Why a Sleep Sack?
Updated Sept 2020
For our family, the sleep sack holds a very important role. My daughter, Remy, used hers until nearly 3 years old - even though technically the AAP said she'd be fine using a regular blanket at that ages. And I plan to keep my son in one until the same age.
Why do we stick with sleep sacks for so long?
- It provides them comfort - Remy pulled it close to her face and smelled and snuggled it each night. Mikey likes to chew on the tab. (A reason why we keep using it, even in hot climates).
- It stays on them, even when they roll back and forth through their crib at night, and keeps them cozy. (Baby sleep experts say children are not typically able to keep a blanket on them at night until closer to 3 years old, and this stat held true for Remy - who requested to keep wearing her sack months after we moved her to a big girl bed.)
- It's part of their sleep routine and signals bed time for them (which is an awesome trick when you're flying or on the go and need to force a nap, just pop that sleep sack on and bam! - the eyelids start to droop.
- When it's hot, you can pair a super lightweight sleep sack with a diaper, and they'll be cozy without overheating (and this will also help keep them from taking off their diaper!)
- And most importantly at the toddler age: it keeps them in the crib.