Many babies wake up simply because they kick their blankets off and get cold. This problem prompted a clever parent to come up with the idea of a sleep bag specially designed for babies, ensuring baby was kept the right temperature all night (however much they wriggled), helping reduce the chance of them getting cold and waking up, letting mum and dad get a better night’s sleep too.
Although it is possible to buy a baby sleeping bag for new-born babies, most parents start using them when their baby is a few weeks or months old. Care should be taken when selecting the sleep bag to ensure it is the right size for the baby as it is essential the bag cannot slip up and over the baby’s head, so follow the manufacturer’s guidelines carefully when making a purchase and resist the temptation to get a bigger size your baby can grow into.
A low tog rate is recommended by health professional. Many manufacturers start as low as 0.5 tog up to 2.5 tog. 0.5 tog is ideal for a hot summers evening and 2.5 tog is a good all year round tog rate. If it is very cold, simply put baby in a warmer outfit rather than adding more blankets which is not recommended. You will only need a few bottom sheets for the cot as well. If you buy anything higher than a 2.5 tog, it could make your baby too hot. If you notice your baby is sweating or their tummy feels hot to the touch, remove some of the bedding. Don’t worry if her hands or feet feel cool, this is normal.
If you use a sleeping bag, the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths recommends using one without a hood. It also advises that you should never use a sleeping bag with a quilt or duvet, as it will make your baby far too hot. FSID 2009
We recommend you follow these guidelines when putting your baby to bed:
- Young babies should be placed on their back, away from smoky atmospheres.
- The nursery should ideally be approximately 18°c which is 65°F.
- Adjust nightwear according to room temp.
- Do not use extra blankets or duvets in addition to this product.
- Ensure your baby’s head cannot slip through the opening of the sleepbag.