Use the following list as a guide to find the best swaddle transitioning product for your baby. Note that there are some products that may be too advanced for some babies – if you have an older baby who is transitioning out of their swaddle, just skip over those items. If you have younger babies on this list, do not stop using these swaddles before 12-8 weeks of age or you may cause undo fussiness/sleep troubles.
1. Baby Merlin Sleep Suit
Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit is a product that has been used for many years and remains the top choice on our list of best swaddle transitioning products. The main reason we chose this as the number one best swaddle transitioning product is because it provides comfort and security while gradually getting baby used to sleeping without a swaddle.
The way it gradually gets baby used to sleeping without a swaddle is because you still use the Velcro swaddle that comes with the sleep suit for 3-4 days (you can adjust this time). After that, you stop using the swaddle and just let them sleep in the sleep suit. They may fuss initially but they should fall asleep and stay asleep in the sleep suit.
If your baby is still fussing after 3-4 days, go ahead and use the swaddle again for a few more nights. Keep doing this until they can transition to sleeping without a swaddle completely using just the sleep suit (no swaddling).
2. Halo SleepSack Wearable Blanket
If you are trying to transition out of the swaddle but your baby is still having trouble sleeping without it, you can use the Halo SleepSack Wearable Blanket. The main reason this product made our list is because unlike the sleep suit, you do not have to wait until your baby gets used to sleeping without a swaddle before you ditch the swaddle.
The Halo SleepSack Wearable Blanket works by providing comfort and security just like how swaddling does but without using actual fabric that is somewhat restricting. So babies will still sleep well with this product even if they are not used to sleeping without a swaddle.
3. Ollie by Owlet
Owlet’s Ollie wearable blanket is another great product for transitioning out of the swaddle but it is different from the Halo SleepSack Wearable Blanket because you do not use your own fabric to make this sleep suit. The reason why we still chose this as a top product is because it does not restrict movement, provides security and comfort like swaddling, and it has the Owlet Smart Sock 2 technology for added safety measures (making it great as a wearable monitor as well).
Here’s how the Ollie by Owlet helps with transitioning out of the swaddle: The sleep suit comes with its own fabric that is adjustable so you can use it as a swaddle for the first few days after birth. After you stop using it as a swaddle, you can remove this adjustable fabric and just let baby sleep in the sleep suit alone.