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Best Weighted Swaddle For Newborn

Sleepless nights don’t have to be the norm for new parents, contrary to what you may have been led to believe. The best weighted swaddle for newborns is your key to unlocking a peaceful night's sleep. 

This type of swaddle is the most effective for lulling your baby into a state of tranquility, willing them to sleep with ease. But, with so many choices on the market how can you ensure you’re picking the perfect one for your little one?  

At Nested Bean, we've fine-tuned the art of the perfect swaddle: combining the gentle, comforting weight with the softest, safest fabrics. We’ll explore what separates ours from the rest and help you choose the right fabric for your child. 

The weighted swaddle for newborn you need for a good night’s rest is just a few clicks away!

Why a Weighted Newborn Swaddle is a Must-Have in Your Parenthood Arsenal 

Before we unveil the best weighted swaddle for newborns, let’s talk about why you need one (or a couple) in your parenthood arsenal.

The Role of Swaddling

You may still be on the fence…should I swaddle my newborn during the night? Why swaddle baby in the first place? This ancient practice is like a parenthood superpower. Swaddling involves snugly wrapping your newborn in a blanket to mimic the coziness of the womb. 

This simple yet effective technique is revered for its ability to calm infants, reduce unnecessary wake-ups due to the startle reflex, and promote longer, more restful sleep. 

It creates a soothing, secure environment that can significantly ease the transition from the womb to the world, helping newborns (and their parents) to achieve much-needed rest.

But, of all the various swaddle types on the market, why should you opt for a weighted variety? 

Why Weighted?

Introducing a weighted element to traditional swaddling elevates its benefits to the next level. Weighted swaddles, like those offered by Nested Bean, incorporate gentle, evenly distributed weight, typically in the areas where a baby would feel a parent's touch. This added weight is key for several reasons:

  • Enhanced Soothing: The gentle pressure of a weighted swaddle provides a calming effect, known as Deep Touch Pressure (DTP). This pressure mimics the reassuring touch of a parent, fostering a deeper sense of security and comfort for the baby.
  • Improved Sleep Patterns: The weight helps in regulating the baby’s body rhythms and sleep cycles. It assists in reducing the frequency of Moro reflex, which often wakes babies prematurely. This leads to longer and more stable sleep intervals, crucial for both infant development and parental sanity.
  • Adaptability to Baby's Growth: The weighted baby swaddles are designed to grow with your baby. Adjustable features ensure that the swaddle remains a cozy, comforting sleep aid as your baby develops through different stages of growth.
  • Safety and Security: Weighted swaddles are designed with safety as a paramount concern. The weight is evenly distributed to ensure it's gentle and safe for a newborn, without restricting movement or breathing.

Whether you’re trying to maintain a consistent newborn sleep schedule or baby nap schedule, the right weighted swaddle can make all the difference. So, what separates the best weighted sleep swaddle from the rest?

What Separates the Best Weighted Sleep Swaddle From the Rest

In the world of baby sleep aids, not all swaddles are created equal. So how can you ensure you’re getting the quality your child deserves? 

We’ll talk about a few of the most important considerations in choosing weighted sleepwear for your kiddo below before unveiling five of the best weighted swaddle for newborns on the market today. 

Optimal Weight Distribution 

The key to an effective weighted swaddle lies in how the weight is distributed. The best option strategically place weight on areas that mimic a soothing hand, providing comfort without impeding movement or development.

These swaddles maintain a uniform distribution of weight regardless of baby’s movements. This uniformity is crucial for safety, ensuring that the baby’s breathing is not restricted and that they can move freely within the swaddle.

It’s a fine line between adding a gentle touch that eases your baby’s separation anxiety and overdoing it. Few brands have gotten it right, but Nested Bean has!

Skin Safe, Comfortable Fabric

Anything that comes in contact with your baby’s skin should be scrutinized, and this is especially true with the swaddle they sleep in. 

Look for gentle hypoallergenic fabrics that safeguard your baby's delicate skin. The texture of the fabric has to be soft yet durable, ensuring no irritation or discomfort.

