What Should Baby Wear Under a Swaddle?

What Should Baby Wear Under a Swaddle?

It's the eternal question for new parents—just what goes under that baby burrito, otherwise known as a swaddle. Dressing your baby for sleep is part art, part science, and a dash of climate consideration. Let's unravel the swaddle mystery, layer by layer!

Understanding TOG

First off, let's chat TOG, aka Thermal Overall Grade. It's the rating that tells you how insulated a garment is—the higher the TOG, the warmer the snuggle. Baby sleepwear often comes with TOG ratings to help you decide what's cozy without crossing into overheating territory. Plus, TOGs stack! So, if your baby's swaddle has a TOG of 0.5 and the onesie underneath has another 0.5 TOG, you're looking at a combined 1.0 TOG situation.

Determining the Right TOG Value

Picking the perfect TOG depends on your nursery's temperature. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • 0.5 TOG: Lightest option, suitable for 74-78°F.
  • 1.0 TOG: Middle of the road, ideal for 70-73°F.
  • 2.6 TOG: Coziest choice, made for 58-70°F.

What Do Babies Wear Under a Swaddle?

Swaddling in Room Temperatures Under 70°F

If your room is chillier, aim for a combined TOG value of 2.5 or higher. Think long-sleeved onesies or even footie pajamas as a base layer. Consider swaddles with a higher TOG rating to keep your baby warm.

Swaddling in Room Temperatures 70°F - 73°F

For this Goldilocks zone, aim for 1.0 TOG. A short-sleeved onesie or breathable PJs should do the trick under a moderate TOG swaddle.

Swaddling in Room Temperatures 74°F - 78°F

Here, less is more. Aim for a 0.5 TOG or even lower. A short-sleeved onesie or just a diaper will suffice. Steer clear of additional layers to avoid overheating and go for a swaddle with a low TOG rating.

You can shop gunamuna swaddles in every TOG – plus, layer with our breathable pajamas for extra comfort + warmth.