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TOG Ratings: How to keep baby warm at night

During the winter months, we want to be sure that our little ones are cosy and warm when they sleep. However, it’s also important to make sure they don’t overheat. so here are some tips on how to keep baby warm at night, but not too warm.

To avoid overheating, follow these 2 simple steps: 

Step 1: Check the temperature of the room 

A must-have tool for parents is a room thermometer. This will tell you how warm the room is, and will help you decide what your baby needs to wear to be cosy without overheating. The average temperature should be between 16-20° Celsius. Some baby monitors have a built-in thermometer so check yours before purchasing.  

Step 2: Check the TOG rating of your baby’s sleep clothes 

A TOG rating, or Thermal Overall Grade, is a standard unit of measurement for thermal insulation in clothes and bedclothes. If your baby is wearing a swaddle or romper, check the TOG rating on the label. The colder it is, the higher TOG you will need. Our ClevaMama Swaddle Wraps are 1 TOG, ideal for room temperatures between 20°C to 24°C. Our 3 In 1 Nite Nite Rompers now have a choice of 1 TOG or 2.5 TOG.  

This, along with the room temperature will help you decide if you need to add any clothing underneath. For instance, if the room is 20° Celsius and the TOG rating of their swaddle or romper is 1 TOG, you will just need a vest underneath. Our handy guide below will help: 

Choose cotton 

Cotton is the best fabric for a baby to wear at night because it is fully breathable and the natural fibres help to regulate body temperature. Synthetic fibres tend to hold heat which may cause overheating. 

Cot position 

Position the cot so it is not up against a radiator or close to a window or door where there may be draughts.  

Check regularly 

Make sure to check your baby isn’t overheating. If they are sweating or their hair is damp, that means they are too warm. Don’t worry if your baby’s hands or feet feel cool. That’s normal.  

By following the ‘three C’s’ above, you can ensure your baby has a comfortable and safe night’s sleep. Which means you will sleep easier too. Pleasant dreams! 

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