Keeping babies safe and comfy while they sleep is one of the most important things to us as parents. Trust us, we’ve been there - more than once. But with so many products from swaddles, sleeping bags and breathable blankets to choose from, which one is right for you and your baby’s stage? We’re here to give you some clear, honest advice so you can make the best decision. Here goes...
Swaddling helps newborns feel secure, because it recreates the snug feeling of the womb. Some experts also say it can stop them from being disturbed by their startle reflex and keeps them warm too. If you want to go down this route, the Lullaby Trust recommends, that you choose one made from thin material and never to swaddle too tight. aden + anais come up trumps every season with stylish swaddle blankets. In packs of two or three, you always have one spare but you can use them for plenty of other things too, from changing mats to lightweight blankets. If you aren't a master of swaddle folding and wrapping, the Ergococoon by Ergopouch is an ideal alternative. With a zipper, you just zip up and go. Designed for once they start rolling too, you just open the poppers to let their arms free.
Sleeping bags are great because they can't kick them off, so they’re less likely to wake up because they’re cold. Although you can buy baby sleeping bags for newborns, most parents start using them from around 3 months old, once they are less easy to swaddle. And here’s the safety bit. The Lullaby Trust recommends picking one that’s the right size around their neck so they won’t slip down inside the bag and make sure you are picking the right weight too - low tog one for summer (0.5 tog or 1 tog) and no more than a 2.5 tog for winter. The Mama Designs Babasac Sleeping Bag is a sleeping bag with a difference. It can convert from a summer 1.0 tog sleeping bag to a winter 2.5 sleeping bag by removing or adding the inner layers. We love the Sleeping Bag by Liewood too. Crafted from 100% organic cotton, it's stylish and kind to baby-new skin too.
Blankets are great for using for babies in the early days, keeping them warm while they snooze in and out of the house. While a swaddle or sleeping bag are best for sleepytime, a blanket is great for tucking around them while they nap in the car seat or pram. Cellular blankets are ideal as they allow airflow, meaning they'll keep babies warm in the winter and cool in the summer, important for newbies who can't regulate their temperature. The Mama Designs Cellular Blanket is made from 100% cotton and has been given a modern update with bright colours and contrasting trims. Use it in their pram or in their cot and then just pop it in the wash when it gets grubby, which it inevitably will. A stylish choice that they'll love for years to come is the super soft knit-look design by Nanami. It's the kind of cuddly blankie we wouldn't mind for ourselves.
So there it is. A guide on baby sleeping bags, swaddles and blankets to hopefully help them sleep at night. Shop our Beds and Bedding category for our complete collection.