What is a safe sleeping bag?
Your baby or toddler might be alone in their sleeping bag for up to 12 hours at night so it needs to be as safe as possible. So I am putting this Blog up to help you choose a safe sleeping bag for your baby or toddler. In the years of working with sleeping bags I’ve seen zips and poppers that come off, necks and arm holes that are too big (allowing babies to fall into them and climb out), sleeping bags with Velcro on them (allowing them to become attached to mattresses) — these are just a few unsafe examples. I have experienced none of these problems with the safe sleeping bags I currently recommend. Tips: · Never use a baby sleeping bag made from a stretch material such as jersey. · Never use a baby sleeping bag with a zip down the side. · Never use a sleeping bag with poppers or buttons on the shoulders. · Never tuck the sleeping bag in under the cot mattress. · Before using a sleeping bag make sure it has fitted neck and arm holes and check that your toddler cannot not slip into the bag. · Make sure the sleeping bag has a front zips that zips downwards to close. There a few reasons why a baby sleeping bag should always have a zip down the front, one is it helps parents and careers remember to put the baby on their back to sleep safely. If a career is putting a baby to bed lets say for example a grandmother rocks a baby to sleep and then tried to pop the baby to bed in a front Zip sleeping baby research shows she she will put the baby on its back but if the zip is at the side the grand mother might put the baby on its tummy and then zip the sleeping bag up. With a side zip parents and careers often forget to zip the sleeping bag up fully and then the neck is too big and the baby can slip inside the sleeping bag if the sleeping bag zips down or is a double ended zip this is not going to be a risk. Why no shoulder poppers also know as press studs? This is because they can pop open or be left open again resulting in the baby slipping into the sleeping bag. Side zips and older toddlers parents and careers often open the bottom of the zip so the child can walk and this can result in the child tripping and falling which is dangerous and opening the sleeping bag can also make it a risk if around open fires. Why no stretch material such as jersey? This is because at first or after some use the neck can stretch and the baby can slip into the sleeping bag but some babies and toddler climb out of the neck as well and this means they are in the cot with a quilt like loose peace of bedding and this is unsafe.