Wool sleep sack

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Wool sleep sack
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Thu, 08-23-2012 - 10:53pm
I know it's only August but I'm trying to plan for the winter. My DD is not quite 17 months old and I started to EC her part time at 11 months and switched from full time sposies to full time cloth at 12 months. Last winter she was in overnight sposies, pjs and a sleepsack and I just nursed her down at night. Now she wakes up to pee on the potty and is usually dry until I get there unless I'm delayed. Right now she sleeps in a light shirt and a fitted diap, with no cover - usually on an absorbent mat (to save me stripping the bed if I don't reach her in time). This works well since I can whip off the diaper and plop her on the potty very quickly. Once the weather gets cold though, I'll have to cover her bottom half. I have a few pairs of legwarmers which would be a good start but she will need something more. The sleep sacks we got last year were great! They unzipped down the middle so I had easy access when I did need to change her and they kept her warm. This year I plan to use my mother ease fitteds with a bamboo doubler as backup, a long sleeved shirt and legwarmers inside a wool sleep sack. I figure I can whip off the sleepsack and diaper, plop her on the potty, set up the next diaper in the sleepsack and nurse her back down while I wrap her up again. Does this sound doable? Does anyone else use wool sleep sacks? Are they any good for toddlers? Would the moisture saturate the legwarmers or wick through the shirt? I got a good 100% wool sweater second hand to make my sleepsack - should I use it to make long pants instead and use a traditional sleepsack on top of that? I do have a good soaker but its not easy to get on and would be a real hassle doing it multiple times a night. Any input is greatly appreciated :-)
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Registered: 09-21-2011
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Fri, 08-24-2012 - 10:46am

I'm hoping someone who actually uses this type of gear will weigh in since I'm just going to offer some random thoughts (since my DS refuses anything that covers his feet at night--at all ever!).  My first thought when you described the shirt and legwarmers was that if there was any accident, the legwarmers would get wet along with the fitted diaper and you would have to change those too, or take them off.  My next guess was that depending on the size of the accident, yes the shirt would also get wet and need to be changed--so DD would basically have to be totally stripped down at that point to get her dried off for going back to bed.  Maybe this won't happen often or at all.  Maybe when you don't get her to the potty, the accidents are small ones??

I think a pair of wool longies would be great.  I'm thinking of begging my family of crazy knitters for a few pairs, but it is slightly more work than pulling off the fitted diap alone while she wears leg warmers.  It's essentially pulling off a pair of pants.  I'm not sure this is any harder than having to open the sleep sack and get her legs out of that so you can take the diaper off though.  Depending on how warm/cool you keep your house and your DD's room, she might be ok sleeping in just a pair of longies and a longsleeved shirt.  But maybe not. 

Hope that helps a little!!  Good luck and I'd love to see a pic once you make whatever you decide to make!

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Mon, 09-24-2012 - 9:55am

Ah the joys of old drafty houses!!!  I feel your pain (not currently, but I have been there).


We started using a blanket for DS when he was sleeping when he was physically able to stand-up and move himself around pretty efficiently--so around 9-10 months.  But I don't know what the safe sleeping recommendations specify.

 

I have a friend whose daughter (probably about the same age as yours) is a very active sleeper and they a house with big (stunningly beautiful art deco style) drafty windows.  They double up on sleepers on their daughter.  Literally, they put 2 sets of pajamas on her.  Usually, the underneath set is the size she currently wears and might be 2 piece pajamats (pants and shirt), then the outer set is 1 size bigger  and  is a single piece footie pajama sleeper.   Maybe this would work for you too.

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Tue, 09-25-2012 - 11:33am

I double checked on the blanket thing---American Acadamy of Pediatrics says they are generally safe for a normally developing child after 12 mons of age.  Also, Halo makes a large sized sleep sacks.  They even have them into kid sizes 4T/5T, so they should have something big enough....although it probably won't be exactly the same as the ones you are currently using.