Any new parent will tell you how important it is for their baby to get enough sleep. You want to ensure that at they are as comfortable as possible so they don’t wake up too often. One of the biggest challenges in keeping a baby comfortable while sleeping is that they sometimes get too hot with traditional blankets and bedding. There are several ways to help this but one of the latest trends is to use a baby sleeping bag.
What is a Baby Sleeping Bag
A baby sleeping bag (also sometimes called a baby sleep sac) is similar to an adult sleeping bag but it has holes for the arms and head. It usually snaps or zips in place to help keep it secure and also allow easy access. They have been used in Europe for decades with great results.
You might wonder what is wrong with traditional bedding and why you should use a baby sleeping bag. The first reason is for safety. Traditional blankets can cause a suffocation risk in smaller infants if they get bunched around the head. Regulating your baby’s temperature can also be a challenge with standard bedding. If your baby is an active sleeper, the blankets may fall off and make your baby cold. With a baby sleeping bag, it will never fall off no matter how active your baby is during sleep and there is no suffocation risk because it cannot get bunched up around the head or mouth.
Choosing the Right Baby Sleeping Bag
Baby sleep sacs are pretty simple but there are many options available when shopping for them. There are many companies that make them including Grobag, Could B and Woolbabe. Some manufacturers sell a single one size fits all model, but you are probably better off going with a maker that sells different sizes based on the length and weight of your baby. You want to make sure that it fits properly and is not too snug and that it allows airflow around the arms. The nice thing is that they don’t have to be just for winter. You can get your baby’s sleeping bag in a variety of fabrics and colors. Quilted models are best for winter but you can also get flannel or other lighter fabrics for fall and spring. If you decide to use baby sleeping bags you will want to get several. Unlike adults who will have a single sleeping bag, babies may have a leaky diaper or spit up on their sleeping bag so you will want to have a backup or two while others are in the wash.
Baby sleeping bags are the latest trend in baby bedding in the U.S. and for good reason. They offer practical advantages. They are more convenient and more comfortable for your baby. And if your baby is happy, you are happy.