Sleeping Bags

Sleeping sacks provide a warm, cozy night's rest

Baby sleeping bags, or sleeping sacks, are gaining popularity as an alternative to regular crib bedding. Many experts and parents consider them safer because babies tend to be active during the night, moving, squirming and kicking in their cribs. They can get tangled up in blankets, sometimes in dangerous positions. Bunting and other baby sleeping bags, by contrast, wrap around the baby's clothing, providing a snug and secure layer of warmth that can lead to more comfortable, restful sleep.


A typical baby sleeping bag is designed like a garment, with sewn edges and holes for the baby's head and arms. Baby sleeping bags are also typically designed to fit loosely in the legs, allowing the baby to kick (as babies naturally do) without confining the range of motion.

Choosing a Baby Sleeping Bag

Sleeping sacks come in standard sizes, each of which is indicated for babies and toddlers in a particular age range. They also have a tog rating, which measures the relative amount of warmth they provide. The higher the tog rating, the warmer the sleeping sack is. It's not uncommon for parents to purchase multiple baby sleeping bags with varying tog ratings, wrapping their babies in warmer sleep sacks during the winter and lighter ones during warmer weather.

However, to ensure your baby's comfort, it is important for you to recognize that regular baby clothing and sleepwear also has specific tog ratings. For example, a standard sleep suit has a tog rating of 4, and a jumper clocks in with a tog rating of 2. Considering that a duvet or quilt suitable for use during winter has a tog rating of 10 to 15, it is recommended that you choose a baby sleeping bag with a maximum tog rating of 4. When combined with a sleep suit and jumper, this will produce an overall tog rating of 10, which is considered safe.

You should also check to make sure that any baby sleeping bag you're considering is machine washable and can be run through your dryer. It's expected that your baby will soil the sleeping sack regularly, so choosing a durable, long-lasting fabric that can withstand the rigors of regular washing and drying is essential to getting your money's worth.

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