Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
Review: Snug Little Bug Sleep Sack by Baby Toolkit
To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, experts recommend removing soft objects from your baby’s sleep area, including blankets. So, once your infant gives up his Houdini phase of loving to be swaddled, it’s time for a sleep sack.
The Snug Little Bug Sleep Sack by Baby Toolkit is a groovy option. Put his arms through the sleeveless arm holes, tuck his legs inside the sack, and zip up. Maybe he’s wearing pajamas inside there, or just a diaper. The sack provides warmth and some freedom of movement.
Sure, you can buy any old generic sleep sack for $13 to $30 at a chain store or baby boutique. It’s likely to be a muted single color made in a sweatshop in a third world country or American commonwealth.
So it was a joy to receive a Snug Little Bug hand-sewn in the Hoosier State. The parcel itself was a sleek US Postal Service priority mail 8″x11″ envelopeâ€”no skirting US postal regulations by using UPS or FedEx for this craftsperson.
Then on the flip side, there were eight vintage stamps of four varietiesâ€”Navajo Jewelry (2007), Captain Billy Bones (2001), Wisdom (2003) and George Washington (2002). I enjoy it when a retailer chooses to support the arts and forgoes a droll USPS bar code.
The sack is 100 percent cotton flannel, 23 inches long, and 8.5
inches wide at the top, expanding to a 15 inch base. The neck hole
is 4.5 inches wide and stretches to 7 inches, but if your baby has a
ginormous head, don’t fret.
The hole is irrelevant because it’s fantastically huge when
unzipped. But if your kid has a really thick neck like mine will
probably have (to supply enough blood to his ginormous head), I suppose
you could keep the zipper a little loose.
As the photo indicates, the fabric print is baby blue with a
dazzling matrix of space ships, planets, crescent moons and stars.
There are three downsides though.
1) You cannot select a fabric or even a color beyond specifying an
intended gender. You’re in for a surprise when you open the package.
2) There is no guaranteed shipping date. It comes when it comes.
3) The price is exorbitantly high. First you have to start a baby blog, then be meme-tagged by the Baby Toolkit blog, and respond to the meme, and also time your
wife’s pregnancy to coincide with the meme-tagging, and then hope
Adrienne at Baby Toolkit decides to make you a sleep sack as a gift.
Yeah, that’s right, Adrienne doesn’t have a baby clothing business.
She made four sleep sacks last year for friends and relatives, including one for me even though
we’ve never met. It’s my charming wit, no doubt.
This gets me thinking. I’m not one to start an online baby shower
registryâ€”we didn’t hold a baby shower for our first child, and for our
wedding we asked everyone to give us seeds. Yeah, that’s right, seeds.
But if my baby can score this awesome sleep sack from someone who
lives 1963 miles (3160 km) away, as the crow flies, and knows me only
through blogging, hmm. It certainly might take the edge off the whole
“we donated our baby stuff because we were so sure we didn’t want to
have a second child” situation.
- Adrienne’s thoughts on swaddling and sleep sacks
- The sleep sack tutorial that Adrienne used
- Another sleep sack Adrienne made for another baby boy (the one she gave my boy is sooo much better)
We gave away almost everything from our first baby, but we kept our changing table. Whew!
In case I was too subtle, thanks Adrienne, what a lovely surprise.