What are togs: a useful guide to choosing a sleeping bag

The Tog is a unit that measures the thermal insulation and the heaviness of the sleeping bag. A way to understand how much to dress children when they sleep!

The sleeping bag is a quick and convenient way to put the little ones to sleep. No blankets that slip through the night, no sheets that slip off the corners. The sleeping bag is like a sleeping bag, but with straps that make it adhere to the baby’s body. There are various lengths, colors, and sizes, but the thing to check when buying is the tog, or “Thermal Overall Grade”, which is a unit of measurement used to calculate the thermal insulation of a product, usually in the textile industry. The higher the Tog the warmer the sleeping bag will be

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Tog: how to measure the weight of the sleeping bag

The weight of the sleeping bag obviously varies according to the season. In summer, a light one in cotton muslin (o, 5/1 tog) will be fine, while in spring/autumn it is better to opt for the medium weight (1 / 1,5 tog) and dress the little one in a long sleeve bodysuit or pajamas (not heavy).
During the winter it is good to use a winter sleeping bag (2 / 2,5 / 3 tog) and dress the baby in a bodysuit and romper, or pajamas.

Types of sleeping bags

There are different types of sleeping bags, with many patterns, and divisible according to the age and needs of the child:

  • For newborns, we can choose between a classic small-size sleeping bag or a sleeping bag with the swaddling effect so that it feels well wrapped
  • For slightly older children, a classic sleeping bag will prevent the legs from getting stuck between the bars in the cot.
  • For children who walk or sleep in a bed without bars, we also find sleeping bags with feet that give freedom of movement, allowing them to get on and off the bed, while still keeping them warm while they sleep.

The duvet

The togs are also used for the classic duvet. When shopping for a duvet, you’ll want to know how much it will keep you warm, especially in winter, so it’s important to find out its overall rating. The scale ranges from 1 tog (the coldest) to 15 togs (the hottest). For summer, you need a 1 to 7 tog duvet, while 10.5 tog or higher is ideal for winter. Buying multiple duvets may not be realistic, so getting a 10-tog duvet to use all year round is a good one. There are two types of filling when it comes to duvets:

  • natural
  • synthetic

Choose a synthetic duvet if you suffer from allergies, while natural duvets are lighter but still warm. Natural duvets are soft and allow the skin to breathe more easily than synthetic materials. They are usually filled with feathers (duck or goose) or down.

Padded duvets

Normally made with fluffy feathers from the bird’s chest area, they are generally lightweight and offer the best level of warmth. Hungarian, Swedish or Canadian duvet are popular options because the duvet from these cold places is naturally designed to stay warm in extremely cold climates.

Down-filled duvets

Usually less expensive than feather options but heavier, as feathers are larger, stronger, and more robust.

Seta

This is a great option for those with allergies but still want a natural filling. It’s lightweight, durable, hypoallergenic, and regulates body temperature by trapping hot air next to you in the cold and pulling it away from you when it’s hot. It can also cope with the washing machine and dryer.

Lana

Another natural alternative, wool is great for trapping air thanks to its sturdy construction. In addition to being naturally hypoallergenic, it helps regulate body temperature by eliminating excess heat and moisture when needed.

Synthetic duvets

Synthetic (also called hypoallergenic) duvets are great options for those who are allergic to feathers, down, or dust mites as they are often hypoallergenic. Synthetic fibers also absorb sweat and can be washed much more regularly than natural fillings. They can be classified as hollow fiber or microfiber.

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