Choosing The Best Winter Sleeping Bag

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Winter Baby Sleeping Bag Guide

 

Once the autumn starts it's time to think about a winter sleeping bag, which will ensure your baby or toddler stays warm through the cold winter nights. If your baby isn't warm enough, she will find it very hard to resettle during the night and you'll be up out of your warm bed much more often!  Waking up cold is another reason many babies wake up around 4 or 5am in the morning as this is often the coldest part of the night.

 

  

Do I really need a winter bag?

First have a look at how cold your baby's room gets. If it regularly gets below 18 degrees then you definitely need a winter weight bag or your baby will likely wake a lot more often as they are cold.

If your baby's room is usually between 18 to 20 degrees you could use a standard or 3 seasons or 1.0 Tog sleeping bag, such as the woolbabe 3 Seasons, 1.0 Tog Sleep Store Bag or 1.0 Tog Ergopouch. However you will need to use additional clothing at 18 degrees and a heater if it gets any colder.

Using a winter weight sleeping bag often means you don't need to use a heater every night, which saves a fortune in power!

Also, have a think about your own bedding in winter, as this can give a good indication as to how warm or cold your house is. If  you change to a warmer duvet, use an electric blanket or additional blankets, then you are likely to need a winter bag for your baby.

 

Which is the warmest bag you sell?

The duvet weight woolbabe is the warmest bag we sell, and the warmest bag on the market according to customer feedback. We love this sleeping bag as it's quilted and filled with a thick layer of 100% Australian wool, which we've never seen in any other bag.

The duvet woolbabe has a warm, blanket feel to it, and the weight makes it feel even snugglier. The weight also helps reduce wriggling round the cot!

The composition is:

  • - 100% cotton lining
  • - 100% wool filling
  • - 30% merino / 70% cotton jersey outer.

 

The duvet woolbabe is available with a front or side zip, both styles can be used in the buggy.

 

TOP WINTER SLEEP BAG BRANDS

Woolbabe Sleeping Bags
The Sleep Store Sleeping Bags - Merino and Organic Cotton Sleeping Bags
Ergopouch Sleeping Bags - Organic Cotton Sleeping Bags from 0.2 - 3.5 Tog Bags 
Grobags by The Gro Company 
Nature Baby Sleeping Bags - Organic Cotton & Merino Sleeping Bags 
Babu Sleeping Bags at The Sleep store - Merino Baby Sleeping Bags 

What does tog rating mean?

Generally bags with cotton or synthetic filling will be tog rated, which is a measure of how warm the bag is. Generally the higher the tog rating, the warmer the bag.

Bags with merino or the Duvet Woolbabe are not tog rated, as the temperature regulating properties of wool means that they can be used in a much wider temperature range and are therefore hard to measure and compare.  Merino is also amazing at wicking moisture away from the skin, meaning sweaty babies won't wake up from cold, clammy fabric. Woolbabe bags have the widest temperature range - the 3-seasons bag can be used for rooms 18-28 degrees and the duvet weight bag can be used 14 to 22 degrees.

2.5 tog to 3.5 tog bags are all suitable for winter use.

 

 

The TOG rating chart below gives you an indication of what bag to use with what combination of pyjama's based on the expected winter temperature of your child's bedroom.

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14-16 C

16-18 C

18-20

20-22

22-24

24-26

26-28

28+

3.5 TOG rated

(or Duvet Weight with Sleeves)

 

   3.5 TOG rated or duvet weight with sleeves  Sleeping Bag, with long sleeve bodysuit and full length bodysuit and socks icons for Baby Room Temperature of 14-16 degrees

 3.5 TOG rated or duvet weight with sleeves  Sleeping Bag, with full length bodysuit icon for Baby Room Temperature of 16-18 degrees 

   3.5 TOG rated or duvet weight with sleeves  Sleeping Bag, with long sleeve bodysuit icon for Baby Room Temperature of 18-20 degrees

 3.5 TOG rated or  Duvet weight with sleeves  Sleeping Bag, with short sleeve bodysuit icon for Baby Room Temperature of 20-22 degrees 

 

 

 

 

 

14-16 C

16-18 C

18-20

20-22

22-24

24-26

26-28

28+


2.5 TOG rated

(or Duvet Weight bag)

 2.5 TOG rated or duvet weight  Sleeping Bag, with long sleeve bodysuit, full length bodysuit, singlet and socks icons for Baby Room Temperature of 16-18 degrees

