Okay, I don’t mean run out and buy a potato sack and throw your newborn or infant in it! I’m talking sleep sacks…or also referred to as nap sacks or baby sleeping bags. These were a lifesaver for me with all three of my children.
So what is a sleep sack? It is essentially a bag for your baby to wear while sleeping. They come in a variety of designs and fabrics and most zip closed or fasten at the bottom with snaps, so they are easy to work with when changing a diaper in the middle of the night. Some are made to be worn over baby’s pajamas, and others are designed to be worn alone. Bottom line is whichever style and design you decide on, they all help keep baby warm and snug throughout the night.
The great thing about sleep sacks is that you don’t need to use a baby blanket over the sack; the purpose of the sack is to not need to use a blanket. Baby can move all he wants and you don’t have to worry about a blanket getting wrapped over his head or face.
Make sure the sleep sack you chose fits your baby. You want the bag part of the sack to be long enough for your baby to rest comfortably. You don’t want it too big though because your baby could wiggle down into the bag.
Also, consider the weather before purchasing a sleep sack. In the winter, or when you’re running the air conditioner, a heavier blanket sleep sack with a sleeveless design will be enough to keep baby warm when layered over pajamas. In the warm summer months, a lighter-weight cotton sleep sack will be more appropriate, and jammies underneath probably won’t be necessary.
Sozo makes really cute and affordable sacks they call Nap Saks (pictured above). They come in sizes Newborn – 6 months or 6-24 months. Now I don’t know if I could keep my almost-two-year-old twins in one of these sacks, but I definitely would’ve used them when they were smaller!
Did you use sleep sacks with your babies? Did you like them or dislike them?