From Swaddling to Sleep Sacs: Here's Everything You Need to Know

From Swaddling to Sleep Sacs: Here's Everything You Need to Know

Babies love to be swaddled, it helps them sleep longer and better because it helps them avoid the startle reflex, can help calm a colic baby, and eliminate baby anxiety. But that being said, you can’t keep your baby swaddled forever.

The general rule of thumb is that if they’re able to roll over to their side, which is usually around the 4 month mark, you should stop swaddling entirely. So what happens if your baby outgrows the swaddle? Here is a helpful guide on sleep sac transitions and when to do them.

Norani Snugababe Swaddle

Swaddling: 0-3 months

The first 8 weeks of your babies life will be much easier on both of you if you swaddle your little one properly. If you notice they’re starting to fight being swaddled, you can start the transition by swaddling one hand out and eventually both hands out and having them swaddled from the tummy down to help them feel warm and cozy. By month 3, you’ll notice they’re starting to try to wiggle out of the swaddle, which is when it would be a good time to start exploring the one hand out option. 

Newborn Swaddle: Norani ‘Snugababe’ for $30.99

Halo Sleep Sac Swaddle

Transitional Swaddle: 4-6 months

If your baby loves to have their arms free and is starting to roll from side to side, a good option to explore is the Halo Sleep Swaddle, it allows them to have their arms fully out, but their chest is swaddled and their legs are inside a sleep sac. Note: you can also recreate this with the ‘Snugababe’ swaddle with this instructional video

Halo Sleep Swaddle Sac: $34.95

Halo Wearable Blanket

Heavyweight Transitional Wearable Blanket: 4-6 months

This is a great option for babies who don’t want to be swaddled at all but still have a little bit of startle reflex. The arms are structured on this one, which helps make it harder for them to accidentally hit themselves, but the only downside to this is that it’s an actual blanket so it’s super thick. I tried this on my 4 month old (we live in sunny Los Angeles) and she woke up drenched in sweat. It could be a good option for colder climates but not for warm or summer months. 

Halo Transitional Blanket: $54


Merlin Sleep Suit

Merlin Magic Weighted Sleep Sleepsuit: 

This one is hit or miss, some babies love it and some hate it. The idea behind the ‘magic sleep suit’ is that it’s thick and slightly weighted so it helps them stay in place and sleep better. Nora’s daughter loved the Merlin sleepsuit (note: she used it in the winter months) and my daughter Juliette didn’t like it at all (I tried using it during summer months) because she was too warm in it and didn’t sleep well. If you have a friend who has one, I would suggest borrowing it for a night before committing to buying it. 

Merlin Magic Sleep Suit: $39.95

Carters Sleep Sac

Front Zip Sleep Sac: 

This is more of a traditional sleep sac where their arms are free and out, and their bodies are basically inside a loose sleeping bag. The nice thing about these sacs are they come in a bunch of fabrics and sizes so you can pick which one is the best for you and your climate, babies age, etc. Our two favorites are from Burt’s Bees and Carter’s. 

Carter’s Two Pack: $20

Kyte Baby Sleep Sac

Side Zip Sleep Sac: 

The Kyte Baby sleep sac is quickly becoming a favorite amongst moms. The soft bamboo is breathable and comes in 3 different sizes and 3 different weight options (for different climates). It’s a little on the pricier side at $50 a piece, which makes it hard to purchase more than one, but parents seem to love it!

Kyte Baby: $50

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What Makes the Snugababe Sleep Pod Different?

The Norani Baby Snugababe Swaddle Sleep Pod features unique arm inserts, a silent velcro and a zipper for easy nighttime diaper changes. Our pods are made from 95% Organic Cotton, 5% Spandex, providing soft breathable fabric with a hint of stretch to make swaddling a breeze. The clever zipper design enables easy diaper changes without disturbing your sleeping baby, promoting longer and more restful sleep for both baby and parents. With its thoughtful design and attention to detail, the Norani Baby Snugababe Sleep Pod is a must-have for parents seeking a comfortable and secure sleep environment for their little ones.

Why is Swaddling So Important?

Swaddling is super important because it makes babies feel safe and cozy, just like they were in mommy's tummy. It helps them sleep better by preventing startle reflex and keeps them warm without overheating. Swaddling is like giving them a gentle hug that calms and comforts them. But remember, make sure to swaddle correctly, leaving room for their little legs and hips to move freely.

Sleep Experts Love Us!

We are so excited that Cara Dumaplin from Taking Cara Babies, an expert sleep trainer, has recommended our Snugababe Swaddle Sleep Pod to new parents looking to promote healthy sleep patterns in their infants. Sleep trainers are experts in the field of infant sleep and can offer valuable advice and guidance to parents struggling with sleep issues. They can also recommend products, like our swaddles, that have been proven to be effective at helping babies sleep more soundly, especially if you have a notorious baby Houdini.