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12 swaddles + sleep sacks that actually work


Let's get real: Swaddling a baby can be stressful when you have no idea what you're doing. If you are like me, you probably took a video of the nurse at the hospital showing you how to burrito wrap your newborn with a simple hospital receiving blanket in under 20 seconds. I tried, I failed. So I decided to test mom-approved swaddles and wearable blankets that make our lives easier. Because, you know, we already have a gazillion of other things to stress about.

So here are my favorite swaddles and wearable blankest for all little ones that don't require a Ph.D. to figure out:

Sleepea swaddle 

This swaddle is just perfection. Within five seconds, your little one will be wrapped in soft cotton and their arms protected from the startle reflex that keeps newborns awake. It has open mesh sides to keep baby cool and prevent them from overheating. They come in three sizes so you can keep your baby comfortably swaddled as they grow.


Love to Dream swaddle UP

If your baby doesn't like have their arms restrained by their side (and honestly who can blame them?) this swaddle might the answer to all your problems. The Love to Dream swaddle allows for babies to bring their arms up, but not out of the swaddle, which reduces the startle reflex but allows self soothing by being able to have their hands up by their face like they are used to from the womb.


Omni swaddle

Omni Swaddle Sack with Wrap

The Omni swaddle sack allows a bunch of different configurations as baby grows. Parents can wrap babies with arms in to prevent moro reflex, move to one arm next to face as baby grows out of the newborn stage to promote self soothing, or arms fully out. The arms also has hand cuffs that can cover or not baby's hands to allow thumb sucking. There's a two way zipper which allows for middle of the night diaper changes without having to fully unswaddle.


Anna & Eve arm swaddle

If you are looking for a simple alternative to traditional swaddles, this might be the right thing for you. It allows babies to sleep with just their arms strapped and rest of body free for a more natural feeling. It's designed to prevent the strap to ride up or down baby's body. It comes in two sizes so make sure you are getting the right one for your little one based on their weight and length.


Miracle blanket swaddle

This swaddle is ideal for those first weeks, as it's only recommended to use up to 14 weeks. It helps babies sleep longer and prevents them from getting startled easily. The brand claims even the strongest babies can stay swaddled in this, so I would love for you to put to the test and report back if you have a strong one!


Aden and Anais swaddle

snuggle knit swaddle

If you do love wrapping babies in blankets (like my husband does) these new blankets from Aden and Anais are super soft and adorable. Because the fabric has a little stretch to it it's easier to wrap babies than with the hospital blankets you're usually sent home with.


Baby Merlin magic sleepsuit

Once your baby is ready to transition out of a swaddle and make their way to a sleep sack, the Magic Merlin is the perfect solution for that in-between stage. The suit will allow your baby to have hands and feet out, but because it's thick they won't be able to wiggle around too much or hit themselves on the face. It's made for babies who don't roll just yet as it is only for back sleeping. The suit comes in different materials (and colors!) so make sure you are buying the most weather-appropriate one to prevent overheating or getting cold at night.


Woombie convertible swaddle

This swaddle grows with your baby, as it starts with arms in to avoid startle reflex, but as they grow out of it and want to self soothe by sucking their thumbs, you can remove the shoulders of the sack for them to have one or two arms out. It's easy to use, and there's "no origami required" as they claim, which to be honest, is very much what it feels like when you are trying to wrap a baby in a blanket.


Woolino sleepsack

This thing is ah-mazing! Not only is it suitable for 2 months to 2 years old (trust me, I tested it!) it's also perfect for any weather. Yes, you read that right, you don't need to worry about if your baby will be too hot or too cold because it's made with Merino wool which is excellent at keeping body temperatures at its ideal temp. It also comes with a slit around the bottom, which makes it suitable to be used in a car seat. So if you're traveling at night you can make sure your little one will be nice and cozy in their sleep sack. And, it comes in a ton of awesome prints!


Dreamland weighted sack

Dream Weighted Sack

This is the first wearable weighted blanket for babies​, it promotes relaxation and a deeper sleep. Honestly I personally . cannot live with my weighted blanket so I totally understand the logic behind this sleepsack. It helps lessen the moro reflex and it's the start to an easy transition from swaddles.


Mili Mili wearable blanket

This boldly-printed 'wearable blanket' is super cozy, and the Kauai One print actually brings a smile to my face when I zip my baby into it. (She looks like she's off for a tropical nap).

The material is a bamboo-based jersey which feels very lightweight and soft; a good choice for warmer months. While a run-of-the-mill sleep sack might sometimes feel like a less exciting gift choice for a new mama, experienced mamas know how clutch they are! I'll definitely gift one of these fun prints to my next pregnant friend. (Also—as a feel-good bonus: MiliMili is a small business run by two mamas 💪).


Halo early walker sleepsack 

This sleep sack is perfect for when your kiddo is already walking and moving around, but still too little to be sleeping with a blanket in the crib. The concept is similar to the two sleep sacks above, except it has little holes for the feet to come out from. Plus, it unzips from the bottom, allowing for easy diaper changes.


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If you had to only choose one product to toss in your bag, what would it be? Our guess is you're looking for something that's easy-to-use, affordable, clean and multi-tasks for you—something that'll simplify your routine because you have other things to worry about than what beauty product to grab (like making that Zoom meeting in time while you're working from home).

