For some, holidays are for sleeping in. To others, like Ryan and I, holidays are for adventuring and introducing Poppy to the great outdoors.
Since Poppy started tagging along on our travels, we’ve learnt a stack of stuff about travelling with a baby (some of it the hard way—like trying to keep her bundled and warm sleeping in a tent at eight weeks)…Enter sleepsacks!
When you combine the design and coziness of a regular sleeping bag with the soft and light material of a baby blanket, you get a baby sleepsack. It’s a wearable blanket for your baby that allows them to fully use their arms and legs without wiggling out of the blanket. And that means more sleep for everyone.
The Top 8 Best Baby Sleepsacks
#1: Baby Deedee Sleep Nest
#2: Woolino 4 Season Baby Sleep Bag
#3: Carter’s Unisex Baby Sleep Bag
#4: Sleep Nest Fleece Baby Sleeping Bag
#5: HALO SleepSack 100% Cotton
#6: Aden by aden + anais sleeping bag
#7: Hudson Baby Muslin Sleeping Bag
#8: Nine States Baby Soft Cotton Sleeping Sack
But first, before we get into it…
Why A Baby Sleepsack is Our Go-To
A baby sleepsack is one of the safest ways to keep your baby warm without the dangers of using a regular blanket. That’s because sleepsacks go above and beyond a regular blanket by:
1. Staying on your baby all night long (thereby helping them sleep longer).
One of the main reasons newborns wake up crying from their slumber is a fallen blanket. If you want to have the best shot at a couple of hours of uninterrupted sleep, we totally recommend a baby sleepsack.
2. Reducing the risk of suffocation (by not bunching up on you baby's face).
Ok, I’m not trying to be dramatic here. But a loose blanket can suffocate little babies that fall into them or can’t push a heavy blanket that’s riding up, off of them. Baby sleepsacks are designed to prevent fabric from riding up and covering your baby’s face.
So with those to worries put to bed, we warmed up to sleepsacks immediately. Here’s what you need to consider before buying yours.
What To Look For In A Sleepsack
We use our sleepsack to keep Poppy warm. And let me tell you she likes to be toasty. So for us, the warmer the material, the better. That’s partly because we live in Canada (damn it’s cold here, ha), but also because we can tune her warmth by adjusting her pj’s before putting her in the sleepsack (so if we’re camping, she’ll have on full length fleece pj’s before going into the sleepsack).
That means things like zipper position (for easier diaper changes), hand covers (to keep them warm and from chewing on their hands all night), snaps to hold the zipper (stop them from getting out), shape (room to kick and move), machine washability (a must), and overall comfort for baby (materials and overall design).
Depending on what you're using your sleepsack for (i.e., a cold camping trip or a visit to grandma’s), you’ll want to spend the right amount for what it needs to do. We are willing to spend more on a wool sleepsack for camping but also need a couple fleece sacks for everyday use. The point is, we don’t want you to get fleeced and pay more than you need to.
The Top 8 Best Baby Sleepsacks
This is one of the few woolen sleepsacks on the market. And that means quality material and maximum warmth. So if you’re kinda a ‘crunchy’ parent or just want the best of the best, then the Woolino 4 Season is for you. It’s hypoallergenic and also machine washable. It’s only number two because of the steep price tag. But if that’s not a huge concern, or you plan on being in the outdoors lots (like us), then we totally recommend this bad frog.
Another great sleepsack that’s super affordable is Carter’s long sleeve fleece sleepsack. It features a snap cover at the neckline for added safety and the long sleeves provide an extra warmth.
The plush Sleep Nest sleepsack offers super warm fleece (thicker than others) and a reverse zipper that does up from top to bottom. This sleep sack does everything you need it to at a reasonable price.
We like our HALO sleepsack and use it indoors. It’s fairly priced, has good quality fabric, and is easy to put on.
It is also nice and long, which makes it more comfortable for Poppy and means she can grow into it. It’s also comforting to know that most hospitals use the HALO sleepsack for safe sleep education – making it one of the safest alternatives to sleeping blankets.
Where this product doesn’t do so well is it just isn’t warm enough for anything outside. It’s short-sleeved and made of cotton, so really comfortable and easy to put on. But just not that warm.
Aden + anais have a reputation for rolling out baby products that puff and become softer with every wash. And the Aden by aden sleepsack is no exception. Made of 100% cotton muslin, Aden’s sleepsack offers both comfort and breathability. But that also means it’s a really light sleepsack. It won’t add much warmth to the equation. And that’s it’s biggest downside.
The Hudson Baby only comes in a small size (recommended use is 0-6 months) so it’s only meant for young babes. It features two super soft layers of muslin cotton, reverse zipper, and nice trim added to the sleepsack. It’s fairly priced but just not warm enough to be very versatile.
This sleepsack has one huge pro—it’s one of few made of environmentally friendly organic cotton. But apart from that and being hypoallergenic, it doesn’t have much else going for it. It features a “pyjama” design, and is not like a traditional sleepsack. This suggest is will be harder to combine with regular pyjamas and may feel more restrictive on your baby (who’d essentially feel like they’re wearing to full sets of clothes to bed).
With so many sleepsacks to choose from, it’s best to compare as many options as possible to find what suits your lifestyle best. The HALO sleepsack was our top pick but it doesn’t mean you won’t find other great options that you may love even more.
There you have it. If you’ve made it this far, you probably agree with me that baby sleepsacks are a better alternative to traditional baby blankets and all parents should at least give them a try. There’s a high possibility you’ll be overly satisfied with the results.