We all know how important choosing the right duvet tog is, given that being either too warm or too cold is often cited as one of the main reasons for us not being able to get a good night’s sleep. Of course, we adults know when we’re either too warm or too cold and are able to respond accordingly; in the short term either by adding an extra blanket or sheet or by getting out from under the covers, however, what duvet tog is best for a toddler? Do you give it much thought as to which duvet to buy for your child or do you simply go for whichever first catches your eye?
Babies Under 12 Months
Whilst technically not yet a toddler, it’s important to know that babies under 12 months are too young for both duvets and pillows due to the risk of overheating and suffocation. If your child is younger than 12 month’s, you need to ensure that they sleep under a blanket and that you don’t give them a pillow. If for any reason you feel they need to sleep on a slight angle (perhaps due to having a cold), your best bet is to try and slightly raise the head end of their cot.
From Toddlers Through Childhood
Once your child reaches the age of one, you should generally purchase a lighter weight duvet of between 4 tog and 9 Tog, unless their bedroom is exceptionally cold. Children will generally be warmer under the same duvet as an adult would be due to being smaller and their bodies trapping more air.
In terms of what duvet tog is best for a toddler? You should always start your child off once they reach the age of one with a 4 tog duvet (such as one of the ones from our range of cot bed duvets), however as they grow, you may well find you need to buy them a warmer one of either 4.5 tog, 6 or 10.5 tog, with anything higher often being uncomfortable for kids.
It’s important that you understand that children will always be warmer under a lower tog duvet than us adults would be and it’s simply not a case of comparing the fact that we know that ourselves would be cold under a 4 tog duvet in the spring, as an example.
Our top tip is for you to try and keep your child sleeping with a lower tog duvet as long as possible as this is generally what they’ll be most comfortable with. A lower tog is far lighter than a higher tog, however on cold nights, it’s important you have a blanket to hand which they can sleep under as well as the duvet for extra warmth.
Try A Children’s Sleeping Bag Too
Another great tip for ensuring your toddler gets a great night’s sleep is to put them to bed in a children’s sleeping bag. If you’ve never seen these before, they’re a fantastic way of keeping your child warm and they essentially wear the sleeping bag. There’re a few different manufacturers who supply these and they’re the perfect way to keep your little one warm whilst still keeping them under a low tog duvet for comfort.
All in all, in answer to the original question of “What’s duvet tog is best for a toddler?” it’s simple – 4!