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Whilst browsing in Mamas & Papas whilst still pregnant, I came across the Elfie and Mop 2.5 tog Dreampod. I had heard about these before and thought about buying one, but when I saw that it was reduced from the usual £36 to only £18, I had to buy one.
The Dreampod I have differs from the picture here - the 6-18 months have a zip at the front as shown, but the 0-6 months zip up around the outside. It also has a different design on the front, but is a Mama's & Papa's 2.5 tog Dreampod.
The Dreampod is essentially a sleeping bag for babies. The bag zips up around the child's lower body, with a head hole and arm holes. They are designed to keep the baby warm and safe as your child is unable to wriggle its way inside and risk suffocation as they can do with a duvet. It is also designed to stop children putting their feet through the bars of the cot although we have a bumper to prevent this. There are 2 poppers on either side of the child's head which fix the Dreampod in place. The Elfie and Mop design is plain white with a thin band of red and white spots around the arm and head holes. It has a small picture on the front of a mouse in a hot air balloon.
Before using a Dreampod sleeping bag, you need firstly need to check it is safe to use by looking at the recommended weight range and making sure your baby weight is within the range. It is recommended that a Dreampod is not used until your baby weighs over 10lb and the 0-6 month is suitable for babies up to 18lb or 68cm high. You also need to look at the tog and check the temperature of the room to make sure your baby will be comfortable. The 2.5 tog is suitable year round except in the park of summer, when you should use a 1 tog which is also recommended for day time naps.
I have been using the Dreampod since my daughter was 2 days old (so under the recommended 10lb - she was 8lb 2oz) and although she looked tiny in it, we weren't worried about her wriggling out of it as she was secure. I have found it very useful and incredibly easy to use. I can zip my daughter up in the Dreampod whilst she is getting ready for bed, and if she falls asleep on me, I can just lie her straight into her cot and not have to worry about tucking her into a cold bed. For the middle of the night nappy changes it is easy to unzip the Dreampod around the bottom and leave most of her in it so she doesn't get cold. I can then just zip her straight back in when I have finished. I have washed it several times and it still looks in great condition - it has kept its shape and colour. It is also great for when we go away as it is light weight and can be used in a travel cot.
Would I recommend a Dreampod? Yes. Without a doubt. In fact I would recommend that you buy 2 for when one is in the wash. I have two but the other one is a different make and not as good as this one. The only bad thing I have found with the Elfie and Mop design is there is a Mamas and Papas logo tag on the basket of the hot air balloon can dig in when I am holding her and it has scratched me a few times. Now I am aware of it, I make sure it is out of the way when I pick her up.
The Elfie & Mop range also includes a Moses Basket, wallpaper border and a hooded towel.
Five stars from me for the great price and great product.
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Sleeping bags are very popular with babies now and we really like them. We bought official Gro Bags but began to look at other brands when we realised they were all similar. We bought this from Mamas and Papas and it was in a neutral colour with little animals on.
* What is it?
A sleeping bag basically for a baby. You use it to keep your baby warm and safe when they are sleeping. They zip up around the baby to make them safe so they can't end up under it and they stay warm as they cannot kick it off like they could a blanket.
You can buy different types of sleeping bag and they come in different tog ratings. This makes it clear whether they are meant for hot nights or cool nights. You can buy these dream pods in a variety of colours and designs and sizes from Mamas and Papas.
We have one of these for our baby and it's very good quality. It is easy to put on him we just open it up, lie him down and then zip it up around him. It fastens over his shoulders too so it keeps him warm but his arms are out so he can still suck his thumb or reach for a toy. It keeps him very warm as it is a 2.5 tog so it has been very useful in these cold nights when it's been cold in his room. The design is neutral as it is cream with animals on and we like that. It washes with our normal clothes and just takes a while to dry with it being quite thick. It has remained in very good condition and we have found our baby sleeps better when wearing one of these than when he just has a blanket. Very good quality.
Mamas & Papas Dreampod sleeping bag
When I was preparing for my little ones arrival I already knew that I wanted to invest in a couple of good quality baby sleeping bags, especially after friends and family kept recommending them. When I started shopping around I found that there is a huge selection of baby sleeping bags to pick from and most of the larger baby stores offer their own ranges, it really was the variety of fun styles that Mamas and Papas offered that first interested me in their own brand Dreampod sleeping bags.
