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Learn the Purpose, Usage & Benefits of Sleep Sacks for Babies

Good sleep is essential for everyone, especially baby, as it helps with brain and body development, overall health, and of course, mood. With so much information out there about getting a good night’s sleep, it’s important to understand what products might help your little one fall asleep, and stay asleep, because chances are, if baby sleeps well, so will you! 

Enter the sleep sack! Sleep sacks are pretty much a staple on every parents ‘must have’ list, but what is a sleep sack, you ask? Sleep sacks are a popular bedtime option for parents when their little one outgrows swaddling. Essentially a wearable, zippered blanket for baby, sleep sacks mimic swaddling, which helps baby sleep better for longer periods of time. See below for more frequently asked Qs:

What is the purpose of a sleep sack for babies?

The purpose of a sleep sack for babies is multi-faceted, but mainly, sleep sacks help your little one stay warm and comfortable, which translates to better sleep for all of you!

What do sleep sacks do?

Sleep sacks help regulate your infant’s body temperature which keeps them from being too cold, too hot, and makes their sleep just right! 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.

Do sleep sacks help babies sleep?

In a word, they should… okay, that’s two words! Of course, every baby is different, but Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sacks work for infants who like the sensation of being 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.

What are the benefits of a sleep sack for babies?

Now that  you know what’s a sleep sack, you may be wondering what are sleep sacks good for? The benefits are many. Sleep sacks work because they help regulate baby’s body temperature creating a comfortable night (or naptime) sleep. They also eliminate the need for extra blankets in baby’s sleep-space (which is always a safe choice). Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sacks offers our unique features of evenly distributed weight from shoulders to toes which helps baby feel calm, fall asleep faster, & stay asleep longer. 

Why do sleep sacks work for babies?

Sleep sacks work because they keep your infant safe, warm, and comfortable so they can fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.  

What are baby sleep sacks used for and how do I know if my baby needs one?

 A sleep sack is like a wearable blanket for your infant. They help regulate body temperature providing a warm and comfortable slumber. Sleep sacks are a safe way for baby to catch some Zzz’s by eliminating the need for blankets in their sleep space. Remember, according to the AAP, “bare is best” - meaning nothing in the crib, bassinet or co-sleeper other than baby.  If your baby prefers to sleep “arms up” and/or doesn’t quite come around to the sleep swaddle, it may be time to consider a sleep sack.  

When should a baby use a sleep sack?

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 choose a sleep sack for babies?

There are plenty of sleep sack options out there from colors and patterns to sizes… but of course, we’re partial to our Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack. Ours has a detachable swaddle wing so it can be used as either a swaddle or a sleep sack. 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. 

What is the best sleep sack to buy for babies?

The best sleep sacks to buy for baby are 100% cotton, provide room for baby to kick and move their legs, and follow all AAP safety regulations. We may be biased but our favorite sleep sack for babies is our Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack that baby can use starting at 8lbs through toddlerhood. They are  designed to help 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 baby feelings of security and comfort - like a hug! This deep-touch pressure can help soothe anxiety and encourage calming sleep.  We also have a two-way zipper for easy diaper changes making middle of the night changes easy so everyone gets back to sleep faster.

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