Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Being Thrifty (or cheap?)

Here's the scoop- we live in NH and it's pretty darned cold here about half the year. When you have babies, it can be tricky to keep them warm (yet safe) at night - that's why we all love sleep sacks!  The problem, though, is that they don't make them past the XL size (~ 31")... if you're like me and don't feel comfortable letting your kids use blankets until they are ~ 18 months old, you can be out of luck if you have a big kid.  We have big kids - I'm talking 99th percentile kids... (I think I have Miracle Grow in my breast milk :))

When Sydney grew out of all of the sleep sacks we had, I made her one and she loved it. Baby #2 (Ben) used the same bag every night and loved it as well.  Baby #3... well, I can't seem to find the sleeper (imagine that.... not being able to find one article of clothing in the bazillion boxes of baby clothes I have upstairs), and given that THIS IS OUR LAST BABY (I swear!) I didn't want to buy something new.  So I cut up the bottom of the one that he just grew out of and added about 8 or so more inches of some scrap fleece to it. Also added a little RED SOX logo thingy at the upper left part of the sleeper - couldn't resist :)

Now he can roll and grow to his little heart's content, and I can sleep a little more soundly at night :)


Michelle said...

This is a fantastic idea! I had just been pondering what to do in this exact situation. You've given me a solution, now all I have to do is find some time to sit down with a sewing machine.

eye_on_sparrow said...

Excellent idea all my kids are grown but I would have tried this when they were babies. I actually think I may need one for myself for those cold nights alone. That would keep my feet warm at night.

Joy said...

Ahhhh, what a GREAT idea! We had the same problem here as well and just resorted to a lot of layers. Sometimes it is the simplest of things that are hardest to think of! ;) Thanks for sharing a great idea!

Anonymous said...

I almost did the same thing... but had a feeling we'd be having more kids. In case you need more sleep sacks, they do make a toddler size, which you can order online (I got mine through Target.) My 2.5 yo and 4 yo boys are in them and love them. (They have cuffs at the feet so they can walk if need be.)