In my humble opinion, I think the wearable blanket (or sleep sack) is one of the baby industry’s best inventions. Baby needs to be warm, but because of SIDS risk, can’t have blankets around. What do you do? Put them in a sleeping bag, designed especially for them! Five years ago, when my son was a baby, there was one brand out there, which came in a handful of colors. So you can imagine my amazement when I traveled to the All Baby and Child trade show last month and saw sacks in all kinds of patterns, sizes, fabrics and materials–here are some of the best I saw. And for those of you not needing wearable blankets–they make a great shower or newborn gift!
With a tag line stating, “Simply adorable baby sleep sacks,” I couldn’t wait to see what Violet’s Peapod had to offer. And I wasn’t let down. From vintage, to owls, to reversible, in fabrics ranging from organic to plush to lightweight, Violet’s Peapod has something for everyone. I just love this “Mandarin Fun” print, it makes me want to fit my two-year old into one. Violet’s Peapod, in “Mandarin Fun,” $59.95. Click here to purchase.
Summer Infant bought the Kiddopotamus brand, so they now carry all of the fabulous swaddle blankets with the velcro tags. But what caught my eye was their crossover model–a sleep sack and a swaddle blanket. Called the Swaddlepod, this wearable blanket swaddles the baby, so they feel nice and secure and won’t wake up as a result of the startle reflex, but it zips up so they can’t kick out of it, staying nice and warm. Genius. Summer Infant Swaddlepod, $10.99. Click here to purchase.
When a company was born in England, you know that whatever it produces will be hip. And wearable blankets are no exception. Olli & Lime has four different sacks, each with coordinating product to outfit your entire nursery–from the towels to the wallpaper to the changing mat. One look and you’ll want to redecorate your nursery–you’ve been warned. The sack featured here is “Egg”, and it makes me smile just by looking at it. Olli & Lime Sleeping Bag in “Egg,” $50.00. Click here to purchase. NOTE: I just found out that the “Egg” range is being discontinued. However, check out their other, equally adorable sleep sacks by clicking here.
Innovation is the name of the baby game, and Woombie offers just that. It’s a swaddle sack, but they have a model that has legs, instead of the “sleeping bag” style. So, you can use it while baby is in the swing, vibrating chair, elevated sleepers, etc. For me, this would have been a lifesaver, and believe you me, at the time, I was swearing up a storm wondering why someone hadn’t invented this. My daughter had colic, and was constantly in the swing. But, she needed to be swaddled and the two don’t combine. I would swaddle the top half of her, but leave her legs free, which worked about 50% of the time. Ahhh, Woombie, why didn’t someone invent you earlier? Woombie, “Leggies,” $29.99. Click here to order.
If you take a million pictures of your baby (and who doesn’t?) then this sack is for you. A wearable blanket and a beanie, it’ll have your baby girl looking as cute as can be. (For those of you who have little boys, there’s a owl version as well.) This sack snaps on the shoulders, with a zipper on the bottom for easy diaper changes. Baby Aspen, “Snug as a Bug,” $36.00. Click here to purchase.
Worth Mentioning: TrueWomb, a new company whose blankets won’t be available until December 1, is definitely worth looking at. A few things that make it stand apart from the rest are:
- Patent-pending design mimics the comforting form and function of the womb
- SwaddleTech™ pouch allows baby’s legs to kick and stretch, returning them to the naturally desired fetal position while at rest
- SecureSleeve™ escape-proof arm pockets allow movement of the arms
Click here to check out their website and see a demo on how this blanket works.
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