Baby sleeping bags... safe or unsafe? what is your opinion?

Shelley - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My partner and I had a disagreement tonight about using a 2.5 tog baby sleeping bag.

He says that he is worried that he will over heat and there is a chance he could wriggle down into the bag, but I disagree... he has only his nappy on underneath, and I check his temp during the night... plus, how can they wriggle down? isn't that rare? and surely cos it comes underneath his armpits, that will stop it?

Is he over-reacting? or am I just too complacent about the wole thing?

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Mel - posted on 06/10/2009

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personally i dont feel safe using them i have one that i got passed down to me a really nice one but i was worried they would some how suffocate, you can buy the suits they are like sleeping bags but its a suit that leave just their arms out. i bought one for my daughter and i hear they work well but i was too scared to use that too.

i think it depends on the weather as to if he will over heat , in summer we have the main air con switched on all night but just the fan bit blowing air and we sleep her in the porta cot in our room where she is under the vents, while shes just wearing a nappy or a nappy and singlet and we only give her a sheet or light blanket. In winter we dress her in a full body suit that covers her feet to and put the heater on low and give her 2 blankets. i dont tuck them in or anything and the heater in only on very low just to keep the room at a nice temperature. and we freeze in our room lol.

i guess its all about personal preference as well and what the both of you feel comfortable with my fiance and i have disagreements too as to what temp to put the heater on and what to dress her in but at the end of the day im the mum i know best so what i say goes

Lucy - posted on 05/29/2009

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i used them for both my kids.they both fine.they didnt wriggle as much as they do now they do now they arent in 1.they wont over heat unless u put loads of blankets 2.if all he got on hes nappy he b ok id say.

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Miekarutherford - posted on 11/30/2014

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have a look at www.safetsleep.com you can use this with any sleepwear and baby will NOT get too hot!

And trust me they do wriggle down and some even up or sideways!

Amenda - posted on 06/11/2014

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A cozy and comfortable winter weight sleeping bag or sleep sack can be a great help to keep the small babies from rolling onto their tummy while asleep. The e are many more advantages of a well-fitting sleep sack like, right temperature, a snug and safety feeling all night long. We use a baby deedee sleep nest and are highly satisfied. Its a part of our sleep routine and we carry it everywhere we go, even camping. Perfect weight!!

Charlie - posted on 06/10/2009

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grow bags are endorsed as more safe than blankets to reduce the risk of SID's ( sudden infant death syndrome ) i use them they are fantastic and they cant kick them off !

Shelley - posted on 06/10/2009

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Thanks sooo much for the reassuring help guys!

Just thought i would update you all on the whole should i shouldn't i thing...

I did get him to sleep in a bag and guess what?... HE LOVED IT!

And I did too! he slept right through til 7am! I even brought my partner round to the idea, by buying a grobag with a big blue tractor on the front (men are bought so easily! lol)

So a big thankyou to everyone! x x x

Helen - posted on 05/29/2009

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i would recommend the grow bags to anyone - they are fab especially for a newborn. When you have spent 20min rocking them to sleep you don't then want to wake them up by tucking in blankets

Gracie - posted on 05/29/2009

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hey,

well i haven't actually used the sleeping bags but we're expecting twins and the hospital recommended them over normal blankets/sheets as they reduce the chance of sids cauz there is no blankets to get caught up in. they also said whilst the bag is too big roll up some cloth nappies and put them in the bottom or undo the zip as far as necessary and slide your bub to the bottom so they have no where to go OR tuck the bottom of the sleeping bag under the cot mattress to stop the excess flapping about. and just wearing a nappy under it would be fine. babies and children regulate their temperature through their head anyway so if their head is hot then they are too hot but they would only get too hot if they slept in a beanie or hat!

also they recommend that the sleeping bags have no hoods but there is no recomendation on sleeves or no sleeves!

best of luck. hope this helps :)

Marie - posted on 05/29/2009

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This is a great subject! My 1 year old slept in a sleep sack until he got very mobile now we just use blankets. Unfortunately he still moves around his crib a lot and typically wakes up in the morning with no blankets at all. A sleep sack would work if he wasn't so mobile!

