Tog rating is simply a scale which measures ‘thermal resistance’ and indicates the degree of warmth you should expect from your sleeping bag; the higher the tog of the sleeping bag the warmer your baby will be.
To make TOG simpler to understand we have developed four weights which will suit all climates, nursery temperatures and conditions
- STANDARD WEIGHT – The standard weight sleeping bag is approx. 2.5 tog. This tog will suit most European climates throughout the year when your baby’s nursery temperature is 18º – 21º and is by far the most popular thickness.
- SUMMER WEIGHT – This bag is tested to approx. 1 tog and has a lightweight padding which is ideal for warmer summer nights when temperatures are around 21º – 24º. Summer weight sleeping bags are ideal for daytime naps and holidays
- WINTER WEIGHT – the winter weight sleeping bag has a heavier padding and is tested to approx. 3.5 tog ; ideal for use when nursery temperatures drop to below 18º
- LIGHT WEIGHT – This sleeping bag is approx. 0.5 tog and has no inner padding and is for use on hot summer nights or when holidaying in warmer climates when temperature rise above 24º.
- The light weight sleeping bag is also ideal for daytime summer naps
Simply dress baby as normal in a body vest and sleeper. Remember that babies maintain body temperature by ventilating through their head, arms and hands.
It is quite usual for baby’s hands to be cool during sleep. However if the room temperature falls then simply add a further layer of night clothing; perhaps a cardigan or pyjama top. If you think baby is getting too warm remove a layer of night wear. A simple guide is to feel the nape of the baby’s neck – if it is damp then baby is probably too warm.
During the night all babies naturally wriggle and turn causing conventional sheets, blankets and duvets to tangle and slip off. Research has shown that this can result in baby getting either too hot or too cold, thus causing stress and discomfort. By using Kiddy Kaboosh Sleeping Bags from birth, babies and toddlers are able to move naturally whilst maintaining correct, but cosy warmth, thus assisting longer and more peaceful sleep patterns.
Kiddy Kaboosh sleeping bags are all made with soft 100% Cotton; we use quilted airfill polyester as a cosy filling. Your sleeping bag will easily machine wash and tumble dry.
It is advisable to have at least two sleeping bags for hygiene and laundry purposes.
In their Kiddy Kaboosh sleeping bag a baby’s feet should reach around 50% to 80% down the length of the bag. This allows babies and toddlers lots of space to wriggle and turn while maintaining a stable body temperature.
We offer a range of four sizes from birth up to 6 years
- Size 1. 70cm long & fits from newborn (approx. 3.5 kg) up to 6 months.
- Size 1 has an additional underarm snap closure for smaller babies
- Size 2. 90 cm long fits from 6 months up to approx.18 months
- Size 3. 110cm long fits from 12 months up to 2 years and to fit up to 3 years when extended
- Size 4. 130 cm long and fits from 3 years up to approx. 6 years
All parents want their babies to sleep well. But one of the great universal parenting truths is that as soon when a baby starts sleeping well the parent is likely to wake up, panicking that something has happened to the baby.
Over 300 babies die from SIDs (Sudden Infant Death, also referred to as cot death) in the UK each year. Although that number sounds shocking, and SIDs is one of the main causes of death in babies under 12 months, it’s worth remembering that it is still rare and that thanks to the work of organisations such as The Lullaby Trust1 numbers have been fallen steeply in the past 20 years.
One of the biggest changes in that period has been the recommendation to put babies down to sleep on their backs, rather than their tummies (something that might need gently reminding to older friends or relatives who are trying to help with bedtime). Bedding also plays a big role in helping to prevent SIDs and the general rule is the simpler the better, with nice firm, well-fitting mattress. The idea is to ensure that your baby doesn’t get too hot, or manage to wriggle themselves under their bed clothes. You should keep your baby’s cot as clear as possible and don’t use pillows or duvets for under-ones. Baby sleeping bags, like Kiddy Kaboosh’s, are fantastic as they come in a range of temperature ratings (called ‘togs’). As long as you choose the appropriate tog and right size sleeping bag – the baby’s head should be larger than the neck opening to prevent them slipping down – our sleep sacks are a wonderfully safe way for baby to sleep. On those occasions when you need to use sheets or blankets instead of the sleeping bag, make sure you use the ‘feet to foot’ position. The NHS website2 gives a good outline of how this works.
The Lullaby Trust also recommends having your baby sleep in a cot or moses basket in the same room as you for the first six months, keeping your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth and, if possible, breastfeed. There’s also a suggestion that using a dummy when going to sleep can help reduce risk, although evidence isn’t yet considered conclusive.
Co-sleeping is also an issue to consider. The NHS warns that the risk of SIDs is increased when co-sleeping if:
- Your or your partner are smokers, have recently drunk alcohol, have taken medication or drugs that make you sleep more heavily
- Your baby was premature (born before 37 weeks) or a low birth weight (less than 2.5kg or 5.5lb)
There may be times when parents choose to co-sleep with their young children, either through choice or necessity. Please take a moment to read the Lullaby Trust guide to co-sleeping safely3.
1 – www.lullabytrust.org.uk/LThome
2 – www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/reducing-risk-cot-death.aspx#feet-to-foot
3 – www.lullabytrust.org.uk/file/—–internal-documents/Fact-sheet-Bedsharing.pdf