The benefits of using sleeping bags for babies and young children are well known, and we discussed how you can create a safe sleeping environment for your children in our recent blog post. Once you have made the decision to use a baby sleeping bag, it’s important to make sure that you choose one that is right for your child, so we’ve put together this easy to follow list to help you to do just that!
1. Which tog rating/weight should I choose? The general rule when selecting a grow bag is to use a bag of the appropriate weight for the room temperature and the season, and clothing add or remove clothing from your child as required. Slumbersac sleeping bags are available in four different tog ratings, ranging from 0.5 tog to 3.5 tog. The higher the number, the thicker the sleeping bag. For a useful chart on choosing the right tog rating, see the About Tog Ratings page on our web site. A question that we are often asked is “What should my child wear in her sleeping bag?” Again, you can use the chart on the About Tog Ratings page to help you with this, which is also provided on the packaging of each Slumbersac sleeping bag. As a general rule, though it is better for your baby to be cool rather than hot. A baby’s hands and arms will naturally feel cooler to the touch than the rest of its body, so you not should judge temperature based on this alone. A better test is to feel the nape of your baby's neck - if it is damp then your baby might be too warm.
2. What size should I choose? It is very important that a baby sleeping bag is the right size for your baby. It might be tempting to buy a larger sleeping bag so that they can ‘grow into it’, but if you use too large a bag, there is a rick that your baby could slip down into it, and his head become covered, which could restrict breathing. Furthermore, when you place a child in a sleep sack that is too large, it will lose heat more quickly. A correctly sized sleeping bag is not just safer for baby, it’s also much cosier! You should also be careful about using a grobag that is too small because this can restrict your baby’s movement, causing his discomfort and making him more likely to wake in the night – the last thing an exhausted mum or dad needs! Slumbersac sleeping bags are available in six different sizes, from 56cm for newborns to 150cm for children from six to ten years old. You can use our size chart to help you to make the right choice.
3. Is the bag breathable? It’s important that the bag that you choose allows air to pass freely through it to ensure that moisture does not become trapped. Non-breathable children sleeping bags can become unhygienic and may even make allergies worse. All Slumbersac sleeping bags are made of 100% cotton, with a soft polyester fleece padding, which ensures breathability, and helps to keep baby comfortable and healthy.
4. Is the sleeping bag comfortable? This might seem like an obvious one, but remember that your baby can’t tell you that his baby sleeping bag is uncomfortable, and all you’ll know is that he hasn’t slept as well since you started using it! Check that the back of the sleep sack is smooth and free of intrusive seams, elastic and decorative items such as ruffles or embroidery. You should also check the inside of the baby sleeping bag in the same way – there’s nothing more annoying than a seam that rubs against soft skin causing irritation! Naturally, you can be sure that all of our Slumbersac bags are designed for maximum comfort!
5. Is the sleeping bag secure? Make sure that the fasteners and zips on your sleeping bag are baby-safe, and that they will come open when your baby moves around. At Slumbersac, we only use secure Velcro fasteners and all zippers are high quality, with safety-tested soft protection.
Is the sleeping bag free of harmful chemicals? It goes without saying that the materials that are used to make children’s sleeping bags should be safe and free of any potentially damaging substances. Our grow bags are made from quality materials and are rigorously tested to ensure that they are safe for your baby.