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Since my little girl was very little, she has always slept in a baby sleeping bag, as I was always fearful that blankets etc would find themselves over her face during the night, and for me this was a safe way of avoiding such problems. My daughter is now almost 15 months old and given she is quite a long baby she has almost outgrown her 6 - 18 month sleeping bags. I always like to have two bags so I can have one in the wash and be able to use the other one. After buying her the bigger size in a gro bag, I was on the hunt for another one, when my sister passed me on In the Night Garden SlumberSac which was still in great condition.
When my sister first gave me this sack I happily took it as is saved me having to buy another one, however I did think it looked rather more boyish than girly, but given my daughter is in it at night, it hardly matters. I started using this SlumberSac a month ago, and in that space of time, my daughter has started watching In the Night Garden and loving it, so it really is quite an apt sleeping bag. This bag can still be purchased online, and I have seen it retail for over £10 online, which I think it is a very good price. The sack itself is generally a sky blue colour with some of the main characters from the programme on the front including IgglePiggle, Upsy Daisy and I have no idea how to spell the other characters but they are
on the front too!!
This is a 2.5tog sleeping bag and is suitable for children from 12 months to 36months old. NOw, I really can't see myself using it up to 3 years as my daughter will have progressed to a bed of her own by that stage instead of the cot, but there is certainly the room and potential to use it up to that age.
There are a couple of great features of this sack that I like. Firstly, I find it very easy to get on and off. Some of my little girls earlier sacks had the poppers on the shoulders and when my little girl got older she would wriggle around that I found it hard to sometimes get the poppers closed without a lot of time on my part. With this sack, I seem to be able to get her zipped in so easily. The zip is at the front and is very easy to do up, so even with a wriggly toddler not wanting to sit still, this is still exceptionally easy to get on. It is also easy to get off at night. Sometimes on a milder night, if my daughter has got quite warm in this SlumberSac I can get it off her quickly without disturbing her sleep too much and getting her wide awake.
The second thing I like about this sack is that when your toddler is younger and doesn't need the full length of the bag (it really is quite long) it can simply be hooked back to make a shorter version of the sack that is still very comfortable for the child. I thought it might be quite puffed up with the additional material being pinned back but it isn't. My daughter sleeps very well in this slumbersac and even on those colder nights last week I didn't need to put any blankets over her she was warm enough in her sleeping bag.
All in all, even though my sister passed this on to me, I would happily of purchased it. It is especially appealing to my daughter who now recognises the characters from the programme, and she gets excited now when she sees it. It is easy to get her in and out of this sack and it definitely keeps her warm, which is what I want. It is also something that will last as with the extension facility to make this sack big enough even for a three year old, is a very useful feature.
I don't know what it was with my daughter when she was a baby but you could guarantee that during the summer she would stay under her blankets and tucked in all nicely but as soon as the winter would roll around, she would wriggle her way to be on the top of her blankets completely uncovered. I was worried about her getting cold all the time as UK winter's have been pretty brutal so I had a look through some magazines and talked to a couple of mum friends and they all suggested a Slumber Sac.
When I first looked at the Slumber Sac, I thought it looked like a little night time prison for babies! I was a bit put off by the fact that she wouldn't be able to move her legs out of the slumber sac but then at the same time that was what was the problem. I kept looking at it and decided to purchase her one in the In The Night Garden design.
When I purchased it I was given the option of 3 sizes which I thought was quite good. The sizes were 0-6m, 6-12m and 18-36m. I purchased my daughter the 6-12m as it would get her over the winter months and by the time the next winter would roll around she would be over a year old and hopefully understand that staying inside the covers was a good idea!
When the slumber sac arrived, I was really pleased with it. The design of In The Night Garden was really bright and attractive with Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy on it as well as the Tombliboos and Makka Pakka. The zip is in the middle of the slumber sac and the neck of it goes down into a little "V" and then there are arm holes. I was impressed with the quality and how well made it was. It cost me £20 at the time though for the life of me I cannot remember where I got it from. I know you can pick them up a little bit cheaper now. Just the quality showed it was worth the money.
The slumber sac was made from 100% polyester on the outside and then the inside was made from 100% cotton with a 2.5 tog lining which I thought was very cosy and was bound to keep my daughter nice, snug and warm. I was also pleased to see that the bottom of the slumber sac was not as restrictive as I first thought it would be and I could see that there would be plenty of room for my daughter to move her legs about.
