Baby sleep bags are an excellent tool to keep your little one safe and warm all night long. However, knowing exactly how many sleep bags you need can be a little confusing. Do sleeping bags have a one-size-fits-all approach or do you have to get a new one every few months?
It’s recommended to have at least two baby sleep bags that fit your child. This ensures that you’ll have a backup if your child has an accident and one needs to be thrown in the wash. You’ll also need to invest in a larger sleeping bag for your baby every 6 to 12 months as your child grows.
In this article, we’ll take a look at exactly what baby sleeping bags are and how long they last. I’ll also discuss the different sizes of baby sleep bags available and how many bags you’ll need to ensure that your little one is sleeping comfortably.
What Is a Baby Sleep Bag?
A baby sleep bag, also known as a sleep sack, is a bag-like garment that a baby wears while sleeping. It wraps snugly around the baby’s body, keeping them safe, secure, and warm through the night. Additionally, sleep bags stop babies from getting their legs caught between the crib’s bars.
Unlike a swaddle, baby sleep bags have arm openings. Therefore, they are a great option to use when transitioning your baby from their swaddle, which usually happens when they outgrow them at 4-5 months old or when they begin to roll over (whichever comes first).
Baby sleep bags are also perfect for toddlers since they prevent your little escape artist from leaving their crib at night!
Once your toddler transitions from a crib to a bed, you can use a sleep bag walker – essentially a baby sleep bag with arm and feet holes – to keep them warm and secure until they are ready to start using a loose blanket.
How Long Do Baby Sleep Bags Last?
With proper care, a baby sleep bag can last for many years, though your child won’t need it that long – they will outgrow it before that happens. Many parents start using sleep bags as soon as their baby fits in one and continue using them for up to six months (when they will need to be replaced).
Typically, baby sleep bags are machine washable and dryer safe, so they are pretty easy to take care of. All you’ll need to do is throw them in the wash every once in a while to keep them in tip-top shape.
However, the exact care requirements for your baby’s sleeping bag will vary depending upon the brand of the bag and the material it’s made out of. So, make sure you read the bag’s manual to determine how to clean and care for your baby’s sleeping bag.
Do All Baby Sleep Bags Come in One Size?
Baby sleep bags do not have a one-size-fits-all design. Instead, they come in a wide range of sizes based on a child’s age, weight, and height. Standard sizes range from 0 to 6 months, 6 to 18 months, and 18 to 36 months. Toddler sleep bags are also available and can fit children up to age five.
So, for the first two years, you’ll need to buy your baby 3-4 different sleep bags. Once they are around 2.5 to 3 years old, they can usually use their sleep bag for about a year before they’ll need to size up again.
While you may be tempted to cut corners and buy your baby a bigger size to avoid getting a new bag every few months, this isn’t a great idea. If the sleeping bag is too large, it will not provide your baby with a comfortable fit. Additionally, it won’t keep your child secure, which can be dangerous.
Therefore, you’ll need to buy your little one a sleep bag that is the appropriate size for their height, weight, and age range to ensure the safest and most comfortable fit!
How Many Baby Sleep Bags Do I Need?
It’s recommended to have at least two baby sleep bags in each size. For example, you should have two 0 to 6-month bags, two 6 to 18-month bags, and so on. This ensures that you’ll always have a backup in case of food spills or an accident. If you want to be extra prepared, consider purchasing three.
It’s always a good idea to have extra sleeping bags on hand. This way, you’ll always have a spare ready to go and won’t have to worry about how to keep your child comfortable, safe, and warm through the night.
While three baby sleep bags will keep you prepared for whatever comes your way, the bags can be expensive, and two should usually be more than enough to do the trick!