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Me and my Husband have always used a sleeping bag for Jayden when we put him to bed, however all of the sleeping bags we had were quite thin and had no sleeves, this was fine when the weather wasn't too cold, however we found that as it got colder without any sleeves on the sleeping bag he would get cold during the night so we decided to have a look around for a sleeping bag with sleeves in that would keep him warmer during the winter at night. After a bit of hunting around online I came across The Dream Bag Sleeping Bag, it was ideal for what we were looking for, warm and cosy with a cute design.
The Dream Bag Sleeping Bag is basically what the name suggests a baby size sleeping bag, the outer is made from 80% cotton and 20% polyester with a 100% cotton lining.
The outer part of the sleeping bag has a slight velvety feel to it, this has cream and beige horizontal stripes covering it with an owl motif in the centre of it, above the owl are the words "Twit Too Whoo" stitched in brown cotton.
The sleeping bag has a cream coloured zip which goes down the whole of one side, across the bottom and a little way up the other side meaning you can open the bag out flat making it easy to put your baby into the bag, the colour of the zip helps it to blend in with the sleeping bag so that it doesn't stand out.
There is a small flap of beige coloured fabric where the zip finishes once it is zipped up, this folds across the zip and fastens in place with a single popper keeping the zip flat so that your baby cannot scratch themselves on it.
The back of the Dream Bag Sleeping Bag does not have a design on it and is just plain beige and cream stripes, the inside of the sleeping bag is plain white.
The thing that drew out attention to this sleeping bag is the fact that it has arms in it, these are covered with the same beige and cream stripes and have cream coloured slightly ribbed cuffs. What I particularly liked was the fact that the sleeves can be removed from the sleeping bag, they simply popper on to the sides of the bag with a series of silver coloured poppers which go around the whole of the arm hole.
Another feature of this sleeping bag that I particularly liked was the fact that it has a small slit in the bottom half of the sleeping bag both front and back which allows you to strap your baby into their car seat whilst wearing the sleeping bag, which is particularly useful for if you are out at night.
When I purchased the Dream Bag Sleeping Bag I wanted something that was going to keep Jayden warm at night so I did not have to worry about him kicking his covers off, this sleeping bag is slightly padded and has a tog rating of 2.5, it is described as being ideal for all year round except in peak summer temperatures, this was perfect for what we wanted. The information on the bag also states that you should only use the arms for out door use and not in bed, however we have often used the arms on the sleeping bag at night, especially during the really cold winter months, without the sleeves Jayden would get cold in the middle of the night and blankets didn't really work, however when we put the arms on the sleeping bag he was lovely and warm all night even when the weather was really cold.
During slightly warmer nights I have removed the arms and have just let him wear the sleeping bag without them and it still keeps him the right temperature, however I personally do not see anything wrong with using the sleeves at night if the weather is extremely cold, with the sleeves you do not need to worry about your baby either kicking their covers off or getting tangled up in blankets, the sleeves give them that extra bit of warmth without having to use extra blankets or covers.
When it comes to care for the Dream Bag Sleeping Bag the instructions are simple, when I wash Jayden's sleeping bag I simply put it in a regular 30 to 40 degree wash and then put it in the tumble dryer to dry it off. I have done this ever since we bought the bag, it has been washed and tumble dried numerous times and it still looks as good as new, the inner cotton layer is a little bobbly if you look closely, however this cannot be seen and the outer layer of the sleeping bag is in perfect condition despite constant use.
The Dream Sleeping Bag is available from Amazon and is sold for around £28.00, this is a little on the expensive side however it is within keeping for this type of product. The sleeping bag is hardwearing and the fact that it does what it is supposed to and keeps Jayden warm makes it in my opinion well worth the money.
The Dream Bag Sleeping Bag comes in a range of sizes including
* 0 - 6 Months
* 6 - 18 Months
* 18 - 36 Months
* 3 - 6 Years
We went for the size 6 to 18 months and this is ideal for Jayden, the bag was quite long for him and a little on the large side, however the fact that it poppers up around the shoulders means that it stays in place and he cannot slip down inside of it.
We have been using the Dream Bag Sleeping Bag on Jayden for several months now and have been extremely pleased with it, it keeps him lovely and warm and means that we do not have to worry about him kicking his covers off in the night, he can move around his cot and stay covered up and warm.
