Most young children aren’t able to keep blankets on until they are much older. They kick blankets off at night, but since they can’t pull it back yet, the cold wakes them up. As a result, you have to get up multiple times a night to tuck your little one back in.
Once your little munchkin is not so little anymore, you’ll want to look into adding a Sleepsuit to your sleep arsenal to help them sleep safe and comfortably at night. While there are lots of sleepsuits in the market, they’re not all the same!
We’ve created a handy guide to help you chose the best sleepsuit for your little adventurer- separate the wheat from the chaff - and if you find this article useful, please feel free to share with your friends too!
Look for natural fabrics and natural fibre fillings in your sleepsuit
Polyester and fleece can trap heat and cause overheating as they do not breathe very well. Young children cannot regulate their body temperature as well as older kids or adults. Overheating is a major hazard for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Using Polyester and synthetic materials for sleeping can cause excessive sweating, resulting in sleep discomfort and disruption. The cold/wet/sticky sensation increases the likelihood of children waking up distressed at night. Overheating during sleep has been linked to frequent nightmares and night waking among toddlers and young children.
Watch out! Most sleepsuits on the market are made of polyester and synthetic materials such as fleece because man-made fibres are cheaper to manufacture than is it to source natural fibres. Even most baby sleepsuits advertised as being made of cotton use polyester filling/quilting. Always check the label for fabric composition.
We recommend: The X-TEND Sleepsuit is made of 100% GOTS and OCS certified organic cotton throughout; inside, outside and including the quilting. Organic cotton is free from harmful chemicals and pesticides that would have been used in growing non-organic, conventional cotton. What’s more, organic cotton is also good for the farming community and our environment.
Ease of use and convenience: Nappy changes & toilet training
When you’re night-time toilet training your child, you will want to dress them in clothes they can easily and quickly remove. Speed and comfort is the key here – when the time comes to rush to the toilet, you don’t want any extra struggling involved. At the same time, you want your child to be warm enough, and not have to be exposed to the cold during middle of the night toilet trips. You also don’t want clothes that ride up when your child is sleeping, exposing their torso and stomach to the cold; which can invite more troubles than you’d like – for example; sleep disruptions and frequent night-waking due to the cold, child falling sick frequently due to being exposed to the cold, and the cold sensation making them want to go to the toilet more frequently, because our body’s urinary system makes us want to wee more when it’s cold! (Knight & Horvath, 1985; Sun et.al, 2003)
Watch out! Most sleepsuits on the market require you to unzip the whole suit off for toilet/potty trips, which is a huge hassle if you’re toilet/potty training! Read our Toilet Training article here for tips on to tackle Night-time Toilet Training and ensure a goodnight's sleep for your baby and yourself too.
We recommend: The X-TEND Sleepsuit is the only sleepsuit that has an extra large drop seat at the back to accommodate easy toilet/potty use. No more having to take off the entire garment for toilet trips during cold nights, or for nappy changes. The unique Drop-Seat at the back and the Two-Way front zipper allows for fuss-free nappy changes and toilet/potty trips without having to take the whole sleepsuit off – very handy during cold nights or when your child isn't feeling well.
Warm without being bulky, cosy without restricting movement
When you’re looking for a toddler sleepsuit, the key is to look for something that won’t interfere with movement. You want functional clothing so that his/her explorations are not inhibited. Avoid anything that restricts, constricts, inhibits your little adventurer’s movement or any part of their body - legs, arms, chest, abdomen, crotch area has to be comfortable.
Watch out! Most sleepsuits on the market are thick and bulky, which restricts movement and makes moving around dangerous, lest they tumble and fall while trying to explore and conquer their new world. Toddlers love activity, freedom and independence – they will detest anything that seems to take that freedom away; let alone a restrictive, bulky sleepsuit! No wonder some kids run a mile away when you try to get them wear one!
We recommend: The X-TEND Sleepsuit is an ideal solution for babies who prefer their legs to be free, toddlers who are transitioning from cot to bed, and young children who are unable to manage blankets on their own. Designed first for comfort, your little one can move unrestricted, naturally and safely in these, all the while being warm and cosy.
The combination of clever design and fabrics will give your little one a super-comfy feel, similar to that of wearing a jumper and track pant. The organic cotton padding/quilting provides maximum warmth with breathability to the body core. The lightweight organic cotton fleece allows unrestricted free movement of the arms and legs while providing just the right amount of warmth and breathability. The X-TEND Sleepsuit gives your little one unparalleled comfort and warmth without the bulkiness and stiffness.
