Some babies love being swaddled and others want their freedom from day one. My babies all liked to be tightly wrapped but then seemingly overnight they become little Houdinis. When arms and legs escape the wraps, you know it is time to switch them over to a sleeping bag.
Choosing a sleeping bag is not necessarily an easy task. There is a huge range of thicknesses and weights (often referred to as a ‘Tog’ rating), fabric types and styles of sleeping bags, not to mention deciding on one of the many fabulous patterns available.
Here are Babylogy’s ten favourite sleeping bags from our sponsors for this winter:
The very cosy quilted Sleeping Cocoon by Eeni Meeni Miini Moh is perfect for cooler climates. Rated 3.3 Tog and featuring a two way zipper, safety harness access points and available in soft pink or muted aubergine, the Sleeping Cocoon is ideal for keeping babies cosy. Also from Eeni Meeni Miini Moh is a pure cotton sleeping sack. Perfect as a nightie for newborns, the drawstring closure on the bottom of the sleeping sack allows for easy access nappy changes. No one wants to be struggling with snap buttons at 2am! The Sleeping Cocoon is $104 and the Pure Sleeping Sack is $49. Both are available from My First Room.
Whilst most bags are sleeveless, there are a number of baby sleeping bags with sleeves for extra warmth in winter. The Pure Baby quilted cotton bags
are an excellent choice. With a 2.5 Tog rating, a zip enclosure and an
opening for a safety harness, they are available from size 000 to size
two. Get yours at The Hip Infant for $69.95.
For a ‘green’ sleeping choice, you can’t go past sleeping bags from Lotus Linens. Made from a combination of bamboo and cotton, the fabric is incredibly soft and you can feel reassured by the fact that the materials are chemical free, 100 per cent biodegradable and naturally antibacterial. Bamboo’s superior breathability makes it a good choice for babies with sensitive or allergy-prone skin. All that wholesomeness doesn’t come minus style! The Lotus Linens bag comes in a fabulously retro bubble print. Available at Ten Little Indians for $65.95.
I’ll admit to being a big fan of the beautiful fabric designs from the UK’s Olli & Lime. Although you could be forgiven for choosing an Olli & Lime Sleep Sack based entirely on their stunning patterns, it’s good to know the bags also provide all the necessary warmth and features you expect in a sleeping bag. Made from 100 per cent organic sateen cotton percale 320 thread count and available in two patterns, the bags are $72.95 and from Ele-ahbaant.
The Nature Baby Sleeping Gowns have been a winter best seller for years and it’s easy to see why. They’re made of organic cotton, have a drawstring tie at the bottom for quick nappy changes and the button down neck means fuss-free dressing as there is no squeezing them over baby’s head. The Sleeping Gowns are perfect for new babies who are still being swaddled. They are available from Bébé at $34.95 each.
For toddlers who just won’t keep covers on, the Merino Kids sleeping bag is big and warm! You won’t find many bags on the market that are suitable for kids up to size 4, but the Merino Kids Go-Go Bag will keep them covered. We’ve tested this one on our 2-4 year old samplers and it’s super snuggly and roomy enough for them to have a good night’s sleep. Lined with soft merino wool with a cotton outer, the bag also features press studs at the arm holes to adjust the size and an opening for car seat and safety harnesses. The Go-Go bag is $159 and is available from Eco Child.
The Bubbaroo Joey Swag is a great choice for babies that like a snooze in the pram or car. Sized up to 18 months, the bags accommodate five point safety harnesses and are available in light, medium and heavy weight. The Bubbaroo is also the perfect choice for those that prefer plains over patterns and comes in very soft pink or blue. The Bubbaroo is $74.95 and is available from Haggus & Stookles.
If you want a warm, fuzzy feeling, the super-plush zzZipme Sack is the sleeping bag for your bub. Featuring a clever two-way zipper (so that you don’t need to take everything off to change a nappy), the bag co-ordinates with blankets, towels and other pieces in the Swaddle Designs range. The zzZipme Sack is available from Little Styles for $49.95
For the warmth of wool, the Mokopuna Cocoono is a great choice. Made of 100 per cent Merino wool, the Cocoono features a wrap neckline, double layer of wool over the chest and a slot for safety harnesses. I like the Cocoono for its wintery colour palette – deep chocolate brown and lined with ruby red. The Cocoono is $169 and is available from Metro Mum.
The Ergo Pouch has been designed with stretch inserts on the shoulders and sides to give a snug fit, while still allowing your baby to move freely. The Ergo Pouch is made from Australian alpaca fibre and is a fantastic choice for babies with allergies. Alpaca fibre is hypo-allergenic and naturally resists dust and mites. The Ergo Pouch is $129 and is available from Hello Charlie.