“ Brand: Matalan / Type: Velour babies sleeping bag „
Baby sleeping bags are a great invention as they help to reduce cot death and also provide a great comfort for a baby. They used to be extremely expensive when they first were made but now you can find them for as little as £10 which I think is fantastic value for money. When my daughter was born almost 3 years ago we found it hard to find any for any less than £25 but now shops such as Matalan are selling them for £10 as there is far more competition now.
===What is a sleeping bag?===
A sleeping bag is an alternative way to keep your baby warm and safe. One of the causes of cot death is due to babies being kept at the wrong temperature (either too hot or too cold) and also due to them shuffling underneath their blankets and suffocating. A sleeping bag will reduce these risks. A sleeping bag is a fabric bag which your baby fits into. The top of the bag has press studs which attach over your babies shoulders so that the baby cannot shuffle down into it or manage to wriggle free of the bag. There is a zip usually up the sides or up the front which helps you to get your baby inside. The sleeping bag should stay in place overnight so that your baby stays at a regular temperature which helps to reduce the risk of cot death and also means that you do not have to keep getting up in the night to replace a blanket.
===Matalan baby sleeping bag===
Matalan make baby sleeping bags and they retail for £10 although in the end of summer sale I bought ours for just £5 which is even more of a bargain. I was a little dubious at first thinking that something so cheap must be poor quality but so far I am extremely pleased with it and even if it doesn't last as long as the sleeping bags that I have that are twice the price then I am still thinking it is good value for money as it works fine!
The sleeping bags they make come in a variety of sizes and togs. The sizes seem quite large for example 6-12 months. Obviously there is a big difference in size between a 6 month old baby and a 1 year old, however, the sleeping bag will still fit for all that time and your baby still won't shuffle out of it and will still be comfortable throughout the whole 6 months of wearing this bag. The togs mean how thick the bag is a bit like the tog ratings on a duvet cover. The togs on sleeping bags are usually 1 tog and 2.5 tog. A 1 tog sleeping bag is best to be used in the winter months and 1 tog in the summer. There should be a little guide which comes with the bag that tells you what the temperature in the baby's room should be when it is wearing the bag this is to ensure that you don't use a 2.5 tog bag if the room is already very warm.
The sleeping bags are available in pink, blue or cream and have cute pictures on. The bag we bought is baby blue and has a puppy on it. There was also a blue one with a monkey on and one with little cars. The cream one had teddies on and I didn't look at the pink ones so I'm not sure what they had on. They are made from a velour type material which is very soft to touch and the inside is lined with cotton which helps to keep your baby comfortable and let's their skin breathe.
The way this bag fastens is with a zip up the side and with little press studs over the shoulders to hold the bag in place.
===Using the bag===
Putting my newborn baby into this bag he looked rather lost in it, he is tiny and the bag is suitable for up to 6 months but once we zipped him in and fastened the studs on his shoulders he was nicely secure in it. The zip was easy to zip up around him which is important as if it wasn't and I had to tug it to move it then it could disrupt and disturb my baby. The press studs are also easy to pop together even after a couple of washes.
I consulted the little guide which came with this to see how many layers my baby required to have on in bed depending upon the temperature in the room. I then put him to sleep in his bed for the night and could rest assured that he wouldn't be waking up and crying due to getting tangled up in a blanket or managing to kick it off and ending up being too cold. I could also be confident that he wouldn't wriggle underneath it so he should maintain the same temperature all night and not become uncomfortable.
When he woke up after a few hours he was still in the bag and it hadn't risen up around him at all so even though he did look really small to be in it it still fitted and worked as well as it will do when he's bigger which is really important.
My baby is only a week old so it hasn't been used for long so I cannot comment on how well it withstands the test of time. It has been washed 3 times so far and is still nice and soft to touch and hasn't bobbled up at all. Over time it may lose it's quality but for just paying £5 I don't think it will matter too much! To wash this you just treat it like you would a towel or blanket, I put this on at 40 degrees and then leave it to dry and this seems enough to get out any milk and keep it nicely clean.
Sleeping bags are a fantastic invention. They may not suit every baby though- if your baby likes to be swaddled then a sleeping bag isn't appropriate for your baby.
Sleeping bags enable you to rest assured knowing that some of the reasons why baby may wake in the night and/or suffer cot death have been removed- no wriggling under the blankets, maintaining a steady temperature overnight.
They can be used for quite some time as the age range on the bag is quite large so that your baby will be in the bag for around 6 months so you do get your money's worth and it doesn't matter if your baby is at the lower or upper end of the age range the bag will still fit and work perfectly fine.
The Matalan bags are much cheaper than others on the market but this has no influence upon quality. They still work extremely well, they look cute and my baby certainly seems comfortable wearing it.
I think paying £10 is a bargain for this sleeping bag which is what it retails at and we were extremely lucky to get it for half this price. I definitely recommend these bags to you if you have a baby. We used sleeping bags with Hope until she was 18 months so they are not just for newborns but suitable for older babies too.