To prevent overheating, the best swaddles use breathable materials that regulate temperature. This feature is essential for maintaining a safe sleep environment and ensuring your baby's comfort throughout the night.

We’ll talk more about how to dress baby for sleep later on, but the specific fabric and TOG rating you choose should be influenced by your baby’s sleeping environment. 

If you’re concerned with keeping them warm, opt for a warmer cotton blend. On the other hand, a lighter bamboo blend is great for the summer months and prevents your child from overheating. We’ve got blends across the spectrum at Nested Bean.

Innovative Design for Ease of Use 

The design of premium swaddles allows for adaptability to different baby sizes and shapes. Adjustable fastenings or wings enable parents to swaddle securely and snugly, accommodating growth and movement.

Ease of use is paramount. The swaddle should be easy to put on and take off, even during those groggy, middle-of-the-night changes. Thoughtful designs include features like simple closures and accessible diaper-change openings.

Customization and Versatility in Use

Babies grow pretty darn fast - which is why you want a versatile swaddle that grows with them. Look for swaddles that offer adjustable features. This allows the swaddle to grow with your baby, ensuring a comfortable fit from the newborn stage to several months old.

Consider swaddles designed for various sleeping styles, whether your baby prefers arms in, out, or a mix of both. A versatile swaddle accommodates these preferences, ensuring comfort in all sleeping positions. This ensures your swaddle adapts to your child’s adapting sleep habits.

Value for the Money

Investing in a quality weighted swaddle means considering its value over time - not shopping based on price alone. This is your newborn’s health and wellness we’re talking about, after all!

You can look back at the quality of materials and construction compared to the price. A swaddle that maintains its shape, texture, and weight distribution after numerous washes offers better long-term value.


The best way to feel confident choosing a swaddle is to get a sense of what other parents thought after using it. If you can’t get recommendations from other parents in your life, you can always rely on reviews! 

While customer reviews are great, we encourage you to dig deeper and seek out reviews from pediatricians, sleep consultants, and childcare experts add credibility. Their professional opinions on safety and developmental appropriateness are critical.

Pay attention to consistent comments across reviews, whether positive or negative. Recurring themes can be a reliable indicator of the swaddle’s overall performance and quality.

The 5 Best Weighted Swaddles For Newborns

Now, let’s get into what you really came here for - to discover the best weighted swaddles for newborns in 2024. Of all the options online few compare to those we’ve designed here at Nested Bean.

Our range of gently weighted swaddles is expertly crafted to mimic a parent's soothing touch, promising improved sleep for your newborn in as little as three nights. 

Trusted by millions of parents worldwide, our five unique styles stand out for their effectiveness and quality, each offering a comforting embrace to lull your baby into a peaceful slumber. 

We’ll highlight all five of our swaddles below and help you pick the perfect solution for your child’s weighted sleepwear needs. No matter which you choose, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in your newborn bedtime routine!

Nested Bean Zen Swaddle® Classic

Introducing the Nested Bean Zen Swaddle® Classic - your newborn's first step towards peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. This 100% breathable cotton swaddle features gentle, safe weights on the chest and sides, mimicking the comforting pressure of a parent's embrace. 

Ideal for babies aged 0-6 months, it's versatile enough to be used with arms in or out, adapting as your baby grows. 

With a TOG rating of 1.5, it's perfect for year-round comfort. Trusted by over 2 million families, parents report seeing improved sleep within just 1-3 nights. Experience the transformative power of the Zen Swaddle® Classic, ensuring your baby feels continuously cradled and secure.

“My ONE WEEK old sleeps for a full 5 hours wrapped up this. Don’t think about it GET IT!!!” - Amanda

“This has been a lifesaver! My child would not sleep alone and I tried other swaddles. Nothing worked until I took a chance with nested bean and I’m so glad I did! The first night I put it on, my baby slept sound and snug. I would definitely recommend this! - Brittany

“We love this swaddle so far! We went from not being able to sleep alone to him sleeping in the bassinet by himself every night! Glad it works!” - Krystle

Nested Bean Zen Swaddle® Premier

The Zen Swaddle Classic is a great choice for those chilly winter nights, but some parents find that it can be a bit warm during the summer in certain climates. That’s where the Zen Swaddle® Premier comes in.

