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Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions section. We've listed some questions we get asked most often about our range of baby sleepwear and sleep tools. If there is anything not covered here, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

  • Which ergoPouch product should I choose?
    It will depend on the age and development of your child. We have products suitable for different stages, newborns right through to 6 years old. As a guide, we suggest choosing the following products: Cocoon Swaddle: for swaddled newborns and arms out (rollers) to age 12 months. Sleeping Bag: Transition item from the Cocoon Swaddle, suitable for 8 months – 24 months Sleeping Bag or Sleep Suit Bag: for arms out sleepers, kids on the move, little kickers and walkers up to 6 years old. Winter Sleep Suit: for kids who don’t like a sleeping bag or those ready to transition into a big bed, suitable for 1 year – 5 years.
  • What is a Tog? Which one should I choose?
    A TOG is a unit of measurement for insulation and warmth of sleepwear and bedding. Put simply, the lower the TOG rating, the lighter the fabric. The higher the rating, the more padded and insulated it is. You would choose a suitable TOG based on the temperature of the room your baby is sleeping in. Our TOGs are suitable for the below room temperatures: 0.2 & 0.3 TOG = 24 degrees Cº+ 1.0 TOG = 21 degrees Cº – 24 degrees Cº 2.5 TOG = 17 degrees Cº – 23 degrees Cº 3.5 TOG = 14 degrees Cº – 21 degrees Cº To take the guesswork out of dressing your little one for sleep, please check our What to Wear Guide.
  • Can I use blankets over the top of an ergoPouch?
    It is recommended by safe sleep guidelines to sleep your baby with their face and head uncovered, free from bedding, pillows and toys. It is for this reason our swaddles, sleeping bags and sleep suits bags are designed to replace bedding altogether. To ensure the face is always clear, ergoPouch bags are designed to avoid unravelling, have suitable armholes and a fitted neck. It’s for the same reason there are no hoods on these bags.
  • Does the TOG rating remain over time?
    Yes. If your winter rated ergoPouch has been in storage the filling may be compressed. Wash before use & put on a low tumble dry setting to 'fluff' up the filling. This will ensure that the ergoPouch is optimal for wearing. Note: Winter TOGs are 2.5 & 3.5 TOG rated.
  • Are ergoPouch products safe?
    Safety is at the forefront of mind when designing an ergoPouch product. All ergoPouch sleepwear go through product safety standard testing. We ask for your support to double check your ergoPouch purchase is suitable for your child before use.
  • Why are there fire labels?
    Fire labels can seem worrying so let us explain what they are for. Product Safety guidelines are mostly based on what will happen if a garment is exposed to an open flame. All children’s sleepwear will fall into a category and must have a fire danger label if they are correctly labelled to international standards.
  • Why use a swaddle?
    In the early days after birth, a newborn will experience startle reflex that can often wake or unsettle them so using a swaddle can contain this sudden movement. Swaddling soothes and settles them to sleep by providing a feeling of containment, similar to their experience in the confined space of a womb. It also has the following benefits: - Keeping baby’s body warm in the early stages when their ability to regulate body temperature is still developing. - A hug! A baby would love to spend the whole night bundled up in their parent’s warm arms so swaddles help create that sensation of being hugged. - Can help a baby focus on breastfeeding by keeping their arms and legs out of the way. - Prevents baby from scratching themselves with their nails. - Swaddling = a longer sleep for everyone!
  • How many swaddles do I need?
    We recommend that you start with two, one on and one in the wash. A baby can be a messy creature with leaking nappies and spitting up milk!
  • How do I swaddle safely?
    - The neck must be fitted to avoid a baby’s head slipping down into the swaddle. - Swaddles should allow for full chest expansion as those little ribs are still very soft and bendy so an overly enthusiastic wrap has the potential to be too firm across the chest. - The hips + legs need to be able to flop outwards while the baby sleeps. Tight swaddling across the hips that hold the legs together is thought to contribute and increase developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). - Babies don’t regulate their body heat very well and rely on their coverings to keep them warm but not hot. Do not overdress a baby underneath their swaddle and never cover their head at sleep time (e.g. with a hat or beanie). Avoid using blankets as they are bulky and have the potential to overheat a baby. - Swaddling needs to be secure, without any chance of fabric draping over the baby’s face.
  • When do I transition my baby from Swaddle (closed poppers) to Sleeping Bag (open poppers)?
    It’s time to start training your baby on how to sleep with their arms out of the Cocoon Swaddle Bag when your baby begins to show signs of rolling from their back onto their front. We recommend releasing only one arm out first, this will give a baby time to become used to this new way of sleeping. Naturally, they will have a few disturbed sleeps however this is normal when transitioning a baby through anything new so try one arm out for a week or two, followed by the other arm.
  • Can my baby sleep with their arms up in a Cocoon Swaddle?
    A baby won't be able to get their arms all the way up to the sides of their head in an ergoPouch Cocoon Swaddle. Instead, our swaddles are made from a stretchy fabric to allow for natural movement. We find that babies will wriggle their arms and hands into a position that is most comfortable for them, the bag is stretchy enough for your baby to reach their mouth if sucking is what they prefer.
  • The neck opening seems a little tight on my Cocoon Swaddle?
    To comply with safety requirements, our Cocoon Swaddle Bags have a firm fit around the neck, shoulder and chest area to prevent your little one from slipping inside. A quick way to check if the neck is too tight is to see if you can put 2 fingers inside the neck opening. If you can, the fit is correct. If you are still uncomfortable with the opening being small, we suggest to undo the zipper about 1cm down with the zip cover still over the top.
  • How do I choose the right size sleeping bag?
    Base your decision on your child’s age and height. Our Sleeping Bags cover 2-12 months, 8-24 months and 12-36 months. The length of each product is measured from shoulder to toe: 2-12 months of age = 80 cm 8-24 months = 90cm 12-36 months = 105cm A sleeping bag should be well fitted around the neck and the armholes to avoid your baby slipping through. It should also be bell shaped in the bottom to allow for easy leg movement.
  • Why do you use cotton filling in your sleeping bags?
    Sleeping with natural fibres can help your baby get a better night's sleep. Natural fibres disperse moisture from the skin, providing an even warmth and body temperature. ergoPouch sleeping bags are all highly breathable, keeping babies consistently warm without overheating. Synthetic fillings such as polyester do not have the same qualities and can lead to temperature variations throughout the night. They can also trap too much heat, which can be a particular problem for babies with eczema as this will aggravate the condition.
  • What is a Sleep Suit Bag?
    An award winning design that is created for children who do karate in their sleep and don’t like being confined to a sleeping bag. This 2 IN 1 design can transform from a sleeping bag to a sleep suit with legs using zippers making the transition from a cot to a pram or car, an easy one. This item is also perfect for little walkers as it has grip pads on the feet.
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