• Martha Lewis

4 Reasons to use a sleep sack and my favorites

My son will wear a sleep sack to bed until he's a teenager! Ok, ok, just kidding! But at least until he's 3. My son is almost 2 years old and he's still wearing a sleep sack at night and for naps. He's been wearing a sleep sack since he transitioned out of the swaddle at 3 months old. I plan on keeping him in a sleep sack until he outgrows it and it's time to transition him to a bed (when he's around 3).

Here are 4 reasons why I recommend a sleep sack for your little one:

1. It's safe

AAP recommendations for creating a safe sleep environment say to "avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys." A young baby isn't able to move soft bedding away from her face so there's a chance of suffocation if there's a blanket in her bed. A sleep sack is a great substitute for a blanket because it stays in place and keeps her warm. A sleep sack can also keep her legs from getting stuck between the crib bars.

2. It's a great transition from a swaddle.

Many babies love to be swaddled. But once they can roll over (around 3 months), it's no longer safe for them to be swaddled. A sleep sack makes the transition out of the swaddle easier because the baby still has the security and comfort of something around her body.

3. It's warm

A sleep sack will keep your baby warm just like a blanket would. A sleep sack is meant to be worn with pajamas. The ideal temp for your baby's room is between 68 and 72 degrees.  If the room is too warm or too cold, you can adjust her pajamas to keep her at the right temperature. 

We can't expect toddlers to keep a blanket on themselves all night until they're around 3-4 years old. So a sleep sack is perfect for keeping your little one warm because it stays put all night.

4. It keeps them in the crib

Maybe the best reason to keep your toddler in a sleep sack is so she can't climb out of her crib. Many parents transition their toddler to a bed way before they're ready because their toddler is climbing out of the crib. (Learn more tricks to keep your toddler in her crib here.)

Also, if the sleep sack zips from the bottom to the top, your toddler may learn how to unzip it at some point. When she figures this out, you don't need to buy another sleep sack. Just put it on backwards so she can't reach the zipper.

Here are my favorite sleep sacks:

1. Bittakidda Bitta Sack-This sleep sack has 2 lovey's sewn into that babies can use to self-soothe without the danger of suffocation. The Bitta sack also features a diagonal zipper to make diaper changes easy and lots of room for leg movement. 

2. Love to Dream

Love to Dream has designed unique swaddles that feature wings that allow your baby to sleep in the arms up position. She can still use her hands to self-soothe, and the wings keep her reflex from startling her and prevent her from scratching her face. The Swaddle Up 50/50 works great for transitioning your baby from a swaddle to a sleep sack. The wings unzip so you can remove one arm and then the other. And then you have a snug-fitting sleep sack to keep her warm and cozy.

3. Aden and Anais

Now that my son is older, he wears the Aden and Anais classic sleeping bag. Although this sleep sack doesn't have great reviews on amazon, I've been really happy with the ones I've bought. They fit great, stay soft and keep him at just the right temp.

Now you know why I recommend sleep sacks for almost all babies and toddlers. If you have any questions about your baby's sleep or transitioning out of the swaddle, call me any time at 307.228.1502.

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Martha Lewis, MS

Jackson Hole, WY



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