***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
So we have struggled to find ways to make Sophie more comfortable at night. Unless it's the dead of winter, sleepers are just too much. Even in the summer, she prefers to sleep wearing just a diaper or a light nightgown. Of course then I worry about her becoming too cold, so I end up checking on her multiple times and replacing the blankets that have been kicked off.
We've tried a few different types of wearable blankets, or sleep sacks. Most of them are wonderful, but didn't stop my Princess from becoming a sweaty mess. Even some cottons were too much at times, depending on the thickness of the garment.
So when I learned about the sleep sacks from Merino Kids, a New Zealand based company, I was definitely intrigued. You see, this kiwi brand has an amazing reputation overseas, and is now available to US consumers. What makes them unique? They use Merino fibers. This has been called a "miracle fiber", and has been proven to have many benefits. If you haven't heard of this before, here are some quick facts about this amazing fiber. (They also offer Organic Cotton products, which I will be featuring in my review. Merino is just too cool not to share, too!)
About Merino :
Other benefits of Merino are really quite unbelievable. Did you know that swaddling a newborn in this fabric can greatly reduce the risk of overheating? Also, low birth weight and preemie babies have been shown to gain an additional 2.5oz/week when sleeping in Merino.
But the best benefit of all? Well, babies who sleep in Merino are happier and get a better nights sleep. (And happy baby means happy Mom and Dad!) Comfortable babies fall asleep faster with less fussing, feed better, and experience more consistent weight gain. Pretty neat, right?
About Merino Kids :
"When I first started Merino Kids back in 2003, it was born out of necessity for my first daughter Lillybelle. As a mother researching the availability of baby, infant and toddler sleepwear products I was shocked at the number of synthetic products that were flooding the market. More-so I was dismayed at the size and state of the unregulated global industry"
"Using my background in textile design and my knowledge of merino as a 100% natural wonder fiber , I decided to make a difference."
The mission at Merino Kids is to make a difference to the lives of all families with young children. They want parents and care givers to feel good about the choices that they make. Merino Kids is passionate about bringing you only the safest, functional yet innovative and beautiful products, made from only nature’s best 100% natural materials.
My Review of the Organic Cotton Toddler Sleep Sack :
This arrived very quickly, and was packaged quite impressively. The sleep sack came in a pretty bag that even has embroidery on it, as well as the adorable Merino Kids logo!
I can also feel good about this product because it's all natural, so no chemicals, pesticides, or other icky things come into contact with my baby's skin. As a matter of fact, the organic cotton used to make this sleep sack is GOTS-certified.
The colors are also wonderful. The red, green, and blue are nice and vibrant, and are suited to either gender. This is great, since my son Xander will be able to use it, too.
There is also a patented safety belt aperture that allows quick transition to a car seat without disturbing a sleeping baby. (And we all know how awful moving an already snoozing child to a car seat can be.) This aperture is very simple to use, and is compatible with pretty much all car seats and safety belts.
Another thing I love about this product is the fact that it's generously sized. This fits my daughter with plenty of room to spare. I will admit, Sophie is rather petite for a 3.5 year old. She is on the short side, and weighs about 32lbs. But even for larger kids, there would be plenty of room since this product is designed to be non-restrictive and give kids a free range of motion. While this is definitely roomy, it's also very secure and baby will not be able to wriggle out of it. My daughter actually walks around wearing it! (I was a little worried she would trip at first, but this has not happened yet, knock on wood!)
But the best testament to this product can be seen while she's sleeping. My daughter, who has always seemed to have a built-in furnace, is waking up dry. In 3.5 years, this is a rarity. But obviously, the organic cotton is quite breathable, and it keeps my little girl comfortable, allowing her to rest easier. I no longer need to rush her to the bath in the morning because she's a sweaty mess. It doesn't get much better than that! (Or maybe it does? Hmm...Maybe I will have to purchase one of the Merino varieties to try in cooler months!)
But, like with many things, you get what you pay for. Many sleep sacks last only a few short months. They either wear out, or a child outgrows them. Sleep sacks from Merino Kids are incredibly durable, and are designed to last for years. Also, the materials used are far superior quality to most traditional sleep sacks as well. So your child will certainly have a much more comfortable night's sleep nestled in these luxurious fabrics. Add to that the fact that these are made from organic materials and contain no chemicals or pesticides, and you will see why Merino Kids is the natural choice. This is definitely an investment that is worth every penny.
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