If your teeny dreamer has a tendency to squirm out of the sleeping bag at night, then you may be searching for a simple way to stop your escape artist slipping out of the bag. After all, once bub has figured out how to get out of the sleeping bag, then this leaves those arms and legs free for all kinds of mischief.
Eliminate the wriggles and the night wakings that follow with these simple tips to stopping babies from escaping their sleeping bags at night. Just keep in mind, that sleeping bags are only intended to be used the way manufacturer’s instruct, and using them in an alternative way may not be safe.
We asked the Mum’s Grapevine community to tell us their clever tips to stop babies taking off their sleeping bags.
Turn it inside out
Lots of mums swear by this idea – simply turn the sleeping bag inside out. The zip will now be against the skin so pop a singlet or top on to protect bubs delicate skin.
“My 19 month old gets naked constantly – she can take off any type of clothing. So I just put her sleeping bag on backwards over her PJs then she can’t undo the zip. Sometimes she figures if she pulls hard enough at the neck it will unzip but mostly she stays nice and warm!” – Amy Laming
Back to front
Another super simple way to stop little zipper-happy hands is to simply put the sleeping bag on backwards.
“Put the sleeping bag on back to front. So she won’t be able to reach the zipper!” – Natalie Vinas-Bell
Ah, the good, ol’ nappy pin – what isn’t it good for?! Just make sure you’re using a special nappy pin that closes at the top so little fingers can’t open that too.
“My son was a Houdini too. I put a nappy pin through the zipper tapes, so he couldn’t undo it.” – Elizabeth McEwan
Put a ring on it
If you have a sleeping bag with two zips, this one works a treat.
“We used to use a key ring to fasten the two zips together.” – Andrea Gower
If all else fails …
“Fleece jumpsuits are a good alternative.” – Cassandra Moran
“I had the same problem with my miss. I gave up and bought a heater for her room and just had it on low as she really just didn’t like all the layers etc. Now she sleeps wonderfully in a singlet and nappy in her cosy room.” – Carmie Dee
“My daughter put her kids in a sized up thick onesie over pjs with tights and long sleeved t-shirts.” – Susan King
“Velcro the blanket to the side of the mattress and put a loose blanket underneath. Dress her warm, especially her upper body, leggings a little too big for the bottom so it’s not tight but will stay on her.” – Jacey Douglas
If it’s time to consider transitioning from a cot to big bed, this clever doona zips to the sheets and will keep any little any wrigglers under the covers.
(Image via Love to Dream)