Safe Sleep Tips for Babies [+ Merino Kids Sleep Sack Review]

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Making sure your baby is safe while they sleep is so important. From minor things like the correct temperature to the right bedding, to more serious issues like SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) – the following are safe sleep tips for babies that can help to reduce the likelihood of SIDS and other sleep related issues.

Safe Sleep Tips for Babies

Safe Sleep Tips for Babies

  • Always place baby on his or her back to sleep – This includes at nap and at night. Babies who are used to sleeping on their back and who are then placed on their tummies (like by a babysitter) have an increased risk of SIDS called Unaccustomed Tummy Sleeping.
  • Make a safe sleep environment- Only use a crib that meets current safety standards, use a firm mattress with only a fitted sheet.
  • Remove any extras from the crib – There should be no blankets, stuffed animals, bumpers, or anything else with baby in the crib.
  • Co-sleep safely – If you choose to co-sleep (like us!) do so safely. Move your firm mattress to the floor to eliminate any falls, get rid of excess bedding, and never co-sleep under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Breastfeed – Breastfeeding decreases the likelihood of SIDS. Pacifiers have also been shown to reduce SIDS.
  • Be aware of temperature – Keep the room where baby sleeps between 68-72 degrees. Dress baby lightly, and to avoid the use of blankets that pose a suffocation hazard – consider using sleep sacks and wearable blankets like the one I was sent for review from Merino Kids.

Merino Kids Organic Sleep Sack Review

Merino Kids Sleep Sack Review

The Merino Kids Sleep Sack is made from 2 layers of 100% natural organic (Global Organic Textile Standard Certified) cotton – so it’s free of pesticides and harmful chemicals.

It comes in 2 sizes – baby (0-2) and toddler (2-4). Haley is almost one and she fits comfortable in the baby size with lots of room to grow, so the sizing seems right on.

It’s very, very soft and includes lots of features that I just love: snaps on the shoulder and top sides to keep it in place and for easy on/off, zipper that is placed to never touch baby’s skin and opens from the bottom for easy diaper changes, and a cut out for safe use in car seats and strollers. Neat, right?

Merino Kids Sleeper zipper - safe sleep tips for babies

Merino Kids Sleeper Inside - Safe Sleep for Babies

Merino Kids Sleeper Zipper - Safe Sleep for Babies

Merino Kids Sleeper Snaps - Safe Sleep Tips for Babies

So how do we like it? I love it! It’s great year round – warm enough for winter, but stil breathable for warmer weather. And I love that I don’t have to worry about using a blanket that could go over Haley’s head. I feel like she sleeps better in this than she does when I put her in just regular pajamas. I think it has something to do with the weight of it being soothing or something.

Haley in Merino Kids Sleeper - Safe Sleep Tips for Babies

As you can see in the pictures, Haley’s not a huge fan of wearing it when she’s AWAKE. It limits her ability to crawl quickly, so she gets frustrated easily. So I just put it on her right before she goes to bed and take it off as soon as she wakes – and problem solved!

Do you have any safe sleep tips for babies? What do you put your baby to sleep in?

Buy it

You can purchase the Merino Kids Sleep Sack, like the one I reviewed, on the Merino Kids US Retailer’s Website (Baby Sleep Bags) for $79.99. A little on the pricey side, but well worth it for comfort.


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Win it

One lucky According to Jenny reader is going to win a Merino Kids Sleep Sack in choice of size! It’s part of the grand prize in the Green Your Sumer Baby Prize Pack. Enter RIGHT HERE through 6/13/13!

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  1. I personally LOVED using sleepsacks with my little ones and will be investing in a few more with 3.0 due to arrive soon! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I hear having a fan running helps to decrease the risk of SIDS, too. I never used sleep sacks, but they look adorable!

  3. I love the look of that sleepsack. We had one that was fleece and it looked so worn after just a few washings.

  4. I’ve been buying the HALO sleepsacks for my little one on the way. We use these in the NICU where I work and they are easy to use, especially for the parents who are nervous about swaddling with a regular blanket.

  5. We swaddle our baby every night before she goes to sleep, and I feel much safer that way to be honest, and she sleeps much better. I tried putting her in a Halo sleepsack once, but she wasn’t a fan.

  6. I swaddled until my boy learned how to break out of the swaddle. Putting him down without it did not work, so I got a zipadee-zip, which is a swaddle transition blanket. Hi loved it! I might just skip the swaddle with my next baby and just go straight to the zipadee, since my experience was so great with it.

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