Classic Swaddle or Transition Swaddle: Which One is Best for Your Baby?

For many parents, swaddling can be a game changer for their baby’s sleep. Swaddling mimics the security of a mother’s womb and helps control the Moro reflex that can often startle a baby awake. However, some babies prefer to have their arms up and out without being swaddled, but still need something to help calm their Moro reflex. 

With that being said, let’s help you decide whether our traditional Dream Weighted Swaddle or our new Dream Weighted Transition Swaddle is a better option for your little one.

Although both products have similarities including our exclusive CoverCalm® Technology (evenly distributed weight from your baby’s shoulders to toes), double zippers for easy diaper changes, and 100% natural soft cotton, our Weighted Swaddle and Weighted Transition Swaddle each have unique features that can work for babies in different stages.

Let’s break down each product for you!


Dream Weighted Swaddle

The Dream Weighted Swaddle is designed for babies who are 0-6 months and can be used as soon as your baby is 8 lbs. Your baby can wear the Dream Swaddle until they outgrow the maximum length of 26 inches. The Swaddle is designed so your baby has ample room to move their legs and is acknowledged by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute as a “hip-healthy” product when used as directed.


In addition to our exclusive CoverCalm® technology, evenly distributed weight to help your baby feel calm and self-soothe, the Dream Swaddle features an easy-to-use built-in swaddle band. Having the swaddle band built-in keeps your baby snug, safe, and asleep for longer stretches. The inner swaddle band is secured with velcro to keep your baby from breaking out of it. .


The Dream Swaddle is designed to grow with your little one and features 3 ways to wear it: both arms in, one arm in, and both arms out. These 3 ways to wear can help your baby seamlessly transition out of swaddling and into a sleep sack.  

Many newborns enjoy being swaddled until they become more active. The Dream Swaddle has small snaps on the sleeves that can be opened as your baby develops and shows signs of rolling. Many parents find that using the one-arm-in method helps to make the transition out of the swaddle easier until your baby is ready to be completely swaddle-free.


Once your baby is no longer swaddled and has both arms out, the built-in swaddle wing can be wrapped around your baby's torso and the zipper can be zipped up as usual. You can use this just as you would a sleep sack until your baby is ready to size up!


Dream Weighted Transition Swaddle

If your baby is ready to say goodbye to using a swaddle band completely, or has shown signs of rolling it’s  time to use our patent-pending Weighted Transition Swaddle. This swaddle is designed to reduce wake-ups and help transition your baby safely to arms-out sleep. This sleep sack features innovative, 3/4 length gently weighted sleeves that fit snugly to help reduce the Moro (startle) reflex. 


The Transition Swaddle comes in two sizes: Small (3-6 Months), for babies who are 12-16 lbs and 23-26 in, and Large (6-9 Months), for babies who are 15+ lbs and 26-28 in. Unlike a traditional swaddle, your baby can move their arms freely and roll over when wearing the Transition Swaddle. Once your baby shows signs of rolling, it is no longer safe for them to be swaddled with their arms in, which is why the Transition Swaddle is the perfect solution to allow for a safe and secure transition out of swaddling and into a sleep sack.


So there you go! Now you know everything you need to know in order to decide whether our Dream Weighted Swaddle or Dream Weighted Transition Swaddle is best for your little one. 


Here’s to sound sleep and sweet dreams for both you and your baby!


Dreamland Baby was developed in partnership with pediatricians, pulmonologists, NICU nurses, and certified sleep consultants. Our weighted products have passed all Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute acknowledges Dreamland Baby as a "hip-healthy" product when used as directed.

Dream Weighted Sleep Swaddle, 0-6 months