These are available from in store and also online too.
We bought this sleeping bag for our grandson when he was born.
Sleeping bags are really good ways to keep your babies safe and to make sure they stay warm. We bought some that were over £20 so when we saw this in Matalan for just £10 we couldn't resist it.
It is 2.5 tog so heavy and meant for when it's cold.
It has a fleecy feel to it and so is very soft and snuggly and ever so cute. It has a little picture of a dog on the chest and also one at the bottom of the bag. It's a lovely blue colour, not too bright but not baby blue either so it makes a difference to all the other usual baby boy things.
When my grandson wears this he seems very comfortable and snuggles up. If he doesn't have a sleeping bag on he doesn't sleep as well.
The only criticism with this is that it hasn't washed as well as the more expensive bands, it has bobbled up a bit and isn't as soft as it was when we first bought it, it's really not worn as well as others but he has got a lot of use out of it. It was from 6-12 months and I would say he got 6 months of wear out of it.
This is a lovely sleeping bag and it is nice to know that my grandson is nice and snuggly when wearing this and will sleep well. It is easy to put on with poppers and a zip and stays on him despite him being quite active now.
Just before Jayden was born me and my Husband took trip to our local Matalan to stock up on various types of bedding for Jayden for both his Moses basket and his cot. We spotted some Velour Sleeping Bags which are designed to keep your baby warm and cosy without the worry of them either kicking the covers off in the night or putting them over their head. These seemed ideal especially for cold nights so we decided to purchase a couple.
The Velour Sleeping Bags for you baby look a little bit similar to regular sleeping bags, they are narrow towards the top so that they fit snugly around your baby's body and fan out to a much wider bottom to give your baby plenty of room to kick their legs about. The sleeping bag has a zip which goes down the whole of one side and across the bottom, this allows you to open the whole sleeping bag out making it easier to position your baby inside. Once your baby is inside the sleeping bag and zipped up there are two small straps which go over each shoulder and fasten at the front with a popper, this keeps the sleeping bag in place and prevents your baby from slipping down inside as they move about in the night. The sleeping bag is made from a velour material and is slightly padded so you can be confident that your baby will be kept warm during the night, the shell and lining of the sleeping bag is made from 100% cotton and the wadding which gives it the padded effect is made from 100% polyester, the sleeping bag feels extremely soft to touch so will be gentle against your baby's skin, the sleeping bag is fully edged and the zip is concealed so that it cannot harm your baby, this is the same as the poppers these are fully covered again for safety and comfort.
The Velour Sleeping Bags comes in various different colours and designs, we purchased two of these and we got a pale green one which has a rabbit face stitched at the top of the sleeping bag with My Rabbit written under it and then a rabbit stitched at the bottom of the sleeping bag, we also purchased a blue one as well which has a monkeys head at the top and the word Cheeky underneath it and then a monkey stitched at the bottom of the sleeping bag, the designs are actually made from fabric stitched on separately. The sleeping bags also come in pink with a teddy bear on and grey which has a giraffe on it so there is something to suit both girls and boys, they must also come in a dog design as Dooyoo are showing that in their picture. . The insides of the bags are the same colour as the outside apart from a small section at the top, in ours the green one has a green and white stripy section at the top and the blue one has a blue and white spotty section, even the zips are coloured so that they co-ordinate and blend in with the main parts of the sleeping bags.
Caring for the Sleeping Bags is very easy as they are machine washable and can just go in with your regular washing, I was pleased about this as baby's are messy and Jayden is quite a sicky baby so it wasn't long before he was sick on one of his so being able to just put it in with my washing was very handy, the bags wash well and look as good as new when they come out, they are extremely well made and seem to be hardwearing so they do not fall apart after just a couple of washes, they seems to be made to withstand the hard life they are likely to have with a baby.
As I have mentioned the Velour Sleeping Bags came from Matalan, we purchased ours in store however they are also available online as well, the sleeping bags cost £10.00 which I personally think is very reasonable, I have seen these available in other shops and in some places they have been a lot more expensive. In my opinion these are well worth the money and come in very handy to keep your baby warm and cosy at night or even during nap times in both their cots or Moses basket.
I would highly recommend the Matalan Velour Sleeping Bags, when Jayden was in hospital we were advised not to use blankets to cover him up with as they can kick them off or get them over their heads so we were pleased that we had already purchased these.
We used them straight away as the weather was quite cold at night when he came home and he got on very well with them, the bags we bought were quite big for him as he was a small baby despite being a good weight however the straps at the top of the sleeping bags kept them in place and stopped him from slipping down inside them, it meant his arms were out but with a long sleeved sleep suit on he was plenty warm enough. The sleeping bags fitted nicely around the top of his body and gave him plenty of room at the bottom to move his legs around so that he was not restricted at all.
