If you have recently been shopping for an infant or toddler, you may have noticed an abundance of sleeper sacks on the market. There has been a lot of hype around these wearable blankets and rightfully so because they are a safe and practical alternative to using regular blankets.
Sleeper Sacks are the Safest
If you are wondering about the problem with regular baby blankets and sheets, it is that they increase the risk of infant suffocation and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The problem is that loose bedding and other soft objects like pillows, toys and crib bumpers can block an infant’s airways and lead to accidental suffocation.
It can be hard for adults to imagine a sleeping area being comfortable without all of the elements that make their sleeping space so snug but not to worry! That is where sleeper sacks, or wearable blankets, come into play. These baby sleeping bags are not only practical and safe but they are what is recommended by the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics).
If you have yet to see a sleeper sack, it resembles a sleeping bag but has armholes so that a child’s hands and arms are free to move about. Sleeper sacks are essentially wearable blankets that zip up the middle, which makes them easy to use and convenient for when changing a little one’s diaper. Sleeper sacks are ideal because they stay secure on the baby and can’t be kicked off, which means they don’t pose a risk for sleep-related suffocation.
Wearable Blankets Are Comfortable & Provide Warmth
Aside from the most important feature of being extremely safe for infant and toddler use, sleeper sacks are useful for creating an ideal sleeping environment. Sleeper sacks tend to be soothing for a child because of their womb-like environment, which generates a sense of both security and warmth.
It is important to note that in order to obtain maximum comfort, you must select a fabric that is temperature appropriate. Babies aren’t able to express to you when they are too hot or too cold, so be sure to keep their comfort in mind when setting your thermostat and selecting the best sleepwear. If you are wondering about the ideal temperature for a baby’s room it is between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
Now that you know that sleeper sacks are the safest option for your little one, you may be wondering when it is alright to start using regular baby blankets. The recommendation is that loose bedding shouldn’t be used for sleeping until your little one is at least a year old. With that being said, toddlers and young children tend to roll around and in the process, kick off their blankets at night so sleeper sacks can be used well beyond that 1-year mark. In many situations, a blanket-less child will become cold and uncomfortable. This is where wearable blankets save the night because toddlers and small children will remain snug as a bug in sleeper sacks! It is important to remember that when a child is comfortable, they will have a better night’s rest AND a better night’s rest for your child means a better night’s rest for you. So, what are you waiting for? Make sure your child has a wearable blanket from CastleWare Baby!
At CastleWare Baby, we offer a variety of sleeper sacks available for babies, toddlers and children ages 3 to 48 months. Sleeper sacks come in a variety of fabrics (summer weight rib knit, four seasons fleece and winter lined velour) and styles (sleeveless or long sleeve). Visit our online store to shop today!