Sadly it was a disaster when my daughter used it. It simply made her too hot. She went into a very deep, sweaty sleep when she used it and after that she never used it again. I was disappointed but really should have learned my lesson about how hot she gets after she used the Motercare Terry Toweling blankets from Mothercare.
This is a great idea but just not meant for babies that are naturally quite warm. I would recommend it if you have a baby that doesn't get overly hot quickly. I still award this item 5 stars.
I have bought this slumbersac for when am looking after children when I am working.
The slumbersac is like a sleeping bag for children. It comes in 3 sizes- birth-6 months, 6-18 months and 12-36 months.
It is made from 100% polyester cotton on the outside and has 100%cotton lining, it is a 2.5 tog so it is lovely and warm without feeling heavy. Whenever I have used it it has kept all the babies nice and toasty, unlike when they have blankets on and their arms and feet are cold-if they keep the blankets on at all that is!
The slumbersac is covered with characters from In The Night Garden, it is very bright and colourful and all the children who use it at my house love pointing out all the ones that they recognise. It has a central zip which goes 3/4 of the way down.
The zip is the only thing that I had a problem with as it doesn't have a tag which covers the zip and keeps it in place so the babies can undo it if they mess with it enough.
The slumbersac is sleeveless so the babies aren't restricted and still have the freedom of movement in their arms. It is also wide enough inside the bag for them to kick their legs so they can be really comfortable.
The best thing for me about the slumbersac is that the babies are unable to kick off their blankets so they maintain a constant temperature and are kept snug and cosy at night. Also the bottom of the bag is extendable so as they grow there is no need to buy another one, you simply make it longer.
The slumbersac also came with a free nursery thermometer and cost me £14.99 frm Argos.
* Wiggly Giggly Baby *
I think newborns look so cute when swaddled in blankets, and when my son was born he was swaddled for the first few months. However, he was an active baby from day one and he was soon wriggling about in his blankets. They would come loose so I was forever wrapping him back up. As soon as he became mobile he was rolling out of his blankets and he would scrunch them up and pull them over his face. This became slightly worrying as I couldn't watch over him all the time while he was sleeping. Also he would get cold in the night as he became far too fidgety and his blankets wouldn't stay wrapped around him for long.
I bought my first Grobag for my son when he was around six months of age. However, prior to this I had never seen these before, so I wasn't sure about them to begin with as I preferred the traditional way of swaddling a baby. However, his safety and comfort was far more important, so I decided to give the Grobag a go. My son slept happily in his new Grobag; he was secure and kept at a constant temperature, so no more fussing about with blankets. I was thrilled with the how well my son slept and how easy they were to use, so I bought a couple more and continued to use them on a permanent basis.
* Will my Child Grow? *
Grobags are available in different sizes, and they also come in different themes and colours to suit any child. Sizes available: 0-6 months/6-18 months/18-36 months/3-6 years.
The first two sizes of baby sleeping bag have side zips and "snaps" at the shoulders for easy opening and changing. Size 3 has a centre zip for growing babies.
* Snug as a Bug *
All of the Slumbersac range includes a free room thermometer so you can be certain that your little one won't over heat in the night. The thermometer is a simple laminated card which can be placed anywhere in a child's room. Alongside the temperatures is an indicator to which size tog you should be using, so you can choose the correct tog for the time of year.
* Available Togs *
0.5 tog (for hot weather or very warm rooms 24C-27)
1.0 tog (for warm weather or warm rooms 20C-24C)
2.5 tog (for standard temperature rooms 16C-20C)
* What is a Grobag? *
Grobags are designed like a sleeping bag, the main difference is that they cover over the chest with arm holes to keep baby secure and safe. They either have a zip that runs up the front of the bag, or you can get them with a zip that goes around the side. This makes it easy to change your little one in the night with minimal disturbance. The bags are secure as they are fitted around the top to prevent a little one from wriggling into the bag for safety reasons. You need to make sure that your little one fits snugly in the bag so their head cannot pass through the opening, so it is important that you use the correct size. The leg area is wider and spacious so your tot can wiggle and stretch their legs freely.
Grobags are designed to keep your little one at a constant temperature as the air circulates in the Grobag, so there is no need to use any extra bedding. It is important not to overheat a baby, it is better if they are a little cooler.
* Peaceful Night's Sleep *
I was so pleased with the Grobags that I went on to buy more, once my son needed the next size up I started shopping around and I came across the Night Garden Grobag. My son was 20months and he did enjoy the show enormously when he had the pleasure of watching it from time to time, so I was expecting him to like a new sleeping bag adorned with his favourite characters.
