Baby sleeping bags have been gaining popularity for a while now by giving parents peace of mind when their little one is asleep. It helps reassure them that not only are they safe but their baby is also comfortable. However, with so many baby sleeping bags on the market, how can you pick the best one? In today’s blog we discuss the factors you should consider when choosing the best baby sleeping bag for your baby.
The first consideration should be the size of the baby sleeping bag. While we all know that babies grow fast, we may be tempted to purchase one that is a little big, making the baby sleeping bag last for a while. However, it is very important to buy one that fits the baby perfectly for the size they are now. If you choose one that is too big, the baby sleeping bag can become a hazard if your baby accidently slips underneath it. If you choose one that is too small, the baby can feel too restricted in movement leading to excessive crying. Take notice of the neck hole to make sure that it fits just right. If a neck hole is too large, it takes the risk of the baby slipping into the sleeping bag. Make sure that you are always purchasing the correct size by reading the label and taking note of months, length and weight it is recommended for.
The next important consideration is the fabric and, if applicable, the filling the sleeping bag is made out of. Pay attention to which fabric is great for regulating temperature, what climate your little one will be sleeping in and what fabric is sensitive to your baby’s skin. A bamboo, merino and cotton blend is great for regulating temperature as well as absorbing moisture. This will prevent your baby from overheating and assists in preventing SIDs. You can also choose this blend with wool filling if you are looking for the warmest option to use during the cold winter months. If your baby has eczema or allergies, 100% (organic) cotton fabric is best to use. It won’t irritate your little ones skin and because cotton has less resins than other fabrics your baby will be comfortable using this type of sleeping bag. Natural and breathable fabrics like cotton are also great to use in the warmer months to avoid overheating. Never purchase a baby sleeping bag that contains stretchy fabrics such as Spandex as this poses a risk to the baby slipping into the bag (when moving excessively during the night). Ideally the fabric you choose should be low-fire danger, especially when you live in a high fire risk area or when you use an open fire place during winter.
Thirdly, you should consider the design of the baby sleeping bag. The bag should be wide enough so that it allows for proper leg and hip movement which helps in avoiding hip dysplasia. It is important to look for a closed zipper pull tab at this protects the baby’s teeth when playing with or chewing on the zipper tab. Other things to consider when purchasing the best baby sleeping bag are to make sure there are no hoods attached or long sleeves. Both are fire hazards and should be avoided as they are considered SIDS risk factors.
Be sure to always consider the temperature of your baby’s sleeping area and the baby’s sleepwear when deciding which baby sleeping bag to use. A good idea is putting a thermometer in the nursery so you can always check the room temperature before deciding upon the sleeping bag. Remember here that the room temperature might change during the night. The best way to ensure a more constant nursery temperature is to regulate the room temperature with a heater or air conditioner. The overall consensus is to keep the room temperature at a comfortable level (18˚C). To gauge your baby’s temperature, feel its tummy (not hands or feet as they are typically always much cooler). If their tummy is hot, you should consider using a baby sleeping bag with a lower TOG rating.
If you take all these factors that we have talked about into consideration, you can be sure that you are purchasing the best baby sleeping bag on the market. Your child’s safety is always a parent’s first priority. Sweet Dreams!
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