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Rock-a-bye-baby…

16th September 2016 / no comments, on Parenting

As a new parent, having 100% confidence in the safety and comfort of your baby is of paramount importance.

These days, new parents can feel overwhelmed with an overload of information which can sometimes be conflicting and misleading.

At Babaloo, we aim to fast track you to the information you need. We understand that you are probably time poor right now and therefore we have presented all the information in an easily accessible manner.

When can I start using a sleeping bag for my baby?

A sleeping bag is ideal for a baby who weighs more than 8.8lbs, depending on the size of your baby this will be between the age of 0-6 months.

To ensure that the sleeping bag is appropriate for your baby, make sure your child’s head cannot pass through the neck hole when fastened. If it can, the bag is too big and should not be used.

What is the ideal room temperature for my baby to feel comfortable whilst sleeping?

The official guidelines inform us that the ideal room temperature for your baby is 18 degrees C. However, keeping a room constantly at this temperature is impossible so between 16-20 degrees C is completely acceptable.

For temperatures in this range a 2.5 TOG is recommended for your baby. At lower temperatures your baby will require a short sleeve and long sleeve body suit whilst sleeping in the bag, When temperatures rise a short sleeve body suit is appropriate.

When a room is significantly colder, a 3.5 TOG is recommended. This would be appropriate for when room temperature falls below 16 degrees C.

Sleeping Bag Pros

A sleeping bag ensures your baby stays at a constant temperature as they are unable to kick it off.

Your baby will not end up underneath blankets.

A sleeping bag cocoons your baby, making them feel safe and secure.

Sleeping Bag Cons

As your baby develops it will be necessary to buy larger sleeping bags to accommodate him or her. It may also be helpful to have different togs, particularly if you are travelling abroad or for when the British weather becomes particularly hot or cold.

Why are there so many different types of sleeping bag? Which is best?

As the popularity of sleeping bags has grown, so has the range of products available. Here is a quick guide on what is best for your baby!

Duck Down: Ideal for colder months.

Polyester Lining: As we mentioned earlier, buying a few sleeping bags can be expensive. Polyester bags offer excellent value.

Cotton: Cotton sleeping bags are genuinely more expensive but offer a quality product.

Hypoallergenic: These bags are aimed at babies who may be suffering with asthma or eczema.

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