Post # 1
I’ve been thinking about this lately after i went through all the baby clothes and blankets i’ve received thus far and i realize i am pretty confused!
I have a ton of baby pajamas/sleepers like this:
and I have onesies like this:
Then i also have a couple of sleep sacks:
and last, i have learned all about how you are supposed to swaddle your baby as a newborn, like this:
So i am just confused as to what i use and when. I assume the swaddlers are used right away when baby is born, but what do they wear underneath? a onesie? a sleeper?
And then when do you start using a sleep sack? i wouldn’t think you swaddle them, while wearing a sleeper, then put them in a sleep sack, that seems like too much!
Post # 3
I’ve always seen baby in a sleeper, then either in a swaddler or a sleep sack. Both of those replace the need for blankets, but still need PJs underneath. You’ll do great, in the end you’ll use what works best for you which might be a simple receiving blanket and not any special contraptions.
Post # 4
When my babies were newborns, I put them in a onesie and swaddle. DD was about 3 months and DS was about 4 months when they no longer needed the swaddle to sleep. When they weaned from the swaddle, we put DD in footed sleepers (since it was fall) and DS slept in onesies (since it was summer). Now that it’s getting cool, DS has switched over to footed sleepers. We never used sleep sacks.
Many people use a onesie and swaddle in the newborn stage, and then switch to a onesie and sleep sack, since it’s an easier transition than going straight to sleepers.
Post # 5
It depends on how warm or cold it is.
We swaddled at first, with either a square blanket or a swaddle wrap. Sometimes he wore a onesie underneath, sometimes just a diaper.
Sometimes DS will sleep just in a legged sleeper like you posted. Sometimes he’ll sleep in a sleep sack, if he’s in a onesie or just a diaper inside depends on how warm/cold it is.
On a few really hot nights when our air conditioner wasn’t keeping up (I was sleeping on top of the covers in just my underwear), he just slept in a onesie and nothing else over him.
He sleeps in infant gowns a lot, those are nice because it’s really easy to get to his diaper.
So I guess my answer is: Whatever I happen to put him in is what he sleeps in. It varies from night to night.
Post # 6
When DD was an infant, we put her in footed pajamas and swaddled her in a blanket. (I have to sleep with the air running, so it was still around 69 in the house). It wasn’t that complicated to change her in the middle of the night, we got really used to it really quickly.
When she got strong enough to bust out of a traditional swaddle (about 9 weeks) we bought a swaddle blanket like that one you posted. (With the velcro). That was a Godsend, and if I could still use that, I would. We had to discontinue that at about 3.5 months, when she could roll over.
Then we put her in a sleep sack over thin cotton pajamas (still with the feet) and used that for a couple of months, until she outgrew it.
Now, she sleeps in fleece pajamas or blanket sleepers (just thicker pjs) since it’s starting to get into the 30s/40s at night. We don’t use anything else, but we keep the heater on to keep it around 70 in the house at night. I’ll probably purchase a bigger sleep sack for when we get really into winter.
Post # 7
thanks everyone, these are all helpful replies 🙂
Post # 8
I always had my son in a “nightie” his feet were never inside anything (sleep sack or like the first picture you showed)
Post # 9
A swaddle blanket (like the one you pictured) and a diaper. But DS runs hot…I think he’d get too hot if I put him in anything else. It took weeks to get him to stay in a swaddle (he’d scream bloody murder and go all Hulk on them) so then we had him in a long sleeved sleep sack (from Carter’s I think). We’ll probably put him back in them when he gets too big for the swaddle, at least when it’s cold out.
Post # 10
I just took our Infant Safety class and one of the things they said to reduce SIDS is to put them in a one piece when sleeping. My cousin used the sleep sacks because she said it was easier to change the baby in the middle of the night without have too much movement to really wake her back up. My other cousin’s baby loved to be swaddled so they always did that. I guess it’s what is easiest for you and what your baby likes.
Post # 11
When munchkin was really little it was pj’s and swaddle in the winter/spring. This summer when it was so hot out he just slept in a diaper until he figured out how to take his diaper off! Then he was either in summer pj’s or onies.
With fall here he sleeps in footed pj’s.
Post # 12
I favor footie PJ/sleep n plays. Thats pretty much what she wore all except a few nights when it was super hot (no AC in the UK). She was swaddled until 6 months old. At first, we did a regular swaddle in an Aden + Anais muslin blanket. When she learned to bust out of that, we switched to double swaddling her. When she started rolling over in her sleep, we switched to just the sleepsack with her arms out.
At the moment, she wears fleece, footed PJs and a cotton sleepsack to bed. She LIVED in fleece PJs for the first month she was alive.