* In the Night Garden *
In the Night Garden is a popular TV programme that is aimed towards pre-schoolers. The Night Garden is a magical place that exists between waking and sleeping in a child's imagination. The show always finishes with each of the characters going to sleep.
In the Night Garden range of Grobags are made exclusively for Slumbersac who produce an extensive range of Grobags and Slumbersacs.
This sleeping bag features all of the leading characters; the front of the bag has a garden scene across the bottom half with the rest of the material being a bright blue colour, on the reverse are dotted repeated pictures of the all of the characters.
* Night Garden Didn't Help my Little One Drift Off *
The sleeping bag is made from 100% cotton, with a cotton lining on the interior making it soft against a little ones precious skin. It is really bright and cheerful with all of the characters my son is familiar with. The front has a zip that zips downwards so the zipper is not in a place that will irritate or intrigue a little one. It is a generous size which is just as well as my little boy is growing upwards very fast! The bag is cleverly designed as it has two poppers on the back so the extra length can be folded back and attached to make it shorter for a younger child, it is approximately 86cm in length and when the child grows the bag can be extended to 110cm in length.
I was quite looking forward to putting my little boy into his new bag at bedtime and I thought he would be excited when he saw that his new sleeping bag was adorned with all of his favourite TV characters. So I waited until just before bedtime to show him his new bag, and I held it out in front of him saying "Oh wow, look at all the night garden friends" he looked a little bemused and probably thought I was bonkers. So I laid it out for him and laid him in it, his little legs and feet were having none of it! He is an excitable little boy and it took some effort to get him in, when I finally got him zipped in I excitedly rubbed his tummy telling him how nice his new bag was. I didn't get as far as the door before he had taken it off and threw it over the side of the cot giggling. 'Oh joy' I thought as I went back, he had decided that he didn't really like his new sleeping bag and it looked better on the floor. No amount of effort and convincing him how amazing his bag was made any difference at all. So I put a blanket over him until he nodded off.
The next night I was hoping that he would be a little more cooperative, and my jolly happy manner about putting him in the bag failed as it was the same as the night before, he managed to escape and throw it on the floor. So each and every night I continued to attempt to put him to bed in his bag, but I had to go back and put a blanket over him which he enjoyed screwing up and playing with. Once he was in the land of nod, I would sneak back in and put him in his bag and he would happily sleep through the night without a murmur. Each morning he would escape and the bag would be tossed somewhere across the room. I also tried putting him into it for a nap during the day, although by this age he wasn't really interested in naps as he had far too much to keep him awake. After a few months of persuading him to stay in the bag and telling him how nice and soft it was, he eventually succumbed and he did stay in the bag. He then discovered that by raising his feet up he could see all of the characters even if they were upside down, so he happily chortled away to himself whilst talking to the characters. He also managed to walk up and down his cot in it with ease and roll around excitedly as he always does. I would often go in to find that he had unzipped it and his legs were sticking out while he was all curled up asleep.
My son is 31 months of age and he has shot up in height and he still comfortably fits into the bag, although he prefers a duvet now. This still gets used from time to time, and he is quite happy to sit and look at the characters, he is often sat up looking at them and talking to them. When he wears it now he will just carry on playing and walking around as usual, and it keeps him nice and warm and cosy through the night. I find that I don't worry about him over heating or being too cold when he is wearing it, as it keeps his body at a constant temperature.
I really like the concept of Grobags as they provide a warm safe environment for a little one, and they provide peace of mind. This particular sleeping bag is of excellent quality and it washes up really well, it can be tumble dried also, it is still in great condition after a fair amount of use. It is great for all year round use as it is 2.5 togs, I can just change the amount of clothing that my son is wearing. I suspect that it will fit him for a few more months yet, so it has been excellent value for money.
Some may find their little ones will sleep better in a Grobag although they may not suit all, as you will find by this age toddlers have their own mind. Personally I have found it to be easier to change a nappy in the night without disturbing my son much, as you can just unzip the bag from the side and once finished zip them back up.
All Slumbersac baby sleeping bags are 100% cotton lined and can be machine-washed and tumble dried. They make a great alternative to the traditional blankets, as they keep a little one feeling snug, secure, and warm.
* Availability *
This particular Grobag_can be bought from Amazon for £14.99, or you can order it directly from the Slumbersac website.
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