The best baby sleeping bags with legs

Baby sleeping bags with legs

by Rosie Floyd |
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Getting your baby to sleep through the night, especially in the early days, is a task that's nearly unfathomable to new parents, but baby sleeping bags with legs can help. That's why discovering products that make bedtime even one per cent easier is crucial. Sleeping bags with legs are a great alternative to traditional baby blankets or duvets and are also a much safer solution once your baby starts wriggling about.

Rather than worrying about your baby kicking off the blanket in the middle of the night, or worse, the blanket covering your baby's head, a sleeping bag with legs will keep them safe, warm and snuggly all at the same time. They'll also give your little one that extra bit of freedom, and help with keeping their body at a good temperature.

If a sleeping bag with legs sounds like something your baby could benefit from at bedtime, we've listed the top ones on the market for your baby, in terms of safety, quality and reviews.

Baby sleeping bags with legs safety tips

To give you peace of mind that your baby will sleep safely while wearing a sleeping bag with legs, here are some safety tips and things to consider when you're buying one.

Don't use a sleeping bag with a duvet or blanket as this could lead to overheating.

Similarly, according to regulation EN 16781, the sleeves must be removed before your baby goes to sleep as having their arms covered could cause them to get too hot.

Make sure the neck opening is not too tight or too loose.

Make sure the sleeping bag fits well to prevent baby from slipping out.

Avoid sleeping bags with drawstrings or hoods as these could cover your baby's head during the night and become a strangulation hazard.

Make sure there are no uncomfortable tags or zips on the inside that could potentially disrupt your little one's sleep.

The best sleeping bags with legs to keep your little one safe and snuggly

Best sleeping bag with legs and short sleeves

With light upper chest fabric for better temperature regulation, this sleep bag is made from 100% natural cotton and is also perfect for transitioning between a car seat, pram and bed. There's also a tamper proof zip.

Tog rating: 1.0
Sizes: 12-24 months, 24-36 months

One review said: "Great if they love to get up and play in their sleepsuit. We love the 2-in-1 feet with grip pads that you can leave on as socks or fold back for more traction!"

Pros

  • Legs and hips move freely

Cons

  • Not available in smaller sizes

Best blue sleeping bag with legs

You can't go wrong with this Tommee Tippee sleeping bag. Adhering to British and European safety standards, this baby sleeping bag is comfy, safe, and fits perfectly to allow for a natural frog-legged sleeping position. It's made of 100 per cent cotton and is available in two sizes.

Tog rating: 1.0
Sizes: 6-18 months, 18-36 months

One review said: "This works great for my wriggly bunny who doesn't like closed sleep sacks. She likes to roll around and move a lot in her sleep, so having her feet out like this is great. It's fairly thick and keeps her warm at night as she throws the covers off all the time. I'm a very happy customer."

Pros

  • Zip opening for easy night-time nappy changes

Cons

  • Some reviews mention the leg holes being a bit snug

Best sleeping bag with legs and detachable arms

Your little one will be snug as a bug in this cute cloud design sleeping bag. It comes with a three-way zipper to allow for easy nappy changes, and the sleeves are removable should the weather get a little warmer.

Tog rating: 2.0

Sizes: 75-95cm, 85-105cm

One review said: "Perfect for my little boy. It’s always warm when he goes to bed but through the night the temp drops to about 14-15 degrees and he wakes up cold. This keeps his body temp lovely and warm. He sleeps a lot more contently and wakes up much happier too. Also with the separated legs and open feet, it means he can stay in it on cooler mornings and run around until it warms up. I haven’t used it without the arms yet but I’m sure we will once the warmer months come in. I love them. I bought two and alternate them when one needs washing so he has one on every night."

Pros

  • Can be worn as a vest-style top, thanks to the removable sleeves

Cons

  • It is recommended to be hand washed

Recommended sleeping bag with legs

If you're after a diverse range of colour options, this is the sleeping bag for you. Crafted from a breathable cotton and polyester mix, you can be sure that your little one will feel comfy as they drift off to sleep. It washes well, dries quickly, and the three-zip pull makes midnight nappy changes less of a hassle.

Tog rating: 1.5

Size: S, M, L

One review said: "This is a lovely sleeping bag ideal for little wigglers that get stressed in a normal sleeping bag or keep moving out from under their blankets. Really like that its got a 2 way zip so if you need do a nappy change in the night you can without having to unzip the whole thing which is so much easier. Definitely keeps them warm I got the 1.5 tog and my little one stayed lovely and warm all night, plus the size is generous, plenty of growing room for my 7 month old. Will definitely be purchasing another one."

Pros

  • Washing machine safe

Cons

  • Light colour may get dirty more easily compared to others

Best white and grey sleeping bag with legs
Lictin Baby Sleeping Bag with Feet
Price: £21.84

Another adorable option by Lictin, this sleeping bag with legs is ideal for babies between the ages of one and three years old. The four-layered cotton fabric is smooth and breathable. The sock covers on the legs are perfect for those chillier nights, and we love the double-end zippers which make nappy changing a breeze.

Tog rating: 2.0

Sizes: 75-95cm, 85-105cm

One review said: "Fab sleep suit for my 23 month old! She wouldn’t sleep in a regular sleep suit but with this one, she didn’t want to take it off! Highly recommended. A little on the bigger side but works well. My daughter looks like a little telly tubby with it on but very soft against her skin and comfortable overnight"

Pros

  • Feet can be covered or uncovered depending on the weather

Cons

  • Zipper can can damaged in the washing machine if not washed inside a laundry bag

Best owl-print sleeping bag with legs

If you haven't yet realised, we're a fan of Tommee Tippee and especially this sweet night owl design. According to the brand, 85 per cent of babies sleep better in its sleep bags, and you can't argue with the stats! Safety tested to British standards and with a snug fit, you can't go wrong with this option.

Tog rating: 1.0 and 2.5
Size: 6-18 months

One review said: "My 12 month old recently refused to wear sleep bags and would take hers off! She gets twisted in it as she moves a lot in her sleep. We tried her in this Steppee and she’s so happy. More so, she can move around a lot during her sleep and not get twisted. It kept her nice and warm. I love how baby can either have bare foot or covered.

Pros

  • Children can walk, jump and play in it without removing it

Cons

  • Has more of a slim fit, which some child may not find comfortable

FAQs

What are the benefits of a sleeping bag?

When fitted correctly, a sleeping bag will mean your baby breathes easily all night. There’s also the added benefit of keeping your little one at the correct temperature through the night. This could mean fewer instances of waking (hopefully)!

What tog should I buy?

The tog rating on a sleeping bag determines how heavy the fabric is, just like grown-up sleeping bags. But unlike grown-up sleeping bags, your baby is unable to adjust themselves to a comfortable temperature, so choosing the right tog is important.

As a general rule, the warmer the room, the lower the tog and the colder the room, the higher the tog.

When the temperature is under 14 degrees Celsius, pick a tog of 3.5. If your little one is sleeping in a room above 25 degrees Celsius, a maximum tog of 0.5 will be enough.

A 2.5 tog is perfect for 17 – 21 degrees and between 22 – 25 degrees, pick a lightweight 1.5 tog count.

A 0.5 tog baby sleeping bag is ideal for the summer months when your bubba's room temperature varies from around 21-27 degrees Celsius. You can also buy a 0.2 tog if your baby's room ever gets over 27 degrees Celsius on those very hot and sticky nights, or if you're abroad somewhere warm.

What should my baby wear under their sleeping bag?

In general, your baby should be fine with a short-sleeved vest underneath to ensure they don't overheat while wearing their sleeping bag with legs.

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