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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Nov-12 13:29:57

The team at The Gro Company have asked us to find out your opinions and experiences of keeping your baby warm during the winter months.

The Gro Company say "Around 95% of UK parents of newborns choose to use a baby sleeping bag to keep their baby safe and snug during sleep and naptimes. In order to comply with the current British Safety Standard for baby sleep bags, Grobag does not offer a product with sleeves which means these parents sometimes feel concerned about their babies having chilly arms.

Designed to complement the multi-award winning Grobag, the new Gro-Suit keeps the baby's arm warm with thick quilted sleeves while the rest of the suit is a single cotton layer. Worn inside a Grobag it provides the perfect balance of warm arms and a safer body temperature."

They've chatted to parents before and find that often parents, who feel that their baby's arms and hands feel cold to the touch in colder winter months, are tempted to add extra layers to their children's bedding, which could potentially reduce the safety of the sleep environment.

So please share on this thread
~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?
~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?

Any other comments welcome - the team from The Gro Company are on hand on facebook to answer any queries you have but will also respond to queries raised on this thread.

Add your comments below - everyone who does will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will get Gro company products including Grobags and vouchers for high street stores to the value of £250.

Thanks,
MNHQ

Marzipanface Mon 12-Nov-12 20:42:34

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night

My main concern was always with overheating. I felt in a centrally heated house, a vest, sleepsuit AND a grobag are just too many layers

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?

I would put my hand on her stomach and chest to test temp. I don't think I every worried about arms being cold. Surface temp isn't the same as core temp. Checking hands, feet and extremities is not an accurate gauge of core temperature. Most of the time my DD wore a long sleeved vest then a Grobag on the top when she was little.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

Always used a room thermometer in conjunction with appropriate layers

~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms? I wasn't aware but can understand why, and yes I did use grobags

~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?

*Actually I think this is an ok idea but it should be reinforced to use it on its own without an extra sleepsuit on top, also I think a normal long sleeved vest provides reasonable cover.

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night

This was the only thing I truly worried about when DS was newborn, spent a lot of time worrying if he was too cold or overheating.

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?

DS had to wear scratchsleeves from a few months due to eczema, so he had an extra layer on his arms, therefore this issue wasn't a concern for me.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

Used room thermometer, just a cardboard thing, that got free amongst all the baby bumf thrust on me. Only until DS was a year old.

~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?

Did use grobags for a bit. Assumed it didn't have sleeves for some kind of reason.

~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?

Probably not, I would worry about overheating.

Goldenjubilee10 Mon 12-Nov-12 20:56:28

I spent a lot of time worrying that they were too hot or cold. Sleeping bags were not popular when ds's 1&2 were babies but ds3 wore them until he was 3.

His arms were often cold and I purchased several fleece ones with arms. I was not aware of the regulations and recently bought one as a present.

We used a room thermometer and checked the back of their necks.

I think the suit is a good idea.

nextphase Mon 12-Nov-12 20:57:52

We used the very useful paper thermometers that came with the grobags as a guide to clothing, but found we usually needed slightly less than the temperature suggested.

Not sure we'd buy the new sleep suits. Its yet another thing that would need to be bought for the right size and right season.
We tended to put on an extra teeshirt if arms were getting cold.

We have, however resorted to getting an oil filled radiator for DS1's room as it got FREEZING around 3am (like 11 deg C).

I sleep with my arms out of the bedding anyway, so have never been fixated with cool hands. Have always adjusted things based on core body temperature (so slipping our fingers down the back of their neck to see how warm they were) the following night, and a blanket in the middle of the night when we had got the layers wrong.

So, for me, the best invention would be a "blanket" that could be added at grown ups bedtime as the house cools down that is as safe as a grobag (ie a variable temperature sleeping bag that can be adjusted without disturbing baby!)

Yes, I knew that sleeping bags shouldn't have arms, and have commented on another side to this effect when someone has asked for sleeping bags with arms.

And gro company, you make the best sleeping bags on the market.