The Dreampod sleeping bags are designed to keep your baby comfortable and warm all through the night and not allow them to kick off their covers, which babies are surprisingly good at doing. The sleeping bags are also great for the winter months and to ensure that your baby can't kick the covers not only off but over their head. As well as hopefully helping the little ones to sleep better because they will constantly be kept cosy regardless of the winter weather outside that so far this year shows no sign of budging.
The Mamas and Papas Dreampod sleeping bag is really straight forward and simple to use, just plop the baby down, clip the poppers closed and zip up the bottom. I can do it with my eyes closed, which is just as well for changing a nappy in the middle of the night when my eyes are already mostly closed.
One of the main advantages of using a Dreampod sleeping bag is how easy night feeds are, there is no need to de-tangle the baby from their covers or make sure that they are still covered when feeding because their sleeping bag just comes with them. The sleeping bag is soft to the touch (with a 100% cotton lining and a 100% polyester filling) and being 2.5 tog it is nice cosy, but without being too bulky or too heavy.
I own the 0 to 6 months Dreampod in the Pink Lemonade style and I would happily buy the next size up and most likely will do in the near future. However, although Mamas and Papas recommend that the first size Dreampod is suitable from 0 to 6 months I found that my little one was really too small for it to begin with and it wasn't until she was about a month old that she fitted nicely into it. The Dreampod does have added poppers just under the arms for smaller babies to ensure that they can't wriggle their way into the sleeping bag. I also expect that I will need to move my baby out of her current Dreampod before she reaches the six month mark and move her onto the larger size, but all babies vary in length and weight so there really is no telling how long or when your baby will need another size until you see them in the sleeping bag.
My one tip would be to have more than one Dreampod sleeping bag in whatever size you currently need, because if your baby turns out to be anything like mine then I am sure they will find a way to get the sleeping bag either messy or wet. So far I have washed and dried the Dreampod lots and it barely shows any real signs of being used and almost looks as good as the day I bought it. It is really simple to wash and I just throw it in with the rest of baby Inchy's washing, so far I haven't tumble dried it (but you can) and it doesn't take long to dry if you place it on or near a hot radiator.
I paid £18 for my Dreampod during one of Mamas and Papas sales, typically the Dreampod retails for around £36. For £18 I really do feel that I have had more than my money's worth of use from it and even at the full retail price I still think that the Dreampod would have been a great purchase because it is one item that gets used and used and used. Personally, I wouldn't want to go back to using blankets during the night because the Dreampod sleeping bag is just so much easier and less fuss to use and lets face it babies are hard enough as it is that anything that helps even a little can be a godsend.
If you are interested in buying one of Mamas and Papas Dreampods sleeping bags then they offer a good selection of different designs to choose from, I own a couple of the Dreampods but the only style still currently for sale is the Pink Lemonade pattern. The Pink Lemonade pattern is a lovely pink stylised floral pattern with stencil like flowers arranged in various positions and colours. The Pink Lemonade pattern is very pretty and really quite girlie, and it is part of a larger Pink Lemonade range of nursery accessories if you like to coordinate.
If you want to have a better look at the Pink Lemonade Dreampod sleeping bag design for yourself - http://www.mamasandpapas.com (just search for Pink Lemonade Dreampod sleeping bag)
From me Mamas and Papas Dreampod sleeping bag gets the full five out of five star rating, it is reliable, comfortable and makes life that little bit simpler. I will be happily using mine until my little one grows out of it and then buying another. I would happily recommend the Mamas and Papas Dreampod sleeping bag to anyone looking for something similar and I think it would also make for a lovely and useful gift for anyone expecting a baby.
Mamas and Papas Dreampod sleeping bags are available to buy in store and /or online.
Firstly I must mention that the Dreampod bag that I have is slightly different to that pictured - the illustration on the front is a little different, however, other than this the product is identical.
* Terrible things *
During my ante-natal classes, our teacher declared that sleeping bags for babies were "terrible things". Thank goodness I didn't listen to her - I think they are just fantastic!
* Wiggle it *
When babies are first born they tend not to move around much in their sleep, and you can wrap them up snugly in their moses baskets without worrying about them ending up upside-down under the blankets. But when they become more mobile they can move around a lot, and this made me a little unsure about the best way to use blankets. Sure, you can tuck them in tightly, but I wanted MissD to be able to have a good wiggle about in her sleep if she wanted - without me worrying about her getting under the blankets.
Baby sleeping bags are the simple one-stop answer to all these concerns. Safe to use and impossible for baby to wiggle down inside them, you can rest easily knowing your baby is resting safely!
