Is a Toddler Sleeping Bag a Good Idea? (Yes!)
Latest update: September 16, 2018
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
How useful is a toddler sleeping bag? Your big
boy or girl
is probably ready for a duvet, but a right-size sleep sack helps with
transitioning from crib to bed and encourages deeper sleep and longer
There is no doubt a sleeping bag or, as it's often called, wearable
blanket for baby up to 1 or 2 years old is the best choice.
It keeps the little ones comfortably warm (not too hot not too cold)
and snug in all safety.
Whether you'll benefit from a toddler sleeping bag will largely depend
on your cutie's personality and sleep habits.
It is now less about safety but more about sleeping through the night, not
waking too early in the morning, transitioning smoothly to a toddler
bed and not in the least, about feeling cozy and comfy in bed, all
night long ...
Let's discuss the main typical
toddler sleep problems where a well-fitting sleeping
Toddler sleep problems a sleeping bag helps avoid
from crib to toddler bed: when moving from crib to bed,
the easiest transition is when you change
as little as possible.
That means: don't change
the sleep schedule and bedtime routine now and also keep the same props such as a
musical mobile above her head, cuddly toy near the bedside, etc. And, let
her sleep in her comfy
sleeping bag to start with. Once she's used to sleeping
in the toddler bed, you can then transition to a duvet or other cover, if and when you like.
- Is your child sleeping
restlessly and 'on
the move' during the night? Do you find her in all sorts
of positions and places all over her crib or bed?
Then a sleeping
bag comes in very handy: it restricts moving space a bit
and at least keep her covered all through the night.
- Is your child an early
bird? Many young children tend to wake early in the
morning, say between 5 and 7 am. Sometimes this is a habit and with
clear rules you can help them sleep for longer.
But more often than not, a child will
wake in the early
morning hours because she's cold - uncovered from the
duvet for example. That's the main reason a toddler sleep sack helps
many toddlers sleep for longer.
Choosing your toddler sleeping bag
Finding a baby sleep sack or wearable blanket was never a problem: you
will find them in all
colors, designs, sizes and fabrics. Bigger size, for toddlers and up,
may be a bit harder to come by.
It's still important to
get the size right though. A too small sleeping bag will
not leave enough moving space for the feet and your child will not
Luckily most good brands
have a good size indication that works out well.
The Baby DeeDee Sleep Kicker is made of a high quality polar fleece and
has the very convenient kicker
legs that will convince even the most demanding toddler ...
And best of
all, Baby DeeDee have agreed to give us a special 20%
discount off any order from the Baby DeeDee website.
Halo has a great collection of "Big Kids" versions of their
The toddler version, Halo
Big Kids Micro Fleece is awesome and even has feet
For a true toddler treat, there's also the very durable, comfy and
4 Season Toddler Sleep Bag (as in the picture to the right).
It's a bit more expensive, but if you
can make the investment, the Merino wool is absolutely definitely 100% worth it: luxuriously soft to wear, super cozy, keeps
warm when it's cold and keeps cool when it's hot.
Keep your toddler from rolling of the bed with a bed rail