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night

With first DC I used the gro egg thermometer as an indicator of how many layers etc to dress baby in. Was more worried about baby being too hot than cold. By the time number 2 came along I suppose I had a bit more confidence and didn't feel the need to.

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?

Not really as we tended to leave heating on low overnight as both DC winter babies. Used to check by holding a hand, checking if chest was warm too.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

I did use a room thermometer

~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?

Yes with both DC. DC2 still in them as only 12 months old.
Yes new about safety regs.

~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?

Possibly, especially when biding friend & family overnight as you are always unsure how hot or cold other people's houses are at night.

carovioletfizz Mon 12-Nov-12 21:05:52

*Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night*; I have always erred on the side of coldness, as I know overheating is a SIDS risk, so have always been paranoid about my babies being too hot.
Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm? Not really worried - always dressed them in long sleeved babygros. I guess I could tell by touching their arms if they felt too cold, and by the temperature in the room.
Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature? Touch and room temperature.
Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms? I do use them, but didn't know that they should not have sleeves/arms.
What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro? I think it's a great idea - I would definitely consider using one in the winter.

jan2013 Mon 12-Nov-12 21:06:11

yes i am concerned that my baby is too hot or cold and, because my body temperature seems so out compared to everyone else's, i really do worry. I don't know how to judge it apart from when its colder put thicker clothes on her and blankets. ive never used a thermometer.

my baby was used to being swaddled, and i had a real nightmare trying to get her to go into grobags as her arms woke her up. what i did to solve the problem, was sew the arm holes up. this helped her sleep and solved the problem of being too cold. dd could roll over and back in it, but after awhile the more i thought about her safety in it, i got really worried she would roll over and not be able to get back again and took her out of gro bags altogether.

now i put pyjamis on and then a thick sleep suit on top, and then a blanket or more depending how cold it is on top of that.

Teladi Mon 12-Nov-12 21:18:58

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night

My DD (14 mo) was not a great sleeper until quite recently (touch wood) and I was never 100% certain that a cold room temperature wasn't a contributing factor. I'm not great at assessing temperature myself. I was also quite paranoid about her overheating... bit of a no win situation.

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm? I was, but didn't know what else to do but roll with it. I thought about putting baby leg warmers on her arms but they were so spindly and new-baby last winter it would never have worked.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature? I had a gro egg.

~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms? I did when she was tiny wee and I still do. I didn't know about the British Safety regulations, that is interesting as I had considered buying a merino sleeping bag with arms.

~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro? I probably would have... DD is my PFB. I would imagine this will appeal to people with PFBs! She is a bit bigger now and always has toasty arms when I get her out of her gro bag in the morning, so probably not now, but when she was little and didn't have such chubby arms, I think that would have been a sale.

sleepyhead Mon 12-Nov-12 21:21:49

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night

Babies don't need to be nearly as warm as you think they do ime. We didn't have central heating when ds was a baby (born in November) and a regular tog Grobag kept him warm and happy all night in an unheated room - albeit in a flat which doesn't get as cold maybe as some places.

Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?

I learned not to judge body temperature from arms and hands. Baby extremities seem to be able to get quite cold while their core temperature is fine. Feeling the back of the neck is more reliable. I'd rather they were cool than overheated.

Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

I did use the thermometer that came with the Grobag in ds's room, but I judged his temp mainly by touch - plus, if he was sleeping peacefully then he was likely to be fine.

Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?

Yes. Grobags were fab and I'll be using them with next baby, due in April. I felt that a vest and sleepsuit were sufficient with the Grobag, even in an unheated room.

What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?

The grosuit does look good, but Im not sure it would be really necessary as I found a Grobag on it's own kept my baby comfy and sleeping through the night.

BlastOff Mon 12-Nov-12 21:22:03

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?

I put them in long sleeved pj tops if it was chilly; I can't say that I worried about it particularly because I was confident they were warm enough; if anything I was more worried more about them over-heating (and it's relation to SIDS). My dm, on the other hand, worried a lot about them having cold arms!

