Summer and Winter Sleeping Bags for Baby
A baby sleeping bag has many benefits over standard blankets. A correctly sized sleeping bag will allow your baby the freedom to move without wriggling free and then waking because they are cold.
We used baby sleeping bags for both our little ones as it meant they could move around without losing their coverings. It also meant we didn't have to take them out of their bedding to feed or cuddle them at night which resulted in less night time disturbance and we liked the message we were getting about safe sleep.
Baby sleeping bags are not like the sleeping bags used for older children and adults. They are more like a wearable blanket but your baby's head and arms are uncovered.
Babies lose heat through their heads so they need to be uncovered to help your new baby regulate their temperature. The NHS states that 'Lightweight, well-fitting baby sleeping bags are a good choice' when comparing them to traditional baby blankets.
Over 95% of parents in the UK now use baby sleep bags - gro.co.uk
Are baby sleeping bags safe?
Sleeping bags designed for use by babies are safe from Newborn onwards, in fact Gro the inventors of the baby Grobag claim that 95% of UK parents use baby sleeping bags. The NHS states that 'Sheets and layers of blankets tucked in firmly below your baby's shoulder level or a baby sleeping bag are safe for your baby to sleep in.'.
Best baby sleeping bags
Since they started their mission back in 2000 to improve the safety of babies' sleep, the Gro company came up with the GroBag. The GroBag is the only baby sleeping bag recommended by the Lullaby Trust.
The Grobag has numerous additional safety features to help ensure parents know how to use their sleeping bags for their little infants. They have some of the highest rated customer reviews and are one of the most popular brands amongst parents and the best selling sleeping bag on Amazon.
It is important to make sure that you get the right size when choosing a sleeping bag for your baby and using the correct TOG rating for the room temperature. Sizing is based on age from 0 to 6 months, 6 to 18 months and the largest size 18 to 36 months.
TOG ratings or Thermal Overall Grade refers to the effectiveness of the insulative properties of the bag. The higher the rating the more effectively it will hold the heat, so in summer you want a low TOG rating (usually 0.5 or 1) and in the winter a higher rating of 1 or 2.5. However the main temperature consideration should be the temperature of the room the baby is sleeping in, GroBags come with a handy thermometer card to help guide you.