A good sleeping environment is important to let your baby sleep safely. This way you prevent it from being hypothermic or overheating. But how do you know whether your baby is not too hot or too cold in his bed? TOG values are a useful tool for choosing the right clothing and bedding in warm and cold periods.
What is the TOG value?
The TOG value is a direction that clearly indicates how good clothing or bedding retains heat. The abbreviation TOG stands for Thermal Overall Grade. The higher the TOG value, the less heat can escape through the textile. The lower the TOG value, the easier heat escapes. Blankets with a high TOG value are therefore very warm, and blankets with a low TOG value retain less heat and are therefore cooler.
Why is the TOG value important?
It is important that your baby is neither too hot nor too cold. A baby cannot yet regulate its body heat properly. In addition, he cannot turn off the covers or take off clothes if he gets too hot. By choosing blankets and clothing with the correct TOG value, you prevent the baby from being too hot or too cold.
A baby who is too hot or too cold often does not sleep well. The TOG value can therefore also influence your baby’s night’s sleep (and therefore also your own!)
Where can I find the TOG value?
The labels of blankets, sleeping bags and swaddle blankets often describe the TOG value. It is a voluntary system and a guideline, so there is no mandatory legislation and you are free to participate.
Which TOG value at which temperature?
The maximum recommended TOG value depends on the temperature in the baby’s room. built-in you can see which TOG value is recommended at different temperatures. Take into account the TOG values of the clothing that your baby wears under the bed linen, add these together to arrive at the underground TOG value.
|Temperature||Maximum TOG value||Bed linen|
|Up to 16 degrees||4.0||Sleeping bag + blanket with sheet|
|16 to 20 degrees||3.0||Sleeping bag + sheet|
|20 to 22 degrees||2.0||Thin blanket with sheet|
|23 to 24 degrees||1.0||Diaper with sheet or diaper with romper|
|25 degrees or warmer||0.5||Only a diaper|
Average TOG values
These are the average TOG values of baby clothes & bedding:
|Body without sleeves or with short sleeves||0,2 TOG|
|Cotton baby suit||1,0 TOG|
|Blanket 1 layer||1,5 TOG|
|Thicker blanket||2,0 tot 3,0 TOG|
|Swaddling cloth||0,2 – 2,9 TOG|
|Summer sleeping bag||0,3 – 1,0 TOG|
|Winter sleeping bag||2,5 – 3,5 TOG|
* As you can see, a duvet is still too warm for children up to two years old and is therefore not recommended
Common sense vs. TOG value
These TOG values are a tool, but not a law. Always listen to your own feelings and use your common sense. If your baby is sleeping, feel his neck after a while. If it is warm and dry, the temperature is absolutely right. If the neck feels damp and clammy, your baby is too warm.
TOG value Cloby Multifunctional Teddy Blanket.
Our multifunctional teddy blankets have a TOG value of 2.5. and can therefore be used for many months a year!