Are Weighted Sleep Sacks Safe?
This was the very first thought that popped into my head when I first considered them to help with my daughter’s sleep troubles. Of course I wanted a good night sleep, but I would never do anything to put my daughter at risk… even for a few extra z’s 😉
At around 2 years old, my daughter hit a sleep regression we couldn’t seem to shake, which led me down the rabbit hole of products all claiming to be the solution to my problem.
When I first heard of the Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sacks, I was intrigued but a little weary. While I had personally heard of the benefits of weighted blankets for adult’s relaxation, I had never heard of a similar product for babies. I’m a stickler for safety guidelines, so while I was cautiously optimistic, I wanted to make sure it was safe before using it with my daughter.
I thought I would share what I’ve learned about these innovative new sleep sacks, for other curious mamas looking into their safety.
AAP & CDC Guidelines
While the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) do not evaluate individual products, they do recommend the use of wearable blankets (sleep sacks) to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Even though my daughter is way past the risk window of SIDS, I personally still exclusively use sleep sacks for my own peace of mind. Plus I don’t have to worry about her little feet freezing in the middle of the night because she kicked off a conventional blanket.
International Hip Dysplasia Institute Approval
The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has given the Dreamland Baby their “hip-healthy” seal of approval. When used as directed, the weighted sleep sack allows for appropriate room for leg movement, which is needed for healthy development of the hips.
Exceeds U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards
Another hugely important institution, the CPSC is responsible for ensuring the safety of products released to the general public. They have strict guidelines for every category of product, and Dreamland Baby’s weighted sleep sacks have exceeded those standards.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Label
They are also made exclusively with natural and non-toxic materials, which is super important to my family. The sleep sacks are not treated with ANY flame retardant (many of which have been linked to cancer) and the beads used to provide the weight are non-toxic. The Oeko-Text Standard 100 designation guarantees every single material used in the product (down to the stitching) is free from harmful substances.
With all this information, I felt 100% confident in my decision to use these sleep sacks with my daughter, and they truly have been as helpful as I hoped! My daughter absolutely loves her sleep sacks and actually gets excited to put it on each night, which is the cutest thing. I can also tell that the additional weighted pressure immediately calms her in preparation for sleep.