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I am a huge fan of baby sleeping bags, so when I saw this Upsy Daisy one I had to get it for my Night Garden obsessed daughter, who was about 18 months old at the time.
You can buy this bag in a few different sizes. I bought the age 12 months - 3 years size which measures approx 40 inches from shoulder seam to bottom hem.
The bag's designs vary slightly, but mine is primarily light blue with little yellow flowers and a picture of Upsy Daisy on one side. On one shoulder the name Upsy Daisy is embroidered in purple stitching.
My sleeping bag has a central zip which runs about 2 thirds the length of the bag - about 25 inches.
The lining of the bag is made from 100% cotton. It's white in colour and nice and soft. The outer material is made from 100% polyester and has a smooth feel to it and a bit of a sheen. It's also very soft.
At the top of the zip there is a small velcro tab to keep the zip fastener covered and stop it irritating your child's skin.
The bag is 1 tog and I found it perfect for late Spring/ Summer use, although when a blanket is added it can also be used in Winter.
This bag machine washes well at 40 and can also be tumble dried, although it's so thin that it line dries very quickly.
Any little Night Garden fan is sure to love this sleeping bag - and maybe it will encourage them to go to bed early!
In the Night garden sleeping bag
One of my more recent purchases for baby grandson. I bought this, not for him to sleep in when in bed but rather for when he is just lolling about during the day- which he does a lot of!
They never had these when my children were babies so I became quite interested in the concept of putting a small person into what effectively looks like a grow bag. It is however, a sleeping bag designed obviously for baby to sleep in.
The theory behind the sleeping bag is to keep babies at the correct temperature and because it fastens with press studs over the shoulders like a vest, there is no chance of baby getting the covering over their face. The sleeping bag is loose fitting and definitely not the same shape as "normal" sleeing bags becasue these are wider towards the bottom so that baby has plenty of space to stretch and kick.
My sleeping bag is the Iggle piggle one, and is mainly blue with yellow edging and a large picture in a circle on the front of Iggle Piggle striding forth. Whilst it wouldn't be my very first choice of sleeping bag design, it was in tkmaxx for £3 and so a bargain to keep little man snug when at my house. It is however nice and jolly and for anyone with older children at pre school age, they may actually chose it for their baby to please the older children.
HOW TO USE IT...
The sleeping bags are available in two different togs- 1 tog and 2.5 togs. Along with the sleeping bag we also get a thermometer for measuring the room temperature. This is handy because once room temperature is established then the thermometer actually indicates which tog is needed. On The back of the thermometer is a table which tells me room temperature and information on mhat baby should be wearing for a 1 tog and a 2.5 tog sleeping bag. The main rule of thumb seems to be that the sleeping bags are warm and not many clothes are needed. The instructions make it clear that it's ok for baby's hands to be cold, and if in doubt, carers should feel baby's neck- damp and baby could be too hot.
Once the room temperature has been established and baby's clothes adapted appropriately then it's time to get baby into the sleeping bag. Simply open the zip at the side and the press studs on the shoulders and "pop" baby into it. Fasten up the zip and press studs and baby is nice and cosy with plenty of room and no chance of pulling covering over themselves.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
Available from baby stores and also on line at www.slumbersac.com, they cost £20 each; the website has an offer of £35 for two. The website also has lots of information about the sleeping bags and sleeping bags can also be bought on the site.
OTHER DESIGNS IN THE RANGE:
Anyone who knows the "In the Night Garden" television programme will know the characters. As well as Iggle Piggle, there is also: makka Pakka, a general In the Night Garden sleeping bag, Pontipine, Tombliboos, Upsy daisy. They are all, apart from Makka Pakka (which is mainly yellow), mostly blue, with a large picture of the character on the front.
WHAT I THINK OF IT...
I think the concept behind these is great. Baby kept warm and snug and if you use the thermometer, at exactly the right temperature. One of the things we liked about it is the fact that he can't fall through the sleeping bag and cover his face. Once the press studs are fastened, he stays there with plenty of room to stretch and kick his legs.
No other blankets or coverings are needed so it's important not to feel as though baby should be covered with more than the sleeping bag which was what I wanted to do at first.
Machine washable, it is easy to take care of and is good because it dries quickly on the line or can be tumble dried on a low heat.
I have the 0-6 month version and it is also available in age 6-12 months. This has been so successful and I think it's such a good idea that I will definitely be buying a bigger size although next time in a lower tog as it will be summer.
Great idea, good quality, recommended.
Thanks for reading.
Age: 0-6 months