Updated January 2019
As we approach the frosty months in Seattle, the temperature keeps dropping. I don’t know about you, but I am ALWAYS worrying about my baby/toddler being warm enough at night. Luckily, a warm winter sleep sack is the answer.
Especially for those of us that have cold nights and older, drafty homes – ACK
Below are a few of my favorite winter weight wearable blankets to take you through the fall and chilly cold winter (priced lowest to highest). See also: “regular” wearable blankets.
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.
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. It’s their heaviest weight (TOG 2.5), made of super soft cotton, (doesn’t pill after washes) and has a comfy quilted interior. 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
In the midst of my search for a winter sleep sack, I discovered this gem from Hanna Andersson! Available in grey, cream and red. Not only is this sack 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?!
Baby Deedee Sleep Nest Teddy ~ $42 – 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 in October, 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 at this point 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).
Gunapod® Bamboo Duvet Sack ~ $49 – 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 under, “why can’t I get one in my own size?” 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.
Kip & Co. Sprinkles Rainbow Sleepsack ~ $55 – Most Beautiful!
New(ish) last year from Australia, we came across Kip & Co. at the ABC Kids Expo in Vegas this fall. 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 their thick, winter weight sleep sack (TOG factor 2.5). Their prints are beautifully bright and the sizing will take you far. My personal fave feature: the arm openings have a snap to adjust for snugness as baby grows. Brilliant!
See also Wearable Blanket Smackdown