Why Sleep Sacks Ensure Safe And Comfortable Sleep For Your Baby
The Celebrity Baby Trends team and many parents just like you have asked sleep expert, Nicole Johnson: “What should I dress my baby in at bedtime?”
Her answer: Obviously, as caregivers, we want our children to be cozy and comfortable during sleep – but we also want them to be safe. So what do I recommend? Almost invariably, I recommend sleep sacks.
5 Reasons Sleep Sacks Are Safe, Comfy, and Convenient Bedtime-Wear
1. Sleep sacks eliminate the need for loose blankets in the sleeping area, which reduces suffocation risks. This is perhaps the biggest advantage of sleep sacks: once you are ready to stop swaddling your baby, your baby can wear his blanket (in the form of a sleep sack), you don’t have to use loose blankets in the crib or bed. And since loose blankets are a common suffocation and SIDS hazard, this makes sleep sacks a very safe alternative indeed!
2. Sleep sacks stay put, ensuring baby stays warm and comfy. Sleep sacks often zip and/or snap into place around baby’s shoulders and arms, ensuring that baby “wears” the sleep sack like a garment. This keeps the sleep sack safely away from baby’s face; it also ensures that your child won’t kick the sleep sack away and become cold during the night.
3. Modern sleep sacks make diaper changes a snap. If you’ve ever tried to unobtrusively unwrap a baby from a blanket in the middle of the night in order to change a wet or soiled diaper, you know how tough it can be! Sleep sacks, on the other hand (like Little Fishkopp), typically come with a zippered bottom, meaning you can access your baby’s diaper area with minimal disturbance – a gift indeed when it’s 3 a.m. and you’re doing all you can not to wake the baby!
4. Sleep sacks come in a variety of weights and materials, ensuring that there is a sleep sack out there for every season and climate. Little Fishkopp sleep sacks, for example, come in two different TOGS, or weights. Lighter-weight sleep sacks are perfect for warmer seasons and climates; simply dress your baby in a plain onesie, put the light sleep sack over top, and you are ready for bed! Heavier-weight sleep sacks made of cotton fill or soft wool, on the other hand, are great for cold weather and climates.
5. Sleep sacks “scale” depending on the age of your baby. Some sleep sacks are specially designed for newborns and provide a swaddling effect; they wrap securely around baby’s arms and provide the cozy, snug feeling of being wrapped up tight. On the other end of the spectrum are sleep sacks that act like wearable blankets. These are perfect for toddlers who are becoming increasingly mobile, because they provide lots of room for little ones to wiggle, which also helps with healthy hip development.
No matter what you dress your baby in at bedtime, the important thing is to ensure that your baby is safe during sleep. Avoid loose or ill-fitting pajamas and blankets, and be sure not to overdress your baby for sleep; ideal sleeping temperatures tend to be cooler than most parents think, hovering in the high 60-low 70 degree Fahrenheit range.
Today’s expert contributor, Nicole Johnson is a married mother of two wonderful boys and owner of The Baby Sleep Site. When her eldest son was born, he had a lot of sleep problems – he would wake every one or two hours, all night long! She got busy and thoroughly researched literature and scientific reports until she became an expert in sleep methods, scheduling routines, baby developmental needs, and more. She overcame her son’s sleeping issues in a way that matched her own parenting style, and knew it was her mission to help other tired parents “find their child’s sleep”. If you have your own sleep issues, Nicole and her team at The Baby Sleep Site® can help! Download the popular free guide, 5 Ways To Help Your Child Sleep Through The Night.