For a comfy night’s sleep
A baby or toddler sleeping bag is simply a material ‘vest’ that you pop your child into and then fasten it, so that your child won’t slip out of it at night. You can buy different tog ratings (like duvets) for hot, warm and cold nights.
Of course, there are also more traditional outdoor sleeping bags – perfect for camping in the wilderness or when on adventurous sleepovers.
We’ve picked the best and most innovative baby and toddler sleeping bags, but first, some safe sleeping tips from The Lullaby Trust :
- Never use a sleeping bag with a quilt or duvet.
- Avoid sleeping bags with a hood – It can be dangerous if your baby’s head becomes covered.
- Make sure that the sleeping bag fits well – You don’t want your baby slipping down inside the bag, so make sure it fits properly around the neck and arms.
We’ve also got a buyer’s guide to find out which tog ratings to use, now read on to see our pick of the best sleeping bags…
Bambino Merino, £59.95 / Merino Kids Go Go Bag, £70
Merino sleeping bags are created from the wool of Merino sheep, which live in the mountains of New Zealand where there are very cold winters and hot summers. And the selling point is that the 100% natural wool fibres are said to adapt to different temperatures – so keeping your baby cool in summer and warm in winter.
That means one sleeping bag can be used all year round – there’s no need to buy a heavier one for winter and a lighter one for summer, which can help to justify the higher cost of Merino bags. Plus they’re longer lasting in terms of size – both the Bambino Merino and Merino Kids bags fit your child from from 2 months up to 2 years.
The only downside of Merino is when it comes to washing. You’ll need to use a specialist liquid wool detergent such as Ecover Delicate or Persil Silk & Wool, a normal non-bio detergent will damage the wool fibres. You also need to wash at 30° and no higher, plus you can’t use a softener or conditioner – so you may end up washing this on its own.
Read the full Bambino Merino review here
Read the full Merino Kids Go Go Bag review here
You can buy the Bambino Merino sleeping bag here
Ergopouch Bamboo, £39.95
When it gets hot at night and you still want your child in a sleeping bag, the ErgoPouch is a good choice. It has a tog rating of 0.3, so perfect for the height of summer and holidays abroad.
Made from bamboo – which has better moisture absorption when compared to cotton or polyester – it helps to regulate your baby’s temperature. The bag is also hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
When it comes to washing, it’s a little more complicated – cool, gentle wash cycles are recommended with no tumble drying.
You can buy the Ergopouch Bamboo sleeping bag here
Organic Baby Mine Grobag, £35
From the original baby sleeping bag makers, the Gro Company creates a wide range of different ‘grobags’ from classic ones in bright, funky colours to this organic version.
Created from 100% organic cotton jersey, the Baby Mine comes in 1.0 and 2.5 togs. Fully machine washable and it can also be tumble-dried on low heat.
Grobags are not the cheapest sleeping bags on the market, but one great extra is that you receive a free nursery thermometer with your Grobag, plus info about room temperatures and layers of clothing for your baby.
You can buy the Organic Baby Mine Grobag here
Purflo Sleepsac, £24.95-£34.95
This hypoallergenic sleeping bag by Purflo has natural anti-bacterial properties, designed to particularly help babies and children with asthma and eczema. It does this by preventing the build-up of bacteria and also protects from pesky dust mites.
It’s designed with sensitive baby skin in mind. Made from bamboo fabric on the outside, it also has a soft bamboo lining inside, there are zip guards so the zips don’t touch your baby’s sensitive skin, and a soft chin guard to avoid dribbly rubbing.
There are other nice little touches – the arms are detachable for warmer nights and there are integrated scratch mitts for 0-3 months and 3-9 months sizes. Great for children with itchy patches of ezcema on their skin.
Available in 1.0 and 2.5 togs, and in 4 sizes from birth to 18 months plus.
You can buy the Purflo Sleepsac here
Gro Company Gro-snug, £22.99
The latest innovation from the Gro Company, the Gro-snug is a hybrid between a sleeping bag and swaddling. Like the BabyMoov Cosybag, it allows you to use the bag with your baby’s arms out or swaddled in, and offers a more snug fit than traditional sleeping bags.
The Gro-snug is designed for newborns from 5lb to 12lb, so is likely to last from birth to around 3 months. It’s available in two weights: light and cosy. The good news is it’s fully machine washable and can be tumble-dried on a low heat.
You can buy the Gro Company Gro-Snug sleeping bag here
BabyMoov Cosybag, £34.99
Like the Gro-snug, the BabyMoov Cosybag is a cross between a sleeping bag and a swaddling wrap. It also offers the chance for you to use it as either. Your baby is wrapped up in 4 steps, with your baby’s arms either free or swaddled in.
It’s machine washable – at 30°. But, because of the wrapping effect, it only fits babies from 3-6 months.
You can buy the BabyMoov Cosybag here
JoJo Maman Bebe 3-in-1 sleeping bag, £45
This is an innovative double sleeping bag from JoJo Maman Bebe – the inner bag is 2.5 tog and the outer bag is 1 tog, so combined they create a 3.5 tog for the cooler British weather. You can then separate them for warmer nights (1.5 tog) and hotter ones (1 tog).
Made from 100% cotton, it’s available in 3 sizes from birth to 3 years.
You can buy the JoJo Maman Bebe 3-in-1 sleeping bag here
Gro Company Orbit Grobag, £32.99
If your child has always loved snoozing in a sleeping bag, there’s now an option for older children. The Orbit Grobag is for pre-schoolers and even kids up to the age of 10. Many parents of special needs children have found them useful.
Available in 1.0 and 2.5 tog forms, the bag is 100% cotton and has a soft jersey lining with a 2-way zip up the front.
You can buy the Gro Company Orbit Grobag here
Bubbaroo Newborn Pack, £48.95
A 2-in-1 swaddling bag and baby sleeping bag, this Bubbaroo Joey Double Pouch is ideal for new parents as the newborn pouch simulates the security of the womb and encourages babies to sleep on their backs, to reduce SIDS. Suitable for infants from 3.2kg up to 8kg, the pouch also prevents babies being disturbed by their own “startle” reflex.
For older babies the lightweight sleeping bag can be used in temperatures from 21-23 degrees and can be used up to 6 months.
You can buy the Bubbaroo Newborn pack here
Little Life Snuggle Pod, £39.99
A sleeping bag in the more traditional sense, the Snuggle Pod is a penguin-shaped bag with a comfy blow up base and stabiliser wings. So it’s an inflatable bed as well as a sleeping bag, which packs into a penguin backpack.
Best for older toddlers, it’s suitable from 18 months to 4 years and perfect for when your little one goes away on an adventurous sleep over.
You can buy the Little Life Snuggle Pod here
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