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

I had a gro egg which was great until it broke! I then used the temperature gauge on the baby monitor. I would also check them using the back of my hand on their forehead/face and back of the neck.

~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?

From about 6 weeks I've only used sleeping bags. ds1 until he went into a bed at 2 & 1/2, and ds2 is still in one at 17 months. I didn't know they couldn't have arms, but I have only got ones without arms. I wouldn't buy one with arms.

~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?

Maybe, but as I said I've never been particularly concerned about it, but I would do if I was worried it was very cold in my house maybe.

Cies Mon 12-Nov-12 21:23:24

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
It varies with age. When ds was a baby in a sleeping bag I felt confident taht he was at the right temperature. When he grew out of them and we switched to a duvet, he would constantly kick off the covers and wake up cold. This winter he's nearly 3 and capable of pulling the covers up again if needed, so we all get a better night's sleep.
~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?
No
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Room thermometer and touch
~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?
Yes I was a aware of this. I used baby sleeping bags until ds was about 2 yo. I'm getting ready to use them again with the new baby, due any moment now.
~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?
Not personally, as our flat is warm, and we co-sleep (baby in bag, me under blanket, so that helps to keep warm too.

modernbear Mon 12-Nov-12 21:24:25

We used Grobags from approximately three months until my DS was two and half years of age. Once he went into Grobags, I felt a relief because I had specific guidelines from which to follow according to what the room temperature was.

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?
We didn't really worry too much about DS being cold at night once we used sleep bags. We checked the back of his neck to see how his overall temperature was.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Even now that DS is nearly three we still use both.

~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?
We did use a baby sleeping bag. We have only just stopped using one. I was aware of the British Safety regulations regarding the use of bags without arms.

~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?
If I had just had my DS, I would be on laptop now wanting to acquire some, just for peace of mind. However he did seem to have been happy without such a garment (even in the cold winter months without the heating on all night). In the main, he slept soundly. If he had been cold he would have complained, as he did when he stopped using the Grobag and started using a duvet and blanket.

poorbuthappy Mon 12-Nov-12 21:38:06

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I did worry a lot at the beginning. My eldest was a September baby and the twins were born in December. I will always remember how warm it was in special care, and how well wrapped up the twins were. I worried alot as to how we were going to replicate that at home.

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?
Yes I worried. However as my husband pointed out, if they were too hot or cold they would wake up for no reason. They did sometimes, so I changed the babygrows which I used under the grobag etc to ensure they were comfortable. But I remember the horrible feeling well of picking up your baby and their hands being freezing!

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Room thermometer for dd1 and touch for dts. (experience showing!)

~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?
Yes and yes. All my girls were quite small so I had to wait quite a while before I could put them in the smallest bags.

~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?
I wouldn't use it now because of their ages! But I would have definitely considered it.

poorbuthappy Mon 12-Nov-12 21:39:03

Mmmmm, with regard to the bold bit - I mean wake up and not be hungry, wet, dirty...didn't explain that very well!

marriedinwhite Mon 12-Nov-12 21:44:12

18 years ago the Baby Gro Bags were about £35. We decided that taking acocunt of possetting and sickness, etc., we would need about 3. Back in 1995 it cost about £40 to have the heating ticking over during the night for the winter quarter. DH and I soon realised we were too warm that way and bought a plug in radiator for the nursery. DS wouldn't keep the covers on so we bought three fleece babygros from Mothercare for £15 each and all was well.

Couldn't see the point really.

neontetra Mon 12-Nov-12 21:45:17

My dd is 7 months so am experiencing really cold nights with her for the first time now. It is a challenge, as having the heating on at night is drying her skin out, so we try to avoid that. I put her in a vest and fleece sleepsuit, and use a loose knit wool blanket over her. I don't like the thought of sleeping bags, just as I didn't like the idea of swaddling - I want her to have more freedom of movement than that. I generally assume she will wake and cry if she is too cold, and I consider being too hot a greater danger to her.

