At five months, Tavi’s getting to that age where he’s so excited about his increasing mobility that he’s squidging non-stop in his sleep. A blanket laid over him when he goes to bed is a blanket that he’s squirmed out from underneath in about half an hour. Or, even worse, he wakes up screaming with his blanket shifted over his face.
Of course the solution is a sleep sack, and we had a couple cheap polar fleece sleep sacks … but I never really liked them because the synthetic fleece made Tavi all sweaty. Nothing like unzipping a fleece sleep sack in the morning to find a schvitz-slathered sticky baby.
So I was stoked when the folks from Merino Kids sent me a lightweight wool sleep sack to review. I got this sack, which made from lightweight wool for warmer seasonal use. Here’s my review:
The design of the sleep sack is super solid, with a top that almost looks like little overalls. One of the straps unsnaps so that you can get it on a squirmy baby, and the bottom unzips for easy diaper changing access. The sleep sack has quickly become part of our nighttime routine: bath, sleep sack, book, nurse, bed. When the sleep sack goes on, little dude knows bed time approacheth.
Tavi can’t kick the sleep sack off overnight, and unlike the synthetic fleece, with the wool he doesn’t wake up in a little zipped up sack of his own sweat in the morning. Yay for breathable natural fibers! I know that living in Seattle, polar fleece is like our Official City Fabric, but I don’t think I’d want to sleep in a sack of fleece — so why should the baby?
My biggest complaint about the sleep sack is that it has a HUGE (like 3″x4″!) Merino Kids label on the back. After about a week, I got out the seam ripper and cut it off. I’m all for branding, but yeesh! It’s also not cheap, but I gotta say that the quality is extremely solid so the pricing makes sense. This isn’t Babies R Us-chintzy, and from reading the reviews on Amazon, it sounds like the sleep sack holds up excellently.
I was a little daunted by the care instructions: the tag says basically to wash it as infrequently as possible, something that’s just not an option for a baby who spits up as much as Tavi does. But I’ve been washing it on the wool cycle and tumble drying it on low once a week, and it seems to be fine.
The sleep sack also has a little slot for use in a car seat or stroller, but I haven’t tested that out yet. Although I do find the slot helpful for sticking my hand into the sack to check Tavi’s diaper. All ‘n’ all, I’m definitely happy with it — although I do have note that since I received it as a review sample, I can’t say if I feel like it’s worth the admittedly high price. (This might be a good one for a budget mama’s baby registry.) But I can say Tavi’s slept in the sack every night, and that I’m super happy to have him out of the polar fleece sweat sack.