Baby Sleeping Bags – The Tot Guide

Wondering if baby sleeping bags are safe? Confused about TOG ratings? Curious about the benefits? In this guide, we go over everything you need to know about baby sleeping bags.

Two babies wearing Kyte Baby Sleep Bags

Baby Sleeping Bags, also referred to as sleep sacks, grow bags and sleep bags, can be a safe and cozy way to keep your baby warm while they sleep.

While the concept may seem straightforward, a lot of parents start getting confused when they see things like ‘TOG Rating’ and different zipper placements.

It’s also important to note that if not chosen in the right materials and fit, they can pose a SIDS risk. But don’t fret, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about baby sleeping bags.

In this Baby Sleeping Bags Guide, we’ll go over:

  • Benefits of Using a Baby Sleeping Bag
  • Safety Guidelines for Baby Sleeping Bags
  • Materials to Avoid in Baby Sleeping Bags
  • Understanding TOG ratings
  • Baby Sleeping Bag Options

Scroll down to learn more!

 

Benefits of Using a Baby Sleeping Bag

When chosen in the correct material and fit, baby sleeping bags can:

  • Promote laying your baby on their back.
  • Prevent your baby from kicking blankets off and potentially becoming too cold.
  • Prevent your baby from sliding under blankets, which is a SIDS threat.
  • Prevents your baby’s feet from potentially getting caught between crib slats.
  • Provide a sense of security and familiarity which helps signal sleep.
  • Provide just the right amount of warmth depending on the room temperature and weather. (More on fabric weight and TOG ratings soon!)

 

Safety Guidelines for Baby Sleeping Bags

Just like when preparing your baby’s bassinet or crib for sleep, you need to be mindful of your baby’s sleeping bag.

Here is a list of important safe sleeping tips:

  • As always, lay your baby on their back when they’re wearing their sleeping bag.
  • Never use a sleeping bag that is too large for your baby. If the neck and arm holes aren’t snug fitting, your baby may slip into the sack and potentially block their access to air.
  • Always check to make sure the zipper is fully zipped and closed to ensure your baby doesn’t slip into the sack.
  • Avoid synthetic materials that may cause your baby to overheat.
  • Avoid sacks that are open at the bottom as they can bunch up (SIDS threat) and/or allow cool air to disrupt your baby’s temperature.
  • After 8 weeks of age, ensure that your baby only sleeps in a sleeveless sleeping bag. This is because some babies may practice rolling at this age and will need their arms free to help.

For more tips on safe sleeping, you can visit the SIDS America website.

 

Materials to Avoid in Baby Sleeping Bags

There are quite a few things to consider when choosing what type of material you want your baby’s sleeping bag to be made out of.

For starters, you want to make sure you choose a natural fiber such as organic cotton or sustainable rayon from bamboo. Both of these materials are breathable and hypoallergenic. This is important for babies because they have sensitive skin as well as the need for help regulating their body temperature during the first couple of years.

The next thing you want to consider is WHAT could potentially be lurking in the fabric. At The Tot, we never use anything that hasn’t passed The Tot Safety Test. This means we’ve examined third-party testing and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition.

For sleeping bags, we always try to avoid:

  • Added formaldehyde (which can be added to cotton as an anti-wrinkle agent)
  • Flame retardant chemicals (which are sometimes used by brands to pass fire safety tests)
  • Pesticides & Herbicides (which are sometimes used to farm cotton…. these can be an irritant)
  • Toxic dyes + inks (which can also irritate a baby’s skin and respiratory tract)

Click here to view the full list of ingredients we avoid and why.

 

Understanding TOG ratings

Wondering what on earth TOG stands for? We’ve got you.

TOG stands for ‘Thermal Overall Grade,’ which is a unit of measurement used to calculate the thermal insulation of a product….basically how well something will keep you warm!

When shopping for a baby sleeping bag, you may see a TOG Rating such as 1.0 or 2.5. The lower the number, the less insulation, the higher the number, the more insulation.

