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Saturday, May 26, 2012

baby sleep sacks

Asher is a rapidly growing little boy. We like to keep him in sleep sacks at night as he kicks off blankets while he is winding down, doing the killer whale tail flop with his feet, and he likes having something not too constricting around his legs while he sleeps. This is my child who still likes to have his arms wrapped up to go to sleep, but never liked his legs swaddled in even when tiny.

Our first sleep sacks were by Halo from his Noni and Papa, with a very easy-use velcro swaddle to wrap his arms in and a zip front. He loved that. So did we. Then he outgrew them, and was sent two more sleep sacks as a Christmas gift. These are by SlumberSac, also with the zipper up the front, and a little heavier weight for cooler weather, which has been great through the rest of winter and spring. Now, his feet are nearing the end of these, too, and our Arizona weather is also hotting up. So I am looking at sewing him some new sleep sacks!

I threw together one in fleece pretty quickly using these instructions.
http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/sleepsack.html

It is pretty basic, and my first effort so not the most gorgeous of sacks, but it definitely looks and functions as it is supposed to.

I have my eye on these.
http://www.babysleepbags.com/Merino-Kids-Baby-Sleep-Bag-Toddler/M/B0035YHRMM.htm Aren't they gorgeous? And so is the price, which is why I would like to make some of my own.



I love the shape of these Merino Kids sleep sacks. The zipper is up the side rather than the middle, which seems like it might be a little simpler to sew, and they only sell two sizes (0 to 2 years, and 2 to 4 years) because only the bodice part of the sack needs to fit to the child. The rest of the sack can be lovely and loose, really only serving as blankets they can't kick off, and snaps under the arms serve to tighten the bodice around the chest as needed to prevent the sack slipping up over the child's face. I really love them! And so begins my next project. It might take me a while, as I have no patterns and am quite inexperienced with sewing, but I am going to take my usual approach, jump in the deep ends, and hope it works out.


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