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      08.07.2012 22:54

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      worry off my mind

      When first having my baby I was always so worried about my baby wriggling around when they were asleep at night and pulling the covers over there head or going underneath them. This worry though was gone when I found sleeping bags!

      You can get them from most places from supermarkets to clothes shops and they can vary a great deal in price the cheapest is usually around £10-£15 and you can get many styles and colours!

      The sleeping bags are simply to use you simply unzip them lie your baby in them fold it over zip it up and clips the straps over the arms. Its so great as no matter how much your baby wriggles they cant pull it over there head or wriggle down inside of them.

      You can buy them in different togs the lowest 1 tog which we used during the summer as its much lighter and then a thicker one 2.5 tog for in the winter.

      The only thing I could criticize about these is that your babies arms can get cold as these are out of the sleeping bag. To try and combat this I would usually put a long sleeve vest on underneath my babies babygrow.

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      11.09.2009 15:12
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      Absolutely brilliant, we have ones in all different togs for all weathers!

      I can't recommend a baby sleeping bag enough - they're fabulous! When my son was first born, I was constantly worried about how many blankets to put on him at night, what to dress him in: short sleeved vest, long sleeved vest, vest and sleep suit or just a sleep suit? It was a nightmare! When he got to about 3 months he'd started to wiggle around in his cot and continually got out from under his covers and woke up because he was cold - the answer? Sleeping bags! They come in various togs: 0.5 tog for really warm weather to 2.5 for really cold (in fact I think some shops sell 3 togs too). Along with this, all sleeping bags come with a handy chart to give you a guide as to what to dress your baby in with each tog sleeping bag for each temperature, i.e. if it's 17-21 degress and your baby is in a 1 tog sleeping bag, they may recommend the baby wearing either a short sleeved pj set or long sleeved vest, that sort of thing. But the best thing of all is that they are always cosy, whatever you dress them in and whatever the weather, as they can't wriggle out from under them. Also, as far as routine goes, as soon as my son sees his sleeping bag coming out he knows it's bed time - that goes for if we're out and about (they do travel ones that have holes for the car seat straps to go through) or at friends houses, once he's in his sleeping bag he's ready for bed - perfect!

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        15.06.2009 23:12
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        i would recommend these

        When you have just become or are going to become a parent nightime is a time which can confuse you - are grow bags good? how do we lie the baby? how do we reduce cot death risks etc etc - well i have opted for the sleeping bag and have absolutely no regrets.

        My son is now 8 months and on the second size of sleeping bag but the first ones convinced me they were good so we intend to keep using them. They come in different togs - the weight of material - which is absolutely vital to be clued up on - check the packaging on the grow bag you intend to buy that is suitable for the tempertature of your home. I use a one tog and keep my house under 21 degrees and dress my son in a sleepsuit but your needs may be differentg and it is vital you check this before you buy any - the packs rom Mothercare tell you all the different options and you can choose what tog suits your home temperature and how you dress your baby best. It is better to be slightly cooler than too warm and it is important to remember babies often have cold toes and hands especially newborns so check their tempertaure at the back of their neck for a better measure.

        The bags themselves come in very cute designs and a variety of ways of zipping - all are very good just be careful some are more expensive the cuter you think they look!!

        Make sure you place your baby at the bottom of the basket too so that they cant wriggle down and if you have a premature baby i would double check if the bags are suitable as you dont want them to be too small and slip down into the bag.

        Also my 8 month loves to wriggle all over the place and i recommend the bags as he is kept warm despite all attempts to wriggle everywhere!

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          08.06.2009 22:59
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          Snug as bug in a rug

          When my oldest son was a newborn, almost seven years ago, sleeping bags were just starting to become a mainstream baby item. We bought the traditional bedding set initially, comprising of bumper, flat sheets and quilt, all in lovely co-ordinating colours and paying a pretty price for the privilege. It was only later that we became aware of all the guidance around preventing babies overheating and the recommendations that quilts weren't used for babies until they are over 12 months old and that bumpers are only used until the baby can sit up. On that basis, there was no way that the two items would ever be used at the same time - so much for everything being co-ordinated. With hindsight, we would have skipped all that stuff altogether and just bought sleeping bags from the outset.

