This week is Safer Sleep Week.
It is the parent’s choice whether they use a baby sleep bag or bedding. A baby sleep bag is a good option as it reduces the risk of blankets and sheets being kicked off and covering a baby’s head and is a safer option than using loose bedding, which we wouldn’t recommend.
Keep in mind that baby sleep bags should be well fitted, so your baby can’t wriggle down inside and use the correct tog rating for the time of year. There should be no need to use any additional bedding as the sleep bag replaces the bedding.
Most sleep bag manufactures will recommend a sleep bag is used when a baby is a certain weight, rather than age, and usually around 4 kg, although it’s best to check with the manufacturer’s guidance on the sleep bag you decide to use.
There are many different baby sleeping bags on the market and we would encourage parents check that any product they buy has passed the necessary safety checks and to follow the manufacturer’s care instructions that come with the product.
If you have any questions or queries about baby sleep bags and safer sleep, please feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also read more information about sleeping your baby safely and reducing the risk of SIDS on our safer sleep for babies advice pages.