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Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag
Member Name: Lools_24
Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag
Date: 26/04/10, updated on 15/11/11 (135 review reads)
Advantages: Less risk than using blankets, more convenient than blankets
Disadvantages: Quite expensive
***What are they***
Grobags are essentially sleeping bags for babies. The bag is secured over the baby almost like a vest over their torso as there are arms holes and is secured by poppers at the shoulders. The bottom of the bag zips open under on arm which when inside almost looks like the baby is wearing a long dress.
There are a variety of designs meaning you can match the babies Grobag to their nursery, with unisex designs and ones for boys and girls.
They also come in a variety of sizes 0-6 months 6-18 months and 18-36 months. Babies need to be around 7 and a half pounds or more before they can fit into a Grobag safely as you need to ensure the babies head cant slip through the neck section.
Grobags have different togs. For winter 2.5 tog. 1 tog for summer and you can also get 0.5 tog. Providing the nursery temperature is between 18 and 21 degrees you baby should only need to wear a vest and a sleepsuit when put in a grobag. The Grobag comes with a thermometer so you know the temperature of your nursery.
***Price and Availability***
Grobags retail at around £27 for a 2.5 tog product. They are sold retailers such as Mothercare and John Lewis and sold online directly from Gro.
Gro bags are more expensive than other similar baby sleeping bag products. In terms of functionability and quality they are very similar to cheaper products the only real difference I have noticed is the wider range of colours and designs Grobags come in. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative Boots offer some great baby sleeping bags which are just as good as those from Gro.
Because my boys were small when they were born we couldn't put them in Grobags straight away so had to got through wrapping them separately in blankets them putting a blanket over them both as they co slept for the first few months. The worry was as they got bigger they would wriggle under their blankets or kick the blankets onto each other. Mr Lools and I also found it frustrating as everytime one of the boys woke we had to carefully wrap them up making sure not to disturb the other baby if they had not woken. So when they reached the 8lb mark at 10 weeks old we could eventually fit them safely into their Grobags.
Since putting the boys in Grobags they have slept better (all night in fact over the last few weeks) and we have slept better as if they do wake we can pick them up in the Grobag cuddle them and put them straight back down to sleep. They are put to bed at 7.30pm fed at 10.30pm and nappy changed and they can stay in the Grobag and with it being unzipped at the bottom to change nappies.
We also have a lot more peace of mind that the boys even though they now sleep on their own are not going to become tangled in their blankets as they both are wrigglers. They both lift their legs in the air and squirm quite freely in their Grobag and we don't have to keep getting up and putting blankets back over them.
Grobags are a fantastic for parents and babies. They make middle of the night feeds and nappy changes a lot easier. An advantage for myself and Mr Lools was that during the night when the boys cried we could just pick them up in their Grobag settle them and put them straight back to sleep without worrying their blankets meaning more sleep for us. They are also a lot safer as babies can't wriggle under the blankets or kick off their blankets as with Grobags they are essentially wearing it like an item of clothing rather than just being wrapped in it.
The main disadvantage apart from the boys not being able to fit into Grobags initially was the cost. Grobags are pretty expensive but many stores offering baby equipment offer similar sleeping bag products which are half the cost and just as good.
Great for wrigglers and parents that want more sleep.
~~~Also posted on Ciao 2011~~~~
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