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~*~*~ M&S Baby Sleeping Bags ~*~*~
~ Why use a baby sleeping bag? ~
As a parent I have to come to learn that no matter how hard you try and no matter what you do your precious little baby will kick off their blankets in the night and then scream to let you know all about it. They are so wriggly and wiggly a blanket just simply stands no chance against them and that is where baby sleeping bags come in.
I don't recall them being so widely available when I had my first son (so I suffered the endless coldness cries) but for my second, third and fourth child I did use these. My second son was bought one by his aunty and it was well used, I bought my third son a few online and in boot sales and when I had my fourth son I was given a load of baby stuff from a relative, included in the stuff was two lovely baby sleeping bags, one from Debenhams and the other from M&S (Marks and Spencer). To feel them both the M&S one seemed to feel a little thicker although I am sure they were the same tog.
A baby sleeping bag is a brilliant item for any parent as you can simply pop baby into the sleeping bag, do up the poppers on the shoulders and feel assured that your little one will stay warm but be safe, they can't wriggle under the blanket and they are secure and fit like an apron.
~ The M&S Sleeping Bag ~
The particular one we had was a nice smooth velour feel on the outside but was a soft cotton on the inside, there was some character appliqué on the front but I can't recall quite what it was.
A white plastic zip ran around the edge and there was a strong popper on each shoulder.
It felt like a cosy warm sleeping bag and the quality was excellent.
I am sure it cost around the £20 mark new so I was really pleased to have been given this item.
~ Wear and wash ~
As we are all aware babies are sicky/pooey/dribbly little things and my son was no exception, in fact he was the sickiest baby I have had so this sleeping bag would need to be washed straight after use as he would have dribbled sick on it somewhere, I washed it on a 40°C and tumbled it and it always came up like new. It is a good quality item that lasted him until it no longer fitted, despite the numerous washes it received!
~ Overall ~
Compared to some of the other cheaper sleeping bags I had this one washed and wore much better, I had two blue sleeping bags that bobbled after the first few uses and whilst this didn't make them unusable it did make them look a bit shabby and not new, but this M&S sleeping bag was perfect, I had it from a relative who had used it for her baby and it looked brand new so the quality was there for all to see.
The outer of the bag was soft and smooth, the zip was easy to move and never stuck and the poppers were nice and firm so there was no chance of my little houdini managing to escape the blankets in the night.
I really liked using these as I knew my little one was kept warm and cosy in the nights and by using these he was guaranteed a good nights sleep and would usually sleep through.
I think these are a brilliant thing to have and I would go as far as saying these are a baby must have!
Thanks for reading :o) x
My grandchildren have all used sleeping bags for babies and we used to try different brands to see what they were like. At first we only bought official 'gro bags' but eventually realised that other places design them too and sometimes cheaper versions are just as good.
We bought one from M&S and it was £18 which is cheaper than the Gro Bags but more expensive than say Tesco.
The sleeping bag we bought had a picture of Dumbo on it and was in cream. It was suitable for a boy or a girl which was useful as it has been passed from one grandchild to the next so we have had lots of use out of it and it is very cute so would make a nice gift too.
A sleeping bag helps to reduce the chance of cot death as it helps to keep your baby warm. A blanket could be dangerous as your baby could manage to get underneath it and get too hot or they could kick it off and get cold. Because a sleeping bag stays in place it stops you having to keep getting up and checking the blanket is still on.
Sleeping bags attach over the shoulders and usually zip up on the side. It is easy to put on.
You wash them as you would any other bedding. We found that this one from M&S washed really well. It didn't matter how many times it went through the wash it still remained in very good condition. Some of the cheaper brands felt a bit rough after washing but this one remained nice and soft and comfortable to wear for a baby.
My grandchildren enjoy wearing their sleeping bags and this one is good quality so it definitely gets 5 stars.
I was bought an M&S baby sleeping bag when my 1st daughter was born. It was the 0-6 month size and just by looking at it, it was clear to me that she would grow out of it very quickly (and she was only a 6 pounder - hardly a big baby!)
So I returned the 0-6 month bag to the store and they happily exchanged it for a 6 - 12 month bag.
The design of the bag is beautiful. It is pink with Little Sweetie embroidered on one shoulder. The fabric has little prints of cherries and strawberries all over it. The overall effect is eye-catching and just gorgeous.
My daughter started using the bag when she was about 4 months old. It did look a little large on her, but there was no chance of her slipping down into the bag and she was clearly very comfortable in it. The 6-12 month size is a little more generously proportioned than the 0-6 month bag, so my daughter was able to use it until she was about 16 months old.
