There are so many benefits to using a sleep sack when it comes to your newborn baby. They help regulate baby’s body temperature creating a comfortable night (or naptime) sleep. A sleep sack also eliminates the need for extra blankets in their crib, co-sleeper, or bassinet, which according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), helps keep baby’s sleep-space safe, and greatly reduces the risk of suffocation. This is why in the sleep sack vs. blanket debate, the sleep sack is the clear winner!
But if you’re wondering when, why and how to use a newborn sleep sack and want to learn more about sleep sack safety, keep reading for some FAQs about why sleep sacks work and how to use a baby sleep sack so that everyone gets a better – and safer – night’s sleep!
What should I know when using a baby sleep sack?
Sleep sacks work because they are essentially a wearable blanket that keeps your infant safe, warm, and comfortable. Sleep sacks are good for newborns through toddlerhood, although every baby is different. Using your sleep sack for nighttime and naptime also helps establish a pattern and becomes a familiar “sleep time” routine.
How to use a sleep sack for newborns?
Sleep sacks can be used starting at birth however most parents feel that swaddling is a better option for their newborn. Swaddling is meant to mimic life inside the womb and is a familiar feeling for your newborn to be wrapped up tight and snuggly. That said, sleep sacks are a great and easy option for new parents who are intimidated by swaddling techniques.
The Dreamland Baby Weighted Sleep Swaddle was designed in collaboration with pediatricians, NICU nurses and Certified Sleep consultants. It has a fully integrated, inner swaddle band for security and comfort. It is designed to help your baby feel calm, fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. The gentle weight naturally reduces stress and increases relaxation through deep-pressure stimulation to give your baby feelings of security and comfort. It also has a two-way zipper for easy diaper changes which comes in handy for those frequent, middle of the night changes!
How to use a sleep sack for infants?
Sleep sacks help ensure that your infant will sleep safely by eliminating the need for anything extra in his crib. No blankets, no toys, just baby in his crib, bassinet or co-sleeper, in nothing but his wearable blanket! Sleep sacks also help regulate your infant’s body temperature which keeps him from being too cold, too hot, and makes their sleep just right!
How long can a baby be in a sleep sack?
Some babies love their sleep sacks and want them well into toddlerhood! It’s a personal choice, for sure, but once baby starts to crawl and explore their surroundings, or becomes an escape artist, it may be time to retire it. When sleep “training,” it’s a good idea to change baby into play clothes when waking up from a nap or night time slumber as this helps to establish sleep cues that will help your baby understand when it’s time for play or sleep!
Where should a baby sleep with a sleep sack?
The safest place for baby to sleep is in a crib, bassinet or co-sleeper. Baby should always be put to sleep on their back – never their tummy! – and always on a firm surface. Remember, “bare is best” when it comes to infant sleep so there should be nothing in her sleep space other than the mattress, tight fitting top sheet, and baby in her sleep sack.
When should I put my baby in its sleep sack?
Baby can be put in her sleep sack for nighttime and naptime. This helps establish a pattern and becomes a familiar “sleep time” routine.
What should my baby wear under a sleep sack?
When it comes to dressing baby, the general rule of thumb is to put them in one extra layer than what you might be comfortable in. Same goes for sleep-time. Because sleep sacks help to regulate baby’s body temperature, a lightweight onesie should do the trick when it comes to what baby should wear underneath his sleep sack. In the winter months, a long sleeve onesie may be preferred.
Keep in mind that while your baby’s hands may feel cold at night, that’s not an accurate measure of his temperature. It’s best to check his back or tummy and adjust accordingly, if needed. You can also keep baby’s hands warm in the sleep sack if it has a swaddle component. The Dreamland Baby Weighted Sleep Sack has a detachable swaddle wing, and also has a two-way zipper for easy diaper changes – a total win-win!
What is the best age to use a sleep sack?
While sleep sacks can be used starting at birth, most parents feel that swaddling is a better option for their newborn. Swaddling is meant to mimic life inside the womb where baby has lived so snuggly for the past nine months. It’s that wrapped, tight feeling that helps baby feel comfortable and familiar as she gets used to life outside the womb.
Once baby shows signs of rolling (it varies but can start as early as 8 weeks), it’s a good idea to transition from swaddle to sleep sack to avoid serious risks of suffocation. If you’re curious about how to use a sleep sack swaddle, the Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack has a detachable swaddle wing that helps make the transition that much easier.
Where can I get the best sleep sack for my baby?
When it comes to most things baby-related, the options are a-plenty! There are lots of sleep sacks on the market with different kinds of fabrics, colors and styles.
While every baby is different, the Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sacks work for infants who like the sensation of feeling touched. Weighted sleep sacks are good for baby because they help them feel secure and “held” - like a hug - which can also help calm a fussy baby.
Keep in mind, weighted sleep sacks are considered safe as long as the weight of the sleep sack is no more than 10% of your baby’s body weight. So a 10-pound baby should wear a sleep sack weighing no more than one pound. A 20- pound baby should wear a sleep sack no more than 2 pounds, and so on. As your child grows older, there is some wiggle room by about a pound or two, so always read the manufacturer’s instructions, and when in doubt about anything baby related, consult with your pediatrician.