          As new parents, we soon learned just how much even tiny babies can move around in their sleep. Our oldest was a terrible sleeper and actually spent the majority of his early months in our bed. We did purchase a sleeping bag for him, in the hope that this might help him to settle better at night but, great as these bags are, they didn't work miracles and we eventually gave up on it and just waited for him to outgrow his sleep problems. (Which, thankfully, he did.)

          Our youngest son has been a much more settled baby, even from birth and as soon as he made the transition into his own cot, we used a sleeping bag with him. He has been consistently sleeping through since he was three months old and, even now, coming up for two years old, he still goes to bed snuggled up in his sleeping bag! The main advantages of sleeping bags are that they ensure your baby is always covered up and snug, no matter how much s/he wriggles about during the night! (We find ours in all sorts of funny positions - sideways, the wrong way round, diagonally spread across his cot!) He still never wakes up! They also discourage your toddler from trying to climb out of the cot too, providing sleeping bags have been consistently used. Our almost two year old can actually manage to stand up in his sleeping bag now but there is no way that he would be able to get anywhere in it! He does look very cute wearing it - like he's in a great overgrown dress.

          We have two bags (one in use and one for the wash) and I would recommend all parents to do the same. Although the bags are quite thin and do dry quite quickly, there is always the possibility of a nappy leaking in the night or your baby being sick and it is always handy to have a spare one to hand in the middle of the night. Ours aren't the more popular (and more expensive) Grobag range, which tend to cost over £20 per bag. We bought one from Mothercare and one from Toys R Us as both were on offer and only about £10 or so each. I haven't ever used a genuine Grobag but, having used own brand alternatives, I really can't see any need to pay that much for a bag. Have a look online and instore to see whether you can drop on any bargains!

          I almost picked up another baby sleeping bag at Toys R Us at the weekend. It was a lovely Disney bag made from organic cotton and it was reduced to just £12 and it was in a bigger size than our current ones, which are almost at full capacity now! The reason I didn't and I think it is something to bear in mind when looking for sleeping bags, is that the bag didn't have press stud openings at the top. Our current ones are so easy to use with the press studs. It has a zip around the side of the bag and we just lay the bag flat out with the top open, lay our son inside and then cover him back up with the rest of the bag, zip it up and then popper him up over his shoulders. It sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is, believe me! It might be better to compare some bags instore before buying so that you have some idea about how easy the bag will be to use.

          Other things to consider are the size of the bag and the tog rating. Unlike baby quilts, sleeping bags can be used from birth. Most of them leave the baby's arms uncovered so that there isn't a risk of baby overheating. Don't be tempted to save money by buying a bigger size as an oversized bag could leave the potential for the baby to slip under the bag (depending on the style and opening.) I'd recommend sticking to the recommended age range on the bag. As for tog, ours are both 2.5 tog and this seems fine. We haven't needed to buy a lighter weight (thanks to the non-existent British Summer!) If it does seem really warm at night we just do without the sleeping bag altogether and in the depths of Winter, a thin extra sheet seems to do the trick and we've never had our youngest waking up at night through the cold.

          I'd wholeheartedly recommend sleeping bags to any mums and dads-to-be out there. There's nothing better than watching your sleeping baby as snug as a bug in a rug!

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            06.04.2009 12:56
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            A great answer to a common problem

            Babies wriggle, some more than others. The challenge, as a parent, is to make sure your baby is comfortable and warm enough in bed. No easy task when your child ties themselves up in the covers or kicks them off.

            I had a very active baby. Covers would be thrown off within seconds and if not thrown off then I'd find my child with his head wrapped in the sheet or blanket - I worried incessantly about him getting too cold or suffocating. Thankfully there's a product out there that can help - a baby sleeping bag.

            The original bags (or at least those that received the highest marketing) were manufactured under the name of "Grobag" and these are still available today. They are the premium end, high quality product. We have one original "Grobag" but, to be honest, for us, there were cheaper and more suitable alternatives.

            Whether original or copy the basic design of these sleeping bags is the same. What you have is a sleeping bag with a bib-top; that is to say there's a head and two arm holes sitting atop a quilted bag. Where the bags vary is in their shape, size and fastenings. Like duvets, the bags are also available in various tog ratings (although cheaper bags are sometimes not rated but must be treated as though they are mid-range bags (around 1 - 1.5 TOG)).

