22 April 2015

WTF is a TOG? ... let's talk sleeping bags


Before I had children, togs were the daggy name we gave to bathers (or you might call them swimmers) – you know, when your mum would say “don’t forget your togs and your towel” when you were heading to the beach for the day.

These days, TOG (which actually refers to Thermal Overall Grade) has a much different meaning and I’m the first to admit it can all be a bit confusing at first … so let’s see if we can unpack the term and make TOGs a little easier to understand.

In the wonderful world of parenting, a TOG is a British unit of measurement that refers to how thermally effective a blanket is – that is, how well it keeps you warm.

TOG ratings are used as an international standard measurement and you’ll find them referred to a lot when purchasing baby sleepwear, especially sleeping bags and swaddles.

As a mum of three children, I’m a big fan of baby sleeping bags especially in the cooler months – they are a great alternative to layers of blankets which, let’s face it, are easily wriggled out of.

A sleeping bag used with the appropriate pyjamas is a great way to keep baby (and toddler) warm, hopefully reducing the likelihood of your little one waking up cold and increasing everyone’s chances of a good night’s sleep!

Basically, the higher the TOG, the warmer the product will be. In Australia, you’ll commonly find TOG ratings between 0.2 up to 3.5, with sleeping bags rated at the lower end of the scale generally best suited for the warmer summer months, while at the other end of the scale the higher TOG products are recommended for winter use.

When choosing a sleeping bag and trying to decide which TOG is right for you, you’ll also need to consider the temperature of the room the baby will be sleeping in and clothing they will be wearing.

According to the British TOG standard, the room temperature guidelines to help parents decide which TOG they need is as follows:

< 1.0 tog – room temperature 24 °C to 27 °C.
1.0 to 2.0 tog – room temperature 21 °C to 23 °C.
2.0 to 3.5 tog – room temperature 10 °C to 20 °C

Generally the optimum temperature for a nursery is between 16-20°C and you’ll need to adjust the level of clothing your child wears within a sleeping bag depending on the TOG and room temperature. Our online store has a great range of organic, natural sleepwear such as Merino Kids pyjamas which are made of 100% superfine merino wool, known for its insulation properties throughout both summer and winter.

The good news is that most manufacturers will tell you which of their products are recommended for the different seasons, room temperatures and clothing your child wears to bed, which takes the guesswork out of purchasing the right sleeping bag or swaddle for your home.

At Sustainababy, we love and stock a range of ergoPouch swaddles and sleeping bags, and this handy table shows their recommendations to match the right TOG to the right temperatures:

Our Merino Kids GO GO Bags are also very popular and are available in sizes 0-2 and 2-4 years in a range of great colours; while we’ve also just unloaded a delivery of Purebaby’s fantastic Long Sleeve Sleeping Bags which come in S, M and L sizes in both boys and girls colours.

To shop our complete range of sleeping bags, click here – and don’t forget, we’re always more than happy to answer any questions you might have about TOGs (or anything else related to our products!) by emailing us.


CATEGORY: sleeping bags, TOG, winter, Nursery | POSTED BY: |

13 April 2015

2015 Winter Nursery Guide



Looking for ways to keep your littlies cosy as the nights get cooler? Here are some great ideas to keep the chills away in your nursery this winter!

We've been very busy at Sustainababy HQ welcoming heaps of new winter stock (as well as some old favourites), and here's our pick of the bunch: 

1. Merino Kids Pyjamas are made of 100% superfine merino and are the warmest, most breathable pyjamas on the market. They come in raspberry, banbury and mint colours and sizes 6-12 months up to 4-5 years.

2. Tetra Organic Pillows are the best healthy option in baby bedding - filled with chemical-free organic tea tree flakes, they are naturally anti-bacterial, non-allergenic and not prone to overheating. 

3. The award-winning Merino Kids Go Go Bag is an 100% natural sleeping bag that regulates your baby's temperature, reduces skin allergies and has been proven to improve sleep patterns of babies. Available in sizes newborn - 2 years and 2-4 years in navy tangerine and pink aqua colours. 

4. We love all things Purebaby, especially their darling organic cotton pyjamas available in boy and girl styles (like these in Adelie Pink) up to size 6 years.

5 & 8. Sustainababy stocks a wide range of gorgeous Australian-made Uimi blankets in organic cotton and merino wool. They come in a number of different modern colours/prints and in both bassinet and cot sizes.  

6. For the bubs and toddlers who like a sleeved sleeping bag (or for mums who like to know there's a little bit of extra coverage on a cold night), Purebaby long sleeve organic cotton sleeping bags have you covered. They're available in boy and girl styles and sizes from 3 - 36 months. 

7. Love to Swaddle Up swaddles ensure your bub is snug and warm while in the comfortable 'arms up' sleep position - we have a large variety of swaddles available across different sizes, colours and TOG. 

What's your favourite tip to keep your littlies warm on the coolest winter night? We'd love to hear your tips below! 

CATEGORY: nursery, organic, sleeping, winter, merino | POSTED BY: |

5 April 2015

FREE Home Detox Video Series


So you overindulged over Easter and are now busy getting your eating back on track. But what about your home?

With indoor air pollution ranking in the top five environmental risks to health, and Australians spending up to 90% of their time indoors (I know, it's crazy!), the time for a home detox is now.

You can easily get started creating a clean, healthy home and ditching the chemicals with this FREE Home Detox Video Series created by environmental engineer, eco-living expert and Sustainababy Founder, Laura Trotta.

Sign up here!

PS - this training is only around for a limited time to get on board today. 

CATEGORY: home detox boot camp, home detox, chemical free living | POSTED BY: Meg Supel |