How to use the Jersey and Sheeting Sleeping Bag

Learn how to use the Jersey and Sheeting Sleeping Bag for safe infant sleeping

Our Jersey Sleeping Bag is a baby and toddler sleeping bag designed for arms out sleepers (usually from around 3 months of age). The Jersey Bag has a slim-fit, stretchy design similar to that of a swaddle and is recommended as baby's 'first sleeping bag' after the swaddling phase is over. The stretchy material allows your child to move more freely and stay comfortable while they sleep.

The Sheeting Sleeping Bag is a wider-fit design made with non-stretch woven organic cotton that allows more room in the pouch. The Sheeting Bag features stretchy side and shoulder panels to allow baby to move freely and stay comfortable during sleep. We recommend the Sheeting Bag for older infants and younger toddlers.

Step one

Lay the Sleeping Bag on a flat surface with zip open.

Step two

Lay your child on top of the Sleeping Bag. Put your child's arms through the sleeves and tuck their legs into the Sleeping Bag.

Step three

To change a nappy or to cool down your child, unzip from the bottom of the Bag to release legs and lower torso. Re-fasten zip.

Step four

Refer to the Room Thermometer and Dressing Guide included with every new pouch for guidance on how to choose the right TOGs and layers for your child.

Step five

Always sleep your baby in a safe sleep environment. A loose blanket is not required when using this product.

Let’s check the fit!

An important safety element when using a Sleeping Bag is to ensure it’s correctly fitted to prevent the product from riding up around your child’s face. Here’s how you can check you’ve got the right size.

  1. Check you have the correct size according to your child’s weight using our Size Guide.
  2. Put the Sleeping Bag on your child.
  3. Slip two fingers into the neckhole of the Bag, and onto your child’s chest. The material should feel firm and comfortable on your fingers, but not tight.
  4. Check your child’s hips and legs. Your child’s knees should be able to flop outwards in a frog like position without any restriction.

If in doubt, feel free to chat to our friendly Customer Service team who can help you check the fit for your child.

Baby wearing a Sheeting Sleeping Bag in colour Berries. Basket of stuffed toys in the background.

Size Guide

Jersey Sleeping Bag
ergoPouch size 3–12M 8–24M
Same as size 000–1y 00–2y
Pouch length 80cm 90cm
Child weight 6–10kg 8–14kg
Child height 62–76cm 68–92cm
Sheeting Sleeping Bag
ergoPouch size 3–12M 8–24M 2–4Y 4–6Y
Same as size 000–1y 00–2y 2–4Y 4–6Y
Pouch length 80cm 90cm 105cm 120cm
Child weight 2–5kg 3–6kg Follow height markers Follow height markers
Child height 62–84cm 68–92cm 92–108cm 108–120cm

What’s the difference between the Jersey Sleeping Bag and Sheeting Sleeping Bag?

Understanding TOG ratings

Your Sleeping Bag comes with a TOG rating. TOG stands for Thermal Overall Grade and is a unit of measurement for insulation and warmth of sleepwear and bedding. Put simply, the lower the TOG rating the lighter the fabric. The higher the rating, the more padded and insulated it is for warmth. TOG rated fabrics are important as your baby cannot regulate their temperature like adults can.

Included in your pouch packaging is a Room Thermometer and Dressing Guide. Simply read the thermometer to find the room temperature of your child’s sleep environment, then follow the Dressing Guide on the front of the thermometer. The guide will inform how to layer your child for sleep based on the TOG rating of your pouch, and the temperature of your room. Simple, smart and sanity-saving!

Understanding TOG ratings

What TOGs does the Sleeping Bag come in?

Choose from five TOGs for comfortable sleeping no matter the temperature. The Jersey Sleeping Bag is available in 0.2, 1.0, 2.5, and 3.5 TOG. The Sheeting Sleeping Bag is available in 0.3, 1.0, 2.5, and 3.5 TOG.

Extend the life of your Sleeping Bag

All ergoPouch pouches are double-stitched and dyed with a non-toxic water-based dye, and certified to be free from formaldehyde, phthalates and lead. Cared for properly, this product will last several years and can be used for more than one baby. Our TOGs don't lose their warmth ratings over time, but a gentle fluff up in the dryer on a low setting helps maintain the fibre's loft, allowing air to circulate through more effectively.

