Wait, what is a sleep sack? Baby sleep sacks, or sleep bags, are increasing in popularity as an aid in safe sleep for babies and toddlers, but what exactly is their purpose? Sleep sacks are a type of bodysuit that is made out of blanket material that will zip up around your little one. The beauty of sleep sacks is that they give your little one enough freedom to move around, but removes the likelihood of getting caught up with bedding and with it, risk of suffocation. Not to mention that most babies, even toddlers, will not keep a blanket on! This is where sleep sacks come into play. Read more to find out why you should purchase one!
1. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released new safe sleep guidelines to help parents better prevent SIDS. As part of the guidelines, they state that cribs should be bare and to avoid the use blankets, pillows and other soft bedding. No blankets? How’s a baby supposed to stay warm and comfortable with no blankets? The answer: a Sleep Bag. For children between the ages of up to one year, the threat of SIDS is a very real one and the number one culprit is more often found to be a blanket or bedding item that has gone astray and got tangled up with their little one. However, knowing that your baby will be guaranteed to have a safe, warm, and peaceful sleep is an amazing feeling when you put them in a sleep sack. This way, you can finally catch up on your own sleep without worry about the conditions of your little one in the middle of the night! If you’re interested in purchasing one, click here to see our Kyte Baby sleep sacks!

 

2. Kyte BABY Sleep Bags are made from ultra soft bamboo and if there’s one thing that babies like it’s softness. Softness is very comforting and soothing to babies, so the more you can wrap them in softness, the more comfortable they will be and the better they will sleep. The bamboo fabric used to make Kyte BABY Sleep bags is also cooling and hypoallergenic meaning your baby is less likely to wake up due to itching or sweating. Sleep sacks help babies maintain the correct body temperature without becoming overheated from too many blankets. Babies are at higher risk of sleep-related death if they become overheated. It is also nonabsorbent so it won’t cling to your baby’s precious skin even if it does get wet. Kyte Baby Sleep Bags come in varying thicknesses – get a 2.5 tog for winter and a 1.0 or 0.5 tog for Sumer! All of these attributes add up to make one comfy baby and one restful and long night’s sleep.

 

3. Sleep sacks can be used for swaddling. Swaddling is a great way to soothe and calm a fussy baby. Swaddling can also improve sleep by preventing the startle reflex (sudden movements), which can cause your baby to wake up. Now, you may wonder how swaddles and sleep sacks compare and contrast. Well, the most obvious difference is that a swaddle is a blanket meant to entirely wrap the baby and restrict the movement of the arms and legs, while a sleep sack goes beyond a simple blanket. You could think of it like a pair of pajamas without legs. Instead, you put your little one in a bag with a zippered front and either sleeves or armholes. Swaddles are meant for newborns and infants, but they shouldn’t be used after a baby can roll over on her own. The reason is that the restricted limb movement means that your child could suffocate if she/he rolls on the tummy. Sleep sacks can be used up until toddler age (they make them up to 36 months). They allow the child to move their arms freely, though their legs are still somewhat confined. There are also hybridized models. For example, there are swaddles that make it a breeze to re-wrap to allow the arms to be free. And, some versions have flaps that can be used to wrap your child’s arms.

Sleep Sack by Kyte Baby
Sleep Sack by Kyte Baby
February 03, 2022 — Caroline Eager

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