Mommy Sarah C. has her hands full with six-month-old Miss H and her three-year-old Brother B. On maternity leave from her teaching job, Sarah had the opportunity to test the “jungle jam” aden + anais Cozy Sleeping Bag, which is four layers of muslin – designed for the cooler weather we just got here in Ontario and will continue to have until May next year. (Thanks for that, Mother Nature.)
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The aden + anais sleep sack made its debut in our home and my daughter, Miss H (who was five months old at the time) was the lucky member of our family to test it out! I tried to squeeze my husband in there without much luck.
After a bath on the first night, Brother B thought his small sister should wear it to the zoo since it has giraffes on it. We only wriggle Miss H into the sack at bedtime, a little late to be going to the zoo, dontcha think?
At first, I thought the aden + anais sleep sack would be too long for Miss H, but I was wrong. She fits comfortably and has room to kick and wiggle around, as every baby loves to do! She will definitely grow into the length, so it’s really only important that the sleep sack fit around the head and neck area.
aden + anais uses soft, snuggly material called muslin, and this particular Cozy Sleeping Bag sports four layers of it (you can also get a version with a single layer for warmer weather), which keeps Miss H warm all night long. I haven’t felt the need to add blankets on top when she’s in the sleep sack. [Editor’s note: Please don’t ever add blankets to your baby’s crib. It is widely advised that a crib be free of anything that can impede airflow, which includes blankets, toys, crib bumpers and sleep positioners. Please, parents – enough with the crib bumpers, already! If you feel your baby needs more warmth, simply put on warmer PJs or purchase a sleep sack rated for colder weather.]
The sleep sack doesn’t restrict Miss H from rolling on her side, her preferred sleep position. And, when she’s physiologically ready to roll over, sit up, stand in her crib, crawl or do any other baby gymnastics, her sleep sack is roomy enough to allow her to do so.
At about $45 to $50, the aden + anais Cozy Sleeping Bag is priced below many competitors, making it good value.
aden + anais is welcome in my home and Miss H’s crib anytime! I personally recommend this sleep sack for any baby. It’s safe, easy to clean, comfortable and warm.
If your baby is still waking up at night and requires a diaper change, just about any sleep sack isn’t really ideal. When Big Daddy T or I change a middle-of-the-night blow-out, there’s a lot of material to handle while trying to clean Miss H’s bottom (we tend not to unzip the sack all the way with tired eyes). However, I can report that aden + anais help contain the mess. And, lucky me, I can just throw the sack in the wash with the rest of Miss H’s mishaps of the day.
So…where can you buy it?