The bag whilst a little expensive is of an excellent quality and hardwearing and I would be more than happy to pay out for one of these sleeping bags again. The design on the bag is very cute and it is also unisex so would be ideal for both boys and girls, the range of sizes means that your baby can use the Dream Sleeping Bag as they grow.
Over Christmas we visited family a couple of days and didn't get home until late at night, Jayden was snuggled down and put to bed whilst we were out and was put into his sleeping bag, the slit in the bag meant that we could put Jayden straight into his car seat without having to take him out of the sleeping bag to strap him in, the straps easily threaded through the slit allowing us to safely strap him in whilst wearing his sleeping bag and without disturbing him.
Overall I would definitely recommend this product to anyone and I will definitely consider purchasing another Dream Bag Sleeping Bag in the future once Jayden grows out of the current one he has and I would certainly go for one with removable sleeves again as it means we can use it for most of the year apart from the hot summer months where he tends not to need a sleeping bag.
Like all new mothers, I was bombarded, whilst pregnant with information about the best way to lie a baby down to sleep feet at bottom of crib, lying a baby on their back as opposed to tummy and about keeping the room temperature comfortable at around 18 degrees rather than too hot or too cold. My mother at the same time would always say that a baby that is cold will not sleep, so it was necessary to have something to keep my baby warm at night without getting overly hot, especially if she started to kick off blankets whilst she was sleeping and then wake up. I was ever so glad when I was given not one, but two baby sleeping bags when my little girl was born.
Baby sleeping bags are a great way to ensure you baby is warm at night, and mean you don't need to worry about a blanket being kicked off and the baby wakening due to coldness. One of the sleeping bags that I was given was this Dream Bag sleeping bag, which I know my friend bought In TK Maxx but you can order them from the official website as well. There is a range of different colours and patterns in this dream bag, but I happened to have been given the turquoise 'counting sheep' bag which would actually be suitable for either boy or girl, and means should I ever have another baby in the future, it will suit them regardless of sex. This counting sheep pattern is extremely cute, and mine comes in size 0 - 6 months, although you can actually buy a Dream Bag for children up to 3 - 6 years. My 0-6 month bag is just under 70 cm in length, and my five month old daughter is really filling it out now, although I would have hoped that it would still fit her into her sixth month.
Each Dream Bag is made from polyester and cotton, the polyester in the padding and the cotton in the lining. These bags are very easy to put onto your baby. At the moment in the winter months, I have my little girl in a fleecy sleepsuit, before she is put into her Dream Bag sleeping bag. I open out the sleeping bag and lay my daughter onto it, before using the zipper at the bottom corner and zipping her in, pulling the zip right up to almost under her arm. The sleeping bag stays on her by way of the popper clasps on the shoulder, so she cannot slide down beneath the material. This sleeping bag is sleeveless and so her arms are free to move around and are not constrained. There are two additional side popper clasps although I often don't attach these, as I don't feel they are necessary.
These Dream Bags come in various levels of togs dependent of the time of year you wish to use one with your little one. Each bag comes with a host of information about togs and about how you should clothe your baby underneath the Dream Bag according to the Tog value. I have a 2.5 tog bag, which means it really is suitable all year around with room temperatures of between 15C and 21C, with the exception of hot summer nights. However, my daughter will only be in this bag for another month at the most, so I don't need to worry about the summer heat, if there is any!
In terms of keeping my daughter warm during the nights, I really think this sleeping bag has been of great benefit in helping her sleep well at night and not wakening from the cold in these winter months. It doesn't stop her wakening with teething issues however but I doubt the bag would sort that out! I don't use this bag during nap times, only at night, but use a warm blanket to over her during her naps. During nap times she frequently has the blanket completely kicked off her which is okay during the day as I can just relay the blanket on her, but I don't really want to do this at night, and so this is where the sleeping bag comes in really handy. I also don't have to worry about her sliding under any covers as she cannot slide anywhere with this sleeping bag and she is wrapped within it.
All in all, these Dream Bags are cute to look at, comfortable and warm and help keep baby warm at night, which means technically a baby should sleep better!
