What Should a Baby Wear to Sleep?

Simple tips from Baby & Toddler Sleep Expert, Lauren Olson, to help your baby (and you) get a good night’s rest

A newborn baby wearing a swaddle to sleep in

Your baby has finally arrived, and it’s the first night home from the hospital. Suddenly a question dawns on you – what should your baby wear to sleep at night? 

See our simple guide about how to dress your child comfortably at night in any season (and at any age!) while providing the optimal environment for quality sleep.

In this guide we’ll go over: 

  • What clothes to dress your baby and toddler in, 
  • our baby sleep outfit recommendations,
  • the ideal sleeping temperature for your child, 
  • crib fabric recommendations,
  • and other safe sleeping tips.

What Clothes Should a Baby Sleep In?

When dressing your newborn for bed, follow this rule of thumb: dress the infant in one additional layer than what you’d be comfortable wearing at night in that room. Consider a onesie, sleep sack, or lightweight swaddle in warmer months. In colder months, opt for a long-sleeved onesie or a heavier sleepsack or swaddle.

The TOG (thermal overall grade) indicates approximately how many blankets a sleeping sack or bag is equivalent to. Bags with rating 1.2 or below are for spring/summer use. Bags with rating 2-2.5 are for autumn/winter.  

For those Mamas that do better with a chart, here is a wonderful example of a Sleep Temperature Guide:

Chart outlining what a baby should wear to bed, based on the temperature and season.

Temp guide via slumbersafe.com

Baby Sleep Clothes: The Tot’s Recommendations

 

We recommend going for comfortable, non-toxic sleepwear for your infant. Here are the 5 best baby pajamas. 

If your baby kicks off their blanket, a sleep sack or sleep bag is the solution for you. The Halo Sleepsack Wearable Blanket is made from 100% organic cotton that is soft to the touch, hypoallergenic and provides a cozy and comfortable sleeping alternative to blankets in the crib. The sleep sack has an inverted zipper that allows quick and easy access for diaper changes, meaning significantly less fuss from babies. Halo also makes a Sleepsack Swaddle that’s used in hospital nurseries nationwide. The 3-way adjustable swaddle adjusts to your baby’s sleep style and keeps them safe and snuggly.

Halo Sleepsack Wearable Blanket

The Halo® SleepSack® wearable blanket is a warm cuddly blanket they can’t kick off; ensuring baby sleeps soundly throughout the night. Made of 100% certified organically-grown cotton, the fabric is free of chemical dyes, softeners and finishes.

 

Halo Wearable blanket

Halo Sleepsack Wearable Blanket

 

$32.95

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Halo Sleepsack Swaddle

The HALO SleepSack Swaddle replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing. In addition to helping your baby sleep safer, it helps him sleep better, too. Discontinue swaddling when the baby shows signs of rolling over or breaking out of the swaddle wrap.

 

Halo Sleepsack Swaddle

Halo Sleepsack Swaddle

 

$34.95

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Kyte Baby Sleep Bag

The Kyte BABY Printed Sleep Bag is made from sustainable bamboo rayon fabric that is soft to the touch and provides a cozy and comfortable sleeping alternative to blankets in the crib. The sleep bag has a double zipper that allows quick and easy access for diaper changes, meaning significantly less fuss from babies.

Kyte Baby Printed Sleep Bag

Kyte Baby Sleep Bag

 

$49 – $49.99

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Hart + Land Bodysuit PJs

For Mamas with an infant still in a swaddle, a great combination would be the Hart + Land Bodysuit PJs paired with the Hart + Land Organic Cotton Swaddle for winter and  the Hart + Land Shortsleeve Bodysuit paired with the Hart + Land Organic Cotton Swaddle for summer.

Exclusive to The Tot, the super soft HART + LAND SLEEP footed bodysuit will keep little ones cozy all night. With long sleeves and convenient snaps along the front, they’re perfect for morning cuddles with the family.

 

Hart + Land Avocadoes Bodysuit

Hart + Land Bodysuit PJs – Avocados

 

$40

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Hart + Land Shortsleeve Bodysuit

The Hart + Land Organic Solid Short Sleeve Lap Shoulder Bodysuit is a basic every baby needs. With short sleeves, snaps at the bottom and an easy to pull on lap shoulder neckline, it’s a versatile piece for nap time or playtime.

 

Halo Wearable blanket

Halo Sleepsack Wearable Blanket

$20

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Hart + Land Organic Cotton Swaddle

The Hart + Land Organic Cotton Swaddle with Galaxy Stars print is a must have item for any parent. Incredibly versatile, it can be used for swaddling, nursing, tummy time, shading, and snuggling. Made from 100% organic cotton it gets softer with each wash.

