Here in NYC, the temperature keeps dropping. I don’t know about you, but I am ALWAYS worrying about my baby/toddler being warm enough at night (but without overheating!). Warm winter sleep sacks to the rescue.
Especially for those of us that have older, drafty homes or apartments – ACK!
Below are a few of our favorite winter weight wearable blankets to take you from fall through the dead cold of winter and into early spring. [See also: “regular” wearable blankets, or sleep sacks.]
Note that these are designated with a “TOG factor,” which denotes the level of thermal insulation used in the textile trade. They range from 0.5 to 3, with 3 being the warmest.
Here are our fave winter sleep sacks to keep baby cozy and comfy all winter long (priced lowest to highest):
Carter’s Baby Fleece Sleep Bag ~$17 — ECONOMY PICK
This fleece sleep sack is super warm with long sleeves for extra warmth on the chilliest nights. The polyester fabric is toasty, soft and cozy, though not the most breathable of textiles (translation: you get what you pay for). This winter sleep sack is good for babies up to 9M. For older babies and toddlers, keep reading…
My babes have worn HALO since birth, so I’m a big fan. Out of all the HALO swaddles and sleepsacks I’ve purchased, their “winter weight” sack is my fave. Unfortunately that one is no longer available. The Microfleece is a nice alternative. It’s made of super soft fleece (doesn’t pill after washes) and allows for easy diaper changes. My only qualm is that I wish the sizing went through 24 months; we are bummed we’ve grown out of ours!
Related: Best Kid’s Snow Boots
Baby Deedee Sleep Nest Teddy ~ $39 – Top Pick
Full disclosure: I received the Sleep Nest Teddy as a gift from Baby Deedee, and thank goodness I did. At ABC Kids Expo a couple of years ago, I mentioned I was rounding up winter sleep sacks for our readers and they said I HAD to try the Teddy. They were so right!
I love the shoulder snap openings the sleep nest is known for and the over-sized, dual-entry zipper. The best part is that I have washed it countless times and the fleece is still lovely and plush. This is my current fave for my 1-year-old — he sleeps so well in this cozy sack (TOG Factor 2.5).
Gunamuna Bamboo Duvet Sack ~ starting at $60 – Most like an actual duvet!
This versatile sack has features we’ve all thought about during a middle of the night diaper change. It literally unzips across the entire bottom of the sack for complete open access. SO GOOD!
This sack is definitely made for cooler climates (2.6 TOG), but the breathable bamboo fibers are also temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking to help prevent overheating. You can also choose to leave the bottom zippers a bit open to allow extra airflow if you wish.
File this one under, “why can’t I get one in my own size?” Seriously, this sack is awesome and very highly rated. Best of all, it goes up to 36 months, which is a size that can be hard to find.
Kyte Baby ~ $60
The Kyte Baby sleeping bags are made of bamboo and are buttery soft. I’ve used my fair share of sleeping bags with my kids (my firstborn used them until he was 4 years old), and these are quite possibly the softest I have felt. The brand offers three different blanket weights to cater to different climates. The 1.0 and 2.5 TOG weights are both great for the colder months. Kyte sleeping bags go up to size L, which fits kids up to 40″.
I love that the bags feature a zipper flap at the top to avoid irritating baby’s skin and a double zipper on the bottom to make nighttime diapers changes easier. The brand also carries walker sleeping bags (~$69), which allow older children to stay warm while still being able to walk around. We have one of those as well, and we LOVE IT! Oh and they make sleeping bags/walkers for adults now… Here’s the link in case you want to match with your sleeping babe even at night.
Kip & Co. Sleep Bags ~ $55
New(ish) from Australia, we came across Kip & Co. at the ABC Kids Expo. I walked by their booth and stopped dead in my tracks: gorgeous!
I love the vibrant colors they use in their designs (they basically inspired me to re-decorate my home, but that’s another story!), and I LOVE this thick, winter weight sleep sack (TOG factor 2.5). The prints are beautiful and bright, and the sizing options can take you far. My personal fave feature: the arm openings have a snap to adjust for snugness as baby grows. Brilliant!
Hanna Andersson Wearable Blanket ~ $42 – $60
This gem from Hanna Andersson is available in a few solids and a cute, understated Winnie the Pooh print. Not only is this sack high-quality and gorgeous, but it’s amazing for climates where it gets freakin’ COLD. The outside is a quilted cotton and the zipper conveniently runs downward. Who wouldn’t want to sleep in a bundle of sherpa fleece?!
The Woolino ~$109
Merino wool is a natural fiber, so it’s super breathable, absorbs moisture, and is naturally fire resistant. And soft! OMG — it’s so soft. The Woolino is made from premium hypoallergenic Australian merino wool, and this one-size product fits babes 2 months – 2 years… so yes, it’s pricey, but it will last you a while (even a lifetime — it’s meant to be handed down from child to child, including new generations).
It has shoulder snaps, an inverted side zipper for quick changing, and seat belt slots for easy transfer from crib to car.
That’s all for now. Enjoy those winter snuggles!
See also: Full Winter Series, which includes:
See also Wearable Blanket Smackdown