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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Kim Kardashian West has recently been in the spotlight for her home design—it's incredibly minimalist, with lots of white, bright (but barely there) details—and it got many mamas wondering: How do multiple kiddos live there? Because no matter how much we love minimalism, it can be hard to maintain when toys seem to pop up out of nowhere.

Well, she gave us a sneak peek into her kids' playroom today on Instagram Stories. "You guys always say my house is so minimal—well, you guys haven't seen my playroom," shares Kardashian West.

So now we get it. Among the super-cool details (hello, concert stage and movie projector), her four little ones do play with a ton of toys. Some toys, in fact, that our own kids play with!

Here are some of our favorite toys that we spotted in Kim Kardashian's playroom:

Melissa & Doug Wooden Grocery Store

melissa and doug grocery cart

One of Motherly mamas' favorite interactive play sets. Complete with a hand cranked conveyor belt, a beeping scanner and swipe machine. Plus, it looks beautiful in any playroom. (It was adorable watching Kim show us how it works.)


CAT Construction Fleet Dump Truck

kids toy drump truck

Littles will love putting items in the back of the dump truck. Even better, it's great for both indoor and outdoor play (even works great in sand!).


Sesame Street Big Bird Toy

sesame street toy

This super soft plush toy is a classic with a twist. Yes, it's Big Bird, your child's friend from Sesame Street, but with an artsy twist by Kaws. It's just a tiny detail in the toy's eyes that makes it different and so much cooler.


Learning Resources Pretend Play Food

pretend play baked goods

With 15 pieces, kids have everything they need to bake cookies and cupcakes. Bonus points for working on their hand-eye coordination with the rolling pin, spatula and mixing bowl.


KidKraft Lil' Symphony Guitar

kidkraft kids guitar

The Kardashian West kids might just take after their dad practicing their music skills with this wooden guitar. With nearly 400 positive reviews, this is a favorite for many mamas.


LEGO Classic Box

lego classic

Kids can build and bring anything to life with this set—484 pieces total. Kim has the Legos organized by colors in her drawers, but we like this box to drop everything in.


100-Piece Wooden Train Set

wooden train set

A gorgeous wooden train set for kids of all ages. This one comes with multiple tracks, bridges, buildings and vehicles to create the ultimate experience.


Melissa & Doug Toy Shopping Cart

melissa and doug cart

We doubt Kim Kardashian does her own grocery shopping, but her little ones seem to love this pretend play grocery cart. It pairs perfectly with the grocery mart above!


London Doll Pram Stroller

kids london doll pram

This gorgeous stroller is the sweetest accessory for kids who enjoy playing with baby dolls. It's big enough to fit all different types, from small Barbies to larger ones. Plus, the wheels don't swivel so it's easy for small hands to push around.


Play-Doh Play Pack

play doh

This classic toy never goes out of style. Kiddos can create just about anything their imagination wants with the squishy and bright, non-toxic modeling clay.


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The end of my twin pregnancy is around the corner and my skin is being put to the test. I previously shared all the products I use to keep my belly moisturized and (hopefully) stretch mark-free, but I've come across a new oil that happens to be one of Meghan Markle's favorite products from her pregnancy. So of course I had to test it out. I may not be royalty (or former royalty) but my skin deserves the best of the best.

Here's proof that at 35 weeks pregnant—but measuring more like 45 weeks—I'm keeping my belly glowing like a full moon, or so I like to think.

The stretch mark oil is made by Avishi Organics, a company that focuses on ayuverdic therapeutic skin care treatments. Their products are the culmination of years of research and are all made with certified organic ingredients that leave skin radiant and glowing. All of their products are pregnancy and baby safe, which was a key thing for me before I set out to test them.

Here is what I thought of it:

Intensive stretch mark oil

Avishi Organics Intensive Stretch Mark Oil

Compared to other stretch mark oils I've used in the past, this one has a much stronger scent. I thought that was going to put me off, but it's so good I find myself rubbing the leftovers on my hands and sniffing them throughout the day. The oil absorbs super fast and doesn't stain clothes. So far I've been applying once a day, however it's recommended to apply twice daily for 8-12 weeks to help existing stretch marks fade faster, which I'm planning to do when the inevitable happens.

So is it worth it? My skin has been super soft and moisturized since I started applying it regularly. I've also noticed my belly is less itchy than it was a week ago, which I take is all the nourishing products in the oil working their magic on my skin. The bottle is only 4 ounces, which makes the price a bit steep, but I've only needed two pumps of it to cover my entire belly so far, so I think the small bottle will go a long way.