 Duvet weight or 2.5 TOG rated Sleeping Bag, with long sleeve bodysuit, full length bodysuit and socks icons for Baby Room Temperature of 16-18 degrees  

 2.5 TOG rated or Duvet Weight Sleeping Bag with full length bodysuit Icon for Baby Room Temperature of 18-20

 2.5 TOG rated or Duvet Weight Sleeping Bag with Long Sleeve Bodysuit Icon for Baby Room Temperature of 20-22 Degrees

 

 

 

 

 

14-16 C

16-18 C

18-20

20-22

22-24

24-26

26-28

28+


1.0 TOG rated

(or Midweight 3 Seasons bag)

 

 

1.0 TOG rated or midweight  Sleeping Bag, with long sleeve bodysuit and full length bodysuit icons for Baby Room Temperature of 18-20 degrees

1.0 TOG rated or midweight Sleeping Bag with full length bodysuit Icon for Baby Room Temperature of 20-22

 

Midweight or 1.0 Tog rated Sleeping Bag with Long Sleeve Bodysuit Icon for Baby Room Temperature of 22-24

 

 

Midweight or 1.0 TOG rated Sleeping Bag, Short Sleeve Bodysuit Icon for Baby Room Temperature of 24-26 

Midweight, 1.0 TOG Sleeping Bag with Singlet and/or Nappy Icon for Baby Room Temperature of 26-28 degrees

1.0 TOG or Midweight Sleeping Bag, Singlet and/or Nappy Icon for Baby Room Temperature of 28+

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Comparing Woolbabe, Grobag and The Sleep Store Bags:

These are our most popular sleeping bag brands and comparing them is a bit tricky as they are quite different. However they are all are fabulous quality and we recommend them all!

Here's a few points to consider:

  • Duvet Woolbabe has wool filling with cotton lining and outer whereas grobags use a warm polyester filling. The Sleep Store bags are 100% Merino.
  • Grobags are quicker to wash and dry, and don't need wool wash or to be washed on a gentle wool cycle like the woolbabe or Sleep Store bags do.
  • The Sleep Store Merino Bags are lighter weight than the Duvet Woolbabe bags. Some babies prefer the weight of a Woolbabe which can also help reduce wriggling around the cot!
  • All are great quality, will last well and you'll be happy with either bag!

 

My baby has eczema, which winter bag would be suitable?

It depends how serious the eczema is. The Duvet Woolbabe is still suitable for many babies, as it is lined with cotton and the wool filling helps with temperature regulation.

However if any wool irritates your child's skin, we highly recommend the ergoPouch range of sleeping bags for eczema.

The 3.5 tog ergoPouch is almost as warm as the Duvet Woolbabe and is made from 100% organic cotton. It's a slim fitting bag, which fits like a long puffer vest.

 

What about a cheaper bag?

Having a budget doesn't mean your baby can't be warm all night, as we have a great range of entry level priced bags.  Although these bags are lower in price they are still good quality and will be effective in keeping your baby warm.

The key differences between the lower end of the price range and the top end is in the fabric and components - the higher the price, the better the fabric quality, zip quality and dome quality. For example a grobag or Woolbabe will have a YKK metal zipper where as a Snugtime or Slumbersac will have a plastic zipper.

Having a lower priced bag is also a good idea for  second bag, so you always have a spare in case of accidents and not getting your bag dry in time for bed.

View Plum Sleeping Bags - the 2.5 and 3.5 tog bags are winter weight

View Bonds Sleeping Bags - the Winter Sleeping Bag

 

Won't my baby's arms and hands get cold?

Bags are generally designed without arms as it helps to ensure your baby doesn't overheat. The arms and head are the main ways babies release heat to avoid overheating.

As long as your baby's core is warm, then you don't need to worry about cooler arms and cold hands.

However if you do want a bag with arms, here are the options:

Ergo Arms - an organic cotton jacket you can pop over a sleeping bag

Ergopouch - A 2.5 or 3.5 Sleeping Bag with arms 

Sleeved Woolbabe - The Duvet Weight Woolbabe with Sleeves

 

I would like an organic bag:

All of the ergoPouch and Nature Baby bags are organic and Woolbabe sleeping bags (excluding Limited Editions) use organic cotton blended with merino. So if you need a bag for rooms cooler than 18-20 degrees, we recommend the ergoPouch 3.5 tog bag.

 

Need more information?

Compare sleeping bag brands

Choosing the right bag for your baby

Grobag information

Woolbabe information

Ask other mums on our Facebook Page for their feedback!

 

 

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