It seems like there are a million accessories new parents are supposed to get for their babies — and honestly, you can probably do without the specialty bottle cozies and wipes warmers. One item, however, that is a definite must-have on the shopping list is a collection of swaddling blankets. Once you master this age-old practice of securing your baby’s limbs against his body with a tightly wrapped thin blanket, he’ll feel as safe and snug as he did in the womb. In other words, he’ll stop fussing and give overwhelmed new moms and dads a little break!
One of the best materials for swaddling blankets is muslin. Lightweight and breathable, muslin is a loose, plain weave cotton material that dates back to ancient India. It’s perfect for letting a baby’s body temperature stay regulated while swaddling. The weave also allows for a little bit of stretch, and the fabric gets softer and softer with every wash.
Look for a generously sized muslin blanket to make swaddling easier, as well as to allow for the most versatility in other baby-related uses. You can use muslin blankets as lightweight coverings, nursing modesty cloths, burp cloths, bibs, changing pads, and even a diaper in a pinch. Plus, muslin blankets are so soft your little one will love to cuddle with it as he gets older — it might even become his lovey!
We’ve rounded up the best muslin blankets to add to your baby’s layette. Check out the adorable prints and patterns and find the perfect ones to wrap your baby up like an adorable little burrito.
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1. Aden + Anais Bamboo Muslin Swaddle Blanket
These bamboo muslin baby blankets from Aden + Anais are luxuriously soft, yet durable enough to last. Each large blanket measuring 47-inches by 47-inches, in the 3-pack set is versatile: Use them for wrapping and swaddling your baby, as a lightweight stroller blanket, as a nursing cover and more. Each individual one-layer swaddle blanket is thin enough to provide ample breathability and keep your little one from overheating while at the same time providing a comfy covering. Plus, the 10 gorgeous graphic print options will suit any taste.
2. Babebay Bamboo Muslin Swaddle Blanket
These Babebay muslin swaddle blankets are 70% bamboo and 30% cotton, making them softer and lighter than organic cotton. Plus, they get softer after washing! The open sparse weave with square embossing in double-layer allows for airflow, making it breathable to keep baby from overheating. Measuring 47-inches by 47-inches, the blankets are generously sized and come in a charming two-pack of fox and flamingo prints.
3. Momo Bebe Muslin Baby Swaddle Blankets
We love the gender-neutral, light-gray-and-white color scheme and chevron, polka dot and arrow designs of Momo Bebe Muslin Baby Swaddle Blankets. But beyond being chic, they’re crafted from 100% cotton with strict standards on the final weave and thickness for baby’s maximum comfort and safety. Made with a woven layer design, each 47-inch by 47-inch swaddle’s edges are folded over and secured with a running stitch along the entire length and a double run along the corners for extra durability. This combination leads to breathability, comfort and durability — plus they’re incredibly versatile: You also can use them as nursing covers, burp cloths, playtime blankets and more. Each package includes four blankets.
4. Upsimples Bamboo Muslin Swaddle Blankets
Upsimples’ baby swaddles are made from 30% muslin and 70% bamboo fiber, a combination that amps up the softness while offering a stretchiness for snug and comfy swaddling. The fine and smooth open weave makes these swaddle baby blankets lightweight with excellent breathability. Moisture can escape and further regulate baby’s body temperature, making it perfect to use from hot summer to cold winter. Each blanket in the four-pack measures 47-inches by 47-inches and features a sweet deer, elephant, lion or fox print. Made to get softer with repeated washings, the blankets are durable and wrinkle resistant.
5. Margaux & May Organic Muslin Swaddle Blanket
Margaux & May muslin blankets are 100% organic cotton for a luxuriously comfortable, soft and breathable blanket for swaddling or covering baby. Both warm and snug for colder days but cool and comfortable on warmer days, the lightweight blanket is breathable and made with an open weave, promoting a safe, comfortable sleep for baby. The two pack of blankets, each measuring 47-inches by 47-inches, have a vibrant color-fast dandelion and meadow print.