How Many Sleep Sacks Do I Need?

Sleep sacks are an easy way to ensure that your baby is sleeping safe and comfortably, starting the minute you bring them home from the hospital, all the way through toddlerhood. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sleep sacks eliminate the need for anything extra in the crib which greatly reduces the risks of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) as no extra blankets are needed.  Like a swaddle, sleep sacks help to regulate your infant’s body temperature which keeps him from being too cold or too hot and requires no extra bedding in their sleep space which could pose a hazard if baby’s mouth or nose gets inadvertently covered. Keep on reading for some more FAQs about sleep sacks:

How many sleep sacks do I need for my baby?

Curious how many sleep sacks you need? While this really comes down to personal preference, on most baby registries you’ll find that your newborn should have three to six sleep sacks in their wardrobe. That may seem like a lot, but it’s always nice to have an extra or two on hand for naptime, when one is in the laundry, and an extra for the stroller or any sleepovers with the grandparents! 

Is it necessary to have multiple newborn sleep sacks?

Is it necessary to have extra sleep sacks? No. Is it helpful? Absolutely! Sleep sacks are good to have on hand for a variety of reasons, especially when sleep training as they can help signal that it’s time to catch some zzz’s. So having a few extra sleep sacks on hand isn’t a bad idea. 

What type of sleep sack is best for all situations?

The best sleep sack is the one that helps your baby sleep safe and comfortably. The Dreamland Baby Weighted sleep sack is designed to help your baby feel calm, fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer. The sack features our exclusive CoverCalm™ Technology which evenly distributes weight from your baby’s shoulders to toes. This naturally reduces stress and gives your baby the feeling of security and comfort - just like a hug!

Are there different types of sleep sacks?

When it comes to sleep sacks, fabric choice is usually the greatest differential. Of course, there are also plenty of color and pattern choices to consider but the design of most sleep sacks is similar, that of a sleeping bag for baby.

One thing to keep in mind is the blanket’s TOG rating. TOG ratings help parents pick the best fabrics to keep their babies at a comfortable and safe sleeping temperature. TOG = Thermal Overall Grade. The number measures the heat of a particular product. A high TOG rating (3.5) means the sack can be used for cold weather and cool nights, while a low TOG rating (around 0.2) means the it is best used in warmer temperatures. Because overheating can lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), this is something to consider when making your purchase.

How many sleep sacks will a baby go through as they grow?

When it comes to your baby’s sleep sack, size matters. A sleep sack should fit your baby in their current size with a little bit of growing room. That’s because you don’t want your baby in anything too tight (discomfort) or too loose (suffocation hazard). Most sleep sacks are made with either newborns or toddler sizes in mind, so make sure to check all manufacturer instructions, many will also come with a size/weight guide.  Be sure to follow directions and if you have any questions whatsoever, reach out to their customer service team, they should be happy to help!

How many sleep sacks should I put on a registry?

If you’re wondering how many sleep sacks do you need for baby there are no hard and fast rules. It’s a good idea to ask for at least three. That way you’ll have one for baby to wear while sleeping, another one that needs to be washed, and that third one in case of emergency – meaning, if the clean one gets dirty unexpectedly (we’re looking at you, diaper explosions!). If possible, it’s also nice to have some extras on hand. The good news is when it comes to sleep sacks, they’re easy enough to keep at home and to pack for on the go.

Where is the best place to buy newborn sleep sacks?

When it comes to most things baby related, it’s a good idea to visit your local baby boutique or superstore to check out the items in person. That may give you a better understanding of how something works, feels, looks, etc. Of course, the internet is also your friend! Be sure to check out Dreamland weighted sleep sacks, one of the best brands for sleep sacks.

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In June 2022, the AAP updated its sleep guidelines and is currently not recommending weighted sleep solutions. You can read the full report here. Please note that this is not a recall. Dreamland Baby is in ongoing dialogue with the AAP regarding its stance on weighted sleepwear and hopes it will result in the statement being retracted.