I was told that it's safest to sleep a toddler in a sleeping bag until two years - is this true? My daughter is 18 months and can now sometimes pop the buttons on her grobags, and also she puts her arms inside the bag to sleep (via the arm holes) and regularly ends up with them stuck out the neck or both out one arm hole. She also curls into a ball so her face is covered with the bag or between it and the mattress. I can't stop her from doing any of these things, the bag is the correct size, in fact she'll soon out grow it. Is a sleeping bag still the best option? When is it safe to move to normal sheets and blankets?
Red Nose does not state any age up to which children should use a sleeping bag.
Sleeping bags can be used from newborn, but not all parents use sleeping bags for their children.
Many parents will use a sleeping bag when wrapping is no longer appropriate or when a baby moves out from under bedding.
Sometimes parents who do not use sleeping bags will add extra clothing to the child during the colder winter months.
One of the benefits of using a sleeping bag is that they may delay baby rolling onto their tummy until the baby is past the peak age of SUDI (sudden unexpected death in infancy).
The incidence of SUDI after six months of age is very low.
Once a child is moved from a cot to a bed, it is important to remember that children may then be at risk of trips and falls if using a sleeping bag.
If a child is wearing a baby sleeping bag whilst sleeping outside of a cot be careful!
A child wearing a baby sleeping bag and not confined to a cot is at a higher risk of falling and being injured.
The child must be actively supervised and the sleeping bag removed as soon as the child wakes.
It is important that, while the child is in a cot, that bedding is not loose, however, there is no reason why sheets/blankets cannot be used, as long as they are tucked in tightly and not become loose and risk covering the baby’s head and face.
Red Nose recommends that any soft bedding like doonas and pillows are withheld until the child is in a bed.