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When it comes to getting your baby to sleep, there are a lot of different options out there. You can swaddle your baby, put them in a sleep sack, or just let them be. So which one is the best? And when do you introduce each one? Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of each option.

I’m not going to lie – sleep was hard for me during those first few months with my daughter. No matter what I did, she just wouldn’t stay asleep for more than an hour or two at a time. Thankfully, a friend suggested I try using a sleep sack instead of wrapping her up in a blanket like I had been doing. And it worked! She started sleeping through the night pretty quickly.

Key difference: Sleep sack vs swaddle

Swaddles are a type of blanket made from light material that is wrapped around the baby to mimic the feeling of being in the womb. This helps comfort them and make them feel safe since they’re used to being wrapped uptight when they were still inside you. It’s also common for babies to be swaddled until they can rollover.

Below is an image showing a baby wearing a swaddle;

Swaddled sleeping baby in a bed

Sleep sacks are also wearable blankets for babies that aren’t loose enough for the baby to get tangled in but are also not restrictive like a traditional swaddle. This allows them to sleep safely while still feeling cozy and safe.

Below is an image showing a baby wearing a sleep sack

When should you start using each one?

The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) recommends that you don’t use any products that could restrict the baby’s breathing, such as a swaddle or sleep sack until they’re at least 2 months old. Before this point, it isn’t safe to keep them wrapped up like that since their bodies aren’t developed enough yet. If you do choose to swaddle your newborn before then, make sure not to wrap them too tightly and remember to check on them regularly throughout the night to make sure everything is okay.

Swaddles and sleep sacks are both great options for parents who want their baby to sleep as safely as possible, but it’s also important not to overuse these products either. Make sure you keep your little one safe while they’re sleeping – something that using a sleep sack or swaddle will help you prepare for – but don’t become so reliant on these products that your baby can’t sleep without them. After all, you’ll need to wean your child off of needing the product eventually.

Which one is safer? Swaddle or Sleep Sack?

Swaddling a baby constitutes a hazard in the crib, so always use a sleep sack instead. This includes when you’re at home and also when you travel. Make sure they don’t have any loose blankets in their crib or bassinet either since this can be a suffocation hazard as well.

If your baby is still waking up multiple times a night and you’re not sure what the problem is, try using a sleep sack instead of swaddling them. Swaddles can be restrictive which can keep your baby from waking up but they also come with the risk of suffocation. If your little one does seem to prefer being wrapped up, use both so that they can move around at night without worrying about getting tangled in the swaddle.

Why are there claims that sleep sack is safer?

Sleep sacks are thought to be safer than Swaddlers because they don’t restrict your baby’s arms and legs. They still offer the same benefits of sleeping in a tight, cozy area but unlike Swaddlers, babies can move around while they sleep. Swaddlers restrict this movement due to the tightness of the fabric and their arms and legs getting stuck between it.

According to Kids Health: “Swaddling can be risky because your baby’s startle reflex (a response to abrupt, loud noises or movement) may be triggered when he is wrapped up tightly. Sleep sacks are safer because babies can’t get their arms out of them.”

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