When I talk with other families about traveling with young kids, many of them tell me they won’t travel because they are afraid it will disrupt their baby’s sleep routine. Some of them have specific routines that are hard to replicate other places. We’ve traveled the world with a baby and we’ve picked up a few tricks.
One way that we’ve had success with baby sleep while traveling is that we follow a bedtime routine that incorporates SleepSacks. They are easy to pack and don’t take up nearly as much room as a full blanket. When we change his diaper and put our son into his jammies, we slip on a SleepSack so he’s ready for bed. Then I usually nurse him one last time, pop the binky in his mouth and I’m able to set him in his bassinet or crib while he drifts off to sleep.
HALO has a new design of SleepSacks available and they sent me one to review. Here’s what I thought:
What I Like:
- The elephant print is super cute!
- The fleece is a night weight for chilly nights.
- The zipper is easy to use.
- My baby doesn’t freeze when I do diaper changes since he can stay partly in the SleepSack.
- The “Back is Best” logo on the front, just to remind caregivers.
What I Don’t Like:
- The sizing is tricky. My 3.5 month old is too tall for the size Small SleepSacks but the size Medium was really big.
- It doesn’t wash up very well. I like to invest in baby products that I can give to another family after we’re done and I’m not sure it will be in nice enough condition to pass along after a few months of wear.
HALO’s Safe Sleep Tips
- Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
- Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
- Remove all blankets, comforters and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
- Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
- Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
- Room share, but don’t bed share. Bed sharing can put a child at risk of suffocation.
- Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
- Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.