swaddleing v.s. sleep sack v.s footed pj's which one is best to use on newborns and babies?

Kalah - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )




I am looking at all of the new sleeping apparatuses they have on the market now. I haven't done the baby thing in 8 years and so much has changed. We live in west texas and some of the methods of clothing babies to sleep just seem so hot and stuffy during the spring and summer. So what is the most convenient, comfertable, and safe way to dress a newborn and older baby for bed: swaddleing, Halo sleep sack ( some versions are sleveless...do they have clothes on underneath?), or just a comfy footed pj with sleeves?


Sarah - posted on 03/17/2010




My LO sleeps in a onsie, footed sleeper, and fleece Halo sleepsack swaddle right now (he's 3 weeks old). As the weather warms up, then without the footed sleeper and then a cotton swaddle sleepsack. And when he's done being swaddled, then I'll put him in a regular Halo sleepsack. Right now he loves being swaddled, and I highly recommend the Halo swaddles! It worked great with my first LO to then transition him to a regular halo sleepsack, and I hope it goes as well transitioning my second when he gets to that point.

Andrea - posted on 03/16/2010




I'm a HUGE fan of the velcro swaddle blankets! We used the Halo swaddle for my son when he was 0-3 months, and then used the sleep sack (lighter weight for the summer) with his arms out, until he was 12-18 months. He slept amazing by using the swaddle blanket right from the beginning (we tried without and didn't have a good night so went right back to it). I've just stayed with pj's with the feet for him since he's been 18 months and that works well (I live in Toronto so winters are much colder than where you are!)

I'll be doing the same for my second (I'm having him on the 26th). Hopefully it will work the same for him!
For the sleep sack I liked the Grobag too because it comes in various weights based on the room temp.

Krista - posted on 03/14/2010




A lot of it really depends on what your baby likes. Mine slept best while swaddled, and was born in August, so I used a thin cotton swaddler (it was basically like a stretchy t-shirt material) and a onesie. On a super-hot night you could just use the swaddler with a diaper underneath. Any method can be safe as long as a) there's no danger of your baby's face being covered and b) your baby isn't overheated.

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Kahlia - posted on 06/19/2015




Swaddling and sleeping bags are good but there hard to get bub out of the habbit of needing them I've been trying to ween for a month now.
next time I'm definitely just going to use footed pj's and mittens :)

Priscilla - posted on 06/18/2015




I swaddled my boy until he started fighting it, then I transitioned to the zipadee-zip and that worked perfectly. I honesty think that I'll just go straight to the zipadee with my next baby, because it seems like a safer option to me.

Amber - posted on 03/17/2010




My daughter is 7 1/2 months old, the thing that helped alot with her sleeping or feeling comfortable was swaddleing her. I watched a dvd on it. It helped alot with her feeling comfortable and less crying. They feel like they are still in your belly.... atleast it helped me alot.. Good luck. Hope you find something to work well.

Kaylynn - posted on 03/17/2010




my son was born in july so i just swaddled with a super light blanket with just a diaper on...although i have to say that my son didnt need anything on him to sleep...he was sleeping through the night by 2 months and before that he was rarely wrapped in anything and slept 4-5 hours at a time...i guess it depends on what the new baby takes too...

Katrina - posted on 03/16/2010




I recommend the sleeping suit sleeveless so that you can dress them up or down depending on the cold. The suits come in three different sizes and three different warmths. It is so easy to change their nappy without making them cold or disturbing them too much. There should be no need for other blankets or sheets when using the suits making them a lot safer.

Iysha - posted on 03/16/2010




When my daughter was a newborn and waking up every 3 hours, the sleep sack and the gowns were awesome. They are quick for changing middle of the night diapers. There are some that are button up that convert to leg pjs without feet. I liked the feet pjs for when my daughter was sleeping through the night but not crawling yet. Now that she is 8 months and crawling, I like the pjs that have legs but no feet. They're great for my daughter because hen she wakes in the morning, she plays for a good hour before I actually have to feed her and I can just put her down on the floor and she can do her thing. With the feet pjs, her legs get stuck inside the body part and she sits on the leg part of the pjs and she gets all tangled. Lol. So, I've liked all of them for different stages.

For hot nights, a onesie and a swaddle blanket should be fine. I heard in TX it gets pretty hot. Where I lived, summers were like 60-80 degrees in the day time. Lol. So your baby might not even need pjs for the summer!

Skye - posted on 03/14/2010




i used a sleeping bag type thing but it was a long sleeved one ( i live in australia ) and we had air con running all the time. i used to work in a baby shop and the amount of people who would come in and say their baby was so used to being swaddled that the wouldnt sleep if they wernt was crazy! at least with the sleepnig bag things they can still kick and move etc but it's completely up to what u feel safe doing.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/14/2010




It is still chilly where I am, but my son is almost 4. I am due in 4 weeks with my second child, and I swear by the Halo sleep sacks. You can just have them in a diaper and a t shirt, or with footsie pj's on cold nights. Very versitile, and always covered up. Especially great if you have a cool mist humidifier in your room...sometimes they make the room run a bit cool. Just experiment and see how comfy your baby seems to be. Good luck!

User - posted on 03/14/2010




When mine were newborns I swaddled them. In the heat of the summer I just used a sheet. After a few months I switched to a sleeveless sleeping bag. They just wore a pj top underneath.

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