Pleasetalk to me about baby sleeping bags ...

(30 Posts)
AnythingNotEverything Sun 18-Aug-13 16:31:44

So, when I had DS, many moons ago, baby sleeping bags were seen as a bit of an expensive luxury.

I feel like a bit of an outcast, as I was intending to just use blankets again with DC2, due in a couple of months.

I understand the SIDS guidance, feet to foot, one more layer than you etc ... Is the use of sleeping bags just fashion, or am I missing something?

DS never once woke up because he's kicked his covers off, and this is the only argument in favour of them I've even heard. Please help! Do I need a sleeping bag?

cupoftchai Sun 18-Aug-13 16:50:33

we didn't at first. then on the hundreth attempt to slloowly lower dd to the cot mattress without her pinging awake like some kind of juvenile mattress detection specialist, I realised the sleeping bag might act as insulation. it sometimes worked.

I suppose it depends on the baby. My DS does kick his covers off no matter how well you tuck them down so it prevents against that. He also likes to pull the cover up above his head and on one occasion wrapped it all the way around his neck which was terrifying. They're only cheap now too so I always use them as they suit us.

Ethlinn Sun 18-Aug-13 17:22:19

I love sleeping bags! I was just like you OP - what's the point if blankets can be just as good? But then DS turned out to be one of those babies that just kick covers off and then wake cause he's cold. Sleeping bag it is! 2.5 tog for normal temperatures and 1tog now when it's warm. And he seems to love them too, all snug and cosy.

mrsmartin1984 Sun 18-Aug-13 18:30:41

I was given three. Never bothered to use them. Much prefer blankets

WestieMamma Sun 18-Aug-13 23:45:03

I've just bought some. My little chap never stays under his covers. He wriggles out and turns a full 180. This wasn't a problem at first as it's been so warm but now it's getting cold at night (I'm in Sweden) and when I pick him up his little hands are frozen. I'm worried that when it's gets really cold he'll turn into an icicle.

MiaowTheCat Mon 19-Aug-13 14:05:16

I find them fantastic and they're the sort of thing people hand down all over the shop so you rarely have to buy 'em. But I have two total wrigglers.

plummyjam Mon 19-Aug-13 15:26:42

I found them good for the first 4 months when baby would fall asleep feeding, made transferring to cot easier and kept DD snuggly during the winter months. Now she likes to move about at night I prefer sleep suits and blankets.

AliBingo Mon 19-Aug-13 15:35:16

I love ours, it's all we've used since DD was 7 weeks old. I find them quite good for when it's chilly at night, as she is not going into a cold cot. Also good as part of bedtime routine, we put her in hers after her bath. Also handy when you are away. They are so cheap now, I have a few that I had from Sainsburys for half price in their sale so about £7 each, but they are only usually about a tenner in Asda I think. Oh one other thing - they look really cute in them!

Acceptableinthe70s Mon 19-Aug-13 16:46:11

Still use them now ds is 21 months.

badguider Mon 19-Aug-13 16:50:59

My ds isn't born yet but we've got a side car cot for our bed. If I can manage to bf I'll just pull him over to feed and then put him back so the bag seems so much easier than blankets. I think it might be this rise of semi-co-sleeping that's made them very popular.

BeauNatt Mon 19-Aug-13 17:16:12

The argument for them is that baby can't slip (or eventually crawl) underneath and suffocate or overheat, whereas there is this risk with a blanket. We used blankets in the Moses basket where there was little opportunity to move around, then a sleep bag in the cot. Would recommend for sure.

I bought some for dd but she hated them so they were never used

AnythingNotEverything Mon 19-Aug-13 19:00:11

Thanks all. I think I'll wait and see whether we get a mover (or whether we get given any!). With the way my bump tends to look, I suspect this one will be curled up in a corner ...

TheFallenNinja Mon 19-Aug-13 19:05:26

They are one of the top ten baby inventions. (Dd is a wriggler)

TWavre Mon 19-Aug-13 19:10:50

Anything this is something I've been wondering about too so thanks for posting.
Can anyone tell me what the cons would be for using sleeping bags? & would you use them exclusively or mix it up?

AliBingo Mon 19-Aug-13 20:41:42

TWavre we use them exclusively although we tried a blanket when it was very hot and DD wriggled out from under it pretty much straight away (she is 12months).

What age do most people stop using sleeping bags? I guess they aren't much good once you have done potty training? DD kept tripping over in hers so I had to buy ones with legs instead.

DeathMetalMum Mon 19-Aug-13 22:23:43

My dd ymused them until about 2.4 years only stopped so she could get used to a duvet while the weather was warm. Dd2 started off with blankets but has moved to sleeping bagsbow 4 mo. We have probably 10 in total. I love them.

DfanjoUnchained Tue 20-Aug-13 10:45:41

Where did you all get then from? Want to try this to improve ds' sleep

DeathMetalMum Tue 20-Aug-13 12:01:26

I have some from tkmaxx - grobag brand one and other makes, amazon, mothercare, boots, matalan. My favourite and better quality is the one made by grobag but it is only a one tog, just like a cotton sheet with no filling others are winter ones so not really comparable. They have all washed reasonably well and are going to last for a second dc at least.

MsJupiterJones Tue 20-Aug-13 12:16:34

We used swaddles and blankets till 3 months as it took DS that long to reach the min weight of 8lbs8, it was fine at first but by about 10 weeks he was kicking them off all the time & had to be re-wrapped after feeding. When we started using a grobag I was amazed at the difference. So much easier.

I got a branded grobag cheaply at an Asda baby event (£10?), worth checking. Also had a couple of cheaper ones from Sainsbury's and Gap sales which weren't as good quality but did the job.

Would have loved the Aden & Anais muslin ones for the summer but too expensive...

badguider Tue 20-Aug-13 12:35:48

I got mine from kiddicare.com

AliBingo Tue 20-Aug-13 13:01:13

I bought from Sainsburys, Asda and Tesco for about £10-14 each as well as sometimes half price sales. Also TK MAxx has lots of proper Grobag branded ones.

Dorris83 Tue 20-Aug-13 15:46:07

My DS is a violent sleeper- legs kicking around all over the place. He started sleeping longer the night we started him in a grobag (around 6 weeks)

I think he was kicking off his blanket and getting cold them waking up.

if you get the proper gro branded ones they come with bedroom thermometer and a guide on what they should wear for what temp.

I definitely recommend- i dont think it is a fashion thing, I think it's a genuine innovation.

teacher123 Tue 20-Aug-13 16:01:10

DS only uses sleeping bags. He has two thick ones and two thin ones, and then has various layers of baby grows underneath depending on the weather. They are brilliant, he's cosy as anything and can get really comfy!

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