Product Type: Grobag baby products
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Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag
Member Name: reddanni
Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag
Advantages: More sleep for baby more sleep for me.
Disadvantages: A little pricey.
Before my daughter was born I thought growbags were for planting tomatoes plants and such like in gardens! Turns out they are a new alternative to the traditional blankets and sheets used by our parents generation.
In 2000 a couple set up a company called Grobag following the problem of their first son not sleeping through the night as he was kicking off his cot blanket and getting cold. Their sister in law from Austria visited and told them about a product used in Europe to combat this issue. In Holland 80% of babies were sleeping in a baby sleeping bag what I now know as a 'gro bag'.
A gro bag is a baby sleeping bag that you zip baby into up to under their armpit leaving babies head and both arms out with 2 shoulder tabs press studded securing baby into place. Made usually of soft material either with a velour feel or cotton like. I have purchased both types. The brand 'Gro bag' has sold over 2 million of these products and have 3 mother and baby gold awards.
The benefits include :
-No kicking off blankets/sheets and getting cold
-As baby gets older these offer more freedom in movement. We often find our daughter with her head at the footend of her cot, something she couldn't do if we were using sheets. So easier to get in better sleeping positions without waking!
-On the same movement lines, using a Gro bag also means baby should not be able to climb out of the cot as young as the Gro bag enclosing both feet make this more difficult.
-When away from home in an unfamiliar cot/travel cot, helps keep bedtime familiar.
-Several different togs and sizes to choose from (I'll explain more about togs below).
With every purchase you receive a free nursery thermometer. This is essential a small piece of card that on the front shows the temperature of the nursery and on the back a guideline of what baby should be wearing in each temperature range. I have this on top of my daughters wardrobe and on the floor a Gro bag egg (another of their inventions measuring temperature) now it might be because of the height differences in her room but these can vary widely from each other in temperature measurements so I always use my common sense/instinct. You can check your babies temperature by feeling their chest or back of neck, never go by the feel of their hands as these may well be a lot cooler.
The ideal room temperature is 16-20 Celsius as a guide and below is what Gro bag recommend for baby to wear.
26 C--0.5 tog and short sleeve bodysuit
24 C--1 tog and short sleeve bodysuit
22 C--1 tog and long sleeve bodysuit
20 C--1 tog and short sleeve bodysuit and pyjama top OR 2.5 tog and long sleeve bodysuit
18 C--2.5 tog and long sleeve bodysuit and pyjama top
16 C--2.5 tog and long sleeve bodysuit and pyjama set
Tog describes the thermal resistance of an item which you will find on products such as adult duvets.
Gro bag sell various Tog ratings in all sizes below a guideline to babies weight/height as to which size to purchase.
age range / minimum weight / maximum height
0-6 months = 4kg = 68cm
6-18 months = 8.1kg = 86cm
18-36 months = 11.4kg = 98cm
3-6 years = 53.5cm chest = 116cm
They have also just introduced size 6-10 years!
I recommend buying 2 so if baby is sick or nappy leaks you have a spare. Also don't be in a rush to go up a size as if too big you don't want baby to wriggle down into the sleeping bag ie the head hole is too big for them.
Can be purchased in the usual baby shops as well as straight from their own website www.grobag.co.uk their own website will send you to their online shop called www.bumpto3.com where these sell from £27.99 and above (free delivery on all full price Gro bag sleeping bags) I brought mine from Mothercare and at the time (12 months ago sorry) they were on a special buy 2 offer.
I know this may sound a lot of money especially if purchasing 2 so an alternative is cheaper brands from the likes of Kiddicare at £12.99 and above. Although I love the actual product idea and if money was no object I would stick with this brand but subsequent purchasing/presents from other brands I have not found enough of a quality difference to stick solely to Gro bag brand.
Summary: Excellent product invention.