Why is safety certification for baby’s sleeping bags important?
Science has shown the multiple benefits of a baby's quality of sleep to their growth and development.
A baby sleeping bag is a blanket that is designed to be wearable and creates a safe sleeping environment for the little one. It helps to prevent the child from kicking off their covers, which effectively becomes a risk for suffocation and helps to maintain a constant temperature throughout the sleep duration, which helps to stabilise sleep. Hence, baby sleeping bags have been gaining popularity as a parenting essential to create a safe sleeping haven for the little ones.
Whilst sleeping bag certification is not mandatory, it gives a safeguard for consumers that the sleeping bag they are buying has been assured and tested for safety, which includes the TOG rating, design, neck opening, size and accessories on the sleeping bag - each of which may have hazards posing a risk of suffocation to the child.
Recent surveys and tests by which.co.uk have shown that most of the sleeping bags in the market have not passed the required safety standards. The safety problems uncovered included neck openings too wide, which could lead to a baby slipping into the bag and suffocating. We also found inaccurate TOG ratings that could lead to a baby seriously overheating. And many bags simply didn't provide key safety information in the instructions. (abstracted from which.co.uk)
Does KIKI & SEBBY® sleeping bags have safety certification?
Our sleeping bags are tested against BS EN 16781:2018The tests and certification ensures the following are met in accordance to stringent safety standards :
- General design characteristics
- Neck openings
- Press fasteners/buttons
- Slide fasteners
- Touch and close fasteners
- Labels – if attached
- Filling materials
- Entrapment of fingers/toes
- Small part aspiration or ingestion
- Chemical Hazards (EN71)
- TOG test
- Fire hazards
- Hygiene hazards
- Colourfastness to water
What is the temperature for the various TOG ratings?
A TOG rating is crucial to help picking the level of thickness required for the child’s sleeping bag to help them stay at a comfortable temperature for their sleep. The higher the tog, the thicker the sleeping bag.
This is an important factor as a baby cannot at this stage regulate their own temperature and if they have an inappropriate TOG for their sleeping bag - they will either be too chilly or overheat, the latter being a known cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
To choose the TOG rating of your sleeping bag, correlate the TOG rating in accordance to the room temperature. Below is a useful guide to a suitable TOG rating for room temperature.
- 24°c or higher = 0.2 TOG
- 20°c - 24°c = 1 TOG
- 14°c - 20°c = 2.5 TOG
- Below 16°c = 3.5 TOG
The ideal temperature of your little ones sleeping environment should be around 16°c to 20°c.
Why is Interlocked Jersey a superior material?
Interlock jersey has an added softness to the touch and increased stability of the fabric along with extra stretch and elasticity without the addition of any synthetic materials such as spandex (elastane or lycra). Using this special weave on our 100% extra-long staple (ELS) cotton gives superior softness and luxury to our Premium Plush Sleeping Bags collection.