Post # 1
So, I literally have 6 friends who are having babies in the next 3 months, and have already been invited to 2 baby showers.
I’ve decided I’m going to make them sleep sacks and baby straight jackets (er…swaddles). I’m probably going to use this pattern for the sleep sack (view A).
And this pattern for the swaddle.
All of these babies are being born between March and May, and I was thinking I would probably use minky fleece (that really soft fleece, often with little nubs all over it), but I know we’re heading into Summer, so my question is: should I use a lighter, non-fleece knit fabric instead?
Basically, for those of you who were new parents in the Spring, what weight fabric did you find you find the most useful for this type of item?
ETA: Secondary question: are the sleeveless sleep sacks actually useful? They seem weird to me…
Post # 3
Dirty Delete was born in April! I used the lighter weight swaddle blankets at first, and when we stopped swaddling I used the fleece sleep sacks. I didn’t find them to be too warm at all, as we keep it cool in the house at night.
Post # 4
My DS was born in September, so he’s been swaddled all winter. I use cotton swaddles because I like putting him in cotton footie PJs and I think he would get too warm in cotton and then fleece. But everyone is diffferent.
PS: LOVE the idea that you’re making their swaddles and sleep sacks. Those things are damn expensive for what they are, and I’m sure your fabric will be so much cuter!
Post # 5
I’m interested in what other moms have to say because I’m due with my first in mid-March and it’s been a guessing game for me! I have a few of each that I’ve received as hand-me-downs and shower gifts, so I’m hoping my random assortment just sort of ends up working itself out.
A couple words of caution though… I’ve heard that minky is highly flammable. I don’t KNOW if that is true, but might be worth looking into for the sake of safety. And then I also had a friend tell me that her kids couldn’t handle fleece because it made their skin break out, even with cotton onesies as a barrier between fleece and skin. (Other friends have had absolutely no problem, though!) So I’m just planning to be a little more on guard when putting him in the fleece ones to see how he does.
Post # 6
Thanks for your responses!
@LoveMikey: My degree is in clothing design, and in the textile design class I took, we learned that the flame retardant “child safe” fabrics may not flame up, but they do MELT. So they can still burn your child. It makes me shudder to think of melted fabric. Plus, those fabrics have tons of additional chemicals to make them flame retardant.
I think there’s potential for hazard with everything in life, but I will make sure to research about minky to be sure it’s not especially flammable. Thank you for the thought. 🙂 As for the skin thing, you just never know what people in general will be sensitive to.
Post # 7
The photo was one I made with flannel fabric.
You don’t need to buy the swaddler pattern…. I used this one: http://aaronandmisha.com/2012/05/02/diy-baby-shower-gift-baby-swaddler/ and looked at her picture to figure out how to put the pattern together. It was smooth sailing from there. I’d suggest flannel instead of fleece/minky as fleece is stretchy and hard to work with Especially for a pattern with curves like these have. Also, All the fleeces specifically say not for sleepwear on the fabric bolts.
Post # 8
@lovemygsp: Thanks for the link! I work with knits a lot, so I’m not afraid of a bit of stretch. 🙂 I’m surprised your flannel didn’t also say “not for children’s sleepwear” as every one I’ve seen does…
For instance, even this flannel clearly intended for a baby says “Not Intended For Children’s Sleepwear”
ETA: And there’s a whole discussion on how flannel doesn’t meet children’s sleepwear standards here.
I would venture to say that flannel is no safer than fleece.