Enter: Arrow Beauty—a clean beauty brand created by Birchbox with products designed to save you time.

I had the chance to try out the entire product line and, let's just say I've made sure to toss one everywhere—in my bag, on my desk, in the bathroom. And during this pandemic, it's made getting ready (okay, looking presentable for video calls) in the mornings so much simpler.

Each product is created to be something you grab and go when you're in a rush. Everything is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and mineral oil, vegan and cruelty-free so you can still give your littles all the snuggles and kisses without stressing about transferring any bad ingredients over. And, they're designed to travel well. Birchbox made sure Arrow Beauty featured leak-proof and carry-on friendly items. Did we mention everything is under $25?

Here's what is in their first launch:

Nourishing lip oil

birchbox arrow lip oil

This one might be my favorite from the collection. A lip oil that leaves a high-shine finish that isn't sticky (!!!) and keeps your lips moisturized for hours. It comes in clear, perfect to top off your favorite shade, or color enhancing pink that reacts to the pH level of your skin, making a unique shade for you.


Radiant skin moisturizer

birchbox arrow skin moisturizer

Have no time in the morning? Massage this into your skin for the ultimate pick-me-up. It has a subtle sheen that illuminates and nourishing ingredients—hyaluronic acid and aloe—that hydrates and gives you a glow.


Color enhancing lip balm

birchbox arrow lip balm

The Birchbox team listened to customer feedback to reformulate their OG tinted balm and it's *so* good. There are three shades—berry, coral and blush—that look incredible on all skin tones because it reacts to the pH in your skin to enhance your natural color. Even better? It's buildable!


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We all know dry skin is a real thing, and since we've been washing our hands a lot more recently (thanks, coronavirus) and dousing them with anti-bacterial gel, they are much drier than usual. Combine that with the cool air and our hands feel like we're rubbing a piece of paper on our cheek.

As we're social distancing, we have a bit more time on our hands these days so we've given these hand creams a test drive to find what best works to keep moisture in.

Here are 10 of the best hand creams for combating dry skin, according to our editor:

L'Occitane shea butter hand cream

L'Occitane shea butter hand cream

Did you know that this classic hand cream is sold every 2 seconds around the world? Honey, almond extract and coconut oil are blended with shea butter to protect and moisturize the driest hands. We also love the natural, smoky nutty scent that lasts between hand washes.


Origins rejuvenating hand treatment

Origins rejuvenating hand treatment

This sweet-smelling cream is infused with rose of Jericho—also known as resurrection plant—and trehalose and sea haricots, which work hand-in-hand to help skin recover from extreme dryness. Just massage into hands as needed, apply as often as necessary.


EltaMD so silky hand crème

EltaMD so silky hand cr\u00e8me

If your hands are scaly and rough to the touch, you'll love that the silky-smooth texture of this cream is very soothing. It seriously feels like butter. It also helps maintain moisture for up to 12 hours even after hand washing. Keep in your pocket to reapply during the day.


Moroccanoil hand cream

Moroccanoil hand cream

Sure it's great to keep hands hydrated, but if they leave your hands feeling greasy and sticky, that may not be for you. This lightweight formula features argan and avocado oils plus cocoa, shea and mango butters that leaves your hands super silky and smooth.


Aveeno daily moisturizing hand cream

Aveeno daily moisturizing hand cream

You don't have to spend loads of money on a good hand cream. This drugstore favorite helps heal dry skin and forms a protective barrier against the elements. It's also non-greasy, fast absorbing, steroid-free, fragrance-free and gentle enough for sensitive skin—even little ones.


Skinfix eczema + hand repair cream

Skinfix eczema + hand repair cream

Plump, tone and tighten the skin with this cream that's clinically proven to treat eczema and dry, cracked skin on hands. A dermatologist-led clinical study found that after just one week users noticed a 111% increase in skin moisturization. Now that's a super-healer we can all get behind.


Kiehl's since 1851 ultimate strength hand salve

Kiehl's since 1851 ultimate strength hand salve

The cool thing about this cream is that it allows skin to draw and absorb water from the air, forming a "glove-like" protective barrier against moisture loss. It's also made up of a blend of botanical oils and wax derived from olive oil to soothe, moisturize and condition skin. We're obsessed!


lano hand cream intense

lano hand cream intense

This silky hand cream is so good it's considered 'the hand cream for hand cream experts' because its primary ingredient, lanolin, is secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. A 2017 study indicated that lanolin can reduce water lost through the skin by 20 to 30%. Now that's impressive!


Aesop resurrection aromatique hand balm

Aesop resurrection aromatique hand balm

We must admit that an annoying feature of most hand creams is that they take forever to absorb. It seems like you're rubbing for hours, only to discover that it's sticky and the smell is annoying. This balm, which is one of Aesop's most popular products, instantly softens hands and cuticles with its blend of sweet almond and coconut oils, as well as cocoa and shea butter. Try it on your roughest hands for a quick moisture boost.


La Roche-Posay cicaplast baume B5

La Roche-Posay cicaplast baume B5

This face and hand cream helps nourish and soothe dry skin, as well as visibly irritated areas like cracked knuckles and dry cuticles. What's more? The formula is non-sticky so you can apply it all day without feeling icky.


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