It’s getting cold out there, and if you’re like us- you’re switching out the cotton jammies for fleece ones! During this season I get LOTS of questions about how to dress your baby for sleep during cold weather months. We’ve done some digging and found there are MANY options for baby, toddler and older children to wear sleep sacks that are perfect for cold weather! We’re sharing some below, and as always- tell us what your little one likes in the comments!
Before we share all the links, let’s first start off by understanding the ideal temperature for our sleep environment. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 60-67 degrees for adults and children and 68-72 degrees for babies and toddlers. Whether this is cool air or heat, not EVERY room in the house may retain what the thermostat reads. In many cases my clients live in old homes, and some rooms (including baby’s!) may be cooler/warmer than the rest of the house. In order to properly read your child’s room, I highly suggest not relying on the monitor screen alone! You may consider a separate thermometer (like this one) to keep in your child’s room.
Once you understand the temperature of your child’s room, use this chart below from SlumberSac to best understand how to dress your baby for sleep in winter. The chart refers to TOG, which stands for “thermal overall grade” – the higher the TOG the warmer the sleep sack is. The clothing in the chart is a recommendation of what to wear UNDER the sleep sack with the correct TOG description of sleep sack to wear on top of the layers. Read the temperatures at the top from the thermometer in your child’s room and dress appropriately.
From newborn to 6 YEARS OLD we’ve rounded up some of the best cold weather sleep sacks. It’s also important to remember that a sleep sack is perfectly fine for your child as they learn to roll, crawl and walk around. Many families are curious if they should stop using sleep sacks at a certain age. Honestly, it’s 100% up to you!! If your child isn’t interested in keeping a blanket on, a sleep sack is a great alternative!
1- SlumberSac Reversible & Detachable Sleeves for ages 0-10 years ($44 on SlumberSac)
2- Halo Micro-Fleece for babies 6-16lbs (prices vary by color on Amazon)
3- Woolino: Body Temperature Regulated, one size ($99 on Amazon)
4- SleepSack Detachable Sleeves w/ Feet for ages 6mo-6 years ($44 on SlumberSac)
5- TILLYOU Fleece Plush for 0-3 Months ($12 on Amazon)
6- Baby DeeDee Quilted Sleep Sack for sizes 0-36MO (From $38 on Amazon)
Have a family favorite sleep sack for winter? Drop your comments below! There’s so many to choose from out there!
Stay warm, ya’ll!
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