DeliaRose Mon 12-Nov-12 21:58:20

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
When in their own bed I would use a sleeping bag during the summer, but blankets during the winter. Mostly they would be in bed with me and I would adjust throughout the night depending on temp. Usually they would be just in nappy/vest with a sheet over during the summer, and in the winter, babygrow and blanket. I would always check temperature at the top of their chest to make sure they weren't too hot/cold.
~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?
I did when using sleeping bags, which is probably why I wouldn't consider using on in the winter.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
I would use touch (as mentioned in previous answer). I had a room thermometer but never paid much attention, I always use the rule that baby should have one more layer than you (if you are comfortably warm).
~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?
I did do, but not often. I wasn't aware of the regulation
~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?
Sounds like too much of a faff/expense. I suppose if they are reasonably priced I might, but I can't see it being competitive with a multipack of grows from Tesco, and quite often I'd go through that many in a night with a sicky baby (DS1 hmm)

tethersend Mon 12-Nov-12 21:59:05

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night

It's very difficult to keep a baby warm at night- apart from the fact that keeping the heating on is expensive, all the literature warns against babies overheating. This was completely at odds with my instinct to keep them warm. Practically also difficult due to the aforementioned arm problem when complying with safety guidelines, particularly in older houses with draughts etc.

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?

I find it very difficult to tell- I was advised to use the baby's neck as an indicator of temperature, but it is hard to trust that your baby is warm and comfortable when her hands and arms are freezing to touch.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

Touch. used a thermometer with DD1, but gave up on it pretty quicky.

~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?

Yes, I use sleeping bags. No, I was not aware that the safety regulations were the reason they were armless (geddit?), although I did wonder what the reason was.

~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?

Absolutely. I have been close to fashioning one myself on many occasions.

lottytheladybird Mon 12-Nov-12 22:03:15

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I often find it tricky to judge how warm to dress my baby at night. When using the Grobag chart for guidance, I've usually felt that my baby wouldn't be warm enough with the recommended clothing, so I tend to dress my baby a little more warmly.
Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?
Yes, I do worry about my baby's arms & hands being cold at night. They sometimes feel cold to touch.
Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Yes, we have a room thermometer.
Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?
Yes, we've always used sleeping bags. I wasn't aware about the compliance issue.
What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?
I think it's great. At the moment, I dress my baby in a fleecy sleepsuit so that my baby won't get cold arms, but do worry that maybe my baby's too warm inside his sleeping bag.

QueenOfFlamingEffigies Mon 12-Nov-12 22:08:04

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night

Not a problem when DS was tiny as he slept in my bed and so we were always toasty! But now he's in his own bed, and our house is heated only by a woodburner in the main living area, its something I am always fretting about. Babies/toddlers just don't have the sense yet to keep their arms tucked in!

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?

Hmmm, a bit, but I layer him according to temperature.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

Touch. The house is cold at night, I don't need a thermometer to tell me that grin

~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?

Yes, we've always used them, and no, I didn't know that.

~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?

Depending on price. I usually add a cardigan to DS if I think its cold though - we have some granny knitted ones that are short in the body but looooong of sleeve that are perfect for the purpose grin

Piemistress Mon 12-Nov-12 22:20:08

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night

Difficult as the house is warm when they go to bed then the temo drops to about 15C until the heating comes on again about 6am. Hard to dress them for fluctuating temperatures.

Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?

Yes, have been using long sleeved baby gro underneath her sleepsuits as her arms always felt freezing during night feeds. Did use fleecy sleepsuits for a while but worried she was too hot (but never felt it)

Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

Both.

Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?

Yes, we've always used them. Either gro bags or ones from John Lewis. I know they shouldn't have sleeves but a friend recommended the Jo Jo Maman Bebe ones with sleeves. I have just bought a merino sleeveless bag instead as it looks to deal with fluctuating temperatures quite well. Have you considered making merino bags?

What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?