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As Beverley mentioned, sleeping bags are actually recommended (in Australia) as they reduce the risk of SIDS and smothering. A baby cannot wriggle down into them. You will probably know if your baby is getting too hot. They are very good sweaters :)

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My son was forever wriggling in his sleep and would often wakeup in the morning to find he had kicked his blankets off, we use a safe-to-sleep on him but decided to use a sleep sack on him, it is armless but it clicks together at the shoulders and there is a zip that goes down one side and under the other.

I use it day and night.

Vanessa - posted on 05/28/2009

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I only allow my daughter to sleep with a sleepsack, i don't like the idea on having any blankets, as she once had her head under the blankets and it scared me to death... the sleep sacks are great! as Diane said you can buy them with sleeves or ithout light or heavy so it really suits all round weather! my daughter has never has any problems with coming out of it.. i guess if it may be too big then yeah but it is more safe then blankets and you also know that there not going to freeze..

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your right, he's wrong lol. simple as that hun. I've been using them too and they are great, they are doctor recommended to help reduce the chance of SIDS so go ahead use one and prove him wrong.

Isabella - posted on 05/28/2009

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i think they are great.they keep bubs warm and i have found and a friend of mine they sleep much better ;)

Francesca - posted on 05/28/2009

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i would say there safe. my sister has always used them and thinks there great, i also will use them one day!!!

Sara - posted on 05/28/2009

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my baby has been sleeping in one of those sleeping bag things for about 6 months now (from one month), she wears a set of pjs and baby grow in hers, she is fine at night. we always have at least one window open at night, to keep a nice temp in the house. they say to check the neck size, it has to sit properley on the sholders and the head hole should not be bigger than the childs head (or something like that), i.e get the right seize for the age, up to six months use 0-6 etc. although my baby is 7 months and she is in the 12 - 18 mmonth ones, cause she is so long.

Kathleen - posted on 05/26/2009

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Maybe if your partner is uncomfortable with the idea you could try using the sleeping bag just for daytime naps to begin with. That way its easier to keep checking on him and your partner can see that its totally safe. Then you can all relax and get a good nights sleep :)

Emma - posted on 05/26/2009

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my daughter was always a restless sleeper, she'd wriggle out of her blankets and wake up numerous amounts of time during the night because she was cold.. my mum bought me a sleeping bag and i will never go back! instantly she started sleeping thought because she'd stay warm... shes never overheated and hasn't wriggled down.. i recommend them!

Marie - posted on 05/26/2009

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Our little man has been in both the fleece one and a "quilted" one when he got too long for the other. They both just go over the shoulders and zip up baby's chest. I always put Alexander in a footie sleeper so he's always been comfy. Now he hates the confinement of the sleep sack since he's 1 and moving around, but he still kicks off his blanket.

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I don't think it would be dangerous.. I really think it's a personal choice. It also depends if your baby likes to be wrapped up to sleep or not... My son likes regular loose covers and has never liked to be "confined" (sorry I don't have a better word). If you don't overdress your child I don't see a problem.

Diane - posted on 05/26/2009

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Are you talking about something like one of those Halo SleepSacks? I've been using one with my daughter for a long time and its wonderful and she has never wriggled out of it or got stuck. I can see maybe that happening if you buy one that's too big but they come in all sorts of sizes, materials from a light cotton to flannel to fleece, long sleeve, sleeveless.



My daughter sleeps in one every night. It is sleeveless and fleece, and she wears a tshirt and shorts underneath and she is fine. Plus when I've given my daughter a regular blanket at night, she just kicks it off and wakes up freezing. :( Tell your partner to relax! :)

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