Here are some bestselling sleepers, sleep sacks, and swaddles for babies. These are good for newborn to toddler age before they’re able to sleep under blankets.
I nearly died of a heart attack.
I heard my newborn baby rustling and went to her crib to check on her.
What did I see?
The blanket I’d used to swaddle her had come unwound and was over her face!
Her face was covered with the blanket.
After that, I was on a mission. A mission to make sure she was swaddled well but not with an actual blanket because – hello – blankets can become unwound with baby movement.
Here’s a handy dandy list of 28 things to try so baby will stop fighting sleep and sleep longer and later.
Here are some reasons swaddles may be preferred over actual blankets:
- They are snug but not as tightly fitting as a blanket that you must pull very tight to stay wound. This prevents baby from waking due to the startle reflex, but gives arm movement.
- They’re easier to use.
- They can be opened from the bottom to allow diaper changing at night without letting the arms go free.
- Additionally, swaddles are a great positive sleep association that will help you teach your baby to sleep well now and for the long run.
Read: How to Stop Contact Naps (Peacefully)- and What to Do Instead
Swaddling tips for babies:
- The trick is not to wait too long to start because you give your baby a chance to “hate it.” I’ve had 5 babies in 5 years and none of them have disliked swaddling because I swaddled from day one.
- During the summer you can purchase a lighter weight or meshed swaddled and in the winter a warmer one.
- Choose a swaddle based on climate. Swaddles can even have the arms covered but the legs free for super warm climates like ours in Florida.
Bestselling Swaddles for Newborns and Younger Babies
- Comfy Cubs Swaddle Blanket
- Cuddlebug Adjustable Baby Swaddle Wrap
- Cambria Baby Adjustable Swaddle Wrap
- Aden + Anais Easy Wrap Swaddle
- Swaddle Me Original Swaddle
Bestselling Sleep Sacks for Early Toddlers
During the winter, I love to put my toddlers in sleep sacks for warmth. I’m still nervous (see the above incident) to put too much in the crib when the baby’s are young, so these sleep sacks stop the little ones from pulling off their blankets or socks, so they can stay warm.
Usually the sleep sacks have free arms and a long length so it truly feels like a blanket. These are some of the bestselling sacks around.
- TILLYOU All Season Micro-fleece Baby Sleep Sack
- Burt’s Bee’s Beekeeper Wearable Blanket
- Hudson Baby Long Sleeve Wearable Sleeping Bag
- Simple Joys Wearable Sleeveless Sleeping Bag
- HALO Sleepsack Wearable Blanket
Heres something to consider… sleep sacks are great for older babies and toddlers who want to stand or climb out.
Sleep sacks work great for children going through these developmental milestones because the sack prevents figetitng and helps them associate the sack with going to sleep.
Read: Cocooning a Newborn & 7 Reasons Why it Can Be Good For The Family
Ready for everyone to start sleeping better? Use this checklist to help you get there.
Baby Sleep Tips
I know from Google searches to my site and from my own 5 kids, that baby sleep matters. It matters because if baby don’t sleep… mama don’t sleep If mama don’t sleep, then she’s a big mess.
Sometimes we have to get good habits in place with our little ones so we’re able to get a good enough night’s rest.
Sleep is necessary to help us cope and function in our roles as mothers. This is not selfishness, it’s a healthy boundary.
- The biggest myth of baby sleep | If your baby cries, fusses, and really fights sleep, it could be that she’s overtired. It is worth considering and trying to prevent this on a daily basis.
- Easy habits to start with your newborn | Some things are best done from the get go. If you have a very small infant, try using these tips now and onward so your baby learns good habits without having to unlearn bad ones.
- 28 things to do if baby won’t sleep | Sometimes baby simply won’t sleep. Here are some things you can do if baby won’t sleep to help get that little one some rest.
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