If you've received a second-hand Sleeping Bag, check for loose threads, stable zips and any stretch around the neck before using. Contact our Customer Service team if you're unsure if you have received the correct size for your baby's weight.

How to wash and dry your Sleeping Bag

  • Gentle cold machine wash
  • Low tumble dry
  • Moderately hot iron
  • Dry cleanable
  • Do not use bleach based stain removers

FAQs for using the Sleeping Bag

What is the difference between a Jersey Sleeping Bag and a Sheeting Sleeping Bag?
Our Jersey Sleeping Bag is a slim-fit design with a stretchy jersey organic cotton fabric, and recommended as baby's first sleeping bag once they start showing signs of rolling. Our Sheeting Sleeping Bag is a wide-fit design in a woven non-stretch organic cotton (like the sheets on your bed), with stretchy panel inserts for ergonomic movement. The Sheeting Bag is recommended for older infants or younger toddlers who need more room in their pouch.

What age does my child need to be to fit the Sleeping Bags?
Both the Jersey Sleeping Bag and the Sheeting Sleeping Bag can be used from around 3 months old, or over 6kg. They are not suitable for newborn babies. Please buy the appropriate size for your child’s weight (see our Size Guide for more information).

Why don't the lower TOGs have sleeves on the Bags?
Your baby regulates their body temperature through their arms when sleeping. In warmer rooms, your babies arms should remain uncovered to help them stay cool and prevent overheating. In cooler rooms where the temperature is below 19°C, the use of a light sleeve can help your child stay warm during sleep. Therefore, only our 3.5 TOG pouches have a sleeve with a 1.0 TOG rating, suitable for room temperatures of 14°C–20°C.

Does my child need sleeves on their sleeping bag to be warm?
No. Only in cooler rooms would we recommend a sleeve on a sleeping bag. In rooms 19°C and above, a warm layer underneath your child's sleeveless bag will be enough to keep them warm during sleep. Remember, it is normal for your child's hands to feel cold during sleep. As long as the nape of their neck and chest is warm and dry to touch, they will be comfortable.

Do I use blankets on top of the Sleeping Bag?
Our Sleeping Bags are TOG rated meaning they have an insulation grade making them warm enough to use for sleep without loose bedding and are designed to replace blankets. It is recommended by safe sleep guidelines to sleep your child with their face and head uncovered in their cot, free from loose bedding, pillows and toys.

What should my child wear under a Sleeping Bag?
This will vary from a nappy (or underwear for toilet-trained toddlers), through to bodywear or a warm Layer (onesie or pyjamas) depending on the room temperature. Follow our Room Thermometer and Dressing Guide (included in your packaging) to layer appropriately underneath, according to your room temperature and what TOG pouch you use. ergoPouch's under Layers are also TOG rated to help make dressing for sleep easy.

How many Sleeping Bags do I need?
We recommend two lighter TOG bags, and two warmer TOG bags to see you through day and night sleeping. Having two in each TOG provides one for wear if one is in the wash.

What is the difference between 0.2 TOG and 0.3 TOG? Which is better for hot weather sleeping?
For warm rooms above 24°C, we recommend either a 0.2 TOG (Jersey) or 0.3 TOG (Sheeting) bag. Note, there is no warmth difference between a 0.2 and 0.3 TOG bag; they simply have different TOG ratings due to their different fabrics.

When should I stop using Sleeping Bags?
This is a personal choice. You may find your toddler is ready to transition from a Sleeping Bag to a Sleep Suit Bag or Sleep Onesie once they start walking and want more leg freedom in the cot. However, many children continue to wear a Sleeping Bag right up until they transition to a big bed with blankets (not before 2 years of age). Follow our Cot-to-Bed Transition Guide if you need help with this. Once your child is comfortable with blankets, they can stop using their pouch. Our customers tell us this usually happens anytime between 2.5–4 years of age.

Safety Tips

  • Ensure you buy the correct size for your child's weight, to prevent the Bag from riding up around your their face. See our Size Guide for more information.

  • For sleep only. This product is not recommend for walking or out of bed.

Safety Tips

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