Product Type: Matalan baby products
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Matalan Dog Sleepbag
Member Name: hlb2009
Matalan Dog Sleepbag
Advantages: safe comfortable, peace of mind
Disadvantages: not good if your baby likes to be swaddled
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.
Summary: we liked it