The Baby Sleeping bag has been around for a few years now but are definitely something our mothers would never have seen. When I had my eldest daughter there was a limited choice but now there are lots of gorgeous designs and styles to choose from. They are basically a wearable cover with space for their head and arms to pop out keeping them warm and snug at night time.
Baby sleeping bags are designed to replace traditional blankets and sheets. Therefore, the only other bedding required is a bottom sheet in his cot. You should never use any duvets, quilts, or pillows with a baby sleeping bag. They are easy to wash and I must admit I loved them !
Benefits of a Baby Sleeping Bag
Baby sleeping bags have lots of benefits including:
- Your baby won’t throw off covers or get tangled in between, as is often the case with traditional blankets and sheets.
- You can ensure your baby sleeps well in a warm and constant temperature throughout the night. No more will he/she be throwing off covers and waking up cold in the middle of the night.
- No blankets and sheets covering your baby’s face means that your baby can breathe easy, eliminating dangers of possible suffocation and thus reducing risks of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
- It makes night feeds really easy, you can just pick up baby and feed them in the sleeping bag without having to unzip it. I found it to be a real bonus in the colder months as it was really easy to settle back to sleep quickly.
What to consider
An ideal time to start using a baby sleep bag is when your baby weighs more than 8.8 lbs – if you had big babies like me then this could be from birth but for most babies it would be around the 6 week mark onwards. Your child’s head should not be able to pass through the neck hole when the bag is fastened; otherwise the is too big. Please remember that these are recommendations for weight only as all babies are different.
Baby sleeping bags come in a range of tog ratings from 2.5 tog which is an all year round weight for the UK – for standard room temperatures of 16-20°C (61-68°F) – It rarely gets much warmer than that here ! The 1.0 tog is perfect for Summer and daytime naps – warmer weather and in rooms of 21-23°C (69-74°F). The o.5 tog is really only for Holidays and heatwaves – hot weather and very warm rooms of 24-27°C (75-81°F).
The chart below gives you an idea of what baby needs to wear underneath the sleeping bag.
Baby Sleeping Bag Review
We were sent a Grobag to try out and Claire and her 12 week old gorgeous boy agreed to test it out for us. Here are her thoughts:
I was sent the Grobag to try and was very impressed. To start with it came with a handy thermometer and an explanation of the ideal temperature for baby’s which I thought was a great idea.
The bag was warm but the material was light which was great for breastfeeding as it didn’t gather up and get in the way which has happened before with other bags.
The zip goes down the way which is a great idea and there’s a handy little flap at the bottom to hide it under to stop your little bundles getting out of it easily. The only downside of this is the upside down zip can be quite fiddly with a wriggly newborn, especially when you’re trying to close it in the dark.
There are lots of stylish designs to chose from which is great and a bit different to bears and bunnys.
We think the little one is looking super cute in his sleeping bag and it definitely seems to be a winner.
Did you use a sleeping bag or prefer proper sheets and blankets ? We would love to know your thoughts !
We were gifted a grobag to try out and all thoughts are our own.