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Most parents of babies will know that, no matter how well you tuck them in at night to keep them warm, they inevitably become estranged from their blankets half way through the night. This leads to them getting cold, but not being able to do anything about it. In the end, they will probably wake up and cry. After all, a baby is not able to pull his own covers back over him to keep himself warm, he relies on someone else to sort it out for him.
We had the very same problem, until someone gave us a baby sleep sack. This is an ingenious invention - one of the most useful baby products you can have. Our son wriggled away from his blankets every night until we used the baby sleep sack - he had a habit of rising up as far as possible to the top of the cot, whilst the blankets invariably went the other way.
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Cosy and Warm in the Baby Sleep Sack
Once safely cocooned inside his baby sleep sack, he immediately seemed more settled at night. He didn't wake up as much, because he was no longer cold. Remember, babies often like being swaddled as newborns, and the baby sleep sack seemed to give our son the same sort of feeling. The baby sleep sack is simply laid of top of the mattress and sheet - there is no need for any additional covers. Of course, the best thing about it is that, no matter how much your baby wriggles and moves around, he will never lose his covers.
Baby sleep sacks are available in various sizes - they are suitable for young babies through to toddlers. Many sleep sacks seem to start from 6 - 12 months - this is also the age at which a baby has become more mobile and thus more likely to 'lose' his covers. They can also be purchased in 0 -6 months, 12 - 18 months and even 18 - 24 months. Some are even sized from newborn right up until age 2.
I know parents who continue to use sleep sacks for toddlers, and they swear by them. However, we put our son in a toddler bed at quite an early age (15 months). Since he was extremely mobile by that time (he began walking at 9 months) he could get out of bed on his own and therefore having his feet trapped inside a sleep sack did not seem the best idea.
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Can Accommodate a Wide Range of Temperatures
Sleep sacks are generally suitable for a fairly wide temperature range - you can purchase summer sleep sacks, winter sleep sacks and sleep sacks that are great for all year round (adapting to all but the most extreme temperatures). The one I used was a year round sleep sack, and I found it ideal 90% of the time. Basically, you alter the clothing that your baby is wearing under the sleep sack, depending on the actual room temperature. Mine was a European 2.5 tog rated sleeping bag (2.5 tog might not seem very high, but it is perfect for babies, who cannot safely sleep with high tog ratings. If it is warm, your baby might only need a onesie on underneath. If it is cold, perhaps a onesie plus a sleepsuit or pjs. This information should be contained inside the packaging. Even though the sleep sack might not seem particularly thick, babies really do keep snug and warm inside them.
Merino Wool Sleep Sacks by Merino Kids
Merino wool is a luxurious, natural fabric and these wonderful sleep sacks (pictured right) are no exception. Wool is a natural temperature regulator, and also has natural fire retardant properties so there is no need for any nasty chemicals.
These Merino wool sleep sacks from Merino Kids are perfect for both young and older babies - the top one is suitable for year round temperatures between 64° - 75° F, whereas the bottom is a winter weight sack, ideal for room temperatures between 59° - 68° F. The wool captures and circulates air, which acts to insulate your baby when the temperature drops, and releases excess body heat and moisture as the temperature rises.
Although these sleep sacks may at first seem expensive, you should take into account that they adjust to fit from newborn, right through to two years.
Sleep Sacks and SIDS
Because sleep sacks are used instead of blankets, the threat of a baby's face becoming covered is prevented. Therefore, sleep sacks are thought to help prevent 'rebreathing', which occurs when babies rebreathe trapped carbon dioxide. Rebreathing is now thought to be a significant factor in the cause of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Rebreathing is one of the reasons why parents are now told to place their babies on their backs to sleep - trapped carbon dioxide can become caught between the mattress and the babies' face.
Organic and Natural - Best For Your Baby
When you purchase organic and natural materials, you can be confident that you are choosing the best possible products for your baby. Organic cotton is free from chemical pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Also, low impact dyes are used, which are safer for your child and free from heavy metals. Not only is organic better for your baby, it is also better for the planet. A conventional cotton crop is sprayed up to nine times with chemicals before it is harvested. Not only does the finished material end up next to your baby's skin, but the chemicals seep into rivers and waterways, causing damage to the environment. It can also damage the health of workers on the cotton plantations. There is no doubt about it - organic cotton and untreated natural materials are always best.