            Having tried a number of bags these are the things that I would consider before making your purchase:

            ***TOG Rating***

            As your child will be encased in the bag it's important that they don't overheat (far more likely than them being too cold). You need, therefore, to be aware how warm the bedroom is in general so that you don't end up using a bag that is too thick. Our house is always warm and so I never had anything other than a lightweight (0.5 TOG) and a mid-weight (1.5 TOG) even in the coldest of weathers.

            ***Fastenings***

            In my opinion there are two things to consider here - the type of fastening and the positioning of those fastenings. In general fastenings will be zip or popper. Personally I found the poppers easier - there was no risk that the child could undo the poppers (unlike the zip) and there was no danger of catching skin or clothes in the poppers (unlike the zipper). Having said that, zips are undoubtedly quicker.

            The positioning of the fastenings makes a huge difference too. Some bags will have poppers over the shoulders allowing the bag to open right out flat. This makes it far easier to get a sleeping baby into the bag without disturbing them (although as the bag becomes part of your routine this is less of an issue). Some of the cheaper bags that I had, including one bought from Tesco, had no fastening at the shoulders. These bags just had regular armholes, just like on a top. These offered little flexibility and meant that you had to manoeuvre the baby's arms into the bag. For an older child this was not an issue.

            ***Size****

            This sounds obvious but the bags come in various sizes and it is really important to see that you have a bag that fits both for length and width. A bag that is too short will not allow baby to lay flat. One that is too big will tangle and, if the head and arm holes are too big, you risk losing junior into the bag with the inherent risks that that entails.

            Once you get above around a 12 month size some bags come with the facility to turn the bottom of the bag up giving "growing room". Whilst this would seem economical I found that the additional bulk around the foot of the bag meant that my son often overheated or was uncomfortable with extra weight at the foot end. You were in effect doubling the covers.


            The bags are made to be machine washed but, in the winter, bear in mind that they will take a little while to dry. If you go down the route of the bag then you will need several as the chances are, if your child likes them, they won't sleep without for quite a while. It only takes one sicky episode....

            As the bags are now fairly widely available (I've even seen them in Primark this season) it pays to shop around. Expect to pay anything from £5 - 50 for a bag depending on style, make and so on. For me they were invaluable and gave great peace of mind.

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              04.04.2009 12:45
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              Couldn't have managed without mine!

              A baby sleeping bag is a quilted suit that is pear shaped with a neck and arm holes at the top and a zip that closes up around the bottom. They go on over the baby's clothes or babygro and keep baby warm without the need for blankets. They come in different tog ratings just like a quilt and are suitable from birth.

              When my first child was born I thought that baby sleeping bags could only be used from about 6 months. I hadn't bought any sort of sleeping bag or sleepy suit for her to sleep in which I realise now was a big mistake. I spent the first few weeks of my daughter's life sitting up in bed at night holding her because as soon as I lay her in her cot she would wake because she was so cold. I tired swaddling her but she hated this and would scream. I was totally exhausted, had constant pain in my back, and was absolutely freezing and completely miserable. I was also totally paranoid about the temperature of our room and kept a thermometer in the cot so I could make sure that it stayed at the recommended temperature.

              Eventually while shopping in Asda I noticed a baby sleeping baby in their Disney range that was priced at £10. I decided that as my daughter was a little older now I would try it and as it was only £10 I felt that I was getting a bargain. The difference was almost instant! I could feed her and put her back down without really waking her and she started sleeping for two or three hours at a time whereas before it had been about 45 minutes if I was lucky.

              That was nearly six years ago and I have had two other children since then and I have used the same sleeping bag since birth with the other two. I also use sleepy suits that are fleece all in one suits that go on over the babygro. These are better once your child is more mobile as they are not like bags but have arms and legs in them. I only used the sleeping bags until my children were about 6 months old and then just used sleepy suits because once they are more mobile they tend to get frustrated by the bags.