This bamboo fabric swaddle is a fusion of luxurious softness and innovative design, tailored for your newborn’s serene sleep. Crafted from a unique blend of 70% rayon from bamboo and 30% cotton, this swaddle offers unparalleled softness with durability, making it an ideal choice for warmer climates with its light-weight, breathable fabric. 

The TOG rating of 1.0, coupled with bamboo's natural anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties, ensures a dry, comfortable sleep environment. 

Like the Classic, this swaddle is scientifically engineered to provide gentle, reassuring pressure on the chest and sides, emulating a parent's touch and promoting self-soothing. 

Suitable for babies aged 0-6 months, it's designed to adapt to your baby's growth and can be used with arms in or out, easing the swaddle transition to a Zen Sack. 

Rigorously safety-tested, including checks for breathing safety and suffocation hazards, the Zen Swaddle® Premier is a secure, hip-healthy choice that maintains mobility while offering the comfort of a calming embrace. It’s our recommendation for summer!

Nested Bean Zen Neo™ Swaddle

If you are still awaiting your child’s arrival and shopping in preparation, this zipper swaddle is the perfect first swaddle for them. It’s rated for children 0-2 months old and specially designed for the tiniest sleepers, from 7 to 11 lbs.

The Zen Neo™ offers a unique womb-like experience, ensuring your newborn feels snug and secure, just like in your embrace. Its unique weighted Cuddle Pad™ applies a comforting, even pressure across the chest, proven safe for breathing and effective in promoting self-soothing and deeper sleep.

The Zen Neo™ is carefully crafted from a stretchy yet cozy fabric, made from 95% breathable cotton and 5% spandex. It creates a natural, pod-like environment that prevents startles while allowing easy movement. 

The easy 2-way zipper design is a game-changer for parents, making nighttime changes effortless without the need to unswaddle. Washer and dryer safe, this swaddle is as practical as it is effective.

Safety and ease of use are at the forefront of the Zen Neo™ design. A hidden self-fastener securely wraps your baby in a simple motion, and the well-fitted neckline ensures the swaddle stays in place without riding up. 

“​​I was skeptical that this could help a newborn sleep. But I am happily proven wrong!” - Whitney

“We had tried other swaddles from many other brands but read the reviews on this one and wanted to give it a try.  Our sweet Dallas absolutely loves her ZEN-NEO!!!  She sleeps twice as long with it and look so forward to her nite nite zen time!!! We HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS!” - Carol

“For first time parents who absolutely could not figure out how to swaddle a blanket properly, this was fantastic. This swaddle was easy to get the baby into while exhausted and it was easy to check the baby's diaper. I would highly recommend these to any new parents.” - Anastasia

Nested Bean Zen One™ Classic Swaddle 

Last but not least on our list of the best weighted sleep swaddles we have the Zen One Classic. This arms up swaddle is the epitome of versatility and comfort in infant sleepwear. 

It’s meticulously designed to adapt to your baby's evolving sleep needs from birth to 6 months, providing a constant source of comfort through each stage of development.

The Zen One™ stands out with its gentle weighting, expertly positioned to mimic the calming pressure of a parent's embrace, seamlessly aiding the transition from the womb to the world. This swaddling blanket not only soothes startle reflexes but also evolves with your baby, making it the only swaddle you'll need through their early months.

Equipped with unique features like quick-drying mesh sleeves, it's perfect for thumb suckers who find comfort in self-soothing. The swaddle's adaptable design includes removable sleeves, offering a safe swaddling option even when your baby starts to roll over. 

The secure inner band firmly holds your baby's arms, preventing wake-ups due to startle reflexes, while the thoughtful construction ensures the swaddle doesn’t ride up when used in an arms-out position.

Crafted from a snug yet stretchy blend of 95% breathable cotton and 5% spandex, with mesh sleeves composed of 68% nylon and 32% spandex, the Zen One™ guarantees comfort and ease of movement. The two-way zipper is a thoughtful addition, simplifying diaper changes and making nighttime routines less disruptive.

