Woombie Original Nursery Swaddling Blanket

Last updated date: June 24, 2019

DWYM Score
7.7

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We looked at the top 1 Swaddlers and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including Little One Mag, Verywell Family, Baby Advisor, Born Cute, Fathercraft, New York Times Wirecutter and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Swaddler you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 50 expert reviews, the Woombie Woombie Original Nursery Swaddling Blanket placed 9th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
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Expert Summarized Score
7.4
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
1,123 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Woombie Original Nursery swaddling blanket is easy to dress thus perfect for restless babies. It keeps your little one’s arms from their face to ensure a good night sleep. The stretchy fabric moves with the baby giving them the womb-like feeling for their comfort.
- Little One Mag
There is a reverse zipper so that you can easily change diapers in the middle of the night. It's also a one step design, making it easy to use.
- Verywell Family
The Woombie has a 2-way zipper that lets you unzip from both sides. You can unzip from the top when you’re ready to put your baby into the stretchy, swaddle pod.
- Baby Advisor
Seamless interior for maximum comfort
- Born Cute
The number one best thing about the Woombie is that its form-fitting design is built to hold your baby in place without any additional straps, wings, clips, or other hoopla. Note while this is great for getting kids in quickly, with Calvin it resulted in him wriggling the Woombie’s material up around his face.
- Fathercraft
This swaddle leaves a baby free to move their limbs and keep their hands closer to their face than with other swaddles.
- New York Times Wirecutter
What experts didn't like
The stretchy fabric makes it less suitable for some babies
- Little One Mag
Swaddle-resistant babies may force hands through neckline and escape
- Born Cute
The biggest problems we had with the Woombie Air was one that I’ve worried about a lot with both traditional swaddling and sleep sacks. It seems like a lot of fabric rides up around Calvin’s neck and shoulders, increasing the risk that cloth might cover his mouth while he sleeps. This is pretty serious SIDS concern.
- Fathercraft
It doesn’t have armholes.
- New York Times Wirecutter

From The Manufacturer

95 Cotton/5 Spandex Imported Ergonomically shaped design allows a more natural approach to swaddling. Eases transition from Womb to World. Easy to use- 1 step swaddle, no origami required. Will not unravel as a blanket can. Encourages back sleeping (babies are more likely to maintain on their backs in swaddles). Gently cocoons baby's arms & keeps hands away from face. Promotes self soothing by allowing baby to hold/touch his hands inside the swaddle. Hip & shoulder friendly design. Stretchy but snug swaddling fabric simulates the feeling of being held, touched & cuddled. Narrowed waistline gently compresses the tummy, providing tummy comfort. Fabric snuggles & moves "with" baby, mimicking the womb-like environment. Allows natural arm & leg movement during swaddling while asleep/less restriction. Lightweight & breathable swaddling fabric helps to promote airflow. Two-way zipper allows for easy diaper changes at night. Seamless interior provides more safety & comfort. Can be used in strollers / swings in arms out position.

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, 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 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.