Bed times and more importantly, sleep is always a big issue when it comes to babies and toddler. It’s what dominates conversations at baby groups and online forums. Lack of sleep is one of the biggest shocks to the system after the labour or delivery it’s self. As adults we forget that babies need to learn to sleep, to learn that when they feel tired, sleep happens and that babies can only sleep when they feel safe, comfortable and secure. Despite all my training and knowledge, I’ve not had any children who have been great sleepers (although I suspect this is probably more down to my parenting style than anything my boys have done wrong!) Over the years I’ve tried lots of sleep aids, with grobags being one of my favourite.
I’ve used a bed nest from about 3 weeks as this was the only way to help Baby R to sleep in his crib and was safer when I brought him into my bed and grobag
s are the perfect compliment to it. With a bed nest there’s always a gap between baby and the blankets due to their raised sides and it gets difficult trying to tuck them under the end. Grobags stay with the baby, keeping them snug, safe and warm.
It was also much easier when feeding at night as I just placed him straight down, he didn’t get cold being out of the cot in the wee small hours and he couldn’t kick off the blankets.
I also find them safer when co sleeping as he can’t come under the duvet with me but trying to keep him covered with a sheet and a blanket and not having anywhere to tuck them in, I was worried he’d wriggle under.
So imagine my delight when I was contacted to ask if Id review a 3.5 tog grobag
.We use a log burner to heat the house and try to avoid using the central heating too often so the bedrooms never get too hot. I’d already been using the 2.5 tog and the nights were getting colder so it was perfect timing!
You can instantly tell the difference between a genuine Grobag and a baby sleeping bag.
They come nicely packaged, with lots of information and their own thermometer. I find these invaluable as it gives you an idea, along with the guide on the back, as to what to dress your baby in according to the room temperature. You can also buy a Gro egg which is what I use, it’s night light as well. (See my Top 10 Baby buys)
it’s self feels deliciously soft and snuggly with a velour outer and cotton jersey lining. I was sent a Mr Moose style which had pretty snowflake embroidery and an appliqué and embroidered Mr Moose character. It’s got a lovely Christmassy look to it, or is that just me feeling all festive?
One of the main features I love about this grobag is the zip cover. Other sleeping bags I tried haven’t had this and it’s resulted in the zip digging into Baby R, the zip cover prevents this and there’s no danger of it rubbing under his arm pits.
The zip runs through through one full side to along the bottom and there are poppers to the top of each shoulder, meaning cold early morning and middle of the night nappy changes don’t involve having to wrestle a sleepy baby back in, everything’s held in place.
I’ll be using baby sleep bags for a few years yet (See my Top 10 Baby buys) so I’m really please that they cater for all year round temperatures. It’s become part of our bed time routine, helping Baby R know what’s happening and to settle down for the night, plus there’s nothing nicer than an early evening snuggle and carrying a sleepy baby to their cot, without worrying about them being too hot or cold, or wriggling down under the covers.
With love from lovely Devon
I received no money for this review. I was sent a 3.5 tog grobag and these are my honest thoughts.
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