How We Tested
Hi there! My name is Ilana Cohn and I am a writer and performer living in Los Angeles. I love reading about the latest baby gear and sharing my opinion, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review more products that have been helping me get baby number two into good sleep habits. While every baby is different, sleep is universally necessary and important, not only for physical growth and brain development, but also for our sanity, as parents. So anything that aides the process of sleep is golden in my book.
At around 3 months it was time to say goodbye to the swaddles that we had become pretty dependent on for getting our son to sleep. My little guy either outgrew, would break out of the bigger ones, or be so frustrated over being stuck in them, that we knew it was time to move to the sleep sack.
I tested the sleep sacks in the same manor that the swaddles were tested. Each sleep sack was tested through at least two sleeps and revisited a month later. Although we did have an almost two-month stretch when I would only sleep our baby in the Magic Merlin’s Sleep Suit—it was the only thing that was working, which is the main reason why it’s in our number one spot.
With all of the sleep sacks we looked at fabric properties and quality, ease of use, any special features, storage, fit, comfort, adjustability, ability to change a diaper, and overall experience.
What You Should Know About Sleep Sacks
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should not put an actual blanket in your baby’s crib until after 12 months. Luckily, there are plenty of wearable blanket options to keep our babies safe and cozy while they sleep. The main things to consider when selecting one of the many options available are: durability, comfort, warmth, and cost. If organic cotton is important to you, you could be looking at spending close to $100.
If you’re looking to have one sleep sack to get you from infancy all the way to toddlerhood, they do exist, but you may have to deal with resizing it, and your baby may not find the early stages of the swaddle/sleep sack combo as comfortable, since the fabric will need to be bunched.
Wearable blankets come in many different materials making it easy to select the appropriate sleep option for your baby in any climate.
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Checking our work.
We use standardized and scientific testing methods to scrutinize every product and provide you with objectively accurate results. If you’ve found different results in your own research, email us and we’ll compare notes. If it looks substantial, we’ll gladly re-test a product to try and reproduce these results. After all, peer reviews are a critical part of any scientific process.