Below is a list of standard TOG ratings and what temperature you’d wear it in.

 

0.5 TOG

Room Temperature: 23 – 26 °C / 74 – 78 °F

 

1.0 TOG

Room Temperature: 21 – 23 °C / 69 – 73 °F

 

2.5  TOG

Room Temperature: 16 – 20 °C / 61 – 68 °F

 

3.5 Tog

Room Temperature: Less than 16°C / 61 °F

 

Wondering what your baby should be wearing UNDER their sleeping bag depending on the TOG rating? Check out our article: What Should Baby Wear To Sleep?

 

Baby Sleeping Bag Options

When it comes to choosing sleeping bags, there are A LOT of options out there!

The main things we consider when shopping for a baby sleeping bag are: material, style and closing mechanism. Scroll down to learn more about our favorite sleeping bag options.

 

Newborn Sleeping Bags

 

The main difference between a newborn sleeping bag and baby sleeping bag is the capability to cover a baby’s arms. For example, the HALO Organic Cotton SleepSack Swaddle (which is recommended by SIDS America) has a built-in swaddle feature, while the Kyte BABY Bundler has long sleeves.

While these features are incredibly handy during the first few weeks when your baby cannot roll on their own, this does pose a risk as they get stronger and start wriggling in their cribs.

 

Halo Organic Cotton Sleepsack

 

Halo Organic Sleepsack Swaddle

 

Halo Organic Cotton SleepSack Swaddle

 

$34.95

TOG Rating 1.5

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Kyte Baby Bundler Sage

 

Kyte BABY Bamboo Bundler

 

$26.99

Available in more colors

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Sleeveless Front Zipper Sleeping Bags

 

Malabar Baby Wearable Sleep Bag Pink City

 

Sleeveless Front Zipper Sleeping Bags are the most popular option for safe sleeping.

This is because a front zipper promotes back sleeping, helps parents remember to fully zip up the sleeping bag and make it easy for babies to use their arms if they find themselves on their tummy or side.

 

Halo Sleepsack Wearable Blanket

 

Halo Organic Cotton SleepSack Wearable Blanket

 

$32.95

TOG Rating 1.5

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Hart + Land baby bamboo sleep sack

 

HART + LAND Baby Bamboo Sleep Bag – Simple Stripe

 

$36

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Available in more colors

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HART + LAND Bamboo Baby Sleep Bag

 

HART + LAND Baby Bamboo Sleep Bag – Organic Dots

 

$36

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Malabar Baby Wearable Sleep Bag Fort

 

Malabar Baby Quilted Wearable Baby Sleep Bag – Fort

 

Ranging from $50 to $66

TOG Rating 2.2

Also available in 0.6 TOG

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Malabar Baby Wearable Sleep Bag Pink City

 

Malabar Baby Quilted Wearable Baby Sleep Bag – Pink City

 

Ranging from $50 to $66

TOG Rating 2.2

Also available in 0.6 TOG

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Malabar Baby Wearable Sleep Bag Greenwich

 

Malabar Baby Quilted Wearable Baby Sleep Bag – Greenwich 

 

Ranging from $50 to $66

TOG Rating 2.2

Also available in 0.6 TOG

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Sleeveless Double Zipper Sleeping Bags

 

Two babies wearing Kyte Baby Sleeping Bags

 

A new take on the classic front zipper design, Sleeveless Double Zipper Sleeping Bags offer the same benefits as the front zipper as well as access from the bottom, which is a fabulous way to do a midnight diaper change with ease!

 

Kyte Baby Pink Bamboo Baby Sleepsack

 

Kyte BABY Baby Solid Bamboo Sleep Bag

 

$49.99

Available in more colors

TOG Rating 1.0

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Kyte BAby Sleep Bag Slate

 

Kyte BABY Spring/Summer Bamboo Sleep Bag

 

$49.99

Available in more colors

TOG Rating 1.0

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