If you fancy the idea of a traditional swaddle but find cotton squares too intimidating, our findings show that the Miracle Blanket is by far your best bet. It’s not completely structured, in that it doesn't have a zip or fastening, but it is shaped to allow you to swaddle easily.
There are arm flaps which allow you to fit the wrap snugly and cosily around your baby, and a pouch to slot her into beforehand. But even so, instructions are included with the product which make it pretty much impossible to be confused by this swaddle.
Miracle Blanket claims the styling of their product would make it easier to swaddle your baby even in the dark, but our tester wasn’t completely convinced. After performing our standard ‘night-time test’ in the dark, she missed having the simplicity offered by the ‘one-step’ or Velcro swaddles. For those bleary-eyed middle-of-the-night nappy changes, the zip swaddle would be much easier to work with, but we think the Miracle Blanket could definitely begin to bridge the gap to a more traditional-style wrap.
Miracle Blankets come in lots of choices of colour and pattern, including the traditional pale blue, pink and grey colours all the way through to a swaddle covered in cute little giraffes.
There’s also the option to choose between a few different materials, which is crucial, particularly for such a large swaddle – our tester said the reams of heavyweight cotton may be too warm for the height of summer, but that the more lightweight jersey material is perfect.
Another win for Miracle Blanket was how generous the proportions were. Not only did this reassure our tester that their wriggly sleeper would stay put, the tonnes of room and give in the fabric meant it would keep your baby fully swaddled as they grow (and grow, and grow). This means one size really can fit all, and there’s no need to buy a new product (or three) as your baby gets bigger – ideal.
Miracle Blanket recommends its product is suitable until around the 14-week mark, but remember to stop swaddling as soon as your baby is able to roll over and lie on her front by herself. We have more information on the safest swaddling practices in our Buyer’s Guide.
One thing to note, however, is that it won’t be quite so easy to transition out of swaddles with the Miracle Blanket. There isn’t any built-in method of releasing an arm, like there is in the Love to Dream SwaddleUP 50/50 (£30) or the Grosnug 2-in-1 (£37). Our tester did find it was possible to wrap the Miracle Blanket in a way that meant one arm could be released from the wrapping alone – although this is obviously a little more faff.
Overall, out of the fastening-free swaddles we tested, this is a very good option. The generous, decent fabric and clever shape make it easy peasy for any swaddle novice – just maybe not at 2.30am.
Fastening type: Velcro
Diameters: 13 × 10 × 1in
Age range/sizes: Birth to 14 weeks
Materials: Cotton knit
Colours: Lots of options, check online