When you’re a new parent, you’ll do anything for a few extra minutes of shuteye. Ditch the traditional swaddle blanket (which baby seems to always break loose from) and invest in smart sleepwear. From easy swaddles you can use from day one to sleep sacks baby can snooze in until toddlerhood, we’ve rounded up the best products to help baby fall asleep fast, and stay safe and warm. Sweet dreams to you both!
Baby Deedee Sleep Nest
The Sleep Nest Lite (pictured) is a lightweight cotton jersey sleep sack for infants and toddlers. It's as soft as a t-shirt and comes in three sizes and a number of colors and patterns. It can be used year-round in air-conditioning and warm nurseries. Outdoorsy families should also check out the Sleep Nest Travel, which keeps baby cozy in tents and on snoozes around town on chilly days. You'll find the full range of cotton, fleece and quilted options on the Baby Deedee website.
Available at babydeedee.com; Sleep Nest Lite starts at $34, and Sleep Nest Travel starts at $42.50.
HALO SleepSack Swaddle
There’s a reason why the HALO brand of baby sleepwear has been around for over 20 years. They pretty much invented the modern sleep sack and continue to innovate. The HALO SleepSack Swaddle adjusts so newborns can have both arms, one arm, or no arms tucked in. It comes in a choice of cotton for warmer weather or micro-fleece for when it gets cold. A bottom zipper allows baby to stay swaddled throughout all those middle of the night diaper changes.
Available at halosleep.com, $28.95.
Tommee Tippee Grosnug Swaddle
Snug around the top but wide enough at the bottom to allow for hip-healthy leg positioning (and lots of cute kicks). The Grosnug swaddle zips open from the bottom, for easier diaper changes. Baby can wear the cozy swaddle with arms tucked in or out, so this swaddle suits a larger number of babies and grows with them.
Available at buybuybaby.com, $24.99.
Kepi Support Swaddle
If you’re worried about visitors—big and small—holding your child, consider the Kepi Support Swaddle. In addition to being easy to wrap, it includes the Kepi Support Spoon,a plastic backboard that can be inserted into the swaddle’s back pocket for proper head, neck and spine support. So when big sister asks to hold baby, you can say yes!
Available at shopkepi.com, $82.
The Ollie Swaddle
Developed with optimal neuro-development in mind, The Ollie Swaddle reduces the Moro reflex—which can jerk baby awake—and keeps baby comfortable with patented moisture-wicking fabric. It comes in one size that uses Velcro and an easy open bottom to grow with baby so you don’t have to buy a new one every growth spurt. Available at theollieworld.com, $59.00.
Dubbed the 5-second swaddle, this 2018 new release from Dr. Harvey Karp (he's the brains behind the SNOO, Happiest Baby on the Block and the 5's) will prevent even the wiggliest babies from escaping. Here's the skinny: the organic cotton Sleepea boasts a breathable mesh, two-way zipper and inner bands that will keep your baby's arms in a safe and comfortable sleep position. Read more about the Sleepea in our full review here. Available for $23.95 at happiestbaby.com.
Love to Dream Swaddle UP
The Love To Dream Swaddle UP is for babies who bust out of their swaddle to get at their hands. This innovative arms-up design allows newborns to use their hands to self-soothe while also keeping them snug in a no-wrap swaddle. The original cotton option comes in three soft pastel colors or go for the lighter summer option in off-white or light green. Upgrade to organic cotton or to the designer patterns for your little fashionista. Available at lovetodream.com, $29.95 to $34.95.
SwaddleDesigns Transitional Swaddle Sack
For babes transitioning out of the swaddle, but looking to self-soothe, the new SwaddleDesigns Transitional Swaddle Sack is a life-saver. The arms-up sack allows your baby to self-soothe with the fold-over mitten cuff design, which you can wear open or closed depending on if you want babe to have access to her hands. The hip-healthy design allows baby to sleep with enough room for her knees and hips to flex. Combine all of these great features with a two-way zipper (hello easy diaper changes!) and oh-so-soft breathable cotton, and this new transitional sleepsack is a winner. Available at swaddledesigns.com for $22.
BundleBee Baby Wrap
Known as the 10-second swaddle, BundleBee says if you can wrap a burrito, you can swaddle a baby with their luxurious wrap. The removable cushion supports baby even when he’s not in a crib or cradle, making it great for visits to friends and relatives. The adorable bow literally wraps your bundle up like a gift. Available at amazon.com, $42.00.
Touch is an important sense for a baby’s comfort and security. The Zen Swaddle from Nested Bean mimics your embrace with gentle pressure from lightly weighted pads on the chest and sides. Swaddle with the arms in or out or opt for the sleeveless Zen Sack for older babies. Available at nestedbean.com, $29.99.
MORI Sleeping Bags
Soft doesn't even begin to describe MORI sleeping bags. Each is crafted with MORI's signature organic cotton and bamboo fabric, which is both breathable, thermoregulating and ultra comfortable for baby. Their 2.5 Tog sleepsack (which we're huge fans of) is perfect for year-round use, and each sleeping bag even comes with a handy guide to show how you should dress baby at what temp. You'll also love the double-direction zipper, side shoulder clasps for easy in/out access and what's more: the sleepsack is suitable for newborn (8-9 pounds) all the way up to two years. New parents know that when it comes to sleep, we can use all the help we can get and this ultra comfortable and safe sleepsack will get baby one step closer to snoozing through the night.
Available at minimori.com, $79
Woolino Baby Sleep Bag
Once baby reaches a more active age, a sleep sack or bag is a great step up from a swaddle. Made from breathable merino wool, the Woolino regulates baby’s temperature in all climates. It's pricy, but the universal size (with underarm snaps) fits babies from 2 months up to 2 years, so no need to transition your toddler to different sleepwear for a good, long while.
Available at woolino.com, $99.99.
Bumbershoots by Nana
If you're looking for a sleepsack as unique as your babe, turn to Bumbershoots by Nana. Each sleepsack is hand-crafted by Nana in her Maryland studio. Nana hand-cuts and sews each Bumber by hand using patterns she's made and refined over time. Get kiddo in and out with easy snaps at the shoulders and a side zipper (good to know: the zipper stops around baby's hip). Beyond the bespoke quality, we love that each sleepsack is reverse lined and made with heavier fabrics (heavier as in weightier, not hotter), which we think are perfect for the colder months. The boutique sleepsacks are all machine washable and hold up even after dozens of cycles. Prices start at $80. Find out more about these high-quality, one-of-a-kind sleepsacks at bumbershootsbynana.com.
Loose blankets and stuffed animals aren’t safe for sleep, but the BittaSack has a solution for babies that crave a sensory experience in the crib. This cotton wearable blanket has two lovies attached to it, right within easy reach for baby’s little arms. The shoulder straps and diagonal zipper make it easy to put on, take off, or change a diaper. Available at bittakidda.com, $33.95.
Gunapod Bamboo Duvet Sack
Who knew bamboo-fiber material is ideal for baby’s sensitive skin? Well, the brains behind the Gunapod Bamboo Duvet Sack did. It breathes better than cotton and is silky soft, environmentally friendly, and hypoallergenic. Stuffed with a premium fill, it will make baby feels like she’s sleeping under a down comforter. The stitched channels provide light pressure points to hug your little one all night long. Available from gunamuna.com, $49.99.
What are your go-to swaddles and sleep sacks? Let us know in the comments!
— Katie L. Carroll