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Sleeping bags for babies: What you need to know

If you're thinking about choosing a sleeping bag for your baby, this may help

The lowdown on sleeping bags

Sleeping bags are a safe option to keep baby warm in his cot, here are our top picks

Sleeping bag baby

Sleeping bags are a great and safe way to make sure your baby is comfortable at night. Babies can kick covers off and wake crying, or can wriggle underneath which can be dangerous, so sleeping bags help avoid this.

What to look for

Look for one with poppers, most have them, they make it easy to put on a tiny baby. They also tend to have a zip down the front, side or around the bottom which is essential for changing nappies at night.

Poppers under the arms are also a useful feature that can adjust the arm home to fit a smaller child. Look for soft, natural fabrics such as cotton, soft neck and sleeve edgings and covered zips if they touch baby’s skin. They have tog ratings, 2.5 togs tend to suit winter where as for warmer summers you can get a 1 tog option.

Need to know

Never use a sleeping bag with other blankets over the top. Check the temperature of the room to ensure your baby will not get too hot. Buy an inexpensive room thermometer or a monitor with a temperature feature. Make sure your baby’s sleeping bag conforms to the British Safety Standard.

Checklist

  • Look for a sleeping bag that meets British Safety Standard regulations.

  • One with poppers for easy access to change nappies at night.

  • Make sure you monitor the room temperature so baby doesn’t get too hot or too cold.

Latest products on the market:

Babies R Us Grey Star sleeping bag

Babies R Us Grey Star sleeping bag RRP £12.99

  • There is a side/bottom zip for quick and easy nappy changing
  • Comes in 2.5 or 1 tog weights
  • It has a 100% cotton filling
  • Coordinates with a wide range of nursery products

We love the great value price-tag and the attractive, neutral design that is ideal for both girls and boys.

Sizes: 6-18 months and 18-36 months.

Travel grobag sleeping bag

Grobag Travel Grobag RRP £31.99

  • Designed to fit a 5-point travel harness for use in car seat or pushchair
  • The outer layer is 100% woven cotton with 100% soft jersey filling
  • Has a two-way front zip and back vent for effective ventilation for baby throughout the night.
  • Machine-washable and can be tumble dried on low heat for easy cleaning

We love the versatile design which means you can travel much more easily with a sleeping baby in a car seat or pushchair.

Sizes: 0-6 months, 6-18 months and 18-36 months.

Babasac sleeping bag

Babasac Multi Tog Baby Sleeping Bag RRP £37.99

  • Lining zips out to change bag from 2.5 tog to 1.0 tog
  • Extra underarm poppers for smaller babies
  • Zip finishes at bottom for easier night-time changes
  • Novel new cotton sleep bags with removable lining so you don’t have to buy summer and winter bags.

Sizes: 0-6, 6-18 and 18-36 months

Merino Kids sleeping bag

Merino Kids GoGo Bag RRP £80.00

  • First size suitable up to 2 years
  • 100% natural with a pure wool inner lining and organic cotton outer
  • The natural fabrics help regulate your child’s temperature through the night
  • Easy to close with armhole poppers to adjust the sizing for your baby
  • Shoulder poppers and a full length zip along the bag allow it to be opened out completely flat for nappy changes

Although this is an expensive sleeping bag, we love that it can be used all year round (and up to 2 years) as the merino wool keeps your child cool in summer and warm in winter.

Sizes: 0-2 years and 2-4 years.

Sleeping bags for babies: What you need to know