So, you want to dress your baby for bedtime, but you’re wondering what he or she should wear to bed, am I right? And you’re probably thinking, will they be warm enough? Too hot? Will they kick their socks off? Can I use a swaddle? Why shouldn’t I use a blanket?
What Should Baby Wear to Bed?
If you’re wondering these questions, you’re pretty much asking the same thing that all new parents wonder: what should baby wear to bed? Since blankets are a suffocation hazard, you won’t want to have any loose blankets in the crib at any time. Instead, you’ll want to put baby in a sleep sack.
What is a sleep sack?
A sleep sack is a wearable blanket that zips down the middle and is like a sleeping bag for your baby. Instead of a blanket, your baby is immersed in a warm, cozy contained outfit that has no sleeves (which means he or she won’t overheat). It zips right down the middle, which is brilliant for two reasons: 1) the zipper portion ends up near the feet, so it won’t bother baby while he or she is slumbering, and 2) it makes diaper changes a breeze.
It looks like this:
And I have the cream one, which looks like this (and way less pink-y in person):
What kind to buy?
Sleep sacks are available in cotton or fleece. I’ve tried both: cotton is perfect for lightweight comfort in spring or summer, while the microfleece is best for cool fall nights and winter. They also have a winter weight version for chillier nights, but I haven’t tried it personally.
Do they run big? Small?
They actually run HUGE. But I go with the sizing they recommend anyway because he can grow into it. Plus, I wouldn’t want to wear a sleeping bag that was tight around my body, without a little give for kicking or moving around freely… would you?
Where to Get It
As with many products, I buy on Amazon because I can see reviews before I buy. Recently I purchased this for the winter since Andrew just grew out of his other sleep sack. As a tip, I ordered in color cream instead of blue; this way, it is gender neutral if we have another baby someday down the line! I know babies probably don’t care if they are wearing a pink or blue sleep sack, but still. I care. :)
I should also note that I received a sleep sack from the hospital where I delivered, and I’m not sure if that is standard protocol everywhere but it was a nice bonus! Sleep sacks tend to run around $25-30 each at Buy Buy Baby or Babies R Us, but I found them on Amazon for around $15-20. That’s a nice little savings right there.
Anyways. Hope it helps!