This is the perfect choice for if your newborn baby wants hands out of swaddle, but you don’t have to take our word for it. See what other parents had to say:

“Absolutely love this! After the first couple of nights, my 6 week old slept for 6.5 hours without waking up. It also calms him down when he’s fussing or crying. This swaddle is magical!” - Laila

“The swaddle made it possible for my daughter and now son, to fall asleep without jerking awake. Thank you!” Kara

"We went from waking every 2-3 hours to getting 5-6 hour stints overnight.” - Sarah K.

Other Weighted Sleepwear to Consider Adding to Your Child’s Routine 

We know you came here looking for the best weighted swaddle for newborn, but we also have weighted sleep sacks for when the time comes! Not just any sleep sacks either, the best sleep sack for winter and the best bamboo fabric sleep sack.

These are designed with the same weighted technology that makes our weighted swaddles so special. They allow for a seamless transition when you stop swaddling baby shortly down the road. Learn more about our winter sleep sack or bamboo fabric sleep sack for when the time comes.

You can learn more about the benefits of a sleep sack, sleep sack sizing, what to wear under a sleep sack, sleep sack vs swaddle, when to stop using a sleep sack, and when to transition from sleep sack to blanket.

And, when the time to eventually move on from the sleep sack comes as well, you can rely on us for the best baby pajamas too! We’re your trusted source for all things gently weighted sleepwear. 

Tips on Using Your New Weighted Newborn Swaddle

Before we bring this guide to a close, here are a few parting tips on using your new swaddle in tandem with the rest of your bedtime routine.

  • Follow Safe Swaddling Practices: Always place your baby on their back to sleep, and ensure the swaddle is snug but not too tight. The baby’s hips should have enough room to move, and the fabric should not restrict their breathing. Learn more about swaddling techniques in our blog.
  • Monitor Temperature: Weighted swaddles add an extra layer of warmth. It’s important to monitor the room temperature and your baby's body heat to prevent overheating. Dress your baby in lightweight clothing under the swaddle if the room is warm.
  • Gradual Introduction: If your baby is new to swaddling, they might need time to adjust to the weighted swaddle. Start by using it for short naps and gradually increase the duration as your baby becomes more accustomed to the sensation.
  • Check for Comfort and Fit: Regularly check that the swaddle fits your baby comfortably, especially as they grow. Ensure the neck opening is not too tight and that there is enough room for leg movement.
  • Transitioning Out of the Swaddle: Be mindful of signs that your baby is ready to transition out of the swaddle, such as rolling over. Most weighted swaddles are designed to adapt to this transition, allowing for arms-out swaddling.
  • Regular Washing and Care: Follow the care instructions for your weighted swaddle. Proper maintenance ensures the swaddle remains hygienic and that its weighted features continue to function effectively.

If you have any questions about using your swaddle, don’t hesitate to reach out to our sleep experts here at Nested Bean. At this point, though, it’s time for you to head over to our catalog and find the best weighted swaddle for newborns!

Get the Best Weighted Swaddle For Newborn at Nested Bean Today!

Weighted swaddles revolutionize infant sleep by mimicking a parent's soothing touch, enhancing comfort, and promoting deeper sleep. And for the best weighted sleep swaddle, you needn’t look beyond our selection.

Nested Bean’s range stands out with its optimal weight distribution, skin-safe fabrics, and innovative, adjustable designs, catering to your baby's evolving needs. 

You can learn more about early parenthood and sleep in our blog. We have tips on how to get baby to nap longer, the signs of sleep regression, how long do you swaddle a baby, the best sleeping position for teething baby, how to calm an overtired baby, safe cosleeping with baby, newborn sleep training, baby keeps breaking out of swaddle, and more.

Discover the unparalleled comfort and safety of our Zen Swaddle® collection, scientifically designed for peaceful slumber. Embrace the tranquility of a well-rested household - choose the best for your newborn at Nested Bean today and join millions of well-rested families worldwide!

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