              There are many different types of baby sleeping bag available and if you shop around you can get them from about £10. A recognised brand is Grobag but these are quite expensive and tend to cost about £20. I found that the branded sleeping bag was a smaller fit that the other one I had and didn't last as long. I have used my Disney sleeping Bag for all three of my children and there is still plenty or wear left in it. A lot of stores like Next, Toys R Us and Mothercare have co-ordinating nursery accessories so you can match your baby to the curtains.

              Baby sleepy suits are normally much cheaper and can be found with prices starting at £6. These fleece suits can be found in supermarkets like Asda, Next, Toy r Us and Mothercare and are suitable from birth. They are widely available featuring recognisable characters such as Peppa Pig, Barbie, Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine although these suits are normally more expensive at around £20. If you shop in the January sales you can usually find these sleepy suits at half their original price! I have suits that I bought for my eldest child that have been used for all three of my children and two of my sisters children and there is still plenty of wear left in them.

              I would recommend Sleeping bags or sleepy suits to anyone with young children as they keep them warm without the need for sheets, blankets and quilts. They can't wriggly out of them and you can feed them and put them back to bed without them noticing. They are fairly reasonable priced if you shop around and you can pay as little or as much as you want to. I wouldn't have been without mine.

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                20.03.2009 22:36
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                a good alternative to blankets

                When i first saw these i thought that they looked really strange but on closed inspection i think that they look huge! They are fantastic though. They are much easier then blankets that are often kicked off by the baby and the last thing you want is a baby waking up an extra time because he or she is cold!

                They are a little more faffy if you are still changing the baby in the night but it is well worth it like i say not to have to wake up.

                There are several different companies that make these - grow bag is my favourite however you can pick them up very cheap in supermarkets - asda and sainsburys have a few in each season.

                They come in different togs so make sure you check if this is something that is an issue - i like the heating on so we need a lower tog!

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                29.01.2009 23:54
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                I wouldn't use a traditional blanket after using a baby sleeping bag.

                My little boy was born in the middle of summer when it was very hot, so I was very worried about him overheating at night, as I had heard that it increases the chance of cot death.

                For the first couple of weeks it was so hot that I just wrapped him in a very thin blanket which he seemed to kick off himself throughout the night. I wasn't too worried then as I knew he wouldn't be cold, but as the temperature dropped I started looking into sleeping bags instead of using blankets.

                After much deliberation I purchased the Ship Ahoy Grobag. It was available in varying tog's and had an easy guide so that I knew which tog was appropriate for the temperature of the nursery.

                I had been put off by the price initially - at £27 it is rather pricey - however it has been well worth the money for the following reasons:

                1) It puts my mind at ease, knowing that he can wriggle all over and there is no danger of him suffocating under a blanket.
                2) A normal blanket would be kicked off within minutes leaving baby cold, but with the sleeping bag he stays warm all night.
                3) When we put baby into his cot , he is already in his sleeping bag so there is no chance of waking him whilst tucking him in as with a traditional blanket.
                4) It is machine washable and looks so so cute on baby.

                It is winter now and I have since purchased another Grobag in a higher tog to keep him nice and cosy at night.

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                  25.01.2009 21:49
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                  I reccomend them! I'd love one myself

                  Baby Sleeping Bags. I wasn't so sure on these at first, but boy they have been the perfect product for my baby! My little one is such a strong kicker it is just pointless trying to cover her with a blanket, no matter how cold she is she just tried to kick them off.

                  With the baby sleeping bag I can insure she keeps the right temperature throughout the night, and as she is still at the age where she wakes up a few times a night, I don't stress about her getting too hot.

                  During the summer months however, some of the thicker sleeping bags would not be suitable.

                  The sleeping bags are available from birth, right up to 5 years old in some shops. They are known to help prevent cot death, as some babies could be known to move under the covers of a blanket.

                  The only disadvantage? I personally don't see one - it's about time they made them for us adults! I would love to be snuggled up, safe and secure all night!