 

Galaxy Stars Swaddle

Hart + Land Organic Cotton Swaddle

 

$28

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Little Unicorn Muslin Quilt

In the first couple years of their lives, babies need a little extra help regulating their body temperature. In the cooler months, you may consider a blanket for your infant. The Muslin Quilt is beautifully crafted with layers of 100% rayon made from bamboo, breathable, machine washable, and perfect for keeping your baby warm and cozy all through the night.

Halo Wearable blanket

Little Unicorn Muslin Quilt

 

$50

Available in more colors 

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Toddler Pajamas: How to Dress Toddler for Bed (12+ Months)

Once your child is 12 months old, using a sleep sack is still a perfectly good solution to keep their feet warm at night. It’s also the age where you can introduce a blanket into the crib. I’m currently using the Little Unicorn organic cotton muslin quilt for my oldest child. It’s also big enough for a parent to snuggle under too while reading books at bedtime! 

If your toddler is more comfortable sleeping without a blanket, try the cute organic pajamas from 12 12. 

12 12 Organic Cotton Pajama Set

Featuring an adorable Sharks + Minnows print, this classic 12 | 12 Pajama Set will keep your toddler warm and cozy all night. Designed with a  long sleeve crew neck style top and cuffed pant, they’re snug fitting so that they don’t need harmful chemicals like flame retardants.

 

Pajama Set

1212 2-Piece Pajama Set- Sharks & Minnows

 

$52

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Ideal Sleeping Temperature for Babies

The ideal temperature for a baby’s room is between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. As for your little one’s body temperature, the AAP says that a normal body temperature for a healthy baby is between 97 and 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit, which most doctors will agree with. To easily test your baby’s temperature, I recommend using the Innovo Thermometer that features a dual forehead and ear mode. 

Innovo Thermometer

The only thermometer that you will ever need. The Innovo Thermometer measures temperature via forehead (suitable for all ages) or ear (recommended for children over 1 year old).

Innovo Thermometer

Innovo Thermometer

 

$29.99

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Crib & Crib Bedding

In order for your baby or toddler sleep through the night, you’ll want them to be as comfortable as possible throughout any season. Here are our recommendations for the best cribs and crib bedding.

The Classic Crib by Oeuf is sustainably produced in Europe from wood panels on a solid wood base, making it one of the sturdiest and safest cribs available. Made of solid birch and eco-MDF, it’s easy to assemble by one person, has three adjustable mattress positions and a small footprint to help utilize space efficiently. All finishes are non-toxic, water-based and free of VOC health hazards 

For crib bedding, the breathable muslin sheets from Little Unicorn come in multiple prints good to go with any nursery design, and help keep baby cool at night. It’s important to keep baby’s health in mind as well, which is why I recommend organic mattresses like Nook’s Pebble Pure mattress.

This mattress  is not only supportive cozy and hypoallergenic, it’s also safe. Featuring a certified organic coconut core layered with 1” of natural latex foam, the dual-sided design of the Nook Sleep Systems Pebble Pure Mattress ensures a firm, breathable sleep space for infants and toddlers while the superior softness of the eucalyptus wrap provides comfort and convenience.

Lighting & Sound

Creating the perfect sleeping environment for your little one includes factoring in light and sound. For lighting, the Studio Cheha hot air balloon is a great choice to bring peace of mind to your child as they learn to sleep in their own room. The night light features laser engraved clear acrylic glass and hidden LED elements that emit 50,000 hours worth of warm light. 

For sound, we recommend keeping white continuously running, specifically one with low rumbling. The Baby Shusher can help soothe your fussy baby by making a doctor tested shushing sound that mimics in utero noises and soothes your little one. Small and compact in size, the Baby Shusher is perfect to use in the nursery, in the car, or when visiting friends and family.

Additional Baby Sleep Tips

In addition to clothing, temperature, and crib bedding here are ways to ensure your baby sleeps safely and comfortably.

  • The AAP firmly recommends nothing in the crib or bassinet under 12 months of age to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.  This includes heavy blankets, hats, beanies, or thick crib bumpers. If you feel as though baby is cold, add an additional layer to his/her outfit.
  • Give your baby their own safe sleeping area in the same room as an adult for at least 6-12 months.
  • Provide a safe sleeping environment for naps & nighttime.
  • Always put baby down in sleeping area on their back, not their side or stomach.
  • Have your baby sleep with their face and head uncovered.
  • Keep baby in a smoke free environment.
  • Keep white noise is continuously running;  one with low rumbling is best, such as the Baby Shusher

Learn more about safe sleep for your baby, and read our Question & Answer on newborn sleep.

For more professional Baby & Toddler Sleep Ideas and Help, visit sleepandthecity.com