Neither of my children (3.5 and 6 months) ever slept in anything other than these sleeping bags as babies (up to about 18 months for my son) and I would not be without them. In sizes 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months and 18-24 months (my son was in a bed with a duvet set by this stage) and a range of togs from 0.5 to 2.5 there is a bag for every baby. The variation of colours and designs now avaliable is fantastic. Very girly ones, very boyish ones to gorgeous unisex designs. I think the reason I started buying them in the first place was the price. When a friend recommended sleeping bags to me during my first pregnancy a look online showed that at £15 starting price the dreambag was considerably cheaper than other brands. At £15 with free delivery I thought it was worth a try and I wasn't, and have never since, been dissapointed.
The quality of the bags is fantastic, mine have gone through two babies and numerous washes and will still be fine for number three. And they are so easy to use. No naffing around with blankets, just pop baby down, fasten the straps over her shoulder, zip her up and she's ready for bed. Both of mine knew as babies that once they were in their bag it was bedtime! The most important thing for me is the peace of mind. No worrying that baby is pulling blankets over her face, or kicking them off and getting cold. In the sleeping baby she stays warm and exactly the way you out her all night. Well by 6 months she might be back to front upside down at the bottom of the cot but she'll still be in her sleeping bag! We recently forgot our babies on a trip to my mother in laws and trying to put her down with blankets reminded me why I stick to the dream bag! No matter how well I tucked her in she is such a wriggle that they were over her face within minutes. Both of mine were big healthy babies (9lb +) and I used the dreambags from birth but I'm not sure if I'd put a tiny baby in one straight away, otherwise highly recommended.
I never had one of these for my son he always liked to be wrapped up in a blanket so that it was wrapped around his face. However my daughter was the complete opposite she hated being held or wrapped up and at night time it would get cold and she would always kick the blankets off. So I went to asda a picked one of these grow bags up. It worked wonders it kept her warm but also kept her cool because it has no arms.
When she got too big for it I invested in the next size up due to when I tried the blankets she was turning on her stomach and pulling the blanket over her head and it would panic me that she would stiffle. I found that with this that she found it harder to turn onto her stomach and if she did manage to do it she wasn't able to pull any sheets over her head.
This is thick for the winter and still lets them keep cool. There are two straps over the shoulders that attach to the front with poppers and there is a zip that goes all the way round so that it is easy to get your child in and out of it.
I would advise to have one of these if you have a restless sleeper who can't seem to keep the blankets on.
When my eldest daughter was a baby, sleeping bags were the only option for us really. The reason being that she was so tiny and frail (don't ask me why because she wasn't premature or anything like that, she's still very dainty now though...but not so frail!), and blankets didn't seem to keep her snug and warm, so a baby sleeping bag seemed ideal.
At the time, the Grobag sleeping bags seemed a bit pricey (I've just done a quick check online now and for a 0-6 months 2.5 tog Grobag you can pay £25 and only £15 for a Dream Bag - that's £10 difference, but of course prices vary depending on where you look), so I went on one of my internet searches and found The Dream Bag. It's basically a company that specialises in baby sleeping bags, and at a more reasonable price. I've seen a few Grobag reviews on here so I put a suggestion in for the Dream Bag and here is my review!
The Dream Bag website is very easy to navigate with quick find options where you can click on a size or a tog rating and the various sleeping bags available will pop up, with a picture of each and all the information you need clearly visible. Or you can choose by design and then go on to choose sizes & togs etc.
I found the designs they have are really lovely and they have ones suitable for boys (fire engines...dinosaurs) or girls (butterflies...flowers), or neutral ones with various animals on (which aren't always white or cream which I thought was great!! They have a lovely pale green colour which is the one I opted for because I wanted it to last for my next child be it a boy or a girl, and as it happens it was a girl so I could have got a pink one...anyway...I digress). The designs are embroidered onto the bag which I think gives them a lovely expensive feel to them, like you can see that a lot of care and attention has gone into the production of these bags!
The one I have in my possession at the moment is a 2.5 tog rating (for Winter) and is for a baby aged 6-18 months. As I said above I went for a unisex one which is called 'animal parade' and it's pale green with a cartoon tiger, monkey, lion, hippo, parrot (I think) and a giraffe embroidered diagonally across the front of the bag. They are all done in lovely bold characters and make the bag look lovely.
