excited to learn that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) lists swaddling infants as a useful method for calming crying babies and ushering them into a healthy sleep pattern. There are a few different types of swaddlers on the market, which may leave mom and dad wondering which one is best. Reading about each type, as well as what to look for in a swaddler, will equip parents to make an informed decision about their purchase.

The first step is choosing whether you want to go with a swaddle blanket or a swaddler. The swaddle blanket requires you to wrap your infant yourself. The downside is that you may not get the blanket snug enough, which would cause it to unravel. The upside is the blanket has multiple uses. When you’re not swaddling your infant, you can use it as a burp cloth, nursing cover-up or tummy time blanket. On the other hand, the swaddler provides a better fit for your baby and won’t unravel, but it only has that one single use.

When shopping swaddlers, start by checking the size. For a snug fit, you’ll need to know how much your baby weighs. Typically, infants between 5 and 12 pounds use a small. Babies from  12 to 18 pounds use a medium,  and little ones who weigh 18 to 26 lbs use a large. Swaddle blankets typically come in just one size: 47” x 47”.

Make sure the material that the swaddler is made out of is soft enough to rest against baby’s sensitive skin. The aden + anais Classic Swaddle Baby Blanket comes pre-washed and consists of 100% cotton muslin that gets even softer with each wash.

In addition to ensuring the swaddler is soft, you also need it to be breathable.

Check that the swaddler is hip safe. For example, some swaddle blankets have been stamped “Hip Healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.

Examine the swaddler to see how much of a custom fit you can get. Some swaddlers have inner bands that keep babies from being able to break out, while others utilize Velcro. There are also models that use a hook and loop attachment to secure the wings. As your baby gets older, you may notice the swaddlers switch to snaps. This is to give parents the option to free their babies’ arms during the weaning process.

Look for any extras the swaddler may offer. The SwaddleMe Pod 3 Pack, for example, has a harness slit, which is handy if you plan on using the swaddler in the car or in a bouncy or vibrating seat.

DYWM Fun Fact

The practice of swaddling an infant dates back even before Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger (Luke 2:7). In fact, the first known record of parents utilizing this practice comes from an archaeological find. A team discovered models of babies wrapped in swaddling clothes, and they dated those models to be from around 2600 BC.

Swaddling has also been evidenced worldwide, including among Native Americans, Greeks and Romans, although some cultures swaddle their infants for different reasons. Wrapping a baby tightly with a blanket was thought to replicate the feeling of safety an infant feels in the womb. While keeping a baby calm was one reason for swaddling, other cultures used it to shape the baby’s body. Parents in colder climates took advantage of swaddling to keep their infants warm.

Over time, researchers have conducted many studies on swaddling. The results remained consistent and were always positive. Babies who were swaddled tended to cry less frequently than infants who weren’t. They also slept longer and woke less often.

The Swaddler Buying Guide

  • Most swaddlers are machine washable, but you’ll want to check the tag just to be sure. Since the swaddlers are snug against baby’s skin, it is best to use a detergent free of dyes and perfumes. There are detergents made specifically for washing baby clothes, or you could select one designed for individuals with sensitive skin.
  • As long as your baby doesn’t soil or spit up on the swaddler, you don’t have to wash it daily. Once or twice per week is just fine.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies, whether wearing a swaddler or not, be placed on their backs during naps and bedtimes. This reduces the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The organization further advises parents not to co-sleep with their babies or put them to sleep on a sofa or armchair. The safest place for a baby to sleep is in either a bassinet or a crib without any toys, bumper pads or pillows that pose a risk of suffocation or strangulation.
  • Watch your baby for signs that it’s time to stop using the swaddler. These signs include rolling over, increased arm and leg movement, breaking out of the swaddler and disrupted sleep after having established a healthy sleeping pattern.
  • Follow a few simple steps to transition your baby out of their swaddler, as doing so cold turkey could result in a negative change in your baby’s sleep pattern. First, allow your baby to remain in the swaddler, but with one arm free. Second, release the second arm after a few days have passed. Third, switch to a sleep sack or a wearable blanket after going a few days with both arms free. If the blanket is slightly weighted, the weighted portion should be on your baby’s tummy when sleeping on their back, and on your baby’s back when sleeping on their tummy.
  • When comparing swaddler prices, you need to take into consideration how many swaddlers come in the pack. But luckily, you can find an array of swaddlers to fit your budget, no matter what it is.