Sleep sacks are a great option for babies because they help them fall asleep and stay asleep in addition to keeping them warm all night. Using a sleep sack removes the need for blankets in the crib and can be a great option for naps as well as at night. Sleep sacks are very similar to swaddles and some even work as a great transition away from swaddling. The best sleep sack on the market will help your baby sleep longer and hopefully will get mom a little more rest too.
The Best Sleep Sack for Baby and how it’s Different than Swaddling
What’s the difference between a swaddle and a baby sleep sack?
Traditionally babies are swaddled, that is they are wrapped tightly in a blanket to help soothe them. A swaddle can be done with almost any blanket and there is a proper technique to get the wrap to stay and be comfortable for baby. Swaddles are usually used from newborn to around 3 months, which is right around when the baby starts to break out of the swaddle.
Questions on your baby’s sleep needs? Check out our Baby Sleep Chart – A guide to Everything about Your Baby’s Sleep Needs.
A sleep sack is a sleep garment that the baby wears instead of using blankets. The style can vary but basically it’s like a wearable sleeping bag that keeps baby warm and cozy without the need to wrap them up in blankets. It is a safer alternative to loose blankets and should be used once baby can roll over or when they seem to be escaping the swaddle.
- Extends the feeling of the womb
- Promotes sleep
- Creates calm
- Reduces the startle reflex
- Used with newborns to 3 months
- Should discontinue use once baby can roll over
- Can’t change diaper without removing
- Promotes sleep
- Creates calm
- Reduces the startle reflex
- Safe alternative to blankets the crib
- Ideal for when baby outgrows the swaddle
- Swaddle alternative
- Most allow for diaper changes while wearing
- Doesn’t restrict natural hip movement
Traditional Baby Sleep Sacks
HALO Sleep Sack – The Orginal
The HALO Sleep Sack is the original “wearable blanket” and is one of the best sleep sack options on the market. Made of fleece material this sleep sack has a wide neck and sleeves with a tank top upper portion to be worn over your baby’s usual sleep clothing. This will prevent your baby from getting too warm and gives their arms free range of motion. The wide bottom gives the baby full range of motion in their hips and the inverted zipper allows for easy diaper changes throughout the night. Each front is embroidered with the reminder “back is best” to help instill proper sleeping position habits.
Halo has several different options available depending on your baby’s age:
- SleepSack Wearable Blanket
- The SleepSack Early Walker
- SleepSack Big Kids
Carter’s Baby Microfleece Sleepbag
Some sleep sacks have the traditional long sleeve onesie style, like the Microfleece Sleep bag by Carter’s. The fabric is soft, warm, and offered in multiple sizes and patterns. The long sleeves will keep your baby warmer than a tank-top style sleep sack. Features include a long front zipper which makes diaper changing easy and the top button flap keeps the baby comfortable. There’s room in the hips for movement and the arms are free in case of rollovers. This is a good choice for those looking for something styled like traditional baby onesie pajamas but includes the sleeping bag style of a sleep sack.
Nested Bean Zen Sack (A Great Weighted Baby Sack Option!)
The Nested Bean Zen Sack offers a unique twist on the traditional sleep sack by adding a weighted component on the chest. The weight is to add comfortable pressure, much like that of a parent’s hand which is said to help the baby sleep more soundly. The tank top upper portion has two sets of buttons for adjusting the size and easy on and off. The bottom portion has a zipper along the bottom edge which opens to easily accommodate a diaper change or when getting baby dressed. Made of 100% cotton this is also a more breathable or lighter alternative to microfleece, and with several designs, there’s an opportunity to choose a fun print. Check Current Prices Here!
You can check all of Nested Beans different SleepSacks Here!
Dreamland Baby Dream Weighted Sleep Sack
*Rookie Mom Squad Reviewed by Gabriela!
I was so excited to try out this sleep sack from Dreamland and see the difference in my baby girl’s sleep! The Dreamland Sleep Sack is weighted along the front which provides comfort and helps babies relax quicker and fall asleep smoother.
I like that the weight in this sack is evenly distributed in little pockets throughout the front because it seems to provide all-over comfort rather than just one spot. After just one use, I could tell my baby was able to fall asleep more independently than in the traditional sleep sack we had been using.
This sleep sack comes in 3 different sizes; 0-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12-24 months providing your baby with comfort from the newborn days into the toddler years.
These swaddles help parents and babies get the most out of their sleep which is well worth the investment!
Swaddle Sleep Sack Hybrids
To save time and add comfort there are several swaddle sleep sack hybrid options currently on the market. These products merge the benefits of a swaddle and the structure of a sleep sack to provide the benefits of both styles.
Love to Dream Swaddle Up
Similar to a traditional sleep sack the Love to Dream Swaddle Up pairs the benefits of a swaddle with the convenience and security of a sleep sack. The design allows baby to sleep in the arms up position while the sleep sack bottom has plenty of room for hip movement. The front zipper makes dressing and undressing a breeze and the cotton material is breathable yet warm. This option is ideal for babies from 3 to 6 months, before they can turn over unassisted, and is a great mix of swaddle and sleep sack. Check it out here!
HALO Sleep Sack Swaddle
The HALO Sleep Sack Swaddle is another great hybrid because of its 3 in 1 functionality. This sleep sack offers sleeping positions with arms in, arms out, or a mix of the two to cater to your baby’s favorite position. With all the style of the HALO Sleep Sack, the Swaddle features the roomy hip space, inverted zipper, and breathable style of the Sleep Sack with additional velcro straps to give the hug of a traditional swaddle. Check out how to use the Halo SleepSack swaddle here.
This is great for use with younger babies to make the transition to a full sleep sack easier as they grow. Check Current Prices Here!
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