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There are SO MANY different sleeping bags available for your baby. So many different types, brands, sizes, TOG ratings, and features to choose from. It’s really easy to get overwhelmed by choice when it comes to infant sleeping bags.
This is intended to be a bit of a guide to help you navigate through all the choices you need to make when selecting the right infant sleeping bag for your baby. So hopefully we can narrow it down to a few options, rather than trying to choose an infant sleeping bag from the entire range.
Infant sleeping bags aren’t just more convenient to use than regular blankets, they are also potentially safer. According to the Red Nose website (formally known as “SIDs and Kids”). They say that research has shown that a correctly fitted sleeping bag, that has armholes, and no hood, may reduce the risk of baby being covered in bedclothes, promote back sleeping as the zippers open at the front, and also may keep baby’s temperature more constant while they’re sleeping. (Source).
The Red Nose website recommends the GroBag sleeping bags, or the swaddle style SleepSack.
Most babies love to be swaddled when they’re first born. Being snuggled up in a womb-like environment and feeling like they’re being held can help babies fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer. And who doesn’t want that? Though sometimes burrito-ing your baby up in a blanket or muslin wrap can be a little tricky. Swaddle style sleeping bags can help take the guesswork out it. They’re easy to use, especially for new or sleep-deprived parents. The Ergobaby Swaddler is an option.
That said not ALL babies love to be swaddled. Also, according to the Red Nose website, it’s essential that once your baby shows signs that they can roll that you discontinue swaddling them immediately. So this is also when a sleeping bag might come in handy!
Alternatively, there are lots of option that easily switch from arms-in swaddle to an arms-out sleeping bag, depending on your baby’s preference and their development. For example, the ErgoPouch Cocoon Swaddle + Sleeping Bag, Ergobaby Sleeping Bag and Swaddler Set, and the Love To Dream Swaddle Up (which is also great for baby’s that prefer to sleep with their arms up, rather than tucked across their chest.
TOG stands for Thermal Overall Grade. It essentially describes how insulated a sleeping bag is and so how much warmth they will provide to your baby. TOG ratings help you work out which sleeping bag is appropriate for the overnight temperature. The higher the TOG rating, the lower temperature it’s designed for.
The guideline for recommended TOG value to room temperature is as follows:
1.0 TOG 24 degrees C to 27 degrees C room temperature
1.0 – 2.0 TOG 20 degrees C to 23 degrees C room temperature
2.0 – 3.5 TOG 10 degrees C to 20 degrees C room temperature
Keep in mind every baby is different, and the temperature in their room may fluctuate, so this is a guide. It’s still important to check on your baby and ensure they’re not overheating or too cold.
There are some other features that you may want to look for when you’re choosing your infant sleeping bag. One feature that might be important to you is the ability to unzip or open from the bottom so you can change baby’s nappy without unswaddling their arms. Another great feature for older babies and toddlers is the ergoPouch Sleep Suit Bag has the ability to zip apart at the legs and allow your child to walk around in their sleep bag. Otherwise ,another feature that might be important to you is simply choosing a sleeping bag that suits the aesthetic of your nursery.
By Rachel Stewart.
About the Author
Rachel is a Melbourne based mum of two. She has a background in early childhood education but always wanted to be a writer. She enjoys knitting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine), spending too much time on Facebook and is a little obsessed with prams. She also writes for her own website www.parentingcentral.com.au
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