Help your baby to get a good night's sleep with one of the best baby sleeping bags, that's designed to stay on your little one through the night even when they're wiggling in their crib or Moses basket. After all, they (and you!) deserve a night without interruptions.
Until your baby is approximately a year old, it's important to ensure that their crib is free from any items such as loose blankets, pillows and toys, including their favourite stuffed animal, as these items increase the possibility of accidental suffocation.
Our favourite baby sleeping bags shortlist 2023
• Our favourite overall baby sleeping bag: Swaddle Up Original Grey Sleeping Bag
• Our favourite detachable arm baby sleeping bag: Kumla Cotton Muslin Sleeping Bag
• Our favourite footless baby sleeping bag: Love To Dream Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bags are the perfect substitute for blankets. They are designed to stay on your little one, which helps keep them cosy and safe all night long (with the added help of their sleeping aids!).
The best baby sleeping bags 2023
Best overall baby sleeping bag
The Swaddle Up Original Grey Sleeping Bag is one of a kind, with a patented wing design to allow
- Unique patented wings for natural arm positon
- Certified hip healthy
- Twin zipper
- No tog reference
Best baby sleeping bag with detachable sleeves
Ideal for mid-season, this Kumla Cotton Muslin Sleep Bag in cotton muslin replaces a blanket and
- Detachable sleeves
- Zip fastenings for easy change
- No built-in scratch mitts
Best short sleeve baby sleeping bag
Designed to be difficult to escape from, these Ergopouch Cocoon Swaddle Bag swaddle bags will keep
- Available in several designs
- Made from organic cotton
- Can transition from arms in-to arms-out swaddle
- May not be long enough for longer babies
Best natural baby sleeping bag
This dreamy Clever Sleeping Bag is a 2.5 tog and will keep your little one comfortable and warm in
- Travel pushchair belt opening
- Double direction zipper and side shoulder opening
- Made from organic cotton and bamboo fabric
- They don't have long sleeves
Best baby sleeping bag for summer
This two pack of organic cartoon sleep bags has a double zipper design for convenient changes in
- Ideal for warm weather
- Dual zips
- Some complained the zip cover wasn't big enough to cover the zips
Best baby sleeping bag for easy nappy changing
The Snüz Baby Sleeping Bag was shortlisted for Best Bedding at the Mother&Baby Awards 2021
- Easy to change nappies
- Suitable for all year round
- Some said it marks easily
Best sustainably sourced sleeping bag
How adorable is this panda sleeping bag? We love the Pure Cotton Panda Sleeping Bag, which is made
- Made from pure cotton
- Zip bottom
- Not suitable for cool weather
Best footless baby sleeping bag
The Love To Dream Sleeping Bag comes with an optional foot cover to keep those little toes cosy
- Twin zipper
- Two-in-one foot cover
- Some mentioned it's not as easy to change nappies as others
Best multibuy baby sleeping bag
The Simple Joys by Carter's Baby Cotton Sleeveless Sleep Bags come in a pack of three and are
- Zipper cover to prevent irritation
- Suitable for hot weather
- No tog, but reviews state they're thin
Best Silentnight baby sleeping bag
One review said: "Really comfy and feels like just another layer on baby - in fact I put it
- Non-restrictive design
- Easy to clean
- No twin zip
Baby sleeping bags: All you need to know
Are sleeping bags good for babies?
Yes, and in fact, they've been recommended by The Lullaby Trust as a sleeping product you can trust that can help reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Baby sleeping bags are a great option that'll keep your little one feeling snug and comforted at night. They prevent their head from being covered by wriggling, a risk that comes with blankets or sheets.
Things to consider when buying baby sleeping bags:
There are plenty of options available to buy, but there are certain characteristics you should look out for to ensure your baby sleeps safe and sound.
Size: There are different sized sleeping bags for different baby ages. This is a helpful guideline but you should make sure that the sleeping bag fits well around their shoulders. So that their head doesn't run the risk of slipping down into their bag.
Tog: To keep your baby at the best temperature, you can also get options with different togs for different seasons. A 2.5 tog is the most popular and will work well for most of the year. But, you could benefit from buying 0.5 to 1.5 tog sleeping bags for warmer nights and for the height of summer.
Comfort: Alongside this, you can consider different fastening options, cute designs, and natural fibre materials for softness and comfort.
Feet: Most sleeping bags will have be designed to keep your little ones feet tucked up inside, however some may come with the option to go footless. Footless sleeping bags would be better for a toddler, as it will allow them to move more freely.
How to wash a baby sleeping bag
Now that you've invested in the perfect sleepwear for your baby, it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty of how to clean it. First things first, you want to check the garment care label for any special washing instructions like hand-washed or to be cleaned in cold water only.
From there, we'd suggest using a non-bio detergent which is gentler on your baby's sensitive skin. For more advice on temperature recommendations and whether or not you can use fabric softener, read our guide to washing baby clothes.
How many options do I need?
There's no right or wrong answer to this. Here at Mother&Baby, we'd recommend having at least three options that fit your child. Why? Well, we'd advise having all these options tucked away in the nursery in case you're washing one and your little one goes on to have an accident - you can thank us later for having a backup.
Samantha Ball is a Product & Lifestyle Writer for Mother&Baby and freelanced for the website for two years before joining the team full time. She's a mum of two and loves browsing for the best products and cute outfits.