The AAP, or American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleeping in a crib, sleep in their space alone with no loose blankets. However, they do recommend using a wearable blanket as a safe alternative to loose bedding. See the article here, and excerpt below. Ensuring that your wearable blanket is safe and is the proper size for your little one is imperative for safety! There will be a variation among babies because babies come in all shapes and sizes, so everything in this article is just a suggestion or guideline to use.
We never want to size up in sleep bags or buy something they will “grow into,” as you risk buying something that is too large to be safe for your little one. You will still get plenty of wear if you buy their current size!
If your child is on the larger end of the size for the smaller sleep bag, you may be able to size up into the next size. You may refer to our sleep bag size chart as a guide to buying the correct size for your child.
The newest addition to our sleep bag sizes is the XS. This size is perfect for smaller babies or newborns. Although newborns are typically swaddled until 8 weeks of age or until they show signs of rolling, an XS sleep bag is perfect for newborns who don't enjoy being swaddled, newborns who roll very early on, and newborns whose families have chosen not to practice swaddling. A sleep bag is a safe alternative to a loose blanket, and is also comforting to your little one!
*Please note that the 0.5 TOG sleep bags are longer than the 1.0 TOG and 2.5 TOG because of the thin fabric without anything between the layers to draw it up and make it shorter in length. The 1.0 TOG will also be slightly longer than a 2.5 TOG for the same reason.
To ensure a proper fit for your Kyte BABY sleep bag, you’ll want to make sure that:
- It isn’t too loose at the neck to pull it over baby’s mouth/nose (and it stays there-- we want to see it falling back down into the correct placement on their chest)
- It isn’t too loose around the arms/neck that baby can slip into the bag
- There’s enough space for their legs and hips for proper hip development
A sleep bag can fit well around the chest and still have a lot of length left for them to grow into!
We recommend keeping a minimum 3 sleep bags on hand to rotate through! One to wear, one to wash, and one for extra in case you need to wash both/wait for them to dry!
If you're not sure how to care for your Kyte BABY garments or any of your bamboo baby pajamas, check out that blog.
Ashley Olson is a certified pediatric sleep consultant, owner of Heaven Sent Sleep, and passionate about helping new parents, experienced parents, desperate and sleep deprived parents form healthy sleep habits for their children.
She has over 3 years of experience in working with families and has completed over 150 hours of coursework plus continuing education related to infant and toddler sleep. The focus of her work is on fostering a routine that grows your bond with your child while improving their sleep habits. She specializes in custom sleep plans and one on one support in changing sleep practices!