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                  20.01.2009 12:46

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                  Baby sleeping bags revolutionised my life

                  I was first introduced to these baby sleeping bags by one of my friends who swore by them. I was bought one as a baby shower gift, but was a bit reluctant to try it out as it looked a bit strange. Up until that point I had been using the traditional baby blankets and was wrapping them round my baby in the swaddling way I was taught by the midwife. But as my baby grew in size and would then become restless in his sleep, he would quite often wriggle out of his blankets and would wake in the night because he was cold. What a nightmare !! So I tried the baby sleeping bag, and I have to say that it has been a real life saver. I would swear by them now. My little boy is now 14 months old and I am still using them. I found that the best ones I got were from a company selling on Ebay. I can't remember the company name, but have a look on there they are much cheaper, and lovely quality ( brand new that is ). You do have to be careful that your baby has enough room to move around in them, I have got my boy in an aged 2-3 years one, as he is a big boy, but it is much better as he is not so squashed in. I would definately recommend them.

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                  03.11.2008 17:39
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                  A baby sleeping bag is basically a wearable blanket. It allows baby to stay warm and snuggly without the worry that they will kick their covers off or more importantly suffocate on them when they are very little. I always thought that they seemed a good idea, but was a little confused about when and how to put the bag on my baby, without for example causing him to overheat or to wake him once he had dropped off.

                  My son has always been a baby that thrashes around, even when very little he would frequently fling off his covers. He is also a baby that likes to feel warm and secure. It was a recipe for disaster as he would often wake crying because he was cold.

                  They don't seem to sell baby sleeping bags in most baby shops here in Italy, and in summer it is too hot to need any covers at all. However 3 months ago my mother sent me one, which is John Lewis own brand and I believe it cost about £18. It has been a total godsend and even if they seem quite expensive the price really can vary and can be often found discounted online at certain sites. When being worn it appears like a big, warm dress and is actually very cute. I must admit I am almost envious.

                  Our particular sleeping bag fastens up the front by use of a zip and is therefore very easy to put on, some others I know fasten at the shoulders. It is lined with a towelling material which is useful if he sweats, and is a size 6-18 months which means it has a good life.

                  Most baby sleeping bags come in 3 tog ratings ( European warmth measurement for bedding). The higher the tog, the warmer the product.

                  0.5 tog For hot weather and very warm nursery environments of 24-27 degrees C
                  1.0 tog Use during warmer weather and in nurseries of 20-24 degrees C
                  2.5 tog Ideal for standard nursery temperatures of 16-20 degrees C

                  I am planning to buy a 0.5 tog for the spring and late summer here, when it is impossible to get his room down to the recommended temperature and also a 2.5 tog for the winter months in case. In the UK at this time (November) I would say that 2.5 tog is essential. You can also modify baby's temperature slightly by what they wear underneath but in general in a normal bedroom of 18 degrees, baby should be wearing a vest and long sleeve sleepsuit.

                  Since receiving the sleeping bag, I am not worrying that my son has flung his blankets across the room, or that he has crawled under them. He also seems to stand up and complain less, firstly because he cannot move as well and secondly because he associates the bag with bedtime. The only drawback I can envisage is if your baby is one prone to vomitting often, then you would need several bags to keep pace with the washing.

                  As part of a bedtime routing it works really well (this was of course my original fear, how and when to put baby inside the thing). Once he has finished his bath, I put his sleepsuit on and then slip the sleeping bag on, read to him and give him his milk. Therefore the sleeping bag is part of the ritual of bedtime and also naptime in the day.

                  I think these bags are perfect for babies over 6 months, especially those used to being swaddled (wrapped up tightly) and those who are very active and try to escape and throw their bedclothes as far as possible. I cannot recommend them enough.

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                    21.10.2008 22:05
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                    A peaceful nights sleep for many (but not all)

                    Its funny how children differ... my eldest was forever kicking off her bedclothes and would never have sheets or a blanket over her whilst sleeping. My middle daughter the same and will still wriggle and shrug off her blankets. My third daughter loves nothing more than snuggling up and pulling a blanket up under her chin and sleeps like that all night.

                    With my first 2 children, baby sleeping bags, or gro bags were an absolute Godsend untill they hit about 2 years of age (some children will wear them longer i know). It was great that I could get them into their nightwear and then put a gro bag over the top to ensure that they would stay covered and warm all night.

                    They are generally designed in different thicknesses (tog ratings) so suitable for different times of the year. I found that the best ones zipped all the way around to facilitate easier nappy changing at night.

