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Organic cotton wearable baby blanket
Wearable blankets keep Baby warm comfortably
If you or the expectant parents are concerned about Baby becoming entangled in blankets and suffocating, consider buying a wearable blanket like this Halo 100 percent Organic Cotton Sleep Sack.
I bought newborn size when our latest grandchild was tiny. Now that she's over a year old, she's wearing the extra large and still taking long comfy naps on the days she spends with me.
Why organic cotton?
Sadly, cotton retains some pesticide and herbicide residues, so to protect my grandchildren, I buy only organic cotton clothing and bedding for them. There are a lot of other reasons to buy organic cotton, as well, such as protecting our environment and the workers who grow, harvest and mill the cotton. If that is something that concerns you, learn more here: Why Buy Organic Cotton?
What I love about this sleep sack
Apart from the organic quality, after months of wearing and washing, I can tell you that this sleep sack is super soft, and bright white. A very few Amazon reviewers said theirs was more of an off-white color and not so soft, and that their zipper stuck. We have not experienced that with any of our Halo organic cotton wearable blankets.
Every one I've purchased has been cuddle-soft from the get-go, stayed that way through multiple washings, and is super easy to put on and take off. I especially like that Halo makes the blanket so the zipper starts at the top and zips down. It makes it so easy to do a quick nappie change. Just zip up far enough to change the diaper, zip back down and Baby stays warm and snug.
Too cold, or overheating?
Our little one ran super cold in the beginning. The sleep sack, coupled with a long-sleeved t-shirt kept her warm in our coolish apartment.
Now that she's older, she tends to run hot. The wearable blanket and a short sleeve shirt, like you see in the photograph below, keep her just warm enough without overheating. On very cold days, I sometimes use a long-sleeved t-shirt, just as I did when she was little.
Length and fit
Our baby is in the ninety-fifth percentile for length, which means she is longer than most babies. She's still wearing this last X-Large blanket every nap-time. Her legs are nearly at the end now, but she is sleeping soundly and doesn't toss and turn.
While long, she is lighter-weight than most babies her age, and did not fill out the sleep sacks quickly. That runs in the family. I have no experience with heftier babies using the blanket. I can imagine they would not be able to wear the last size as long as our baby has.
Halo offers other organic options. Here I've included an example of their organic cotton swaddle tea cup print, which is so cute, as well as another brand's swaddle sleep sack and one of our favorite organic cotton hats for the newborn.
For comparison, you may be interested in this brand swaddle blanket as well. I would give this one a try if another grandchild comes along.
Here Halo pairs a sweet cowboy print sleepsack with the little beanie hat and a onesie in a cute gift set. Click through to see the prints up close. They are adorable!
Five nursery items you want to assure are eco-friendly
As parents and grandparents, our chief concern for our children and grandchildren is that they grow up healthy and happy, right? It pays to start with a few simple items for your nursery that will give your child a good start. Here, Zem Joaquin, busy mom of two and founder and editor-in-chief of ecofabulous.com, gives a quick overview of the five nursery items you want to assure are as safe for your baby as they are for the environment.
Joaquin explains why these five items matter so much. She's quick!