For new parents, settling your newborn baby can be a tricky task which can become stessful and tiring if you're finding it hard to find the right way for your baby. Swaddling has been widely used in many cultures globally as the blanket wrapping technique can stimulate the feelings of being in the womb and calm the child. However, not all newborn babies take to this technique as they don't like the feeling of being restricted. There are other alternatives to swaddling if your little one doesn't enjoy this and you're finding it difficult, such as sleeping bags.
Baby sleeping bags are designed in a way to allow lots of room for leg movement and do not restrict or straighten baby’s legs. At the same time they keep babies calm and safe and limit the risk of overheating. Midwives recommend the usage of baby sleeping bags from birth. A main benefit of starting your newborn in a sleeping bag is it means you don't have to try to get them in one later on. An early introduction of sleeping bags allows your newborn into a routine where they will feel safe and secure if their sleeping bag and will have no problem switching to the next size up as they grow. A transition from swaddling to sleeping bags can be stressful for your child and they aren't used to the greater freedom and movement thus this can become difficult for you to settle them down again.
At Slumbersac our newborn sleeping bags come in a size 0-3 months/ 56cm for small babies with birth weight below 4 kg or our baby sleeping bags come in a size 0-6 months/ 70 cm for babies with a minimum birth weight of 4 kg. When choosing a baby sleeping bag for your newborn make sure its head cannot pass through the neck opening.
Used correctly baby sleeping bags reduce the risk of overheating and SIDS and promote healthy development of baby’s hips.