It sometimes feels like a bit of a guessing game when it comes to creating the perfect little nest for our babies to peacefully slumber. Are they too hot or too cold? Do they need more layers or less? And what about those tog ratings on sleeping bags? If you’re a little clueless about how to make your baby as comfortable as possible over autumn and winter, these are our top tips.
A baby’s room should be between 16°C and 20°C, but if you want to be bang on, 18°C is the ‘just right’ temperature for a nursery. It’s pretty hard to gauge this by feel, so it’s best to pop a room thermometer in your baby’s nursery, and you’ll be able to tell at a glance if the room is too chilly or too warm.
To check your baby’s temperature, just put your hand on their chest, tummy or back. This is the best way to feel if they are too hot or too cold, rather than feeling their hands or feet. Often your baby’s feet or hands will actually feel cooler than their core temperature.
A baby who’s too warm may have damp hair or be sweaty, flushed and have a fast pulse. In this case, remove a layer of clothing, and you can even try moving your baby to another room that’s a bit cooler.
A baby who’s too cold may not want to feed, may become lethargic and difficult to wake. There are warnings that a baby being too hot or too cold can increase the risk of SIDS. It’s really important to dress your baby correctly to accommodate the temperature of their room while they’re sleeping.
Dressing your baby appropriately
One of the best ways to ensure your baby can regulate their body temperature while they’re asleep is to dress them in natural fibres, like cotton, bamboo and merino. Likewise, sleeping bags made of soft, natural fibres help promote an appropriate body temperature while slumbering.
If you choose the correct, tog-rated swaddle or sleeping bag, your baby won’t need blankets.
ErgoPouch baby swaddles, sleeping bags and sleep suits are a great choice when it comes to correctly dressing your baby for sleep. Our entire range is made using natural fibres such as organic cotton, bamboo and merino. Our products also allow babies to move freely, with ergonomically shaped designs and stretch insert fabrics.
Still confused? We have created a temperature chart to help parents choose the right tog rated sleeping bag for your baby’s room and what to dress your baby in underneath their swaddle or sleep bag. When you purchase an ergoPouch sleeping bag or sleep suit, you’ll receive a free room thermometer, so you can accurately check your nursery’s temperature.
What is a TOG rating?
You may have heard of a ‘TOG rating’ in relation to baby sleeping bags, but not really know what it is. Basically, it’s a way of measuring the warmth of a sleeping bag or swaddle, so you know which one best suits the season and situation. The smaller the tog number, the cooler, or lighter, the sleeping bag. The higher the TOG, the warmer the sleeping bag. ErgoPouch has sleeping bags starting at 0.3 TOG – which is for a Summer Sleeping Bag. The warmest is the ergoPouch Winter Sleeping Bag, which measures 3.5 tog. There are also ergoPouch sleeping bags of varying togs in between, which are perfect for autumn and spring – or to suit the north of Australia, where temperatures don’t drop as much as they can in the south.
We aim to take the guesswork out of choosing the right sleeping garment for your baby. Take a look at the guide below, to help you find the best sleepwear to help your baby sleep easier.
For more information read our Which ergoPouch do I need for my child? blog post.