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What Should Baby Wear To Sleep?

Should you get a sleeping bag for your baby? What kind of sleeping bag? Wait, what’s TOG? How many layers are just right? What’s the right room temperature for the nursery? Before you get overwhelmed, let’s take a deep breath. While there are many things to know when it comes to ensuring your baby a good night of sleep, we’ve done the hard work and compiled sleeping tips from experts. Read on to get tips from The Sleep Foundation and Lucy Wolfe, sleep consultant and author of The Baby Sleep Solution, along with our top picks to ensure your baby’s sleep quality. 

In this guide, you'll learn more about

  • What clothes your baby and toddler should sleep in
  • What the right room temperature is for your baby at night
  • Our top picks for baby sleepwear 
  • Crib sheets and fabric recommendations 

1. What Clothes Should A Baby Sleep In?

According to The Sleep Foundation guideline, you should dress your baby in one more layer than what you'd find comfortable wearing while in the same room. On warmer nights, dress your little one in breathable cotton pajamas, sleeping bag, onesie or a light swaddle. When the weather is colder, go for a long-sleeved pajamas, onesie, or sleeping bag made with thicker fabrics.

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What is TOG? 

TOG, also known as thermal overall guide, indicates a clothing's thermal insulation. TOG rating tells you what's appropriate to wear for particular room temperatures.

Here's a set of TOG guidelines on

  • 0.5 TOG – ideal for room temperatures 23-26°C
  • 1.0 TOG – ideal for room temperatures between 21-23°C
  • 2.5 TOG – ideal for room temperatures between 16-20°C

While this guide is helpful for parents, it's important to note that each baby is different and the number of layers and types of clothing you should dress your baby in depends on their health, physiology, and the room temperature.

For best practise, check your baby's body temperature regularly and make sure they don't overheat. It's also helpful to have a room thermometer for checking in. 

2. What Room Temperature Should My Baby Sleep In? 

According to Lucy Wolfe, author of The Baby Sleep Solution, it's important to make sure the room is not too warm for you baby and the temperature should be 16-20°C.

You should also never place the cot, crib or bed right next to a radiator, heater, fire or in direct sunshine. 

3. Our Picks For Sleeping Bags & Clothes

Here’s a selection of safe, non-toxic sleepwear for your newborns and little ones!

nobodinoz Cocoon Sleeping Bag Aqua Eclipse/ White

This comfy sleeping bag is made with organic cotton and extra soft jersey lining. Its easy opening and closing systems make it easy to change diapers and keep your baby from kicking off the covers while sleeping.

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Little Crevette Summer Sleeping Bag Limonade

Designed with 2 snaps per shoulder and a zip opening on the side, Little Crevette sleeping bag is perfect for summer nights.

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nobodinoz Cloud Winter Sleeping Bag Nude Haiku Birds Natural

Great for keeping your little one warm on colder nights, this winter sleeping bag has an extra soft organic cotton jersey lining and a knot closing system. If you need to change your baby's diapers while they're sleeping, simply unzip the bottom of the sleeping bag.

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4. Crib Sheets And Fabric Recommendations 

Cam Cam Copenhagen Bedding Baby Pressed Leaves

Cam Cam Copenhagen makes some of the softest baby beddings with nature-themed patterns. Made with organic, GOTS-certified cotton, it's also sateen-weave so it's ultra-soft. 

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Kadolis Organic Cotton Fitted Sheet

The fitted sheet is made with organic cotton that's ultra-soft and no chemical treatment is used, making it suitable for fragile and reactive skin. It also goes perfectly with Kadolis junior mattress.

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Atelier Choux Muslin Hot Air Balloons

An essential for parents, swaddles are incredibly versatile. You can use them for nursing, swaddling, tummy time or as a light blanket.

Designed and made in France, this beautiful swaddle is made with GOTS-certified cotton and comes with Atelier Choux's signature hot air balloon patterns. Rest assured the color of the print will not fade out due to wash since the swaddle is printed with water based, baby safe ink. 

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Numero 74 Nana Swaddle

The perfect swaddle for your little nomads. Numero 74's swaddles are made with organic cotton and handmade by Thai women and they come in various earthy, muted tones.

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