Why use sleeping bag for babies?
If you have a baby that keeps you up all night and you’re trying to adjust with this new fatigue, we have a good news for you. Just because you have a baby now, you do not need to get used to of sleepless nights and the added fatigue in your life. Your solution lies in the usage of sleeping bags that have been designed to give your little one the peaceful sleep he/she deserves without compromising on your comfort. Baby sleeping bags are a great alternative to the practice of swaddling, which poses threats of underdevelopment of the bones in the baby. Sleeping bags provide the same comfort and security as the blanket in swaddling and it mimics the feel of security of womb for the baby that helps it sleep peacefully. There are several other benefits of switching to sleeping bag for your child. If you still aren’t sure about using sleeping bag, take a look at these benefits.
Easy to use
Baby sleeping bags provide your baby with the comfort that is required for a peaceful sleep. This, without adding to your trouble. They are easy to handle even if your baby requires frequent nappy change. The baby’s body remains under controlled temperature and it gets a sound sleep. When you need to take the baby out of the sleeping bag, you simply unzip the bag and pull the baby out.
Different sizes and weights
This is often a great reason for switching to sleeping bags from swaddling. Sleeping bags come in a variety of sizes so there’s always a size for your baby. This plays a great role in giving your baby a peaceful sleep.
No covers required
With sleeping bags, you do not need additional blankets and covers to keep the baby warm and comfortable. The bag acts like a sleeping kit for your baby so whenever its bedtime, all you need is this sleeping bag.
Rating and Warmth Guide
If it’s your first time with a baby, it is most likely that you wouldn’t be familiar with ‘tog’. You will find different sleeping bags with different tog ratings. So, this section will clear your doubts about this alien unit of rating. Tog defines the temperature rating that the sleeping bag will provide to your baby. You will find a range of tog ratings for baby sleeping bags. These vary from 0.5 to 2.5 tog sleeping bags. The ratings define different temperature ranges that they are suitable for. This means, you need to check the temperature of your room before selecting the sleeping bag. The temperature as per tog rating is;
- 16-17 degrees: 2.5 tog with a blanket
- 18-20 degrees: 2.5 tog
- 21-23 degrees: 1 tog
- 24 degrees +: 0.5 tog
Although baby sleeping bags are very safe and pose little to no threat, there are some safety considerations to avoid any harm to the children. Take care of these little precautions to ensure safety of your child. Take note of the following three considerations that you need to keep in mind.
- Take care of overheating. This is done by not only choosing the right rating of sleeping bag, but also avoid using any blanket with the sleeping bag. Carefully observe the temperature of your room before using the sleeping bag and additional blanket, if required.
- Take care of the size. For a sound sleep, the right size of the sleeping bag is very important. Your baby won’t be comfortable in a size that is too loose or too tight and the comfort of the baby is the primary objective of the sleeping bag.
- Avoid using hood. Avoid using hood with sleeping bags as they increase the risk of SIDS.
Front Zip Sleeping Bag or Side/Diagonal Zip
In shop, you’ll find 2 kinds of sleeping bags; the front zip and diagonal sleeping bag. It is totally up to your preference which option you want for your kid. Your child will be equally comfortable in both. The only difference is, it is bit easy to take out your child from a front zip sleeping bag. on the other hand, side or diagonal sleeping bag opens fully easily, which makes it easier for frequent nappy changes.