Baby sleeping bags – no, not the camping kind; the ‘specially-made-for-baby-in-bed kind. Two of my three children lived in their sleeping bags – summer, winter, all year round. They’re great – the kids and the sleeping bags. I haven’t, for whatever reason, used a sleeping bag as much for my littlest, until recently. Now that the cold is here (and I keep finding my nine-month-old wriggler snoozing on top of his blanket), I’ve fished out his older sisters’ 2.5 tog sleeping bag.
It thus goes without saying that my top reason for using a baby sleeping bag is because it can’t be kicked off. The sleeping bags are, in effect, wearable blankets that will keep babs warm, safe and secure all night.
The sleeping bags come in different sizes, usually in 6-month increments when babs is little (0-6 months, 6-18 months and 18-36 months), and different togs that suit different temperatures. The tog rating is a unit of thermal resistance used to measure the warmth levels of a fabric, garment, quilt, or duvet. Babysleeping bags come in different tog ratings, mainly in the range of 0.5 to 2.5 and even 3.5 tog. If the temperature is warm, a lesser tog of baby sleeping bag is required. Likewise, the cooler the temperature is, the greater the tog required. A good way to determine which tog baby sleeping bag you require is by checking how warm your nursery normally is (usually between 16-20 degrees Celsius, according to professionals).
Another quick fyi is that it’s probably best to get at least two (maybe three?) sleeping bags so that you can rotate them when washing.
For more info on choosing a baby sleeping bag, visit Aomebaby.com.au – which gives detailed advice that’ll help you feel confident in your choice.