Because I've seen changes in my skin already and also because the smell of it has turned into a pleasant surprise, I highly recommend this to other pregnant people with itchy and tight skin.


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Road trips can be some of the most rewarding vacations for families. They are generally less rushed than plane trips, there is more room for open-ended exploration, and there is a certain sense of adventure that's hard to come by in everyday life.

But as memorable as they are for kids, they can also be a pain for parents. Countless bathroom stops, whines of boredom, and cries of "are we there yet?" can make any parent question why they decided on a road trip.

At the end of the day, you have to survive your time in the car and there's no judgement here if that means a little screen time. But I know some of my favorite childhood vacation memories are of time in the car when I had my parents' attention. Children can still have that today, that time when they're engaged not just entertained, it just takes a little planning and experimenting to find what works for you!

Here are 12 Montessori-inspired, screen-free items to help your children and you have a positive experience on your next road trip:

Nenos kids headphones

Nenos kids headphones

Audiobooks provide the same easy entertainment as tv, but without the screens. Child-safe headphones are great so you can listen to that perfect road trip playlist while your child hears their favorite story.

For young kids, audiobooks are often more successful if they are already familiar with the story, so you may want to read the story a couple of times before your trip.


PlayMonster lacing + tracing

PlayMonster lacing + tracing

Lacing cards help young children develop fine motor and pre-sewing skills and are super contained, which is perfect for the car! From dinosaurs to Eric Carle characters, there are tons of options to match your child's interests.


A. G. Smith train station sticker activity book

A. G. Smith train station sticker activity book

Stickers are some of the easiest art supplies to bring on the road and almost all kids love them! You can keep it simple with some travel stickers and a notepad, or try a reusable sticker book. These small ones are great for the car, especially for younger kids, if the big sticker books are overwhelming.


WikkiStix rainbow pak

WikkiStix rainbow pak

Wiki Stix are another easy, no-mess creative activity that's perfect for the car. Kids can build all sorts of things but, unlike Play-Doh, you won't wind up with remnants of their creativity covering your car floor.


Polaroid instant digital camera

Polaroid instant digital camera

For a slightly older child, introduce them to another road trip classic, Polaroids. This updated digital version is a bit of an investment, but is also something that can be enjoyed at home, not just on the road.


Melissa & Doug water wow painting book

Melissa & Doug water wow painting book

While not as creative as open-ended drawing and painting, these mess-free books are perfect for road trips or restaurants. The chunky-sized water pen is easy for kids to hold and stores neatly right in the front cover, so it minimizes messes.


Kenley Kids travel tray

Kenley Kids travel tray

A lap desk might be a wise purchase if you are taking a particularly long trip or plan to do multiple road trips over the years. It makes it so much easier for kids to comfortably use art supplies and simple games without dropping everything.


National Geographic kids ultimate U.S. road trip atlas

National Geographic kids ultimate U.S. road trip atlas

With books, you have to know your child. Books can be a wonderful road trip activity, or they can leave everyone feeling car sick!

If your child can't handle looking at books in the car, an atlas is a perfect pre-trip or hotel room inspiration to get your kid excited about the journey.


Wee Society travel diary + journal

Wee Society travel diary + journal

You can use a simple notebook and give your child prompts for ideas to draw or write about, or use a predesigned kids travel journal that comes with adventure badges to earn, stickers, places to keep photos and other treasures and postcards to send. Either way, your child will get great practice in recording what they see and will likely treasure the memories once they get home.


Imagination Generation road trip travelling bingo game

Imagination Generation road trip travelling bingo game

Bingo is often played in Montessori settings for young children because it helps them practice visual discrimination while also working on relational skills and learning how to play a game. Road trip bingo is the perfect way to bring this on the road!


Kid O Play glow-in-the-dark jumbo magnatab

Kid O Play glow-in-the-dark jumbo magnatab

This Magnatab is highly entertaining for little kids, engages them creatively, and lets them practice fine motor skills. This one also glows in the dark, which is perfect for a winter road trip when it gets dark early.


Bestjing puzzle magnetic book

Bestjing puzzle magnetic book

This kind of activity is not only entertaining, but is great for problem solving and pre-math skills. The tangram is made of environmentally friendly material, which has no peculiar smell, soft texture and won't hurt children's hands, ensuring children's safety, and the bottom is magnetic, solid and durable.


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