The sleeping bags are both practical and hardwearing making them ideal for everyday use, I also found them handy during night feeds, when the weather was cooler and Jayden woke in the night I could get him out and feed him whilst still in his sleeping bag meaning he didn't get cold and I could settle him straight back down again, they would also be handy for naps during the winter or when the weather is cold. The sleeping bags did an excellent job of keeping Jayden warm as he slept and are of a high quality for such a low price. I would definitely purchase these again should we need any more and would recommend them to anyone
We are big fans of baby sleepbags in our house- no worries about little ones getting tangled up or stuck under their covers, no cold babies due to kicked off blankets and the reassurance of a tog rating designed for whatever the temperature. When my son was born, we were lucky enough to receive two sleepbags as presents which saw us right through to six months, at which point I had to start shopping around for the next size up.
On one particular shopping trip, I happened to go into Mothercare and thought I would check out their sleeping bags. To say I was shocked (actually more like horrified!) at the prices would be an understatement. A Gro-bag, which is generally considered to be the leading brand in baby sleepbags, was selling for around £30, with Mothercare's own retailing for around £22. Personally I think this is a ridiculous amount for what is essentially a piece of baby bedding (especially when you really need two in case of accidents) and decided to look elsewhere. A bit of online research later and I found that both M&S and Bhs do their own versions for around £16- a far more respectable figure and so I thought I'd grab one on our next trip to the shops.
In the meantime, I was doing a some online sales shopping for a few bits for myself and had picked out a few things from matalan, when it dawned on me that they might also sell sleepbags. Sure enough, I was soon looking at a cute turquoise design with a puppy on the front at a price of...£9. I think I must have done a double take at such a cheap price and did feel rather sceptical as to what the quality would be like but then I thought, what the hell, if it turned out to be terrible I at least hadn't wasted loads of money, so I ordered one in the 6-12 months size.
When the sleeping bag arrived, I was very pleasantly surprised. The main part of the outside is made of a bright turquoise velour, which feels lovely and soft to the touch and the chest area is of a cotton/poly mix, which to me feels no different to 100% cotton. There is a sweet little puppy design in one corner and also on the chest and the whole of the inside is lined again in cotton/poly, with a paw print design on the back of the neck. The sleepbag fastens with standard silver poppers over the shoulders and at the sides and then zips together from the bottom right hand corner all the way up to just above hip height on the left. It was February at the time, so I was happy to find that it felt very warm and quite thick and cosy. Although it was a bargain price, it didn't look cheap or nasty and there were no loose threads or any dodgy stitching. In fact, having owned several different brands since, I would say this version is actually better quality than some of the more expensive makes. We did have a problem with the zip on one of my son's previous sleepbags as it was the small 'hidden' type, which we found quite fiddly to do up and eventually it broke. The matalan version however has a standard medium sized zip, which is quite sturdy, easy to fasten and has remained in perfect working order for the duration of its six months of use.
Putting the sleepbag on is very straightforward- you just unzip it, lie the whole thing out flat and lie your baby on top of the left hand side with their head above the neck opening. You then fold the right hand side over your baby's body and fasten the poppers over their shoulders, followed by zipping up around the outside and closing the poppers on the sides. I had wondered if the cotton/poly and velour would be less breathable than more natural fabrics, however my little boy has always slept well in this sleepbag and seems very comfortable in there, with no evidence of sweatiness or irritated skin.
One thing I will say about this particular sleeping bag is that we have found it to be quite warm- the label doesn't give a specific tog rating, which is a bit annoying, but says it is less than 4 (2.5 is considered suitable for temperatures between 16-20 degrees C.) I would say that of all the sleeping bags we've used, this is the warmest and has been great for cold winter nights. However, Elliot is quite a warm blooded little boy so as soon as the weather becomes milder, I do find I have to switch to a slightly thinner one. Having bought two of these now, it seems Matalan only do them in the one tog rating (I would hazard a guess that it is 2.5 as that seems to be a 'year round' tog.) This means we've had to go for a different brand in warmer weather but this obviously depends on the child and if they tend to feel the cold or not. This would bother me more if I'd spent a lot on the sleepbag, but at £9 I don't think I can really complain!
I have had plenty of opportunity to test how well these wash and they do come up really well- after a lot of washing I've noticed our current one isn't quite as soft as it used to be on the outside and has bobbled a bit on the interior, however I haven't really followed the washing instructions as it's been through a 60 degree cycle on many occasions when it should only be on 40 degrees. I imagine that if I'd stuck to the proper instructions, it would look a lot better but nevertheless it's still done fairly well considering the hot washes.
I would very readily recommend this sleeping bag to any parent of a baby- most sleeping bags (including gro-bags) only cover a six month size gap so to me, it really doesn't seem worth spending over the odds on something that will be outgrown so quickly. I only wish that matalan would produce these in lighter togs and for over 18 months of age as I would quite happily keep buying them!