Many parents struggle with the question: isn’t my child too hot or too cold? We can totally relate! Especially when the weather is changing, it is hard to get the temperature right.
Checking if the neck of the baby isn’t too hot or too cold, is the best way to check the temperature*. Another way is to pay attention to the TOG values of your baby’s blankets and sleeping bags. The right TOG value helps your baby to sleep safely.
What is TOG value?
There is a lot unclear about TOG value. What means TOG value exactly? What should I consider when buying a sleeping bag or a baby blanket?
TOG is short for Thermal Overall Grades and it is an indicator for the insulation value of sleeping bags and blankets. The higher the TOG-value, the more heat a product will hold. TOG value is a way to prevent overheating of babies and small children. Furthermore a baby that is too hot or too cold doesn’t sleep well.
The ideal TOG value
First of all, it is important to ensure a constant room temperature between 16 and 20°C, with 18 °C as ideal temperature. In this chart you can see which TOG-value you can use at the highest with which temperature!
The guideline: at an average room temperature of 16-20 ° C, a TOG value of 2.5 to 3.0 should be maintained. By making a simple calculation based with the table above, you can check whether your baby is dressed too hot or too cold.
TOG values of Lodger sleeping bags and baby blankets
At Lodger we test our baby blankets, sleeping bags and footmuffs for their TOG-values. You can see the overview of the TOG values of our products below.
You can increase the TOG value by letting your child wear a bodysuit with long sleeves or pajamas under the Hopper sleeping bag or by using a blanket such as Lodger's Dreamer.
*Note: it is important to always keep an eye on your baby’s temperature by monitoring the neck. The skin should not feel clammy or cold. Don't worry if your baby's hands and feet feel cool, as this is completely normal.
The values above are based on babies who can keep themselves warm. Every child is different so keep paying attention to your child’s heat. Also, make sure that you made your child’s bed according to the safe sleep regulations. Always keep checking the neck to feel if your child is too hot or too cold. The above is still a guideline after all.