Love To Dream™ TOG Guide

What is a TOG rating?

TOG stands for 'Thermal Overall Grade', which is a unit of measurement that indicates the thermal insulation of a product, usually in the textile industry. Basically, the higher the TOG, the warmer the product. 

How does Love to Dream's TOG rating system work?

Our sleep garments are given a TOG rating according to the warmth they provide. The four different TOG ratings at Love to Dream™ are: 0.2 TOG (Lite), 1.0 TOG (All Year), 2.5 TOG (Warm) & 3.5 TOG (Extra Warm).

When selecting from the Love to Dream™ range, you want to dress your child in a swaddle or sleep suit/bag with a TOG rating that is compatible with their room temperature or sleeping environment. 

What is a TOG rating? TOG stands for Thermal Overall Grade and is a unit of measurement for insulation and warmth of sleepwear and bedding.

 

Key points:

  • It is important to select the right TOG rating for the temperature of your baby's room to ensure they sleep comfortably and safely. A leading cause of SIDS is overheating, so keep an eye on your baby to check that they are comfortable in the garment(s) you have dressed them in.
  • When babies become too warm or too cold overnight they can struggle with falling & staying asleep. You might also find they wake up more frequently and don't fall back asleep easily. To help your baby sleep better, always use the room temperature that your baby is sleeping in (not the temperature outside) to determine how to dress your baby. See our chart below for guidance.
  • As seasons change – or if you experience any significant change in weather and temperature – we advise that you monitor your baby more closely and follow our clothing recommendations below, whether by dressing baby in warmer/cooler layers underneath their Love to Dream garment or by putting them in a different TOG-rated garment.

Clothing & Temperature Guide

The following chart provides some recommendations for what clothing your baby might be comfortable in, according to their room temperature and the TOG rating of their Love to Dream™ sleepwear.

Love to Dream TOG Ratings and Sleepwear Recommendations

Disclaimer: The table is only a guide, and it is important to note that all babies are different. The appropriate number of clothing layers may vary according to a baby's health, their physiology and the room temperature in the room. The care-giver must determine what is suitable.

Why do we need a TOG rating system?

Swaddles are a popular alternative to traditional blankets, as they remove the safety risk of loose bedding and sheets that can be a breathing hazard while a baby is sleeping. Because traditional bedding is graded according to its warmth, similarly, swaddles and sleep bags/suits are given a TOG rating according to the warmth that they provide.

Additional Recommendations

  • The layers shown in our Clothing & Temperature Guide are suggestions and ultimately, the parent or care-giver needs to assess the individual needs of their baby and decide on the garment TOG weight and number of clothing layers, based on the temperature of their sleep environment.
  • Covering a baby’s head (i.e. with a beanie) during sleep time can lead to overheating, so this should be avoided.
  • According to AAP safe sleep guidelines, it’s important that you provide your baby with their own safe sleep space, which includes placing your baby to sleep on their back, without any additional bedding including blankets, pillows, crib bumpers, comforters etc. to your baby or toddler’s crib or bassinet.
  • To decide if the number of clothing layers is correct, it is helpful to learn the signs of whether your baby is too warm or too cold.

Learn the Signs

Signs your child could be too warm (and, therefore, you may need to remove a layer/s of clothing or decrease the room temperature) include:

    Signs your baby is overheating. Love to Dream NZ.

      - Your child has a red face and cheeks
      - Your child is sweating
      - Your child has a rapid heart rate and/or rapid breathing

       

      Signs your child could be too cold (and, therefore, you may need to increase a layer/s of clothing or increase the room temperature) include:

      Signs your baby is too cold. Love to Dream NZ.

        - Your child’s chest or tummy are cool to touch
        - Your child is waking frequently through the night or during naps and all other factors (soiled/wet diaper, feed times have been considered)
        - Your child is waking frequently early in the morning e.g. between 3–5 am

          Buying the right TOG-rated sleepwear all year round

          If you're looking for some guidance around how to buy swaddles in the right TOG for your baby, we have put together the Ultimate Swaddle Guide: Quantity, Size & Season. Part Three, called "TOG Tips", unpacks the season aspect and is a great starting point for getting an idea of the different approaches you can take when buying. 

          Need some help?

          If you need some personalised help with choosing the right TOG rated garment for your child or have any other questions, please reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable team through our contact page or through our website chat feature (working hours only). We'd be happy to help!