This week I want to share some information on sleeping bags and how to use them safely.
Sleeping bags have so many benefits. You don’t have to worry about them kicking off blankets, you don’t have to worry about them getting tangled in blankets and they are great sleep associations.
What is a safe sleeping bag
When picking a sleeping bag, the first thing is to make sure they are safe.
RedNose says – ‘A safe baby sleeping bag is constructed in such a way that the baby cannot slip inside the bag and become completely covered.
The sleeping bag should be the correct size for the baby with a fitted neck, armholes (or sleeves) and no hood.’
For a newborn I recommend an arms down one. Using arms down prevents bub waking themselves with the start reflex. It is also really helpful when settling or if they are overtired.
As they get older
Once bub is rolling or between 4-6 months you can use an arm out sleeping bag. Their are so many different ones. Some will have press studs on the side to help make the transition to arms out easier. some will have long sleeves, these are good for winter. You and get ones that have legs rather then the bag.
What the hell are TOG levels
The TOG levels help you choose what sleeping bag you need in different temperatures. The higher the TOG the warmer they are, for example you would only use a 3.5 TOG in winter. In summer you will use a low TOG like 0.2 TOG, especially in Australia. Most brands will have a guide on their website with recommendations for temperatures.
How are sleeping bags sleep associations
A sleeping bag can be a great sleep association. I recommend if you are using a sleeping bag that you use it for all sleep, it can help to signal to your bub it is now time to sleep.
Do you use a sleeping bag with your bub?