The bag fastens with poppers all the way down the front. It measures 31 inches from shoulder seam to hem. Your baby's head and arms stay outside the bag whilst their body and legs are snugly tucked up inside the bag.
The bag is slightly padded and beautifully soft against baby's skin.
M&S bags can be bought in a variety of togs, but ours is the 1 tog, which is handy for all seasons. In Winter I just tuck an extra blanket over the top. It's only really on the warmest Summer days that we can't use it - and unfortunately we don't get many of those!
Within the first few weeks of using the bag, my daughter was sick on it. It was stained bright orange and I thought it was ruined. Amazingly though it washed out no problem and looked as good as new when dry.
Our bag has been used a lot now as we are on our 3rd child. Admittedly it's used more rarely now as our 3rd child was a boy and my husband objects to him being put in a pink sleeping bag! But it is still in use when the other bags are in the wash. Other than a tiny bit of bobbling around the shoulders, it's showing virtually no signs of wear and when we eventually finish with it I'm fully expecting to be able to hand it on to someone elst.
I think the designs of the M&S bag are lovely, so they are a great new baby gift. Although, I personally would buy the 6-12 month size as they will get more wear than the smaller size.
Also, for practical reasons, I would avoid white if possible as it's harder to keep clean. Lemon, blue or pink would be a better choice.
The price of these bags vary, although they are usuall around the £20 mark. If you manage to get one in the sale you will be getting a real bargain.
I bought two 2.5 tog M&S cream baby sleeping bags for my son in size 6-12 months. They cost £15 but I got them for £7 each in the January sale. I found that M&S sleeping bags are roomier than many other high street shops' versions which means they last a long time and you get plenty of use from them. My son seems very comfortable and warm in them and the fastenings are excellent - the zip fastens easily and he has not managed to unfasten the shoulder poppers.
However I have found two problems with them - one to do with washing and the other to do with fastening.
The cream turns to greyish white when washed, which is not noticeable unless you put a brand new one next to one that has been washed, in which case the difference is stark. This happened with items of clothing from the same range (cream velour) so it is obviously a problem with the cream material that is used. This would not deter me from buying another one in the future though, as it does not look dirty it just looks a completely different shade. Also, the zip starts from halfway round the bottom meaning it does not open all of the way out. This makes it more difficult to get a fractious, overtired baby fastened into.
These negative points aside I would still recommend them, as they are excellent value for money in my opinion.
I bought my little boy a sleeping bag because we went away last November when he was seven weeks old to the Lake District. I was worried about him getting cold in the night and thought it would be easier to pack one sleeping bag than all the sheets and blankets. I had to buy size 6 to 12 months because the 0 to 6 month size was a very snug fit at 7 weeks (and he isnt a particularly big boy!) However, it still fits him now at 13 months. The bag was marvelous when I was breastfedding him in the middle of the night because I didnt have to worry about him getting cold as I took him from his cot to my bed and vice versa. Once he's in his bag he knows its timfe for bed. We've never had to worry about him kicking his blankets off in the night. This sleeping bag is the right thickness to last the whole year (except a heatwave, and we dont get many of those do we!) as its thin enough to be worn with just a vest for the summer and thick enough to keep baby warm with a cosy babygro on in the winter. If I had to puic my one best baby buy, it would be this.
At a recent visit to Marks and Spencer in Manchester I was pleasantly surprised to see that Babies's Sleeping Bags have finally made an appearance on the high street - I was starting to think that maybe it is illegal to use sleeping bags for babies in this country and the only way to get one was via mail order or online. The choice is not big. There are two different styles: a christening gown style and a white and green one with cute little bugs - that's the one I chose. I am so pleased with it. It looks very cute It is very soft, made with 100% cotton. The fastening is very well done: there are 2 poppers at the shoulder straps and a zip that opens all down one side and the bottom, which makes nappy changing very easy, as the baby doesn't have to get out of the bag at all. I washed it twice already and found that it washes easily and dries pretty fast too. At £24 it doesn't make it any cheaper or more expensive than any other place on the Internet or a catalogue and at least you can see what you are getting. Of course if you want cheaper you can always get one when you go down to Calais for a booze cruise (that's what I usually do). They are half the price on the other side of the channel. But it costs you a lot more in booze... I have used sleeping bags on my eldest son ever since he was 6 weeks old and still do and I am doing the same with my new baby and I wouldn't go without them. They are a blessing.