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Help! My baby can unzip the sleep sack!

Have a little Houdini baby or toddler who has mastered the zipper and figured out how to take their sleep sack off?
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We've got your back! We polled our network of moms and came up with a few hacks that should save the day. 
(Psst: always double check with your doctor before making modifications to your little's sleep space / attire. And also check that the neckline of your sleep sack is appropriate for these hacks and not too high in the back.) 
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baby with sleep sack on backwards
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1. Put the sleep sack on backwards
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You'll want to make sure the neckline on your sleep sack doesn't cut too tight against their neck first. But assuming it's a good fit (ours will do the trick!), this was the #1 recommendation from the Moms we polled in how to keep kiddos in their sleep sacks (and in turn, in their cribs!) 
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baby with palm print sleep sack on inside out
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2. Put the sleep sack on inside out
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If the neckline isn't a good fit for the backwards trick, putting your sleep sack on inside out should solve the problem! 
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baby with sleep sack on inside out and backwards
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3. Put the sleep sack on inside out AND backwards
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Okay, so your kid is extra skilled and figured out how to sneak their way out of the sleep sack in the previous two scenarios, up the ante and do both tricks at the same time! 
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trick to keep baby in sleep sack
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4. Put the sleep sack on backwards AND use a velcro strip through the arms, across the back. 
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One mom we spoke to had an 18 month-old child who could sneak out of their sleep sack even when it was inside out & backwards (WOAH!) Her hack? Add a little velcro strap (the kind you might use for cord management) through the arm holes across the back, so even if they can unzip, they definitely cannot get that sack off! 
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These tips should help keep your little one in their sleep sack longer, ensuring they are cozy and covered at night (and limiting their ability to climb out of their crib - which is especially helpful for little ones under 3 years old who are not quite developmentally ready for a toddler bed!)

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2 comments

  • What brand is good to put on backwards that doesn’t ride up in front?

    Sarah
  • My 9 month old has figured out how to get out of her sleep sack. I will be trying this because yesterday we had her just in a zip up sleeper and she out of it and naked by morning. Tonight we thought it was hot in her room so we left her in a diaper.. I went in for a middle of the night feed and she had taken off her diaper! I’m baffled.

    Madison Goodwin

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