5 Tips for Selecting the Best Baby Sleep Wear

By: Dalene Joubert

Of all the joys a new mother has, the biggest is holding that brand new bundle of joy for the very first time. In an instant, we fall wholeheartedly, unconditionally in love.

There's just something so indescribable about the look on a new baby's face, the touch of their tiny hands and the warm, cuddling embrace. Before we even have a chance to take a deep breath, they own us entirely, forever and always.

Then, of course, panic sets in!

We moms worry about everything! From selecting correct toys to trying to decide if their rooms are decorated just right. If it has to do with our new bundles of joy, it's an issue that's worth fretting over.

There are just too many things to think of.

When it comes to baby sleep wear, there are some excellent suggestions to help make sure you get it right.

Selecting the best sleep wear is not rocket science. But it is serious business which can cost you a lot of money and valuable sleep if you get it wrong.

Great big blankets, hot, fuzzy sleepers and other overpowering sleep wear generally is not the way to go.

In fact, the American SIDs Institute offers some very simple advice. That organization says basic, comfortable baby sleep wear that doesn't overheat is generally the best route to take.

When coupled with a room that is kept at a comfortable temperature your little bundle of joy should sleep like a lamb.

So, what exactly does this mean?

It means applying a little old fashion commonsense to the selection of sleep wear. Some basic ideas to consider include:

* Swaddle blankets. There are some fantastic wearable sleep blankets that are ideal for newborns that like a snug feel. They are especially great in cooler climates or when indoor temperatures are kept a little low for adults' comfort.

The Halo Sleep Sack is an example of these. The beauty of this particular option is that it replaces the need for often dangerous loose-fitting blankets. When coupled with a one-piece sleeper, these safer blankets are often ideal.

* Basic sleepers. Footed sleepers and even Onsie-type body suits are quite often ideal for cooler and warmer temperatures, respectively. Just make sure the materials selected breathe and are not too snug or too loose fitting.

* Nightgowns. While these are always popular, nightgowns can be a pain in the neck for wiggly newborns and older infants. If she likes to scoot around, they can bunch up and cause some problems. Use your best judgment here.

* Thickness, buttons and other concerns. Make sure baby sleep wear is not too thick and hot. Also check for any pieces that might come off an cause choking hazards. Buttons are cute, but unless they are very, very big, they probably do not belong on your sleep wear.

* Materials. The fabrics involved in creating baby sleep wear are worth worrying about. Make sure they are non-flammable or at least flame retardant. Even the best-selected wardrobe of baby clothes can turn out a mistake if the wrong materials go into their creation.

We moms are worriers and rightfully so. When it comes to selecting the right clothes, fortunately there are ways to put some of the concerns to rest.

Apply a little common sense, read the labels and try to relax. This is one area where getting it right isn't that difficult.

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