How To Choose the Right Swaddle Sleep Bag for your Baby
Does an infant sleep bag work the same for every type of design? We took a close look at a couple of popular swaddle sleep bag designs and compared them to our swaddle sleep bags.
Swaddle Sleep Bag Design Makes a Difference
As a parent, you are well aware of how a baby’s sleeping habits affect your own slumber. The more they wake, the more you do too.
A well-researched and thoughtful swaddle sleep bag design actually plays to your favour. Each detail, design element, and fabric choice impact the comfort and safety of this wrap. The right design also helps your child stay asleep with less unnecessary interruptions.
Swaddling with or without swaddle sleep bags should be done using breathable material that helps regulate your little bubs’ temperature, like cotton and bamboo.
When shopping for the best swaddle sleep bag for an infant, you want to look at the function and structure of the design, so you understand the value the wrap offers.
Why Little Babies Need Swaddles
Prenatal nursing classes prepare you for swaddling your newborn, but do you know why? A snug – but not too snug – wrap helps calm them down and make falling and staying asleep easier. Think of it as replicating the warmth and safety your baby is accustomed to in the womb – familiarity brings security, which makes it easier to relax.
Tiny bubs also have a startle reflex for the first couple of months after birth, causing them to spring awake by flailing their arms unintentionally. A swaddle hugs your baby, keeping them nice and cozy in the same position and preventing the baby from startling themselves awake.
A swaddle is a wonderful tool for the first few months, one that you’ll appreciate as much as your little one. Between 3 and 6 months is when you’ll want to transition out of swaddles, when babies start to roll over.
Let’s discuss some of the most popular sleep swaddle designs for babies.
Design #1 A Sleep Bag with an Attached Swaddle
Popular in Europe, a leading style of swaddle sleep bag uses a sleeveless sleep bag with an integrated swaddle. With this style, you can wrap your little one three ways, arms by their sides, arms up toward their face, or leave one or both arms free. The sleep bag itself is roomy for little legs to move as needed.
The leading brand in this style uses adjustable swaddle fasteners, an inverted zipper for diaper changes, and a zipper cover for protection. Usually offered in neutral designs and made of 100 percent cotton fabric, this swaddle does the job of keeping little ones comfortable, but only comes in a 1.5 TOG rating.
Design #2 The Wingless Swaddle
Another recognizable sleep swaddle design is a zipper-free option with a hook and loop closure. What makes this design different is the open bottom for diaper changes. To close off the bottom and keep the swaddle in place, there’s an elastic loop in the lower corner that wraps the swaddle blanket right under the little one’s feet, making them look like they’re sleeping in a giant peapod.
The most well-known makers of this design use moisture-wicking fabric with a 0.8 TOG rating. These are built to grow with little ones, using a staggered loop design on the right side to accommodate growing babies.
Design #3 Nest Designs Swaddle Sleep Bag
The Nest Designs’ Swaddle Sleep Bag incorporates practical construction and cozy materials to grow with your baby and keep them secured while they sleep. Babies can be hugged by the soft fabric with arms down or hands by their face.
Featuring an uncomplicated design, the Nest Designs sleeping bag is made with a handy two-way zipper for changing, a zipper flap to protect little faces, and detachable swaddle wings that fasten easily with baby-safe Velcro.
Our swaddle sleep bag is versatile, intended to grow with your child. Once little ones start rolling, it’s unsafe for them to sleep in a swaddle. Instead of investing in a new sleep bag, parents can remove the swaddle wings, and continue using the sleep bag until their little one outgrows it because of their size (instead of their skill development).
One thing that sets Nest Designs apart is choice and being very upfront with information about our sustainable, quality materials. You may have to hunt around for this information with competitor’s products, or in some cases, you’ll find vague descriptions. We offer our swaddle sleep bags in organic cotton or bamboo, with TOG ratings of 1.0 and 2.5 respectively. Having options ensures little ones are wrapped in a healthy fabric that suits the temperature of the room and climate.
Swaddle Sleep Bags for the Win
A well-rested baby means well-rested parents. Make sure you select a swaddle sleep bag that keeps your little one content through naps and through the night.