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Want to create a perfect environment for your baby to sleep properly? Confused between what kinds of a sleeping bag that you want to buy for your baby? Here is the answer to your confusion.
What is a sleeping bag?
- A wearable blanket that will help keep your baby comfortable throughout the night
- It’s a single blanket that will keep your baby’s head safe and uncovered
The Benefits of a Sleeping Bag
- The baby will sleep in a constant temperature throughout the night, and the sleeping bag will also make sure that the baby doesn’t sleep in an overheated environment
- The baby will quickly move around and will be able to kick their legs and roll without getting entangled in thick comforters.
- Since they are easy to use, you can feed the baby without taking them out of their sleeping bags.
- You can also use them within cot beds whilst sheets are in the wash.
- No additional covers are needed for your baby; plus your baby will not get tangled up in the blankets and sheets.
- They are great for travelling, as these sleeping bags are easy to carry and help babies sleep peacefully. Babies easily adapt to their sleeping bags which help in a restful night’s sleep.
TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) of the Baby Sleeping Bag
- The weight of the baby’s sleeping bag and its TOG rating determines the thickness and warmth. If you live in a colder region, the TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) of the sleeping bag should be high.
- If the temperature of the room is less than 14 degrees, the TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) of the bag should be around 3.5, and the baby should sleep in a cotton bodysuit and sleepsuit. This is an unlikely situation unless you live in freezing climatic conditions.
- If the temperature is less than 16 degrees, the TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) of the sleeping bag should be around 2.5 and the baby should sleep in a cotton bodysuit.
- If the temperature of the room is about 17 to 21 degrees, the TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) of the sleeping bag should be 2.5, and the baby should sleep in a cotton bodysuit.
- If the room temperature is 22 to 25 degrees, then the bag should be lightweight, and TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) should be around 1.5, and the baby should sleep in a cotton bodysuit.
- If the room temperature is above 25 degrees, you can use a sleeping bag with a TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) of 0.5 or a muslin bag, with the baby in short sleeves or sleeveless bodysuit. You could double the sleeping bag with a baby blanket or quilts and coverlets for further warming.
Fitting of the Baby Sleeping Bag
- The most important thing is that baby’s sleeping bag should confirm with the new British Standard for baby’s sleeping bags which is BS 8510:2009.
- You can opt for buying baby sleeping bags that come with sleeves and a hood, but it is not advisable because the chances are that your baby might overheat
- Make sure that the neck of the sleeping bag is not very big, it should be big enough to slide your baby’s head inside the bag, and the bag should be of a comfortable size.
- The holes in the arms of baby’s sleeping bag should be snug enough so that the baby cannot get their hands inside the sleeping bags, sleeping bags which are made for babies who are about 0-3 months have additional poppers in them which helps in fitting the baby inside the bag.
- Make sure that openings of the sleeping bag have smooth seams and no sharp edges since zips or any attachments will be hazardous for the baby.
Wash Care of the baby sleeping bag
- The baby’s sleeping bags are made of cotton (the majority of them) and since babies are at risk of catching infections and sickness faster, make sure that you wash the sleeping bag frequently.
- Read the labels on the sleeping bags and follow all wash care instructions. Sometimes there are specific requirements that are needed to be followed while washing the sleeping bags.
- If the baby’s sleeping bag is made up of polyester, then wash with hot water and the temperature settings listed on the care label, since hot water kills most of the germs. It also takes care of the dust mites, which might be present on the sleeping bag.
- Make sure to wash the baby’s sleeping bag regularly
- Lastly, separate the whites and the colours. Some colours bleed, and your Baby’s sleeping bag might turn into a completely different colour.