                    I have many gro bags and sleeping bags and found one of the best to be dream bags ( dreambags.co.uk) as they are beautifully made and come in such pretty fabrics.

                    As i have said, these were great for my eldest two and helped me sleep more peacefully knowing they were kept warm at night... but don't go spending a fortune buying lots untill you know your child will like them as my youngest found them very restrictive and did not sleep properly in them.

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                    21.10.2008 14:40
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                    great buy

                    I used baby sleeping bags with my son and have always found them to be of good quality and well worth the money. If you have fidgity children as I did then I recommend grobags for piece of mind and restful nights!! A Grobag is a baby sleeping bag. The baby or child actually wears this like an item of clothing. It has poppers or zips to fasten it up. It has head and arm holes (no sleeves). They come in a variety of different thickness (Togs) and different sizes. here are just a few of the benefits of this excellent invention:
                    · Your baby or child can wiggle and jiggle as much as it likes and the Grobag won't come off and leave your baby cold and likely to wake up
                    · Your baby and especially your toddler can wake up play, move around and then fall back to sleep without you having to worry that their blankets have fallen off and that they are getting cold
                    · There is less danger of your little one slipping down under the covers and helps your child maintain the recommended sleeping position of 'feet to foot'.
                    · Your child will begin to associate the Grobag with sleep and this can certainly help you settle your baby with more success when sleeping in a strange place or when moving from moses basket to cot to bed
                    · It makes it much harder for your toddler to attempt climbing out of its cot and is useful if you want to delay the move to a bed.

                    I would recommend these to anybody.

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                    20.10.2008 18:00
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                    An excellent and must buy for those with young children

                    At first I thought these were quite strange looking and was hesitant to use them as I know I myself move quite a lot in bed and hate being restricted!!

                    Now I wouldnt be without them, when my daughter was first put in her cot she would never keep blankets on her even when she was fast asleep the minute I put a blanket over her it would be kicked off, I then got a sleeping bag from Marks & Spencer and it is great though it can be a struggle to put it on if you have a wriggly baby it is great.

                    It is a great comfort knowing that your child will be kept warm all night and there is no danger of blankets being kicked off or up over their faces. I have found as well that my daughter sleeps better at night in the sleeping bag as she used to kick so much that she would wake herself up.

                    Sleeping bags are available from most shops that I have been in and come in a range of togs (like duvets you put on a bed) and although some of them are of better quality than others they all do the same job! They also come in different sizes for when your baby grows!!

                    An excellent and must-by for all those with children.

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                    20.10.2008 17:29
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                    the best invention - would be lost without mine, i have bout 8

                    My review is on the Grobag, however I have also used shop own alternative which are just as good.

                    The grobag is a great invention which comes in different sizes and different togs making them suitable for babies/toddlers and all seasons. Especially great if you have a little wriggler, so can guarantee your little one will sleep through the night in the comfort of being warm and no worry about suffocation from blankets or getting cold from becoming untucked.

                    I first experienced these with my 1st as had 1 bought as a gift, however my son hated it and found it easier to use a blanket. However once he turned 6mths and was wriggling all over and waking cold every morning, I decided to try again, so just bought a cheap one from matalan, which he took surprisingly well to. He then continue to wear them for bed every night. I had a 2.5tog for winter and a 1 tog for summer when it was needed. Even when he was crawling and walking he still slept fine in it and was lovely and cosy every morning. It wasnt till he went into a bed at 18mths we actually stopped using them.

                    With my daughter we actually started a lot earlier from about 4 wks when she was in her cot. She was fine from the start, which is a good job as she moves so much in her sleep I would never be able to keep her warm. She is now in the Grobag 18-36mths and can crawl all over and walk in it fine. Dreading the day I will have to take it off and stop using it as she will not sleep in one position.

                    They are great for peace of mind, knowing their warm and snug and cant suffocate. They are basically like an adult sleeping bag, but have straps over the shoulders to preventing baby wrigling in or out of it. Come in a variety of clours and sizes. Are slightly expensive for the proper grobags, but worth it for peace of mind. A lot of other shops such as primark, matalan, etc do sell cheaper alternatives and although the quality is not as good they still do the same trick.

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