Winter Warmers: The Higher-Tog Sleepsuits

cosy babies

Just a quick post: some higher-tog sleepsuits for those with f-f-f-f-freezing houses. (To be fair, it’s not that bad now that we’ve worked out the heating, but it still gets a little bit nippy in the small hours!) Most babies and toddlers are just fine in the 2.0 tog sleeping bags in winter, especially with a sleepsuit and vest or whatever beneath, but if your room temperature is hovering down at the 14/15 degrees mark overnight then you might be interested in something a little more substantial.

warmer sleepsuits higher tog

If you’re not au fait with the baby sleeping bag, then let me introduce you: it’s basically a sleeping bag that fastens at the shoulder and that usually keeps the arms free to allow good heat circulation. The idea is that it replaces blankets and is more convenient – it can’t slip off, be kicked off, and a baby can’t slip down into it. I’ve used them with both babies from around two or three months (I was later with Angelica because she was born into a heatwave) and before that age, just tucked cellular blankets around them.

Anyway, I couldn’t be without sleeping bags – I’m not sure I’ve talked about them before but they are definitely one of my non-negotiable essentials. I have two per baby/toddler, though Ted has inherited a few from Angelica to add to his future stocks! If you’re unsure about what the baby should wear beneath the bag, Gro have a really helpful guide on their website here – I always think that these guides err on the cool side, in that I would probably have an extra layer on, personally, but there we go. The rule is supposedly that the baby should have on one more layer than you do, and at 18 degrees I’d be wearing a bloody tracksuit, woolly hat and gloves under the duvet, but perhaps that’s just me!

baby sleep tips

The first sleeping bag we’ve been testing is the 3.5 tog Baby Cosy Sleeping Bag from Jojo Maman Bebe* and it’s basically the Michelin Man of wearable duvets. Ted is about three times his usual width when I put him inside it, but I love it for the detachable arms (unusual to have arms, most don’t) and the soft, bouncy feel of the padding. For smaller babies, this could be a great sleepsuit for popping them into if you’re going to be taking them out in a pram in the cold, especially if you don’t want to invest in a separate snowsuit. It’s quite an outlay if you’re only going to use one of those padded suits a few times, and small babies grow so fast – if you’re at the tail-end of winter and don’t think you’ll get a lot of use out of a dedicated snowsuit then a higher tog sleeping bag could be a nice option. This one is £35 here* – biggest selling point is definitely the detachable arms, but it’s great quality and comes in a few different colourways and patterns. Magnifique!

3.5 tog grobag

Angelica has been sleeping in the 3.5 tog Twinkle Twinkle Grobag and it has kept her toasty warm even when we’ve had those quite vicious, stormy cold spells. I wish we’d had it when we went “glamping” last year  and it rained solidly (still emotionally scarred) – so much easier than layering up blankets, especially with a wriggly toddler! This one has a plush, velvety feel and comes in a few different sizes – it’s £45 here*.

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  1. Emma
    February 8, 2018 / 11:50 am

    I love sleeping bags for my toddler, we’ve just got a new 2.5 tog one and that does the trick, but did notice the fluffier fleecy one’s which look great! TK Maxx have a great selection of actual Grobags for around £17 – a massive saving on the high street price of you’re not bothered by current season trends! xx

  2. February 8, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    I used sleeping bags for both too, actually still use them for my son, and they really are non-negotiable. I did have three though, after a traumatic series of nighttime nappie explosions in the midst of winter with my daughter.

  3. Mother
    February 8, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    I am so very pleased you have done this post I have been wondering all these two and three quarter years how on earth in freezing conditions during the night the poor cherubs are meant to keep their little shoulders and arms and hands warm???? We had a duvet or blanket over them. For God’s sake they wore night caps!! I had to keep those little hats on you all and cocoon you in shawls as we didn’t have central heating upstairs Mmmmm look at pictures of wee willy winkie. Georgian house put a cardi on top of those sleeping bags. Your sleeping bag had a hood and arms. Would you go outside without your parka in this weather. Get some proper clothing on them. Your house is f…………freezing

    • Hannah
      February 11, 2018 / 10:11 pm

      LOVE THIS comment…I’m chuckling away!!! My mum keeps commenting on the sleeping bag situation too. She is adamant that my little one has very cold arms. When I tell her it’s current ‘sleeping regs’ she rolls her eyes and comments about it being a miracle that any of us three daughters are still alive….sarcastically ofcourse! We were wrapped in blankets, night caps and all. No video monitors either, just a bit of a check every now again!

  4. Amy
    February 8, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    Oooo love a good sleeping bag! The Orla Kiely Gro ones are lovely prints. We have the same one Ted is wearing.
    It also helps me signal it’s nap/bedtime when my son gets put into one.

  5. Annie
    February 8, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    I use a similar sleep sac and think it also helps prevents them from climbing out of the crib.

  6. Jennifer
    February 8, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    Spot on Ruth! Living in Scotland in an old house we had several interrupted chilly nights until I discovered the jojo 3.5 tog bag. Wish it came in adult sizes! Also a fan of their all in one 2.5 tog sleep suit with detachable bootees. Agree with you about gro bag- I always ended up with more clothing on than recommended.

  7. Hannah
    February 9, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Thank you for the post, Ruth 🙂 I just had a look and the sleeping bags I use don’t actually have a TOG rating. I think they would probably be a 2 TOG…not sure. My problem is that we have “Nachtspeicherheizungen” (sorry, Geman word…don’t know if there is an English equivalent. It’s a radiator that has bricks inside which it heats up in the night using “cheap” electricity. Over the course of the day the bricks should give off warmth and keep the rooms cosy…it’s the AGA of radiators 🙂 In the night (around 1-3 a.m.) when it starts heating up, it gets incredibly hot and in before that the rooms are quite cold. So I never know which clothes to put on my little one. I’ve settled for a long sleeve body suit, a babygro over it and then a sleeping bag over all of that. She gets really cold hands at about midnight, but the back of her neck is ok. Does anyone have any idea if there is a better way to dress her?

  8. Leslie
    February 14, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    I stopped using sleeping bags for my first baby around 10 months, because it was summer and she was old enough for a blanket, but then I couldn’t get her back into them! Huge mistake. She’s become a worse and worse sleeper through toddlerhood. Next baby is staying in sleep sacs as long as he’ll fit and maybe we can all get some rest!

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