The X-TEND Sleepsuit checks all boxes! And yet, it has a multitude of other additional features and benefits – you’ll have to go and read the main product description page to find out what other amazing features and wonderful benefits this one-of-a-kind sleepsuit offers!
Does it adjust for your child’s rapid growth?
You know the saying, ‘Make sure to enjoy this wonderful stage with your baby while you can, because oh boy, they will grow up in no time!’ Kids grow up fast!! Considering how fast kids grow, most of the time, you’re only getting few months use out of their clothes!
Watch out! Most sleepsuits on the market are single sized; therefore they are quickly outgrown before being outworn.
We recommend: The X-TEND Sleepsuit is the only sleepsuit that grows with your child.With its unique 2-in-1 Sizing, the X-TEND Sleepsuit is designed to fit and grow with your child over two standard sizes.
The clever fitting and design allows the X-TEND Sleepsuit to fit comfortably whether your child is at the lower end or higher end of the 2-in-1 Sizing. And to accommodate your child’s rapid growth in height, the legs on the X-TEND Sleepsuit are designed to be extendable (can be made longer). As for the sleeves, the extra long cuffs are designed to be folded back to adjust the length of the sleeves. The cuffs are also fitted and therefore will hold the excess length at the wrist, even when they are not folded back.
Thanks to this unique 2-in-1 sizing, you no longer have to buy sleepsuits in every single size, or buy oversized sleepsuits that can be uncomfortable and hazardous.
2-in-1 Sizing as follows:
- 0-1 (6-18 Months)
- 2-3 (18-36 Months)
- 4-5 (3-5 Years)
- 6-7 (5-7 Years)
Is it Tog rated for warmth?
Always check if your baby sleepsuit is tog rated. The Tog is a measure of warmth or "Thermal Resistance" of a product; the higher the Tog rating, the warmer the sleepsuit.
Watch out! Knowing a Tog rating of a baby sleeping bag is a good start in knowing how to dress your baby for sleep. However, bear in mind that even though two different branded baby sleeping bags may have the exact same Tog rating, it does not mean they will provide the exact same warmth. This is mainly because lab Tog testing results can only be given as an approximate average, and results can vary from lab to lab. Additionally, other factors such as humidity in your region, whether there is heating in the house, your baby's preference (whether your baby is a hot or a cold sleeper), and your baby's health (whether your baby has a cold or infection or another special need) can determine which tog sleeping bag to use and how you should dress your baby underneath. Every child is different, and it may take a bit of trial and error before you are able to work out exactly which tog baby sleepsuit to use and how you should dress your baby underneath.
We recommend: The X-TEND Sleepsuit is fully Tog tested and Tog rated 3.5, 2.5, and 1 Tog to suit the changing seasons. Additionally, the X-TEND Sleepsuit comes with handy removable sleeves to provide an additional way to configure the sleepsuit to the ambient temperature and regulate your child's body temperature. During playtime you can zip them off, so that their busy little hands are completely free to practice their fine motor skills and learn and interact with the world around them – all the while being warm and cosy in their snuggly sleepsuit. If it’s too cold to take them off, you need not worry about the sleeves getting soiled, just unzip them off and wash them separately as needed.
Check for correct labelling standards
Always check if your baby sleeping bag contains the required labelling standards for sleepwear and the mandatory fire warning label. The fire warning label is part of the Australian mandatory safety standard for children’s nightwear AS/NZS 1249:2014. It acts as a reminder for parents to keep their babies/children away from fire and open heat sources. It also helps remind parents that baby sleeping bags should not be used as daywear or dressing gowns in living areas.
Watch out! Clothing labels are taken very seriously by the industry regulatory bodies. Companies that don’t comply, risk being caught and have their products recalled!
We recommend: The X-TEND Sleepsuit meets all labelling standards and conforms to the Australian safety standard AS/NZS 1249:2014
Knight, D.R., & Horvath, S.M. (1985). Urinary responses to cold temperature during water immersion. The American Journal of Physiology, 248 (5Pt2): R560-6. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpregu.1985.248.5.R560
Sun, Z., Zhang, Z., & Cade, R. (2003). Renal responses to chronic cold exposure. Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 81(1): 22-7. https://doi.org/10.1139/y03-002