Baby it’s cold… inside and a blanket just isn’t working in keeping your baby warm, so what can you do? You could get up every hour to keep reapplying the cover over your baby to ensure it is keeping them cosy throughout the night, or you could buy a Grobag, the baby sleeping bag, which will make sure your baby is constantly kept warm and comfortable all night long. No more kicking off the covers, or rolling away from them! Perfect. Maybe this could solve our uncovered sleeping baby problems?
We have used a Grobag before, when Molly was younger, as well as other brands of bag and we have found that Molly is comfortable in them although we also have used blankets. Now as Molly has grown and become more mobile we have been finding that she seems to enjoy rolling away from her covers in the middle of the night and no matter how many times we try to cover her up the next time we go and check in on her she will be uncovered again. This is getting more worrying as the nights gets colder and frostier.
Yesterday our heating had not been on as we had been getting new windows installed, resulting in Molly’s bedroom being 15 degrees. Luckily we had received a 3.5 tog baby sleeping bag from the Gro Company to try out so we did not have to worry about Molly being too cold.
The 3.5 tog bag we received was the Mr Moose 6-18 month baby sleeping bag and is a simply lovely designed Grobag. It is very wintery looking, with a cute snow scene, but what we really liked was the feel of it. It was so soft, made from cotton rich velour, that I have to admit that I was a little jealous that I didn’t have bedsheets so soft.
The minute we placed Molly into the bag, which whenever she is shown a Grobag she gets excited about, she instantly started stroking the outside of the bag and giggling. A sure sign of have super soft and cuddly it felt.
Unlike the times we put her into her sleep suits Molly is happy and willing, if not a bit over keen, to get into her Grobag. There are no tears or tantrums. Indeed is there are tears and tantrums presenting a Grobag is a sure fire way to stop the tears.
The side zip is easy to zip-up and it has one popper at the top to stop it being accessible to little fingers. It has four poppers at the top of the shoulders so putting it on is a doddle and there is no mismatching of poppers like you can get with a sleep suit. If you do need to do an emergency change in the middle of the night it can be unzipped flat to make changes quick and easy.
We were sent the 6-18 month bag, which is suitable from 18lb and to a maximum length of 86cm. Now although Molly is 10 months she not quite 18lbs yet (she was 16lb 6oz a month ago) so she won’t be far off of that weight but we did not feel that the bag was too big for her. There is a huge difference in size between the 0-6 month and 6-18 month so there is plenty of growing space in this bag.
As I have said before we have used other brands of bags, but we have found them to be shorter and when washed would lose their shape. The 0-6 month Grobag that we used looked as good after six months as it did when we took it out of the package. Washing is also simple and they dry really quickly and can be tumble dried.
Grobag have bags in a number of togs, ensuring you have a bag for all seasons. If you buy the 0-6 month or 6-18 month sizes you get a free thermometer so you will always be able to tell what tog of Grobag to use, from 0.5 tog to 3.5 tog. Having thermometers in most rooms this nursery thermometer appears to be accurate and takes all the guess work out of deciding what bag to use.
|Grobags come in a variety of warmth ratings (togs):|
|3.5 tog||Cold temperatures – for cold room temperatures of 12-15°C (54-59°F)|
|2.5 tog||All year round – for standard room temperatures of 16-20°C (61-68°F)|
|1.0 tog||Summer and daytime naps – warmer weather and in rooms of 21-23°C (69-74°F)|
|0.5 tog||Holiday and heatwaves – hot weather and very warm rooms of 24-27°C (75-81°F)|
As Molly’s room was only 15 degrees the 3.5 tog was the best bag to use and I am glad we did as when I checked on her throughout the night her tummy was warm but not too hot (which I had worried she might be). If I had put her in the 2.5 tog she would have been freezing. If I had put her in a blanket she would have been freezing the minute she rolled away from it.
One concern we had about using a Grobag again, now that her favourite mode of transport is rolling, is that she would find it hard to turn in it. She has become a tummy sleeper so there is no stopping her and I needn’t have worried as she quickly turned onto her tummy. We watched her tumble up and down the cot with ease.
Our next concern was that she has recently worked out how to push herself up to sit and it is still very much at the novelty stage but she tends to work her way to sit but doing the splits. Again the bag posed no problems to her and when I went to check on her she was sitting in her cot proud as punch.
If you would like to buy a 3.5 tog Grobag (or any other you can do so by visiting their 3.5 tog online store.
I was sent this baby sleeping bag by The Gro Company to review but all opinions and words are mine and mine alone.
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