Many new parents are opting to use a baby or toddler sleeping bag at bed and nap times rather than the traditional sheets and blankets. There is no right or wrong way for you to keep your child warm whilst sleeping and you may decide to try both methods before deciding your preferred way.
What is a Baby Sleeping bag?
A baby sleeping bag is a wearable enclosed blanket with neck and arm holes. They are usually fastened by a zip but some may fasten with poppers. They come in different sizes and it is important to ensure you buy the correct size for your child as it is important that your child cannot slip down into the bag. They are also available in different togs (thicknesses) to ensure your baby does not get too hot or cold. Most baby sleeping bags are available in three tog ratings:
- 2.5 tog – for all year round use, especially during winter
- 1 tog – the warmer months and possibly daytime naps
- 0.5 tog – for hot summer days and nights and ideal for holidays in hot temperatures
Baby sleeping bags have been used in Europe for over 25 years as a safe form of baby bedding. The FSID (Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths) says that they are a ‘safe alternative to blankets’ as long as the manufacturer’s guidelines are followed and the bag is a good fit.