Sunday, March 23, 2008

How to Sew a Sleepsack


We swaddled Kalen in a Miracle Blanket until she was almost four months old. UPDATE: So many of you are mentioning my blog, they have given me my own discount! YEAH! When you checkout, use the discount code HOLLY. You'll get a 10% discount and free shipping.


We eventually switched to sleepsacks. The fleece sacks keep her warm through the winter, and the cotton ones are perfect pajamas in the summer. You don't have to put pajamas on under the sleepsack. We do in the winter, but not in the summer.

Kalen is almost 2 now, and still wears a sleepsack.
Reasons:

  1. I despise blanket sleepers. It's so challenging to get her foot in and out of the non-zippered leg. Especially in the middle of the night. There is just no way to change a diaper in those things without waking up the baby!
  2. It's part of her at-home sleep routine. She knows when the sleepsack is on, it's time for bed.
  3. The most important reason now--It keeps her from climbing out of her crib. Kalen is very active and strong. Anytime she's in the crib without a sleepsack on, she tries to climb out. But, with the sleepsack on, she can't swing a leg up and over the bars and, she can't get a grip if she sticks her feet between the slats. A sleepsack is so much easier than a tent, and it keeps her warm at night.
However, I did have a problem this winter. She's tall (like her 6'6" dad) and has always been in the 90+% for height. Her sleepsacks still fit her body, just not her length. I looked at buying her toddler sleepsacks with the foot wholes, but those would not have served the purpose of keeping her in the crib. I ended up adding additional fabric to the bottom of the sleepsacks to give her leg room. Of course, her sleepsacks look a little funny now, but they function.

If I need to make her summer ones, I'll sew them from scratch using the instructions from the SleepingBaby.