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What should your baby sleep in?  As a mother-baby nurse, newborn care instructor, and mom, I know how overwhelming it can be for parents to know how to dress a baby for safe sleep because of all the products available today.  With so many choices, it’s hard to know where to even start.  After going through the newborn stage three times now, here are my top-three favorite options for safe baby sleepwear.

What Should Baby Wear To Sleep

What should my baby wear to sleep?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding the use of loose blankets and pillows in baby’s sleep space. So, as newborns, our kids slept in a wearable blanket called the HALO SleepSack Swaddle.

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HALO SleepSack Swaddle

I started with the HALO SleepSack Swaddle with my own newborns because that is what we used for the babies in the hospital when I worked in the mother-baby unit.  I had already seen so many newborns comfortably and safely sleeping in them when they were just hours old that I knew it was a great product.

What should my baby wear under a sleep sack?

Babies can wear a simple short or long sleeve bodysuit underneath the SleepSack.

When should I stop swaddling my baby?

Swaddling with the arms in should be stopped if your baby is breaking free of the SleepSack Swaddle or is starting to try to roll over.  Some babies begin to roll over at around eight weeks.  At that point, baby can continue to sleep in a wearable blanket like the HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket, but with her arms out.

Here is a video with helpful tips for using the HALO SleepSack:

Zipadee-Zip

When we began using the HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket with our daughter’s arms out, we noticed she wasn’t sleeping as well.  We dressed her in a long sleeve bodysuit underneath to help keep her warm, but it was easy to see that she was missing the comfort of having her arms and hands inside of the swaddle.

Luckily for us, the Zipadee-Zip had recently aired on Shark Tank and promised to help with that exact issue.  So, we gave it a try, and she loved her Zipadee-Zip!

When is my baby ready for the Zipadee-Zip?

Here is the information from sleepingbaby.com:

As a swaddle transition, the Zipadee-Zip provides that cozy womb-like environment, but in a safe way that provides plenty of room to push up, roll over, and wiggle.

The Zipadee-Zip may be right for your baby if he meets the following criteria:

• Your baby can roll over

• Your baby is 3+ months

• Your baby weighs at least 12 pounds

The Zipadee-Zip has been great in helping all three of our babies transition out of their SleepSacks.  We’ve used the Zipadee-Zip until after their first birthdays when they were ready to switch to pajamas.

Footed Pajamas

Your baby may be perfectly content without the cozy feeling of a SleepSack or Zipadee-Zip and sleep well in footed pajamas.  This is another great option for babies.

Additional Tips for Safe Sleep

  1. Always place baby on his or her back to sleep.
  2. Make sure to adhere to age and sizing guidelines for all products.
  3. Wedges, positioners, stuffed animals, bumper pads, pillows, or anything that could increase the risk of entrapment, strangulation, or suffocation are not recommended in baby’s sleep area. All that is needed is a firm, flat mattress with a tight-fitting sheet.

Where should my baby sleep?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep in their parents’ room in their own sleep space for the first year, or at least the first six months. This could be in something like a bassinet or crib with a firm, flat mattress with a tight-fitting crib sheet.

Personally, it’s been great having our babies sleep in our room. I am able to reach over and pick them up to feed them much easier than if I had to walk down the hall in the middle of the night. It has also enabled me to respond quickly with the NoseFrida or bulb syringe when I hear coughing or congestion.

Should I buy a bassinet?

I loved having the bassinet at the bedside. It’s convenient and made reaching over to lay baby back in bed at night much easier on my back. So, for me, it was worth purchasing.  Once our babies outgrew the bassinet, we placed a crib in our room that they slept in for the rest of the first year.

In summary, much like shopping for all baby products, there is a lot of guesswork when trying to determine what your baby will prefer when it comes to sleepwear.  Hopefully, this list of just three options will simplify your search and save you money in the end.

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