The tog rating system was designed to describe the thermal resistance of a duvet. This means how much warmth from your body it is able to retain. The higher the tog rating, the more warmth it is able to retain. Traditionally, people would have a summer duvet and a winter duvet but most seem to prefer the all season duvets, these are generally 10.5 tog – 13.5 tog.
If you have 2 people in your bed, you are likely to need a lower tog duvet (perhaps 10.5) as the heat from 2 people will increase the amount of warmth that the duvet can ‘trap’. If you are bed sharing with your baby then you should never use a duvet, if you are thinking of buying a duvet for your baby, then you need to know the following…
Can my baby have a duvet?
Duvets should not be given to children under one year of age, this is because they are unable to kick it off (or slip out if it). If they get too hot they may end up overheating and overheating is considered to be a factor in SIDS cases. If your baby is over one year of age and you would like him to have a duvet, I would recommend buying a hypoallergenic duvet and having at least two 100% cotton covers. Please take note of my advice on which tog duvet to use for children.
You may prefer baby sleeping bags as there is no risk of your baby slipping under the cover and your baby can’t wriggle out of it, this means that he is less likely to wake up due to feeling a bit cold. Sleeping bags are also helpful if you are staying overnight somewhere as your baby will recognise his own sleeping bag and feel comforted by it.
What tog duvet is suitable for young children?
A lighter duvet is recommended for young children because the duvets are able to trap more air around their smaller bodies which results in them feeling warmer than what an adult would. The ideal tog value for duvets for children over one year of age and under 10 is between 3 tog and 9 tog. You can find more information on duvets for children from this duvets for children buying guide
Everything your baby wears has a TOG rating. Want to know which grobag to put your little one in? I always recommend using sleeping bags as you can be sure it is the perfect tog value for the temperature of the room and the clothes your baby is wearing. Check tog ratings of nappies, clothes and sleepsuits and find other important bed time related info here:
What is the ideal temperature for my baby’s bedroom?
18C is the ideal temperature for your child’s bedroom. A reliable thermometer should be placed in his bed or as close to his bed as possible as temperatures can vary in different areas of the house. Compare the best baby room thermometers.
- Avoid having your heating on during the night except when it is very cold weather.
- If your heating is on it should be controlled by a thermostat to ensure a constant temperature.
- Never allow your child to sleep next to a radiator, heater, fire or in direct sunlight.
- Never give children hot water bottles or electric blankets.
- Always be aware your newborn could overheat if he is wearing too much clothing or has too much bedding.
What are the TOG values of baby clothes?
The list below should be used as a guide only. The best way to test if your little one feels hot is to touch his tummy before you put him to bed to see how he feels, you can do this again at varying points during the night (when you wake up/when he wakes up/ when he needs feeding etc.) The estimated values are as follows:
What should my baby wear to bed?
The safest and easiest way to judge this is firstly checking the temperature of the room (using a thermometer) and adding enough layers to make it up to the TOG value required. The values are:
- 12-14 when the room is 16 degrees Celsius
- 10-12 when 18 degrees Celsius
- 08-10 when 21 degrees Celsius
If the temperature is between 19-21c the following baby clothes would be suitable – Nappy, sleep suit, baby grow and a 2.5 tog sleeping bag.
If you expect it to get extremely cold during the night, it is OK to set the heating to come on as long as it is:
- Thermostatically controlled and the thermostat is set at no more than the recommended room temperatures (as above) and
- Your child is dressed appropriately for this temperature.
I would recommend using a digital thermometer if you are going to do this as some centrally heated rooms heat up quicker and get hotter than others, using a grobag or something similar guarantees your bedding is just right. If have your little one in bed with you during the night then you need to ensure you create a safe co-sleeping environment.
How do you judge what to put your baby in at bedtime? Do you regularly worry that the room is too hot or too cold?