Product Type: Grobag baby products
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Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag
Member Name: scooch12
Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag
Advantages: Baby can't kick their covers off overnight
Disadvantages: Need ironing as they crease badly when washed
Before my baby was born I was adamant that we weren't going to go down the baby sleeping bag route. That wasn't because I'd read or heard anything bad about them previously, I just didn't like the idea.
But, I soon changed my mind. My daughter was obviously waking in the night but some of the time, it wasn't because she was hungry, it was because she'd got cold from kicking away blankets that were wrapped around her to begin with. We found that she wriggled out of the blankets at least twice per night and as a result we were waking up a lot just to wrap her up again - not for feeds. It was then we decided to try a Grobag to see if it made her sleeping pattern better. I am convinced that these bags helped her to settle into her night routine because soon after our attempt, she started to sleep through and we now all get a good nights sleep, barring one or two occasions of illness or teething. We do only use them at night, as it seemed too much of a hassle to get them out for daytime naps as my baby only likes a short snooze! No blankets or sheets should be used with the bags, I just have a fitted sheet around the mattress beneath her.
I know there are other brands available who make their own versions, but we have never used any other so I can't comment on how well they work. Grobag were the original brand of baby sleeping bags and I feel far happier using them although they are more expensive than others out there. They cost around £20 - £30 depending on the size and thickness and can be purchased from Mothercare, Babies R Us, John Lewis and Amazon. The bags come in a range of sizes - 0 - 6 months, 6-18 months and 18-36 months. They also come in different thicknesses - 0.5 tog, 1 tog and 2.5 tog. They sell travel ones that have little sections cut out to feed the car seat straps through although we've never tried one of these. My daughter's currently in the 6-18 months bag and she's 10 months but she is a small baby. The bag has a lot of room in it to accommodate her growth so should last us until she's the 18 months. Please note though that the 0-6 months bag wasn't suitable for my baby from newborn as there is a minimum weight requirement and maximum height for all of their bags so I strongly advise to check before using. My baby was around 1 and 1/2 months before we could start using it because she was under the minimum weight.
All bags have basically the same design - they are almost triangular in shape at the bottom and at the top, they have two fold over straps that are fastened by press studs. There's a zip that travels the whole way around the outer edge so it can be opened up to make it easier to place baby in. The zip then fastens towards the top and there's a little bit of fabric and a button that presses in place to cover over the zip so baby can't get to it during the night. I found that with the 0 - 6 month bags, there were also press-studs to fasten underarm for smaller babies, presumably so that they don't slip down into the bag and I always made sure that these were fastened when necessary. These aren't on any of these on any of the bigger 6-18 month bags that we own.
The bags are available in a whole host of patterns - boys colours, girls colours and neutral colours - pictures of animals, letters, all sorts. We have owned 7 so far and every single one is a completely different design so there's definitely one for every baby.
The other great thing about the Grobag is that they come with a cardboard thermometer and an advisory sheet to explain what exactly to dress them in and which bag to use depending on the temperature. We actually own their Gro egg thermometer which lives in her room instead of the cardboard one they supply, so I can always see the exact temperature and check the advisory sheet to make sure she's dressed suitably. I would definitely recommend using their gro egg too to keep an eye on the temperature. Mine has been so useful, especially in the middle of August when it was boiling and the depths of January when it was freezing cold. I find it's more accurate than the cardboard one they supply but that one still gives me a rough idea when we're staying away from home.
The only minor issue I have is when they've been washed. I find that they end up incredibly creased, especially the 2.5 tog ones. Now that my daughter is bigger, I iron for her but when she was little her clothes were so small I didn't have the need - but I still had to get the iron out then just for these bags. They don't iron that great either but I just have the view that there's only our close family that ever sees them anyway.
I would whole heartedly recommend these grobags, I still say to my husband regularly that I can't believe I was so set against using them because out of all of the baby items we have, these are definitely up there with our best items. My daughter gets a good night sleep every night and for that, I definitely can't find any complaints. They earn the full 5 stars from me, that's even with the ironing issue!
Thanks for reading :o)
Summary: A great invention