Yes, sleeping bags are considered an excellent alternative to loose blankets for babies and infants up to around 18-24 months. They provide warmth and containment to help reduce startles and lower the risks of head covering or wiggling under bedding. Quality sacks are designed to be breathable and prevent overheating. Parents report better sleep when babies are happily cocooned in sacks. As a safer substitute for loose hazardous bedding, sleep sacks allow babies comfort and mobility for healthy development.
Babies can start wearing a sleeping bag from birth, and they are designed to be used from newborn age up to around 2 to 3 years old, depending on the size and design of the sleeping bag. Newborn-sized sleeping bags are available for the smallest babies, providing a secure sleep environment from the very beginning. As your baby grows and becomes more active, you may need to transition to larger-sized sleeping bags or other sleepwear options. Always prioritize your baby's safety and comfort during sleep.
While there is no definitive evidence that sleeping bags alone can completely prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), they are considered a safer sleepwear option compared to loose blankets in the crib. Reducing the use of loose bedding, including blankets, is one of the safe sleep recommendations to lower the risk of SIDS.