I am a BIG believer in sleep sacks. Ever since my little girl began channelling Houdini as a baby and started slithering out of her swaddle, we and sleep sacks have been firm friends. We have used one year on year, throughout the changing seasons and honestly, I love them so much I think I could happily try to keep our sleep sack tradition going until teenager years. But why are sleep sacks so good? Here are 5 reasons why I am the sleep sack champion of parenting advice:
1. You always know that your little one is the right temperature
Living in the erratic climes we are (not so) accustomed to in our country – where one minute the wind can be howling and the next the sun can be blazing – can leave you in a bit of a tizzy when it comes to feeling comfortable about whether your child might be too hot or too cold at night. The seasons can change in a flash, but the beauty of sleep sacks is that they come with an easy to navigate tog guide as to what your child should be wearing at any given temperature. This means that you can put your child in the right sleep sack at the right time, switching up as necessary as our erratic weather dictates, without having to worry about weather they are potentially roasting or freezing.
2. They don’t come off in the middle of the night like a duvet!
If you have a real fidgeter on your hands who likes to get into a whole host of positions at night (which my resident toddler certainly does!) then the beauty of a sleep sack is that it stays on no matter what position they manage to get themselves into. For already tired parents, it gives us all the chance to get a better night’s sleep, rather than having to rush in at some unseemly hour to replace a duvet that’s been thrown off by some midnight breakdancing, or that’s slinked off at the crack of dawn. Or worse still – having a cheeky toddler that’s slipped out from under their duvet, climbed out of their cot, and woken up their unsuspecting parents with a little moonlight visit.
3. They reduce the risk of SIDS
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. The beauty of sleep sacks is that they give your little one enough freedom to move around, but whilst removing the likelihood of getting caught up with bedding and with it, suffocation. The peace of mind using a sleep sack brings with it is in my humble opinion, priceless.
4. They can make up an important part of the bedtime routine
In our house, putting on a sleep sack has very much become part of the bedtime ritual. Once it’s on, it only means one thing – bedtime and snuggles. Our little girl loves to snuggle up in her sleep sack having been accustomed to being in one for as long as she (and I!) can remember, and very much looks forward to the lovely warm comfort and security it gives, priming her for a sound night’s sleep.
5. They are a good investment
Beyond the first 12 months when everything seems to be grown out of in a blink of an eye, a decent sleep sack will usually last for a good one, two or sometimes even three year stretch, often being adjustable for the growth spurts that come to call during those periods. For that – and all the above reasons – given that you use them every night, they represent good value.
Obviously being such a sleep sack enthusiast, I have been around the block when it comes to trying different sleep sacks. That is until I discovered my favourite – Slumbersac. If you haven’t heard of this brand before, let me tell you why I love them. Not only are they a better price point than most other ones I have tried (prices range from £13.99- £34.99), they are also made of a lovely soft fabric which feels far more comfy than some others on the market, and they even come in muslin for a super soft munchkin sleeping experience.
I also tend to find some other sleep sack designs rather garish, and I love Slumbersac’s more mellow designs – think owls, stars, forests, giraffes and teddies. Best yet is that they are a UK owned, family-run business started by a mum who wanted the same thing we all want – a good night’s sleep for the whole family. And the last reason I love them? Well, two actually. One – their year round sleep sleeping bags which are truly great value and two – their new sleep sacks with feet which allow your little ones to waddle around in comfort before popping their feet inside when it’s sleepy time. Pure genius!
*This post is in collaboration with Slumbersac. All opinions are my own.