Keeping little ones warm while they snooze through sleep cycles goes a long way towards getting a good night’s sleep. The best baby sleeping bag and sleep sacks help regulate bub’s temperature and give frolicky legs room to wriggle without compromising healthy hip development.
Sleep suits and bags in Australia come in a range of sizes to suit bubs from newborn right up to the toddler years. They also come in different levels of warmth (called TOGs) to ensure minis are appropriately bundled up for the season and room temperatures.
From winter bags with sleeves to lightweight sleep suits for summer, baby sleep bags keep minis covered all night long and help them catch all the zeds their growing bodies need.
Features to consider when buying a baby sleeping bag
Safety – According to Red Nose Australia, the safest sleeping bag is one that’s the right size, has either armholes or sleeves and the neck is not so wide that bub can wriggle down into the bag. Hoods are considered dangerous and should be avoided. Zipper guards are a bonus and avoid sleeping bags with long strings or cords attached.
Breathability – The best baby sleeping bags are made using breathable materials such as cotton, bamboo or wool that naturally allow air to circulate and keep bub from overheating.
Room to move – A newborn sleep suit should be a good fit for baby while still allowing plenty of room for hip and leg movement.
Ease of washing – Because dribble, nappy blowouts and reflux happen daily, look for sleep bags that are machine-washable, quick to dry and keep their shape even after a gazillion washes.
Button-up armholes – This adds to the longevity of the garment and means that in the early days, bub can wear it as a newborn sleeping bag with arms tucked in, and later as a sleeveless sleep suit. Adjustable armholes are also handy if you’re transitioning from a swaddle to a sleeping bag.
12 baby sleeping bag brands to consider
To help you find a baby sleep suit that’s right for your newborn wriggly worm, we’ve compiled this handy list of fab brands available in Australia (including exclusive offers!) to get you started in your search.
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In no particular order, here they are:
Made from gentle, unbleached organic cotton, ergoPouch Sheeting Sleep Bags are ideal for arms-out sleepers from around three months to six years of age. Available in five styles, it’s ergonomically designed with a wide fit and stretch inserts for wriggle room.
Hello Night Kids
Crafted from 100% Australian superfine Merino wool, these knitted wearable blankets excel when it comes to warmth and comfort in cooler climes. They have extended side zips for easy changes and button closures at the armholes for tucking arms in.
Super-cosy Tommee Tippee Grobags are designed to be snug up top and roomy down the bottom to allow for a hip-healthy leg position. The bamboo-rich luxury range with signature ALOEKIND lining is infused with Aloe Vera to soothe and comfort precious skin.
Baby Loves Sleep
Toasty from top to toe, award-winning and hip-friendly Baby Love Sleepy Hugs sacks come fitted with full-body zips as well as a zip along the bottom for easy night time changes. As bub grows, the ‘Hands In and Out’ style allows babes to self-soothe as they settle to sleep.
Made in Australia with 100% superfine Merino wool, Merineo’s breathable bags help to regulate bub’s body temperature throughout the night. In three contemporary shades, they come with underarm press studs that can be adjusted as baby grows.
Made with 100% organic cotton, these sleep bags come with or without sleeves in a range of TOG weights, from lightweight 0.5 up to 3.0 for winter. Each bag is fitted with a full-length zip with safety folds and comes in three sizes.
Award-winning Woolbabe sleeping sacks combine classic styles with temperature-regulating fabric to give bubs the best chance at sleeping soundly. Styles include the versatile ‘3 Seasons’ for all-year comfort and the Merino-filled ‘Duvet’ with a quilt-like weight.
The award-winning Bubbaroo Joey Swag keeps bubs covered all night long without the need for blankets. In four sizes, they have two-way zippers and are made of breathable natural fibres with organic cotton sateen lining. Heavier TOGs feature Australian wool padding.
Love To Dream
Like a wearable blanket, this winter-weight Love to Dream sleep suit comes with fitted sleeves and is made with organic cotton and Merino wool for the ultimate in warmth. There’s a handy twin-zipper for fuss-free nappy changes and plenty of stretch for frisky legs.
Made from 100% sustainable, natural products, Sweet Cheeks Merino winter bags have a unique 3-layer system, ensuring no more waking from the cold. Luxuriously soft layers of merino wool, covered in 100 per cent natural organic cotton. Bliss.
Available in three pretty patterns and quilted for warmth, Cotton On baby sleep bags keep cutie pies cosy as the temperatures drop. They come fitted with double-ended zippers and handy snap buttons on the reverse for adjusting the fit.
Best & Less
Fully padded and lined for sublime comfort, Best & Less sleep suits have a handy front zip for quick and easy nappy checks. With a range of beautiful designs to choose from, it’s hug-factor guaranteed.
To help you feel more confident about buying a sleep bag for your baby, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions..
What is a TOG rating?
The acronym TOG stands for ‘Thermal Overall Grade’ and it is a unit of measurement for calculating the amount of thermal insulation a product has. For sleeping bags in Australia, TOGs usually range from 0.5 up to 3.5, with the highest TOG rating being the warmest garment.
At what age can babies use a sleep suit?
Sleeping sacks and bags can be used from birth and many Australian brands offer perfectly sized (and utterly adorable) newborn styles. Some bubs prefer to be wrapped or swaddled in the early days, while others take to them easily. If your little one isn’t quite ready for a bag right away, perhaps try again in a month.
How many sleeping bags do I need?
It’s a good idea to have at least two bags on hand: one in a low TOG for day naps and warmer months, and another in a higher TOG for winter. Of course, how many you need also depends on how often you need to wash the bags and room temperatures.
What should babies wear under a sleeping bag?
Your little one will need to wear appropriate sleepwear under the sleep suit or bag. Check your brand’s TOG guide for instructions on what underclothes are needed for the weight of your particular garment.
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