SwaddleDesigns Ultimate Receiving Blanket and Burp Cloths

04/01/2009 at 04:30 PM ET

When we had our first son back in Germany, my home country, my American friends highly recommended picking up a swaddling blanket but I was told by three different stores, “We don’t have that! That’s not done anymore!” I went home cowed thinking, “One of those crazy things only Americans do,” and as a result, Finn was never swaddled. Finn cried a lot. Now I have my second baby, born in the U.S. and he has a SwaddleDesigns Ultimate Receiving Blanket ($25). I am aware that you can use pretty much any square blanket for swaddling, as long as it is not too thick, but as a beginner, you want to play it safe. You want a blanket designed for swaddling and one that comes with instructions. Would be nice if it looks nice too. Enter the Ultimate Receiving Blanket which comes with a tag sewn on the blanket that explains swaddling in four pictures, so that even the clumsiest mother (like me) gets it. And it is large enough (42”’x 42”) that my 12-pound two month old Buddha-baby still fits in easily. With its cool instead of cutesy designs (dots, squares, and circles on solid pastel) the swaddled baby looks kind of like sushi rather than a baby Moses. Last but not least, the blankets are 100% cotton and made in the USA. So are the matching burp clothes that turn this indispensable item into a fashion accessory; a very useful accessory however, since it has a thicker center padding.

My only complaint – SwaddleDesigns’ quality seems to be too delicate for my washing machine. Blanket and burp clothes came out a little fuzzy after the first couple of washes. And I don’t think that any designer should expect mothers to handwash blankets or burp cloths in the sink, as much as they might love them.

By the way, I recently read an article in Germany’s leading parenting magazine: “The comeback of swaddling.” There we go.

Celeb fans include Tori Spelling (who has been seen out with the Pastel Pink Stroller Blanket), Gwyneth Paltrow, Marcia Cross and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (who has been see clutching the Pastel Pink Fuzzy Baby Lovie).

— Iris

Deal: For a limited time, SwaddleDesigns blankets are on sale for 30% off at TheRightStart.com.

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Mrs. R. on

We LOVED ours and it’s had many different functions in our house as our daughter grew. At first it was an excellent receiving blanket and stroller blanket because it’s so big it fit over the top of the stroller nicely for keeping the sun off a newborn’s face. Then as our daughter grew out of most of her swaddle blankets, we used this one for months! Now that my daughter is 2, we use it as a travel blankie – because it’s soft, big enough to fit over most porta-crib mattresses as a sheet, and super easy to clean once we get home again!

TOTALLY worth the price!

Evelyn on

The swaddling blanket is suppose to get a little bit fuzzy / pilled. It helps the swaddle to “stick” to itself so that it’s a bit tougher for the baby to “bust” out of their swaddle.

We have 6 of the blankets – and many burp clothes. *the best*

kate on

I give these blankets as gifts to all new moms, they’re the best!! The biggest plus is the big size, after we were done we used them for the carseat, traveling, sitting in the grass. Not sure about the reviewer’s comment about them being too delicate to wash, I found the opposite. Nice thick flannel makes it easy to get spots out of, and yes it gets a little fuzzy, but no more than any other flannel we had.

Sam on

I absolutely love our blanket and burp clothes. They were given to me as shower gifts and quickly became my favorite!!!

Kay on

My first son was born at the hospital where the nurse who designed these blankets once worked. Their “parting gift,” in addition to a freshly delivered human being, was a Swaddle Designs blanket. They are the best. My son still wanted to be swaddled at 7 mos old and we were convinced he would take his blanket to college with him, and these were the only blankets that were big enough. They are enormous. We drape them over the top of the stroller and use them for a nursing cover. I love them!

((and I saw them at Homegoods for $17 last week!))

dashi on

I L-O-V-E (!!!!) my swaddle design blankets! Their huge size make them great for really wrapping up my enormous baby and they make fabulous nursing canopies. I especially love when they’re washed because they feel thicker and heavier. I love that I can get them in an organic version and I, now, give these to all my friends as baby gifts.

Ella on

These blankets are fantastic. However, I thought $25 was a little expensive, so I just bought the same fabric at Joann’s and made my own. They worked just as well and were the same size- for only $5!

Louise on

I used the swaddle design blanket with my baby. She loved it. She is no longer swaddled, but in a sleeping bag with her swaddledesign blanket as her blankie. I highly recommend them to anyone. had never heard of them before as I live in Scotland but saw them int eh shops one day and decided that we had to have it after reading about them on here.

D on

FYI Ladies, this blankie is on sale at RightStart.com (30% off), so it is about 19.99

Lynette on

SwaddleDesigns blankets have passed rigorous third party testing for pilling and color fastness in the UK and USA, and are meant to be machine washed and dried.
This fabric is made from cotton grown, milled and printed in the USA. It is more expensive to manufacture in the US, but this helps to reduce our carbon footprint and gives Americans jobs. The blankets are sewn in the USA and the sewers are paid fair wages. The fabric is high quality and is a special weight of flannel that is brushed to softness on both sides of the fabric, and will last for years. SwaddleDesigns fabrics are custom printed and this fabric and design is not available at fabric stores. The fabric also meets Oeko Tex Standard 100 which means no harmful chemicals next to baby’s skin.
Glad to hear that you all love the blanket. I designed it, and as a mom and nurse, I hope to help new parents by offering a stylish long lasting multi-use blanket. Thank you, Celebrity Baby, for the feature.

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