SwaddleMe Pod 2 Pack

Last updated date: July 9, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3

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We looked at the top 1 Swaddlers and dug through the reviews from 2 of the most popular review sites including Baby Advisor, New York Mag and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Swaddler you should buy.

Overall Take

If you're looking for a swaddler at a bargain, give the SwaddleMe Pod 2 Pack a try. The wrap's wings have hook and loop attachments that allow for adjusting to your baby's size. There's even a harness slit so you can use the swaddler in a car seat. It is important to note that this model is only for infants up to three months. In our analysis of 46 expert reviews, the SwaddleMe SwaddleMe Pod 2 Pack placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
10.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
443 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The cotton-spandex fabric combination helps to mimic the womb cozy environment. It helps to create the perfect hug hold for your baby.
- Baby Advisor
A modern version of the traditional swaddle, it has been updated with Velcro enclosures to make the aforementioned blanket origami easier.
- New York Mag
What experts didn't like
Babies might be able to get their hands out when they’re stronger
- Baby Advisor
The velcro on this swaddle is loud.
- New York Mag

From The Manufacturer

100% Cotton. Imported. The original and leading brand of swaddles. 0-3 months, 7-14 pounds, or up to 26 inches. Made from only the softest, natural 100% cotton. The secure design creates a cozy, womb-like feeling for baby and prevents startle reflex that can wake your infant. Soft fabric wings fasten and readjust securely with hook and loop attachments to create a perfect fit. Harness slit works with most restraints on car seats and sleeper products

Overall Product Rankings

1. aden + anais Classic Swaddle Baby Blanket
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Happiest Baby Sleepea Swaddle
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Halo SleepSack Swaddle
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 8
4. SwaddleMe Pod 2 Pack
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
5. SwaddleMe Original Swaddle 3 Pack
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Love to Dream Swaddle, Original
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 7
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. The Happiest Baby Sleepea Swaddle has an open-weave mesh that prevents your baby from overheating.

Check that the swaddler is hip safe. For example, the Halo SleepSack Swaddle has 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 manager (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. On the higher end, you’ll find the Happiest Baby Sleepea Swaddle and the Halo SleepSack Swaddle, both of which offer a single swaddler for just under $25. In the middle is the aden + anais Classic Swaddle Baby Blanket, which comes with four swaddle blankets for $45, or just over 11 per blanket. The most affordable is the SwaddleMe Pod 3 Pack for $25, or just over $8 per pod.