11 Best Sleep Sacks of 2019

Best Sleep Sacks of 2019

November 5, 2019

Best Sleep Sacks of 2019

Best Sleep Sacks of 2019
Photo by Little Unicorn
Best Sleep Sacks of 2019

Sleep sacks are more than just adorable mini sleeping bags for your baby and toddler. Designed to help reduce the risk of SIDS, sleep sacks (also called wearable blankets or sleep bags) offer a safer alternative to loose blankets in the crib, which is a major no-go according to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe sleep guidelines.

From cotton, fleece and wool to newborn-friendly picks and footed options for toddlers, there’s a huge variety of sleep sacks available. We’re sharing our favorites for every age, stage and sleeping environment so you can figure out what’s best for your little one.

Best Overall Sleep Sack

Why We Love It

Easy to get on and off, affordable, washes and wears well and made from soft, comfy cotton—there’s so much to love about this HALO sleep sack. It’s the perfect choice to replace loose blankets in the crib while still giving your little one the feeling of security. There are lots of colors and sizes to choose from and an inverted zipper that opens and closes from the bottom for easy diaper changes.

Keep in Mind

Looking for a warmer option when the temperature drops? There’s a cozy microfleece option.

Best Weighted Sleep Sack

Why We Love It

Weighted blankets have long been used by occupational therapists for children and adults with sensory issues to aide with sleep and relaxation, but it’s only in the past year or two that the trend has spread to the larger sleep industry—so it’s no surprise there’s now an option for babies too. The Nested Bean has a lightly weighted area on baby’s chest to mimic the feeling of your own resting hand and reassuring touch. It can help your little one feel a bit more safe and secure and, according to some parents, even result in longer sleep stretches.

Keep in Mind

The weighted bag is filled with non-toxic beads and won’t prevent your baby from moving around or even rolling over. (It’s also perfectly fine for the washing machine too.)

Best Organic Sleep Sack

Why We Love It

If organic cotton is important to you, then this wearable blanket from Burt’s Bees Baby makes a great choice. The fabric is soft and lightweight, yet still warm, and there’s plenty of room in the lower half for your little one to kick and move their legs around freely.

Keep in Mind

This sleep sack is made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton.

Best Sleep Sack for Newborns

Why We Love It

Part sleep sack + part swaddle, this creative hybrid is a great option for babies who may not like the tightness of a traditional swaddle blanket but aren’t quite ready for a sleep sack. The Swaddle UP lets your little one sleep with their arms up, a natural position that also gives them access to their hands for self-soothing. It’s soft and breathable, easy to use and, it must be said, makes every baby look even cuter than normal while using it.

Keep in Mind

Unlike traditional arms-out sleep sacks that can be used well into toddlerhood, you’ll need to ditch this one when baby starts rolling over independently.

Best Eco-Friendly Sleep Sack

Why We Love It

Made from breathable material and ethically sourced from sustainable bamboo, this sleep sack is gentle on your little one and gentle on the planet. We love the beautiful, bright color choices, and parents rave about how soft it is.

Keep in Mind

Wondering what TOG stands for? Thermal Overall Grade, which indicates how much heat the fabric retains.

Warmest Sleep Sack

Why We Love It

If you live in a place where the winters get chilly (or you’re just trying to cut down on those heating bills), then you’re going to need an extra-warm sleep sack to keep your little one toasty warm. Made with down-like material and a TOG of 2.6, the gunaPOD Sack is like a tiny (but safe) luxury comforter made with your baby in mind. Its only downfall is it doesn’t come in adult sizes.

Keep in Mind

We love the many zipper options on this sleep sack. You can zip open just the bottom, open it completely around all sides or use the traditional middle zipper option.

Best Lightweight Sleep Sack

Why We Love It

For just the opposite—a lightweight sleep sack just right for warmer climates—check out Little Unicorn’s sleep bag. It’s made from two layers of breathable cotton muslin that we swear gets softer after each and every wash. It’s a good choice for keeping your baby warm without the risk of overheating.

Keep in Mind

Bison and dinos and even prickly cacti—Little Unicorn prints are truly one of a kind.

Best Swaddle Transition Sleep Sack

Why We Love It

This sleep suit may turn your little one into the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, but we promise it’s worth the laughs. Many babies have trouble transitioning from the snugness and security of a traditional swaddle to the roominess of a sleep sack. The Merlin offers the perfect middle ground. It’s light enough to allow baby some freedom of movement, but heavy enough to quell the startle reflex, helping many babies sleep longer and sounder.

Keep in Mind

There are two important things to remember when using the Merlin. First, it’s warm. Skip the heavy PJs underneath and instead dress baby in a short-sleeved bodysuit. Second, it’s not safe to use once your little one starts rolling over, so be sure to transition to an arms-out sleep sack once your little one reaches that milestone.

Best Sleep Sack + Swaddle Combo

Why We Love It

For a swaddle that goes the distance with an arms in or out option, the HALO SleepSack Swaddle is a popular choice. It features foolproof Velcro wings that make it easy to wrap around and swaddle younger babies who need more security, then adjusts to an arms-out style for older babies who are beginning to roll over or for little ones who just aren’t digging the tighter swaddle. It’s made from mid-weight cotton so it’s suitable for a variety of different temperatures.

Keep in Mind

Parents’ biggest gripe? Undoing the Velcro makes a pretty loud noise that can startle or wake baby.

Best Wool Sleep Sack

Why We Love It

Wool is the ideal four-season material. It’s warm in winter, cool in summer and naturally regulates your body temperature. This sleep sack, made from Merino wool, will keep your little one at just the right temperature all year round. It’s machine washable and comes in an adjustable universal size that works for kids from two months to two years.

Keep in Mind

Definitely the most expensive sleep sack on our list, we realize the Woolino is a bit of an investment, but we think it’s worth it since it can be used all year long.

Best Sleep Sack for Toddlers

Why We Love It

Is your toddler on the move? Although you can certainly use traditional sleep sacks well into toddlerhood, some parents prefer the added mobility that a footed sleep sack provides. This one features foot openings that can be used when your little one is awake and then tucked in to keep those tiny toes warm throughout the night.

Keep in Mind

If you have a crib climber on your hands, a footed sleep sack may not be the best choice. Stick with a traditional sleep sack that will sabotage those crib breakout attempts rather than a footed style that may make them easier!

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