J.B. asks from Lenexa, KS on January 08, 2008
Sleep Sack for 6 Month Old
Our daughter is 5 months old and overnight this weekend outgrew her sleep sack. We put her in a sleeper, the sleep sack and then when it started to get really cold this winter, we started using a blanket by tucking it under the bottom and both sides of the mattress and pinning her in. She can't move, but her arms are on the outside so she's not snuggled like when she was swaddled, so sometimes it just makes her mad. But before we started using the blanket, I think she was waking herself up because she wasn't staying warm enough. But now that she can't fit in the sleep sack, I don't know if she'll be warm enough again just being in a sleeper and under the blanket. A friend suggested putting a onesie on under the sleeper to help, which is a good idea. The other problem is that she can't wear the sleepers with feet - she pulls her knees up and her feet get caught on the crotch and she can't straighten them out again. She can only wear ones that don't have feet that are a little too small for her - then she can't pull her feet up that high. So we put socks on her but then her calves are exposed and get cold. With the sleep sack and blanket, she's ok, but I don't know how she'll be without it.
So What Happened?™
The socks over the sleeper work great! Thanks everyone for your suggestions!!
M.G. answers from Bloomington on January 11, 2008
I know when my daughter was small (born a few weeks early and only 5 lb 12 oz) we put the socks on over her sleeper with the feet, but on the outside. This helped keep her legs and feet in the right place within the sleeper and helped her stay warm too.
Hope this helps!
S.R. answers from Wichita on January 10, 2008
We had the same problem with my daughter's calves being uncovered when wearing regular pajamas (she is a very restless sleeper). Finally one night my husband was being funny and pulled her socks all the way up on the outside of her pajama pants. It worked! It looks really odd, but it helps the pant legs stay down a lot better than if the socks are under the pants.
K.S. answers from Joplin on January 10, 2008
Well, I don't know if this will help, but I am a 25 yr old mom of 4, a 4 yr old, almost 3 yr old, and 5 mo old twins. My twins are getting VERY wormy, we have a cold house too and I have put a blanket on them, but recently, they've been moving so much and I checked on them once when they each had the blanket over their head, it freaked me out, so no more blankets, tucking them in didn't work either! So, they sleep in the onsees with feet, and they're arms and legs get stuck where they shouldn't be too, but it keeps them warm. An idea I had was to use the ones without feet and put them in those warm little tights (not pantihose), they stay in place and will keep their legs and feet nice and toasty. Let me know how it worked for you! My husband may not like our little man in those, but we'll see!!!:)
C.S. answers from St. Louis on January 10, 2008
Have you looked for a larger sleep sack? Toys R Us used to sell them in larger sizes. You might try that.
D.G. answers from Joplin on January 10, 2008
2 of my grandbabies don't like covers. 1 is more hot natured and her mom puts her in just a fleece snugglie warm footed pj's. The other one is more cold natured. Her mom put good fitting socks on her, a long sleeve onesie then her thick fleece snugglie warm footed pj's on her. When visiting people whos house is colder she adds a pair of long johns or the knit fitted pants. So there are ways around the problem of not liking covers. Each of these girls sleep with a small blanket that they can use. They are 2. But have always slept this way. The youngest one sleeps under covers and loves the soft blankets she will pull them up to her neck. So what ever your little one likes you can find a way to allow them to sleep the way they like. Have fun with them! One of my daughter-in-laws breast fed for almost 2 yrs. she let her daughter ween herself and she did. The other breastfed for 5 months then bottle fed, her oldest is 2 and she is still on the bottle. So age in weening is up to the nature of the child. She will tell you when it's time. My oldest weened at 15 months my youngest threw his bottle out of the bed at 9 months. Then we went to a cup. You can see the vairous ages!
R.C. answers from Wichita on January 10, 2008
We co-sleep, so no one is ever cold. If they do get cold, they cuddle up to mama or daddy. :)
J.R. answers from St. Louis on January 10, 2008
I would cut the feet out of the sleepers and put socks on her to keep her feet warm. My daughter always wanted her head covered when she slept. She's now 13 and still covers her head at night.
A.B. answers from Kansas City on January 09, 2008
Grobags do make bags even for adults, but they are expensive, mainly because you have to order them from the UK or Canada. I recommend them (my son is two and loves his; hates to sleep without it, but it was $80. That was a lot for us. It was an investment! At 5 months, though, Halo still makes sleep sacks that will fit. You can buy them at Babies-R-Us. Honestly, if the baby is in a sleeper and a sleep sack, a blanket is overkill unless it is 50 degrees in her room. It's probably something else waking her, in that case.
R.M. answers from Kansas City on January 09, 2008
I used a grobag for my daughter and she used to giggle when I put her in. I think because it became a routine and she associated it with sleeping. It made it a positive experience for her. They come in sizes for toddlers as well. Zippers go from the bottom up so they can't unzip themselves.
I'm sure they carry them in US stores too.
H.C. answers from Oklahoma City on January 10, 2008
You can buy bigger sleep sacks and swadling blankets to use as she grows. I've seen them at Target and Babies R Us.