* Bagging a bargain *
I had a new-born sleeping bag that I adored, but once MissD was too big for this I was on the look out for a new one. The only downside of these bags is they can tend to be on the pricey side, so I was delighted when I found the Dreampod for half price in the specialist baby store Mamas & Papas. At £30 at full price, these aren't cheap, but £15 seemed a great price to me (a look at the M&P website shows that many of its Dreampods are reduced at the moment, and the one I have is still half price).
* Great gift *
The Dreampods are available in 1.0 and 2.5 tog, and come in two age ranges - 0-6 and 6-18 months. If you are thinking about buying this as a gift for new parents, I would actually recommend opting for the older age range - not only will the bag last for more months, but some parents may not want a brand new baby in a sleeping bag.
The bag is a nice, neutral cream colour with a simple illustration, making it suitable for girls and boys alike, and M&P sells other products in the same range. As you would imagine, the bag feels soft and snuggly to the touch. It is also machine washable at 40 degrees - another bonus.
* Zip it up *
The great thing about these Dreampods is that they are so easy to use, even with a wiggly baby to contend with. They have a simple zip up the middle, with a little fabric tab with a popper to put over the zip once it's pulled right up. So you can simply lay the bag in the cot before bedtime, then lay baby on top, pop his or her arms in and zip it up - done! And if you're getting baby up for night feeds, you can simply keep him or her in their bag - no need to unwrap or untuck any blankets. I'm all for making night feeds as easy as possible, so another big gold star for Dreampods!
* Cosy MissD *
We got lots of use out of our lovely Dreampod, and I felt very happy knowing MissD was cosy and snug in there, and she always seemed very comfortable in it. It didn't hinder her movements at all (we often found her sideways or upside-down in her cot) and she was always lovely and warm even during the cold winter months. And she was still fitting in it very comfortably until at least 18 months (when the weather got warmer and we had no need for it any more). Honestly, I cannot tell you how many times during the long winter just gone that I wished someone would zip me up into my very own grown-up-size Dreampod.
And to my ante-natal class teacher - you were wrong! I think sleeping bags are fantastic and I would not have been without mine. New parents: ditch the blankets dilemmas and go get one!
When I was pregnant, I was really worried about what to have in the cot, I thought if I used normal cot sheets, there was a risk of them rising up and covering my babys face or them being thrown off during the night, and baby getting too cold. I was over the moon when my friend gave me her 0-6 months sleeping bag as they are a fabulous idea and I went on to buy a 6-12 months one.
It has two little arm straps that you just pop your babys arms through, so they have their hands free to grab at all the impoant things like teddys or suck the thumb and the rest of the body fits into the bag, which is impossible to wiggle out of.
The sleeping bag comes in different togs, sizes and designs, so you are sure to find one that you like/need that will keep baby at just the right temperature.
There is a zip down the front, which makes it easy for you to put baby in and take them out rather than having to mess around trying to pull the bag up around them.
The material is lovely and washes really well, which is essential. I really liked the fact that during night time feeds, I could just scoop her out of the cot and give her a bottle, then put her straight back without messing around with blankets trying to keep her warm. I think my daughter grew quite attached to this on cold days we would just sit on the sofa having a cuddle for half hour without her getting cold whilst waking up.
They cost about £30 new, which I personally think is really good value as you don't need as many blankets or sheets and they last for ages, plus baby looks so cute curled up in one.
I bought a sleeping pod in the Linea Zoo range-to match in with the rest of the nursery. Being my first baby I hadn't ever come across one of these before, but thought they were a brilliant idea.
They come in various sizes, 0-6, 6-12 etc and various togs for the different seasons. The tog factor was great for me as my daughter's room can get quite cold in the winter as it's north facing with no sun on it all day, so I was able to chose I higher tog to suit our specific needs. On the back of the packaging it indicates what extra layers are suitable to be warn under the pod, and this obviously varies between the tog ratings-very helpful.
However, when my daughter was first born she would not sleep until she was swaddled so unfortunatley we did not get much use out of the 0-6 month sleeping pod. We finally got her out of the swaddling and into her pod when she went into her own room and has slept in one every night since then.
They are fantastic as you don't have the worry of your child kicking off the covers in the night and them getting cold. My daughter is now 17 months and is still sleeping in her pod. They are very roomy, not restrictive at all and you do get alot of use out of them before you need to change to the next size up. My daughter is still only in the 6-12 month one and has loads of room left in hers until we need to get her a new one.
I would definately use one of these again if I had another baby, excellent value for money.
