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Baby Sleeping Bags: What Parents Should Know

Should I use a baby sleeping bag?

When your baby reaches the age to stop swaddling, baby sleeping bags are better than bed sheets and baby blankets. Your baby will sleep better in a comfy sleeping bag. Duvets and baby sheets can get twisted under your baby and create a suffocation threat. Baby sleeping bags will keep your baby’s face clear and free from being covered. A baby sleeping bag will also keep your baby warm so he or she does not wake up in the middle of the night from being uncovered. Blankets can be kicked off and fall on the floor and that leaves your baby without any warmth.

Babies learn at an early age about their daily routines. When you are settling your baby down for the night and putting him or her into a baby sleeping bag, it sends a signal that it is now time to sleep. Your baby will sleep better in Marino wool, organic cotton or any other soft fiber that meets the requirements for the room temperature and season. So, in a review of why use a baby sleeping bag, here are some great benefits;

  • no need for extra bedding, baby bags are designed to give your baby the warmth and comfort needed
  • baby will not wake up cold because of kicking blankets off
  • baby stays a consistent temperature all night
  • safer sleeping environment, no chance of suffocation
  • prevents little feet from the crib bars, they will not get stuck
  • sleeping conditions stay the same when you transfer your baby from crib to bed
  • complete the cuddling routine at bedtime and gently lay the baby down for the night
  • when visiting, the baby sleeping bag goes with you and gives the child a familiar environment

When to Stop Wrapping Your Baby in Blankets

When your baby becomes frustrated with being wrapped up or not sleeping well at night, it might be time to switch to baby sleeping bags. When your baby starts to roll over, it is not as safe for your baby to be on his or her tummy. It is safer for the baby to be in his or her own baby sleeper that will protect them and keep them warm.

There is not one age or another that is better to start putting your baby in a sleeping bag. Some babies are ready to stop being wrapped up at 3 or 4 months old. If you are still wrapping your baby up in blankets at night and he or she is waking up all the time, it might be time for at least one arm to be free.

There are baby sleeping bags that allow for one arm to be free so the child can pick up a blanket or it’s binky for him or herself. This gives the child some freedom to move around, yet it keeps the baby safe and warm at night. If a child is wrapped up tight in blankets after 5 months, you most likely will have to go and put your baby back to sleep during the night.

How Many Sleeping Bags Are Needed?

It is recommended that you invest in at least two baby sleeping bags for each baby or toddler in the home. You will want to make sure you have a winter one and an extra, so one can be washed and you still have one to use. If your child goes into daycare during the day, it might be wise to send one there so your baby is well protected.

Baby’s Sleeping Bag Size Information

Do not buy a bag thinking you want it to last as the child gets older. Buy the right size for the age of your baby. When buying a sleeping bag that is too big for the age of your child now, you are putting your child at risk for safety problems. When a sleeping bag is too big, your baby can slip down inside where the neck opening is or slide around inside the bag.

Sleeping bags are generally sized from 0-6 months old, 6-18 months old and 18-36 months old. Within each age range of sleeping bags, there are some variations. Some newborn sizes can be used up to a year old, but some are shorter and may only be good for a baby up to six months. Each style and brand will have their own variations and you will need to check each out. Make sure you have a long enough one, so your baby can move around freely without sliding down into the bag. Measure your baby from shoulders to feet and not from head to toe.

Is There One Baby Sleeping Bag That Is Usable Year-Round?

No, there is not one sleeping bag that is good for every season of the year. As the seasons change throughout the year, you change your baby’s clothing layers and materials. The same goes for a sleeping bag for your baby. You want to keep your baby comfortable according to the temperature of the baby’s room or home. In order for your baby not becoming too hot or too cold, you should have at least two different weights for your baby’s sleeping bags.

TOG Ratings for Baby Sleeping Bags

The European TOG rating is used on most sleeping bags to show how warm the baby sleeping bags are and to show what season is best for each particular bag. The warmer sleeping bags have higher tog ratings.

The Thermal Resistance is defined by the TOG rating for different products. It is used commonly to show the levels of warmth. Baby sleeping bags have lower tog rating numbers. Most safe baby sleeping bags are not rated over 3.5 togs. In the United States where we have heated homes and climate changes, a tog rating of 2.5 is usually enough.

There are some brands that have tog ratings up to 3.5. Merino Wool is soft wool that feels good next to the skin, but it does not have a tog rating. Baby sleeping bags that are made out of Merino Wool are the warmest sleeping bags.

There are many different factors that would determine what tog rating baby sleeping bags your baby should be using. First, it will depend on the quality of the baby’s clothing, the room temperature for the baby and the baby’s health. It would also depend on other bedding that is being used for the baby. Once you have chosen which tog rating you want for your baby, make sure you check your baby so you know if it is the right warmth. You do not want to overheat the baby.

The tog rating will indicate how many blankets the baby sleeping bag is equal to. Sleeping bags with a 0.5 and 1 or below, should be used for the spring and summer times. The autumn and winter sleeping bags would have a rating of 2 to 2.5 or above.

What to Put Your Baby in for Nightwear

Depending on the weight of the baby sleeping bags that you have, the underclothing will change enormously. To keep your baby warm during the harshest winter storms, you may want to add an extra layer underneath the sleeping bag. You can put long sleeves on the baby or put the baby in a bodysuit that is extra warm. For the summer, you may just put on a short-sleeved undershirt and the diaper. It is good to put a thermometer in your child’s room so you can keep the baby’s body at a consistent temperature while sleeping.

What Kind of Zipper is Best in Baby’s Sleepers?

People have different views on whether a front zip, diagonal zip or side zip is better in baby sleeping bags. Many people find that the front zipper is the easiest to use. With the front zip baby sleeper, all you have to do is lay your baby down and zip it down the front to the feet. The front zip sleeper also has smaller armholes for a better fit on the baby. It also makes changing the diaper a bit easier because the bag opens up wide.

The side zip has domes on the shoulder and will allow you to open the sleeping bag out flat. This is easier for the small infants of 6 months and younger when you need to change their diapers more often. The diagonal zipper sleeper usually has two domes, one on each shoulder or two on one side. These sleepers will open out flat and they are quick to dry.

Summer Sleep Bags for Baby

It is recommended that you use baby sleeping bags year-round. Even in the hot summer nights, it is better to have your baby in a sleeping bag. You do not need to use any other bedding, except the diaper for the baby in the summer and the bag will help your baby to stay at comfortable temperatures and sleep safely. Babies also associate going to sleep once they are snuggled into their nighttime sleeping bag.

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