No, I think the price is quite expensive considering the sizes only last for 3 months apiece, I would rather spend more on a sleeping bag (see above).

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
My dd2 gets quite cold and it is probably the buggest reason of any disturbed nights when she's evidently become cold and agitated. Im keen to keep her warm but allow her flexibility of movement around the cot.

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?

Yes i do because on many times shes woken her hands have been icy icy cold and her arms very cool. On the days shes warmer she sleeps much more deeply.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

Yes i use a thermometer on my monitor. I turn the heating right down as my dh and older daughter sweat and get hot in the night regardless so i monitor babys room temp to compensate with any extra layers etc.

Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?

I used sleeping bags up to 8 months with both my girls and currently use a travel grobag with my baby dd if we're on holiday or visiting grandparents. But i stopped using them purely because they learned to cruise walking up and down the cot, would stand in the bag and trip bashing face first into the cot bars. If i could stop them doing the sack race in them i'd use them into toddlerhood. I wasnt aware that they couldnt have arms due to safety.
~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby

No. I wouldnt use it. Because i dont find sleeping bags practical when my kids are walking i now use mothercare wadded sleepsuits. They are tog rated like a grobag but i find the snug fit means they actually feel warmer. Their arms are well covered and the smaller sizes have scratch mitt cuffs. Your product is similar but is combined with a grobag whereas i can just buy a whole tog rated suit. I put a long sleeved vest on underneath and shes toasty warm. The cost of a bag plus suit with you would edge me towards the cheaper suit from mothercare. The drawback to the wadded suit is that they are outgrown quicker than a sleeping bag but i would have the same issue in your suits for the benefit of warm sleeves.

Piffpaffpoff Mon 12-Nov-12 22:33:50

1 I really struggled with DC 1 to be confident that he was warm enough. We live in a new build so things were never freezing but he was my pfb and I worried if his little hands were cold. I bought sleep suits with fold over mitts to keep his hands cosy!

2 yes I did worry about his arms getting too hot or cold, mainly more worried about him being cold.

3 I used touch to gauge temp

4. I did use grobags and did not know that about the arms

5. Brilliant idea, I used to put a wee cardigan on over the grobag on particularly cold nights and often thought I should just knit a wee pair of sleeves for him!

Belmo Mon 12-Nov-12 22:39:06

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I found it pretty stressful last winter when dd was very little, am much more chilled out about it now. I was obsessed with her not overheating so the wee lamb was probably too cold half the time! We mostly cosleep now so she just snuggles up to me if it's chilly.

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?
Yes a bit, her wee hands are often freezing. I usually have her in a long sleeved vest and jammy top, and mitts when she was younger. As long as her chest is warm enough I don't worry too much.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Up until fairly recently I used a gro-egg and obsessed a bit about keeping the temperature exactly right. Found it invaluable in the early months but I'm more relaxed about it now.

Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?
Yes, love them, couldn't do without them. I think I had read that but had forgotten.

~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?
Sounds brilliant. It gets freezing in our house, I'd definately consider one. Wouldn't mind something like that for myself tbh!

FrillyMilly Mon 12-Nov-12 22:39:08

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I think it can be difficult sometimes to gauge if a young baby is too cold. A lot of the SIDs advice given makes me wary of adding too many layers.

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night? How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?
I don't really worry about their arms being cold. I sleep with my arms out of my duvet and I've never woken with freezing arms I just put long sleeves on them. If its really freezing I would put fleece pyjamas on them. I judge their are too warm or cold by feeling their torso.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Touch to gauge. Had room thermometers but found them too inaccurate.

~ Do you use a baby sleeping bag? Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?
Yes and yes.

~ What do you think about this new product? Do you think it's something you'd use in the winter months as an alternative to a standard baby gro?
To be completely honest I don't like it. It's just solving a problem that doesn't exist and charging a fortune for it. It's quite normal for babies hands to be cold, it's not an indication that they are cold. A long sleeve baby gro/pyjama top would be fine and if really necessary some scratch mitts.

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