I bought a Mamas & Papas dreampod to match the nursery decor (Roundabout boys). I didn't really take into account the features of the sleeping bag, it was bought purely to co-ordinate!
Having used it now for 2 months (the bag in question being 0 to 6 months, 1 tog rating), I can honestly say it has been a godsend! My little boy wriggles & rolls around in his cot - he ends up all over the place! - & I honestly don't know how I would keep blankets over him.
The sleeping bag is easy to put on & doesn't need to be removed for night changes - simply unzip the bag for ease of access. Compared to such as the Grobag versions, the M&P bag has a larger neck opening which makes it much easier to put on. I have already been & bought the next size up (6 to 18 months) because I don't plan to even attempt sheets & blankets in the near future! With the sleeping bag I know my baby is covered & at the right temperature throughout the night (summer & winter tog ratings available) - something that we all worry greatly about since being made more aware of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
My son does look funny in it - we call it his 'dress'! - I suppose they suit girls more! A wide range for both girls & boys is available, aswell as unisex styles/colours is available, priced around £28 - £32.
(Also published on Ciao under the same name).
Mamas & Papas sleeping bags are fantastic. I used them for my little girl from birth until she was about 2 years old. I simply brought new ones to go with her growing body and depending what season it was. Blankets have always concerned me as i was worried they may go over her head in the night and i wouldn't know anything about it. Grow bags gave me peace of mind for my little ones safety and i always knew she would be too hot or cold as there are no sleeves on the suits so you can put whatever is suitable for the weather underneath. If it was summer then i would put her in a vest and gro bag if it was winter then a warm long sleeved baby gro, vest and gro bag. Another great reason to use them is that when she went into a toddler bed she never got out in the night as she couldn't walk very well in it. I am sure she could of jumped to me if she really wanted to but she never did. I think this helped as i have a child who very rarely gets up in the night to come to me.
I bought the Zeddy and Parsnip Dreampod sleeping bag to match the rest of the nursery. While I was pregnant I was determined to use sleeping bags as I thought they sounded fantastic however when born my baby had other ideas and until 4 months would not sleep at all unless swaddled at night. I wasted two sleeping bags in 0-6 months because by the time he would wear them he had outgrown them. However the Mamas and Papas Dreampod fit him until he was 7 months and it was clear to see why - next to the cheaper supermarket sleeping bags it is much longer and has more room in the body. At £28 it was almost 3 times the price of other ones I had, but the material was noticeably better quality and it was much larger. We used it to death, until it was outgrown completely. By this point it was faded but that is understandable as it was used almost nightly. It kept my son warm throughout the early winter and on very cold nights I simply added a couple of cellular blankets on top. I find zipping him into his sleeping bag lets him know it is time for his long (night time) sleep as opposed to his daytime naps. The bag unzips completely to spread out flat on the bed, making it easy to get baby into it, and 2 poppers on the shoulders and a popper and zip on each side means there is no chance of baby slipping down, thus making it extremely safe.
When I was pregnant with my son we were given one of these as a present from my work before I went on maternity leave. I was thrilled to begin with as it looked so cute and gorgeous and having never heard of baby sleeping bags before, I thought they were a great idea.
Basically they have little straps (like dungarees) that fit over your babies shoulders, then the rest of their body fits inside the sleeping bag, so however much they wriggle around, they will remain covered up and stay warm.
I was given teh 6-18 month version of this sleeping bag but you can also get it for 0-6 months old as well. I did find though that when my son was sleeping for the first three months or so, he didn't wriggle around much anyway, so sheets and blankets were fine, plus it was summer and I think this may have been slightly too hot for him. But when he turned six months, I started to use this and to begin with it was fine and worked well.
It keeps their hands free which is a plus if they suck their thumbs or need to touch a favourite teddy to sleep. It also has a zipped front which means you can lay your baby on to the bag, then zip him into it, rather than having to shuffle them down inside.
The material is lovely, a really soft velour which I could stroke for ages and is washable which is essential with babies. What I found the easiest thing about it though, was when I breastfed in the night (my son was a terrible sleeper and then I used it for my daughter from an earlier age too). It meant when he woke, I could pick him up, still in his sleeping bag and feed him in my arms, then put him back again and he stayed warm and had minimal disruption.
The only down side to these were that his cot didn't look as cute as I wanted it to. The sleeping bag is cute on it's own, but laying on a cot mattress it looked odd and not "babyish" enough. This is just personal preference on how you want things to look but it was disappointing for me.
They're not cheap at around the £30 mark, but if you use it solely instead of sheets, blankets or other coverings then it is not too bad.