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Are Baby Sleep Sacks Necessary?

Are sleepsacks even necessary? I tell families that the choice to place your child in a sleepsack is 100% personal preference. I don’t think it’s necessary for a child to sleep in a sleep sack in order to sleep well. Nor do I believe using one impacts a child’s ability to sleep well.

After ensuring baby can move freely in whatever sleepsack they’re wearing, families should next ensure that baby cannot overheat due to wearing a sleepsack. Indeed, babies are at much higher risk of overheating than being too cold. So as long as families feel their baby can maintain a safe temperature, using a sleep sack is just fine.

I often think sleep sacks are just as much for peace of mind for parents (to ensure that baby is warm and cozy) as they are for the comfort of the child. So if you deem one is necessary and it is used safely, go for it!

To recap, are baby sleep sacks safe?:

  1. Your number one concern when it comes to your child’s sleep should be safety.
  2. As long as your child’s sleep sack is sleeveless, rest assured they are safe.
  3. Remember that sleepsacks that cover your baby’s arms can make it dangerously difficult for them to extricate themselves from whatever position they get themselves into in their crib.
  4. Avoid using sleep sacks with sleeves until your pediatrician confirms they have reached a sufficient level of dexterity.
  5. At the end of the day, sleepsacks make parents feel as comfortable as they make baby feel.
  6. As long as baby can’t overheat and is safe, a sleep sack is a great choice!

 

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