Creating the perfect environment for your baby to drift off to the land of nod can feel like a tough job! A baby sleeping bag is a wearable blanket that will keep your baby a comfortable temperature through the night. You will not need a duvet or blanket and your baby’s head will remain safely uncovered.
What are the benefits of a baby sleeping bag?
- They will ensure your baby stays at a constant temperature and will not overheat.
- Your baby can move around in the bag, roll and kick their legs.
- They are easy to use and if you need to feed your baby, you will not need to take them out of their sleeping bag.
- No additional covers are required and your baby will not get tangled up in them, as if often the case with traditional blankets and sheets.
- They promote peaceful sleep and your baby will associate their sleeping bag with a restful night’s sleep, which means they are great for travelling.
What tog should you buy?
The tog rating or weight of a baby sleeping bag determines its thickness and how warm it is. The higher the tog rating, the warmer the sleeping bag, making it suitable for cooler weather. It is likely you will need a couple of bags, a standard 2.5 tog and a lightweight one for warmer weather. Although you can buy different togs, you will need to adjust the clothing your baby wears underneath – in very hot weather, he might just wear a nappy or short-sleeved bodysuit, whilst in colder weather, he might need a bodysuit and sleepsuit.
These are guidelines only; you always need to check your baby to ensure they are not too hot. If his neck is damp, he may be too hot.
- Room under 14 degrees: Use a 3.5 tog, with a cotton bodysuit and sleepsuit. It is unlikely you will ever use a tog of this thickness unless you are in a very cold climate.
- Room under 16 degrees: Use a 2.5 tog bag with a cotton bodysuit and sleepsuit.
- Room at 17-21 degrees: Use a 2.5 tog with a cotton bodysuit.
- Room at 22 to 25 degrees: Use a lightweight 1.5 tog with a cotton bodysuit.
- Room above 25 degrees: Use a 0.5 tog sheet or muslin bag and a short-sleeved bodysuit. These are ideal for very hot weather and summer holidays abroad.
How should my baby’s sleeping bag fit?
Always choose a baby sleeping bag suitable for your baby’s age and weight. Not all newborn sleeping bags are suitable from birth depending on your baby’s weight, so always check. They typically come in three sizes – 0-6 months, 6-18 months and 18-36 months, though exact sizes will vary between brands.
- All bags should conform to the new British standard for baby sleeping bags (BS 8510:2009).
- You can buy a baby sleeping bag with sleeves or a hood, but it is recommended that you never use these because there is a risk your baby might overheat.
- The arm holes should be snug enough, so your baby cannot get their hands inside the bag. Sleeping bags for smaller babies have additional poppers to help the bag fit.
- The neck holes should not be so big that your baby’s head could slip down inside the bag but should be a comfortable size.
- All openings should have smooth seams with sharp edges, zips or any attachments that could be hazardous.
What designs are available?
There are many designs available in bright colours, organic materials and fun patterns. Some travel styles will come with a two-way zip at the front and a slit at the back, so your baby can travel in it in his car seat or buggy.
Sleeping bags for younger children often have poppers at the top that make them easier to put your baby into and do nappy changes, with zips that run along the bottom and sides. Styles of older sizes tend to have one single zip, making it harder for your baby to climb out themselves.