It's also cold in my house because like pretty much everyone I know here in New England I cannot afford to keep my home at what is commonly known as "room temperature" 24/7. Seriously, do you actually know anyone who shells out to keep their home in the 68 and 74.3 °F range over the winter? Because I don't. Know anyone or keep my house that warm, I mean. Especially at bedtime.
That's why getting ready to sack out means sacking up for the Bo. P. puts on her footies, I am in head to toe sweats, and the mister is buried under blankets, but I'm still paranoid about babies and blankets thanks to all the infant safety warnings. And plus, how do you get a baby to actually stay under a blanket anyway?
Enter the sleep sack - or sleepsack, if you prefer. I'd definitely put it on my list of must-have winter gear for babies here in New England because helloooooo polar vortex.
What kind should you buy to keep baby's toes toasty? We have plenty of your standard Halo sleep sacks hanging around but if you want to up your baby sleep game you can't beat the Merino Kids organic cotton and superfine merino wool sleep sack. Don't let the word "wool" fool you - there is nothing itchy going on here.
Here's the skinny on this particular product:
- It's made from super soft Woolmark-certified Superfine Merino - you would not know there is any wool.
- No, for real, it is really super soft.
- It's stitched by master tailors in India. Probably not important, but still a fun detail.
- Wool has been shown to keep kids warmer without overheating them better than polar fleece.
- It's naturally fire-resistant. I like that.
- Fits up to two years - and then some.
- No, really. It's huge.
- Unzips from the bottom, lays flat, and can be opened via shoulder snaps, too.
- There's a flap opening that makes going from bed to car seat or stroller possible.
That said, it's still nice and fitted up top where it should be to keep squirmy worms from slithering out.
My final impressions: Merino Kids makes what feels like it will be a long-lasting sleepsack, both in that it will fit for a good long while and in that lots of washing has not caused any changes in the look or feel of it. Is it more expensive than a Halo sleep sack? Yes, by a lot, but I get the feeling that a Merino Kids sack will make it through more rounds of hand-me-downs before the zipper gives up the ghost. (That said, I should probably say it's expensive by any measure but if it fits in your budget, enjoy!) Getting Bo in and out took a little practice because we were used to zipping him up in sacks that go on like jackets, but now it's no big deal. All in all, I like it. It fits well, looks nice, and feels good, too.
I actually had no idea that wool could feel so nice. Maybe it's time for me to look into wool for myself!
What's your favorite brand of sleepsack?
And the disclaimer: I received a free Merino Kids Organic Wool Sleep Sack to try out but that didn't influence my opinions about the product because I am a strong, independent woman.
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