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Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag
Member Name: kat1234
Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag
Advantages: stay in place, warm, look attractive, wash well
I used Grobag sleeping bags with my son from when he was big enough to go in his cot (so about 3 months old) to he was 15 months of age. I felt they were a safe and effective way of ensuring he was kept warm at night - he had a habit of kicking off all blankets and wriggled about a lot in the night too.
Grobags are effectively sleeping bags for babies - available in different togs so they are suitable for both the winter and summer months. I bought ours in Mothercare or online - sometimes they would be on a buy one get one half price offer which definitely helped as they are quite pricey at around £25-30 per bag (depending on size and tog). The bags are available in a series of designs - some for boys, some for girls and some neutral so they suit both sexes. The ones that we have owned have always been brightly coloured with very childlike designs - often animals - and they have looked really lovely.
The bags are sleeveless and baby just lies inside and can be zipped up so that they are cocooned in it. Therefore, when baby moves, the bag moves with them. They are constantly covered up and kept warm so they do not wake up cold in winter months. The bag also is held in place at the shoulders so it will never cover their head as a duvet/blanket might. They are available in a range of togs -0.5 to 3.5 - so you can choose one for the appropriate time of year. There are two options for the shoulders with these - these can be poppered (ideal for smaller babies) or the arms can be non-fastened (ideal for toddlers who move around a little more and risk unpopping the shoulders). It is recommended that you do not use these bags with very young babies (the minimum weight is 8lbs 8oz) and they can be used right up to 3 years if that is your choice (the website actually suggests they are available in 3-6 years too but I have never come across these myself!). I personally felt that as my son got ready to move from a cot to a bed, it was a good time to introduce the duvet but I understand that not everyone wishes to do this.
The bag can be unzipped and laid flat so it is convenient for middle of the night nappy changes. This is great as it allows minimum disruption to baby and also ensures that they do not get cold. It was also good being able to lift my son straight out of his cot for a night feed without worrying that he may get cold. I found that the bags fitted my son well and he always seemed very happy (and warm) in these. The lighter togs were ideal for summer months as they kept him covered when the night got cool without making him too hot. Any amount of wriggling in the night did not remove the bag from him at all and he was always held securely in this.
The bags can be washed and 40 degrees and they do wash up well. The label says that they can be washed at 60 degrees but you should allow for a little shrinkage. The bags are pretty roomy so I don't think that this would be too much of an issue. The bags can also be tumble dried (although I never did this). In my experience they washed up very well, maintaining their shape and colour, with no fading or bobbling - they were of very good quality.
Overall I definitely recommend these for young babies and toddlers - they are practical and give great peace of mind too. I would definitely use them again.
Summary: great for keeping baby warm
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