How to choose an envelope for a child, tips for choosing and reviews
Envelope (sleeping bag) – children’s outerwear for walking, protecting the baby from cold and wind. Unlike a blanket, the sleeping bag does not constrain the movement of the baby in a dream, allowing him to take comfortable positions.
- Envelope blanket
- Envelope-sleeping bag
- Envelope overalls
Envelope bag – a bag with a long zipper. Provides baby comfort and warmth, but may not be suitable for overly energetic children. Provided with a hood.
Envelope-sleeping bag – unlike the previous envelope, it is equipped with a hard bottom (there are also models with a semi-soft bottom). Compatible with carrycots, car seats, sleds.
Envelope blanket – Blanket with fasteners. Suitable for strollers. When the baby grows up, the envelope-blanket will get a new life – it will become a cape for the legs while sledding or a blanket.
Some convertible blankets have a wide range of functions: they are used as a rug, a changing pad or a mattress.
Envelope semi-overalls – supplied with sleeves, which provides the baby with freedom of action. Such an envelope is recommended for active children aged 4-5 months.
Envelope overalls (transformer) – has sleeves and a hood, sometimes trousers. It is used as a semi-overalls (for newborns) and as a classic overalls (for older children). There are models designed for children under 1.5 years old and allowing lengthening of sleeves and legs.
Nest – mattress with limiters at the edges. Unlike envelopes, the nest does not protect the child from cold and wind. Such a product is used in a stroller or crib. A good solution for co-sleeping mother and child, as the likelihood of crushing a toddler in a dream is sharply reduced.
- Buy an envelope for a newborn in specialized stores. You should not save on the quality of the first outerwear for children, because the health and comfort of the baby depends on it.
- Carefully inspect your favorite model. Make sure the material and seams are soft.
- It is worth considering the individuality of the child. The most impatient crumbs are suitable for models with various fasteners that reduce the time of gathering for a walk. Active kids will feel great in bags with gathers at the waist to prevent twisting. And for kids who like to twitch their legs, it is better to choose products with a wider bottom.
The top layer of the envelope can be made of waterproof synthetic material, but it is desirable that the inner layer (lining) be natural. Envelopes are made of cotton, coarse calico, silk, satin, cambric, nylon, jersey, fleece. For the inner layer, synthetic winterizer, wool, polyester, bamboo cloth, thermofinn are used.
Between the upper and inner layers of the winter and demi-season envelope is a heater (filler).
- Sheep – provides excellent thermal insulation, while being lightweight and does not restrict the motor freedom of the child. Sheepskin is a hypoallergenic material. A good choice for low temperatures.
- Pooh – warm material, but can cause allergies. Therefore, it is worth choosing an envelope with down insulation only if there is a lining that protects the child from contact with down. Suitable for less severe weather conditions.
- Synthetic insulation – holofiber, firetech and others. Good for mild winters.
All materials must be hypoallergenic. Additional requirements are imposed on fillers (heaters) – they must freely pass air and absorb moisture.
summer – made of thin cotton fabric, has a sintepon lining. A good choice for babies born between May and September. The summer envelope is intended for temperatures of 15-25 °C.
Important: when choosing a summer envelope, pay attention to the convenience of fasteners. Such a model should, if necessary, be easily fastened / unfastened.
Winter – made of warm materials. Suitable for kids who were born between November and February. The winter envelope is designed for a temperature of 15 ° C below zero.
demi-season – an intermediate option, made of insulated materials. Often supplied with a membrane layer that removes moisture to the outside. Designed for toddlers born in spring and autumn. This envelope is used at temperatures from -10 to +10 °C.
This parameter affects the comfort of using the envelope. There are models with fasteners in the form of zippers, ribbons, buttons, buttons, Velcro. The best solution is a zipper that securely fixes the envelope. Not the best option – ribbons, Velcro and buttons. Zippers, buttons and other methods are also used to adjust the size of the envelope, for example, unfasten / fasten the bottom.
Important: when buying an envelope, check the reliability of the fasteners. Any fastener – zipper, buttons or buttons – should be easy to open and close.
Hood – provides additional protection for the child in frosty and windy weather. It is recommended to choose an envelope with a drawstring around the edge – this will allow you to adjust the fit of the hood.
Headrest – Supports the head and neck of the baby in the correct position. This accessory is especially important for newborns, since the child in the first 2-3 months of life is not yet able to hold his head on his own.
Pillow -Designed for a comfortable sleep of the child.
Slots for seat belts – are used to fasten the envelope to the car seat and sled-wheelchair.
The comfort of the child in the envelope depends on this parameter. A very large product is inconvenient to use, and too narrow – it will be uncomfortable for the baby.
The length and width are selected taking into account the height, weight, head circumference of the baby. In order not to be mistaken with the size, it is better to choose an envelope according to the latest ultrasound examination. If there is no such information, they resort to standard parameters – 75×42 cm.
The winter envelope is selected with the expectation of a toddler dressed in warm clothes or wrapped in a blanket.
Important: remember that in the first months of life, the child grows rapidly. You should not buy all the envelopes end-to-end: some are selected according to size, others – with a margin of growth of 5-7 cm.
Design and color
The design and color of the envelope is determined by several factors. An elegant envelope with ruffles, lace and bows is the perfect choice for a solemn discharge from the hospital, but impractical in everyday use. Such a product quickly gets dirty, and after 1-2 months it becomes too small for a growing toddler.
When choosing the design and color of the envelope, it is worth considering the gender of the child. For boys, models of white, blue, green, lilac colors without decorative elements are suitable. Girls should choose products with ruffles in brighter colors – red or pink. Many envelopes are decorated with patterns, animal prints, flowers and other decorations – so that every parent can choose a model to their liking.