While there are several modern baby items that you can do without, baby sleeping bags indeed makes life easier. They have revolutionized the way parents put their babies to bed over the last decade; the baby wears the sleeping bag like a coat with poppers at the shoulders or a zip down the front. However, unlike a coat, the bottom of the sleeping bag is closed and they are sleeveless to prevent overheating.

The sleeping bag replaces blankets, therefore, you will only need a sheet to cover the baby who wears normal night clothes under the sleeping bag with a few adjustments depending on the room’s temperature. This article outlines important things that you should consider before buying a baby sleeping bag to help you choose the right one.

1. Tog ratings

Baby sleeping bags come with tog rating which is a measure of its warmth and it is lower than adult duvets. Each baby size has a couple of tog options which ensures that you place your baby in the right sleeping bag for the room temperature.

The tog that is right for your baby depends on the season as well as the local climate. Be sure to check the room temperature of the baby’s room to help you choose the right tog for the room. As a guide:

· A room with 16-17 C requires a baby sleeping bag with 2.5 tog or more

· A room with 18-20 C requires a baby sleeping bag with 2.5 tog

· A room with 21-23 C requires a baby sleeping bag with 1.5 tog

· A room with 24C or more requires a baby sleeping bag with 0.5 tog

Also, you should keep track of the baby’s temperature by placing your hand on his or her tummy. If the tummy feels to hot, them he may need a lower tog. You should not gage the baby’s temperature by touching the legs or hands as they are always cooler.

2. Sizes

The sleeping bag should be of the right size for the baby; in case the neck hole is big, the baby’s head can slide in and lead to suffocation. Most sleeping bags can only be used after the baby reaches at least 8lbs. Therefore, if you have a smaller baby, consider using pram size blankets and sheets for a crib or a Moses basket and switch to sleeping bag when the baby is big enough.

3. Fabrics and fillings

The outer layer of the sleeping bag should be soft on the baby’s skin. Opt for materials such as toweling or cotton jersey which are more breathable rather than artificial materials.

Safety tips when using baby sleeping bags

The safety use of baby sleeping bags depends on whether they are used properly. You should avoid:

· Overheating: Never use a duvet or quilt to cover your baby in a sleeping bag because you risk the baby overheating.

· Badly fitting baby sleeping bags: Always ensure you buy the right size of sleeping bag so that the baby does not slip into the bag at night.

· Hoods: You should avoid any baby sleeping bags with hoods as they increase the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)