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Throw Away Your Cot Blankets
Baby wont kick off bedding and is therefore less likely to wake in the night
Expensive not sold everywhere
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I first heard about baby sleeping bags at my mother and baby group but had no idea where to get one. All the other babies were sleeping through the night and their mothers swore by them. With an infant who was beginning to settle in her cot but who kept throwing off the covers on a cold January night and screaming for Mum or Dad to replace them every five minutes, it was getting a bit wearing.
Other Mothers had obtained their sleeping bags at Mothercare or Marks and Spencer. With no local branch of Mothercare within reasonable distance and none stocked at the local M&S it looked like I'd have to travel further afield. With a young baby needing fed every five minutes I didn't fancy a long trip into Edinburgh to buy one there. Then I heard about grobag.com where you can buy them online.
After quite a long time browsing through the site I eventually plumped for a Peter Rabbit Grobag rated at 2.0 tog. 2.5 tog is the maximum tog rating for a baby as recommended by the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death (FSID). The FSID also recommend that baby sleeping bags be sleeveless as all the bags on this site are. Cooler lightweight bags in towelling and cotton rated at 1.0 tog are also available, these are ideal for summertime or when travelling abroad to hotter climates.
I paid £24.50 for my Grobag with a further £3.00 for delivery. If you order 2 Grobags then you automatically get a 10% discount. If your baby is sick a lot or prone to leaky nappies, you may need to get more than one at first so you can always have a clean one available for little accidents.
Grobags are not recommended for babies younger than 10lbs and in fact our daughter was about six weeks old before we tried her in one. Before then babies wake so frequently for feeding and changing that it isn't really worthwhile. By about six weeks many babies are beginning to get the hang of the fact that night time is quiet time and are beginning to sleep for longer periods. This is an ideal time to introduce a Grobag as it may encourage more than a few hours sleep and allow Mum and Dad to get some much needed rest. My daughter began to sleep through from 11pm to 5am when she first started using one of these, a major achievement! Since then her sleep time has steadily increased as she has got older, a natural occurance probably but I am sure the Grobag has helped. I know some parents can have problems with children not sleeping properly until 18 months or more (and some unfortunates for even longer!) and I would recommend that if you fall into this category that you consider a Grobag as they are available for toddlers as well.
Most Grobags come in 3 main sizes, 'Young Baby' which is 10lbs or more up to about 6 months, 'Older Baby' which is 18lbs or more or about 6-18 months, 'Toddler' which is 24lbs or more or about 18-36 months and 'Young Child' which is 3-6 years. The stock availabilty for the Young Child sizes is limited and grobag.com recommend you phone to establish availability.
According to size, the Grobags come in two different styles. The ones for young babies come with shoulder poppers and a zip round the side and bottom so that they can be opened out flat for easy access and night-time nappy changing. This style is also very useful for putting your baby into if they fall asleep before you get them into the bag as they can be fastened without waking baby up!! In the larger sizes the Grobags have one zip running up the front, which opens from the bottom, so that it is difficult to undo for little fingers! It also does away with the poppers which can also be undone by older more mobile babies. Although my daughter is not yet walking I understand that it is possible for older babies to stand up in their Grobags, but because it is not possible to move their legs very easily, they cannot climb out of the cot! This is a big plus in my book.
Grobags are intended to be used instead of other bedding so you will not need to use any blankets as well. Sometimes when it was very cold (we live in Scotland) we would put a lightweight baby blanket over the top as our daughter likes to be very warm and our bedrooms are quite cold, but most people shouldn't need this.
I've already mentioned how Grobags prevent your child from kicking off the cot bedding and becoming cold, and also from climing out of the cot, but they have several other advantages as well. They help your baby maintain a constant temperature in bed, they encourage babies to go back to sleep more easily after a cuddle if they wake in the night and they prevent baby from slipping down under the blankets. They also encourage baby to go back to sleep by themselves if they wake in the night or even in the morning. My little girl is quite happy to lie there and play with her teddy if she wakes in the mornings before us; sometimes she goes back to sleep by herself if it is very early but often she just plays and hums away to herself and waits for one of us to come and get her. I am sure she feels safe and secure and snug in her Grobag, I know I would be!! But the biggest plus in my book is that when you are away from home the Grobag can provide comfort for your baby in strange surroundings. As they are available in lighter tog ratings for sunnier climes, they can even be taken abroad where it is warmer.
I have since discovered that baby sleeping bags can also be obtained at Wellbeing.com and at George at ASDA, but the range tends to be limited and the designs and choice of sizes are very poor, particularly in the popular young baby sizes.
I thank my lucky stars that I discovered Grobags as I now enjoy a better nights sleep than I even did before my daughter was born, secure in the knowledge that she is warm and comfortable and safe in her cot even on the coldest winter nights.
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