This week’s Friday Favorite is all about Love to Dream Sleep Sacks. My household is literally O B S E S S E D with these sleep sacks. When I brought Roman home from the hospital we swaddled him, but we found it so annoying to unswaddle and swaddle every time we needed to change his diaper. Roman likes to sleep with his arms up (the natural way for babies to sleep). Muslin swaddle blankets are cute but we barely used them so now I have a ton just sitting around. We next tried the Halo Swaddle Sleep Sack. This apparently is a mom favorite and I registered for them because of that. Well, after two weeks we stopped using them. The velcro was so loud and woke Roman up every time we undid it, and there is only one zipper. After using the LTD Sleep Sacks I found double zipper is a must for helping change your LO without waking them. Love to Dream has 3 different stages
Swaddling (0-4 months) | Transition (4-9 months) | Independent (6-48months)
Each sleep sack is cinched in at the waist to give that “swaddle snugness” and has two zippers. We love the two zipper aspect because if we ever need to change Roman’s diaper we can just unzip the bottom half and not disturb him up top.
The Swaddling Stage
I always say Roman looks like a flying squirrel while in this sleep sack. The sack keeps your babies arms up while sleeping, which apparently mimics their behavior while in the womb. It also has enough give that your baby can self sooth with their fist if they need to.
The Transition Stage
This is what Roman is in now. The Transition Stage Sack is just like the Swaddle except the “wings” or arms are removable. Your baby will graduate to this sack once he or she is showing signs of rolling over or hits the 4 month mark whichever comes first. For us it was the 4 month mark, we took one arm off when we started to notice Roman rolling on his side. Soon we’ll put him to bed with both arms free.
The Independent Stage
At this stage the sack is more like a typical sleep sack you see. It is not cinched in at the side like the previous stages. There are two types at this stage based on what your little one prefers, a Sleep Bag and a Sleep Suit. The Sleep Suit has legs so your little one can move around while the Sleep Bag is like a large roomy blanket.
You should buy a Love to Dream Sleep Sack based off your little one’s WEIGHT not their age or length. There are three different sizes for both the Swaddle Up and the Transition 50/50 sleep sack. If your baby has not reached the weight requirement for the Transitional 50/50 sleep sack, they should not be put in it. If you buy a sleep sack for them to grow into, and not based on their current weight, the neckline could be too loose and not meet safe sleep standards.
Swaddle Up (Stage 1)
Newborn (5 to 8.5 lbs) | Small (7 to 13 lbs) | Medium (13 to 18.5 lbs)
Swaddle Transition 50/50 (Stage 2)
Medium (13 to 18.5 lbs) | Large (18.5 to 24 lbs) | Extra Large (24 to 30.5 lbs)
Along with the three sizes there are three different temperature ratings. You should buy the sleep sack that has a temperature rating that best matches the main temperature of the environment your baby sleeps in. Below is a chart from the Love to Dream website that shows you the temperature range and how you should dress your baby underneath.
So for Roman we buy the Original style because it is rated for a house with the temperature of 75 to 66 degrees. We keep our house at 73 degrees, so based on the chart dress him in long sleeved pajamas. It may seem very complicated and not worth it for just a sleep sack, but Love to Dream has designed it this way to help with SIDS and ensure your baby does not overheat at night.
I will N E V E R recommend any other sleep sack to moms. It is actually rated one of the top sleep sacks for 2018. Overall all three of us sleep soundly because of our Love to Dream Sleep Sacks. Brent and I never got as good of a night’s sleep before we started Roman in these. And now Roman has been in them since he was a month old and we’ve been sleeping soundly ever since!