For parents and babies alike, naptime is sacred. It gives everybody a chance to recharge and rest, if only for a few minutes. But if your little one is having trouble getting some mid-day shut-eye, then you may wonder what should your baby wear to nap? Sleep sacks, lightweight pajamas, and regular clothes are all possibilities. It's up to you and your boo.
To start, age may play a part in your baby's naptime outfit. If your baby is under 5 months old, then swaddling may be the way to go. At this stage of life, babies still have the involuntary Moro reflex (AKA startle reflex), which may cause sleeping babies to jerk awake. According to the Baby Sleep Site, swaddling babies for naps may help them sleep through the Moro reflex. Swaddling makes them feel safe and secure as they transition to post-womb life.
Next, safety measures are an important consideration. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), it's crucial to avoid naptime clothes that are too loose, because these may present a suffocation hazard. To reduce the risk of suffocation or SIDS, it's smart to choose close-fitting pajamas or onesies, or even infant sleep sacks, as further explained by the NSF. Unlike loose blankets or clothing, this type of attire is not likely to accidentally cover your baby's face during naps.
Comfort is also crucial for any babies attempting to nap. (Have you ever tried to nap in uncomfortable clothes? It's rough.) As noted in Babble, smart napping clothes can include light pajamas or a soft romper. Or, if your baby is generally unfussy, you may just put her down for a nap in her regular daytime clothes. Soft and comfy is the way to go.
Lastly, temperature may affect your choice of baby napping attire. According to Baby Center, 70 to 72 degrees is a good sleeping temperature for babies, and you can usually dress your little one in the type of clothes that make you feel comfortable, plus one layer. (So if you're good in one t-shirt, putting two layers on your baby is a good call). As further noted by Baby Center, your baby may not need this additional layer in warm weather. There are a few extra things to know about dressing your baby for sleep in the winter, too, but the main idea is to avoid overheating the little one. Generally, babies can be dressed and ready for naptime with minimal fuss on your part.