Sleeping bags and TOGS explained
We at Brave little Baby love swaddles and sleeping bags. They make parents and babies lives SO much easier. You never have to worry about your little one being too hot or cold ever again.
The benefits of sleeping and swaddle bags:
- Helps your baby’s body temperature to stay constant all night long. This helps especially with the 2-4AM hormonal body temperature drop.
- Very easy to use, and your little one can still roll and kick freely in them.
- With the swaddle bags you don’t need to learn a swaddling technique. And there is no way your little one is breaking free from this!
- There is no need for extra blankets when dressed appropriately which is necessary for Safe sleep requirements.
- The Gro-steppe can be used until 36 months of age and because it has legs your little one will not get frustrated by it and can move around freely as necessary. You wont be worrying if your child is too hot or cold all winter long!
- A sleeping bag creates a warm pocket around your baby because it provides warmth from below and above
What is it?
The measure of thermal resistance. The higher in rating, the more warmth the product provides. Tog measures how well an item retains heat.
What tog rating should I buy?
- 0.5 Tog – a very light and breathable material. Best suited for rooms where there is no air conditioning or for use in nurseries that get a lot of summer sun. In summer this is ideal for your little one to sleep in just a nappy and a 0.5 tog sleeping bag and it will keep them just warm enough when the temperature drops early mornings.
- 1 Tog – It holds in some heat and breathes somewhat. This is a great sleeping bag to use if you are able to keep your little one’s room at a certain temperature all day and night.
- 2.5 Tog – Suited for colder temperatures and homes. Or if you have a little on which struggles to get warm enough.
- 3.5 Tog – If you struggle to get your babies’ room to 16-18 degrees this is for you!
How should I dress baby with a sleeping bag?
If the room is hotter than 26*C, we suggest only dressing your little one in a short sleeved vest.
If the room is between 24-25*C, we suggest a 0.5 tog sleeping bag and a short sleeved vest.
If the room is between 22-23*C, we suggest a 1 tog sleeping bag and a short sleeved vest.
If the room is between 18-21*C, we suggest a 1 tog sleeping bag, long footed babygrow and short sleeved vest. OR a 2.5 tog sleeping bag and a long footed babygrow.
If the room is between 15-17*C, we suggest a 2.5 tog sleeping bag, long footed babygrow and short sleeved vest.
How will I know if my baby is too hot? Look out for these signs:
According to the NHS:
“Your baby may wake during the night which may be a sign that they are not at a comfortable temperature. If the back of their neck (or their tummy) feels nicely warm then they are fine, if their skin feels damp they may be too hot. Do not worry if their arms, hands or feet feel cool as this is quite normal and helps them to maintain a regular temperature. It is not recommended to put a hat or hood on your baby when they are in bed as this can cause them to overheat. It is better for your baby to be cool rather than hot, and if they are too cold they’ll soon let you know!”
What does Brave Little Baby suggest for each age?
For newborns we LOVE the GroSnuggle + ergoPouch Cocoon Swaddle
- It’s a great substitute for a swaddle.
- Easy to get in and out.
- Easy for midnight nappy changes.
- Great as a transition swaddle to get out of once baby starts rolling.
- Add a ergoPouch Layers underneath to add another Tog if needed.
For 4-12 months we love the GroBag + ergoPouch Sleeping Bag (or Sleep suit bag)
- Lots of free space so babies can kick and roll around. Safe for hips. Easy to get in and out!
- The sleep suit bag is lovely if your baby prefers having their legs free, and it’s easy to transition from a sleeping bag so a sleep suit.
12-36 months we love the Grobag Steppe + ergoPouch Sleep onesies + ergoPouch Sleep suit bag
- Gives walking babies free range.
- Can be used in and outside the cot.
- Can cover feet with grip socks so will not slip when walking on. Or can roll up when warmer weather.