How to Dress Your Newborn for Bed

One of the great things about being a newborn is that they can get away with wearing their pajamas outside, or just around the house when it’s not even bedtime.

When it actually is bedtime, you’ll want your baby to be comfortable, warm enough, and safe from any risks. It helps to have them looking stylish too.


What should a newborn baby wear to sleep?

Newborn babies sleep tend to sleep most of the time, so it’s a good thing that there are so many cute options for sleepware available to choose from.

It’s recommended that you don’t let your newborn sleep with loose blankets, as they could get wrapped up in them.

That means that whatever you sleep them in should be able to keep them warm enough, and not cause them to overheat.

There are pajamas warm enough to be worn to bed alone and keep your baby warm on cooler nights, and ones that they are lightweight and breathable enough for warm nights. If you are swaddling your baby, the combination of pajamas and swaddling wrap should should be appropriate for the temperature of your home.


Best Footed Pajamas for Newborns

Footed Pajamas are one of the most convenient pieces of clothing you can have for your newborn. They keep all parts of your baby warm at night, and can easily be suitable to be worn during the day.

There are so many different brands of footed pajamas available. There are subtle differences in material, sizing, quality, how they do up, and other details to consider.

It would be impossible to review them all, so we are taking a look at our favorites, and the best-selling ones for different situations.


Gerber Sleep N Play Boys 2-Pack (Baseball)

A set of two matching baseball-themed front-zip sleepers by Gerber.

  • 100% Cotton.
  • Very soft and lightweight.
  • Great for keeping your baby covered on warm nights without overheating.

Gerber Sleep N Play Girls 2-Pack (Dalmations)

A set of two matching dalmation-themed front-zip sleepers by Gerber.

  • 100% Cotton.
  • Very soft and lightweight.
  • Great for keeping your baby covered on warm nights without overheating.

Gerber Sleep N Play Unisex 2-Pack (Bear)

A set of two matching bear-themed front-zip sleepers by Gerber.

  • 100% Cotton.
  • Very soft and lightweight.
  • Great for keeping your baby covered on warm nights without overheating.

Best Sleeping Gowns for Newborns

Sleeping Gowns are a great alternative to having a loose blanket in your crib or bassinet. There are no buttons or clasps or zippers to fiddle with to get to the diaper. They make diaper changes in the middle of the night, or any time really, much easier.


BabySoy Kimono Bundler – Seafoam

A sleeping gown that does up like a kimono, so you won’t have to pull it over your baby’s head.

  • Made out of a soft cotton/azlon blend.
  • Comfortable, soft, and cozy enough to keep your baby warm at night.
  • These have great little hand-flaps that you can pull over your baby’s hands like gloves.

BabySoy Kimono Bundler – Petal/Chocolate

A sleeping gown that does up like a kimono, so you won’t have to pull it over your baby’s head.

  • Made out of a soft cotton/azlon blend.
  • Comfortable, soft, and cozy enough to keep your baby warm at night.
  • These have great little hand-flaps that you can pull over your baby’s hands like gloves.

Best Swaddlers for Newborns

Swaddlers are a great way to keep your baby swaddled without having to worry about the blanket coming off or having to fiddle with re-wrapping them every time.

Some parents also prefer them to sleeping gowns because they can’t ride up. They just make it easier to get your baby swaddled, and stay swaddled all night long so they can get a good sleep.

There are quite a few popular swaddle-type products, so let’s take a look at the best-selling ones out there to find out what makes them so great, and what the differences are.


SwaddleMe Pod

The SwaddleMe Pod one of the smallest swaddlers you can find for newborns, especially very small babies.

  • 93% Cotton, 7% Spandex.
  • Secure, but is also lightweight and stretches a bit when your baby moves and wiggles.
  • It’s got a zipper that can be unzipped either up or down, handy for diaper changes and also just comfort in general.
  • There is also fabric protecting your baby’s face from the zipper.

Woombie Original

The Woombie is a popular infant swaddler that is more confining around the middle and has extra leg room at the bottom.

  • The material is a cotton/spandex blend that is light, stretchy and comfortable.
  • The zipper can be unzipped either up or down, and there is a snap of fabric to protect your baby’s face from the zipper.
  • It’s also possible to get the Woombie in larger sizes.

Miracle Blanket

The Miracle Blanket is closer to an actual blanket than a zip-up or velcro device, but it is efficiently designed to only have the fabric where it needs to be.

  • It has separate arm flaps and a leg flap, so you don’t have to undo the whole thing to get at their legs and diaper.
  • It’s a bit more work than swaddlers that do up instantly, but it’s still easier to get it right every time than using a traditional blanket.
  • It only comes in one size so some babies will outgrow it quickly.

ErgoBaby Swaddler

The ErgoBaby Swaddler is an amazing swaddler with a lot of thought put into the design to keep your baby comfortable and secure.

  • Lightweight quality fabric with fewer layers to deal with than a traditional blanket or even the Miracle Blanket.
  • It secures with soft velcro flaps to ensure that it stays on. The bottom leg pouch can be undone separately for diaper changes.
  • There is a special hip pouch which keeps their legs in a healthy position and lets their hips move freely.

Newborn Football Bunting and Cap Set

Whimsically Designed Baby Sleeping Bag wtih Coordinating Cap

  • Great football themed sleep sack with matching hat
  • Comfortable, soft, and cozy enough to keep your baby warm at night.
  • Fold-over hand-flaps that you can pull over your baby’s hands like gloves.

Best Wearable Blankets for Newborns

Wearable blankets are great for babies that don’t like to be swaddled, and keep your baby warm all night since they can’t kick it off. They are also good keeping your baby warm when it’s not necessarily sleep time, and they transfer really well from the crib to your stroller without having to put on outer clothes for a walk.

The different wearable blankets available all serve the same purpose and differences tend to be in size, material, quality and shape. You may find something you prefer about one over the other.


HALO SleepSack

The Halo SleepSack is one of the most well-known wearable blankets, and it’s easy to see why parents and babies love it so much.

  • 100% Cotton, comes in many different styles, colors, and patterns.
  • The zipper is protected from the baby’s skin but it can sometimes be fiddly to get it zipped up or down.
  • It’s available in newborn sizes and larger sizes too.

Aiden + Anais Classic Sleeping Bag

The Aiden + Anais Classic Sleeping Bag is a light, airy, well-made wearable blanket that is great for warmer nights or climates.

  • 100% Cotton, 4 layers of prewashed open weave.
  • These zip up from the bottom, making diaper changes easy to get to.
  • There is also a bit of muslin fabric over the zipper at the top so that the zipper doesn’t get in the baby’s face.

Merino Kids Baby Sleep Bag

The Merino Kids Baby Sleep Bag is a luxurious wearable blanket made out of soft merino wool.

  • Meriono wool helps regulate body temperature, and has natural antibacterial properties.
  • It’s available in a thin cotton layer, and also a winter sherpa-weight version for cold climates.

Carters Fleece Sleepsuit

The Carters Fleece Sleepsuit is a warm and cozy long-sleeved wearable blanket that is suitable for winter nights and cooler nurseries.

  • Made out of polyester microfleece which provides extra warmth and is also breathable and draws any moisture away from the baby.
  • Very affordable warm wearable blanket that is great quality and made by a trusted brand.
  • A large selection of patterns and colors available in different styles for boys, girls, or unisex.

While it always comes down to personal preferences, we hope this has been a good introduction to the many sleeping options out there, and that this helps your newborn get a comfortable, stylish sleep.


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