The outer material is just your standard cotton/polyester mix and the inside is soft cotton. I've just looked at the label and the outershell is made from 35% cotton and 65% polyester, the padding is 100% polyester and the lining (most important) is 100% cotton.
So onto the actual function of the bag. From top to bottom the length of the bag is 80cm, so this is the reason it spans a large age range (it allows room for the growth of their little legs). The widest point of the bag at the bottom is approx 50 cm. When I first saw this I thought it was unreasonably big (probably because my daughter was so small), but I realised as my daughter grew and learnt how to wriggle, it allows them plenty of space to wriggle their legs to their hearts content and not get in a tangle (much).
The top of the bag is fastened over your child's shoulders using 4 sets of press studs - two over each shoulder and one each side of their body (under their arms). The fastening over the child's shoulders is very simple; it just acts like a vest top and fastens at the front of each shoulder. The fastening under each arm is a small flap which just adds security and covers the head of the zip (I presume to prevent your little one undoing the zip...not something my daughter ever attempted).
I really liked the way it fastened over the shoulders because we had tried one previously (a shop's own make) which didn't seem to fit properly around the shoulders and my daughter's head used to disappear inside...quite scary! But with this Dream Bag she stayed quite snug and didn't shuffle herself down at all.
The zip runs from under the right arm all the way down and across the bottom, it does not go up the other side. There is no need for it to do this because you just unzip the bag, open it out and lay your child in it, then zip straight back up again. One problem we had when getting our daughter zipped up was that as soon as she realised she was going in the bag, she knew she was going to sleep so would immediately put her thumb in her mouth and then this would cause us problems when trying to fasten it over the shoulder!! She used to get very angry when I had to pull her thumb out to get her fastened in. But that's not the bag's fault.
With this being a 2.5 tog I thought it would have been really bulky (like an adult quilt) but I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived and I saw it was not particularly bulky at all, but this didn't stop my daughter from staying nice and warm on cold winter nights. It was perfect and we used it every night for her until she learnt how to stand up in her cot and would get extremely annoyed when the bag wouldn't allow her to do this! But by this time I think winter was coming to an end so it didn't matter so much.
What I liked about the sleeping bag was that when your child starts to wriggle around in their bed and kick their covers off(something which my youngest is just starting to do so she may be getting shoved in one of these bags soon enough!) they never wriggle out of their sleeping bag because it is always attached so you can go to bed safe in the knowledge that no matter how much kicking and wriggling your child will do throughout the night, they will always stay warm.
When we first bought this for my daughter, as I said before she was quite small, but she was doing all the things that a child of her age should be doing, such as rolling over, and she particularly liked rolling over in bed and sleeping on her front, and being in the sleeping bag didn't put a stop to that! I would often go in and find her face down with bum in air, and the bottom of the sleeping bag would somehow have got twisted into a spiral because her legs were nowhere near the bottom so it just used to twist up as she rolled around. It caused much amusement to my husband and I! Obviously as her legs grew, the twisting of the bag ceased...but of course by now she had learnt to pull herself up and the bag was no longer our sleep solution.
It also washed and dried really well. I could get it washed and dried in a day ready for her to go back to bed on the night time. I don't have a tumble dryer so I'm not sure how it would cope in there but I'm sure it would be fine...the label says so anyway.
Overall I've been really pleased with this bag and the fact that you can buy one with such a large age range is great because it means that you don't have to replace it after your child has had one of those growth spurts! I will more than likely be buying a different one for my youngest daughter (so much for buying a unisex one that will last for two children) in the summer tog rating as she has usually wriggled her way out of her covers by the time I go to bed on a night, so I think it's time for the bag.
The Dream Bag is available in 3 tog ratings - 0.5, 1.0 and 2.5. It also comes in 3 sizes - 0-6, 6-18 and 18-36 months. The website also provides information for what environments (i.e. room temperatures) these tog s are suitable for and what clothing is suitable for your baby to wear underneath the sleeping bag - very handy!
The one equivalent to what I described above can be bought for £17.49
Can be found at www.thedreambag.co.uk
(Just realised that's my bag in the picture!!! What a coincidence!)