A swaddling blanket helps a baby feel more secure when they are in their first months of life. They are protected from being woken up when their bodies move involuntarily at night and from being too hot or cold. A wearable swaddling blanket is safer for babies than loose blankets as well. Several types of such blankets are available on the market, and parents have choices in size, color and patterns.
Safety in Blankets
Wearable blankets keep newborns warm just as well as loose blankets, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents use wearable blankets. Soft bedding and toys should not be present in babies’ cribs, and they should be put to sleep on their backs in their own sleeping area. They should also not sleep on soft surfaces like sheep skins, water beds, quilts, adult beds, chairs or couches.
Halo Sleep Sack
After losing his first child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the founder of Halo, Bill Schmid, started manufacturing the Halo Sleep Sack, a wearable blanket for babies. The Halo Sleep Sack let’s babies’ feet wiggle around in the bottom of the sack freely, while keeping their bodies warm.
Babies cannot kick the blanket off, ensuring they are warm all night. The top part of the sack fits like a tank top, with sleeveless holes for babies’ arms to go through. The middle part of the Sleep Sack can be wrapped around a baby’s torso to keep him warm. Halo wearable blankets come in different sizes, even accommodating toddlers.
Snug & Tug by Go Mama Go
The Snug & Tug is another type of swaddle blanket that helps protect babies from SIDS. It is triangular in shape, which is perfect for swaddling. You don’t need a lot of room to use this blanket, making it the perfect blanket to use on the go and for overnight trips with your baby.
They are offered in three different sizes to accommodate babies of different lengths and weights. They are also designed to grow with your baby, extending the length of time you can use it to keep your baby safe and warm.
It is made from stretchy cotton, the perfect material for swaddling blankets. The Snug & Tug also features a Velcro safety spot to fold the Velcro tabs to prevent the blanket from ruining other laundry when you wash it.
Using Wearable Blankets
One of the perks of a swaddle blanket for both babies and parents is that babies are less likely to wake up in the middle of the night when their temperatures are regulated. Becoming too hot or too cold can wake them and their parents up. When you put your baby down for sleep at night when she is only half awake, this sleep wear serves as a comfort and helps her self-soothe herself to sleep.
Parents should choose wearable blankets when they think about how they want to swaddle their babies. Swaddling keeps babies happy and content at night, and sleep wear that keeps babies warm all night is good for parents. Moreover, they are simply safer than loose blankets that can come undone at night.