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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

ZombieOnABicycle Mon 12-Nov-12 13:52:53

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I always felt concerned that my DD was either too warm or not warm enough, I know a lot of this comes with a first child, but if the room temperature showed that the room was ok, I would often feel that her hands were still 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 used to hold her hand and feel the back of her neck to check her temperature

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
We used to use both, now that DD is 3 she's old enough to tell us if she's too hot or cold.

~ 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 them until DD was 2 by which time she had out grown them - we could only find one that fitted her and it was exceptionally expensive. I was unaware that they couldn't have sleeves, and a bit worried now as my favorite one when she was first born had long sleeves (french brand that I cannot recall)

~ 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 good idea, but the cost would definitely be a major factor in deciding whether we bought it or not. I used to take worn out hand me down fleeces and snow suits and attach the sleeves to baby grows, which is probably a lot cheaper if you have the time to do it

ShatnersBassoon Mon 12-Nov-12 16:27:47

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

I was constantly worried that they were too warm or cold. I started off with blankets and sheets, but quickly moved on to sleeping bags when it was clear that my babies simply wouldn't lie still at night and would inevitably wake up cold having wriggled out of the covers.

~ 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. We used sleeping bags, and the uncovered arms used to bother me somewhat. I used to put long-sleeved vests on under their babygro, and I bought a few thicker velour babygros for very cold nights (but then I'd worry that their bodies would overheat!). I knew if they were too cold because they'd wake up (GAH!).

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

The baby monitor had a thermometer on it, so we'd use that to decide if I was fretting over nothing when I was convinced the baby's room was colder than the rest of the house.

~ 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 know that, because I used sleeping bags and fruitlessly searched for a sleeved one!

~ 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 like the look of it, they don't look too padded, and I imagine they'd be handy for cold days under other clothes as well as at night.
I probably would have bought one, regardless of price. I did anything to get more sleep when they were newborns.

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

When my baby was first born in January this year, we tried (unsuccessfully) to swaddle her and use blankets. We found that the temperature difference between being cuddled and put in a [cold] moses basket, woke her immediately!

~ 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, never - we try to keep the room at a constant temperature as well as using a sleeping bag

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

Touch mainly but we do have a room thermostat for the central heating which tells us the current 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 sleeping bags but I wasn't aware of the British Safety Regulations!

~ 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 haven't really had a problem with baby's arms being too cold so I probably wouldn't use them. I do think I'd worry about baby overheating more if they have thick padded arms.

WheresMyCow Mon 12-Nov-12 17:10:31

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

I've always worried about keeping DS warm enough in winter and cool enough in summer. I had to start off with blankets for him due to his size and then moved him into a sleeping bag as soon as he was big enough. Every night there's the dilemma to decide what to put him in and then will he get too hot, will he be warm enough if the temperature drops.

~ 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 did worry about cold arms and hands so used to use long sleeve vests underneath babygros and did have some thicker fleecy sleepsuits for really cold nights. In summer I would sometimes just put him in a long sleeve vest in his sleeping bag to make sure that his arms were warm

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

A room thermometer and what position he's sleeping in are usually a good gauge - if he sleeps on his front with his arms tucked under and his bum in the air he's usually cold!!

~ 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 do use a sleeping bag and have always had ones without arms. I didn't know about the safety regulations

~ 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 that the new product looks like a good idea and would potentially use it when it's colder

McPhee Mon 12-Nov-12 19:16:47

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

My daughter was born in late June, so at first, my main concern was keeping her cool enough when we had that heatwave. Now it's much colder, obviously the worry is her being too cold. I find she wakes if she isn't warm enough. We have several sleeping bags of different togs depending on the temperature.

~ 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 do worry about her arms being cold, but lately I've added a long sleeved cotton vest under her sleepsuit. It seems to be working <famous last words>

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

I have a nightlight next to her cot with a temperature guage built in. It was a bit of a worry during the summer as it was harder to cool the room down, so I would get very stressed. My daughters hands are always cold, so I tend to touch her neck to see how warm/cold she is.

~ 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, and no, I knew nothing of the regulations.

~ 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?

Without seeing the product up close and feeling the thickness of the fabric, it's hard to judge. It does look a good idea though.

StaceeJaxx Mon 12-Nov-12 19:31:30

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I did use growbags with both of mine when they were babies. But dd1 hated them and I'd end up taking them off her. Our old house was extremely cold during the winter and so we ended up co-sleeping with both of them so that my body warmth could keep them warm. They both wore fleecy long sleeved baby-gros and dd2 wore a growbag, plus the duvet cover covering half their bodies and I would sleep snuggled up next to them to keep them warm.
~ 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?
During the winter it wasn't a problem of possibly being too warm as our house was so cold. They both wore fleecy long sleeved baby-gros.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
No I didn't need to because the house was so cold.
~ 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 use one yes, but I wasn't aware of that, no.
~ 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 product, I would have definitely bought one for both of mine when they were babies.

Pascha Mon 12-Nov-12 19:41:17

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

DS's bedroom can get very cold in winter and very hot in summer due to a sloping ceiling so it has always been somewhat difficult to maintain an even temperature. Sometimes on the coldest nights his room drops to 11-12° and we have an oil radiator to combat that.

~ 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?

Sleeping bags are a much better idea than blankets because they can't remove them so you are always assured of their core body parts being warm, but it is annoying to go in at 4am to find chilly arms and hands when everywhere else is toasty warm. I don't like adding cardigans and the like over the top but occasionally that is what we have resorted to. DS never wakes because of the cold though so maybe I am a bit overfussy.

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

Both. We have a Groegg which is appallingly inaccurate but does give you a handy blue glow to warn you its really a bit nippy and we ought to check on DS but after the first few weeks it becomes second nature to check by touching the back of the neck or chest.

~ 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 do and I had heard of something like this although I wasn't aware of the BS standard. I know of at least one other company (Vertbaudet) who have made armed sleeping bags and I did look into them but, TBH, they are too expensive so I dismissed them as a gimmick. Now, 2 years down the line I can see the benefit of them but I'm still hmm about the price. [cheapskate who buys at TKMaxx emoticon]

~ 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 like the product very much. I might give it a go with the next one on the way if its not too expensive.

chaosandcupcakes Mon 12-Nov-12 19:45:27

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

We are using a sleeping bag at night but do find that she wakes if cold and her hands in particular get very cold. Sleeping bags are great though as babies tend to kick off their blankets and then wake. Also they are snug and secure and a little bit like swaddling.

~ 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 definitely worry her arms and hands do get cold. Her hands feel very cold when she wakes to feed. I feel them.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

I have a room temperature but I also use touch to feel how warm she is. She tends to get cold easily and complains. She likes to be very cosy.

~ 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 didn't realise that there were regulations but I did think they shouldn't have sleeves because of a risk of overheating linked to SIDS

~ 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 would definitely be interested especially as my baby does feel the cold and does seem to get cold arms

aimingtobeaperfectionist Mon 12-Nov-12 19:49:20

Our baby was born in the may heat wave so we didn't need to worry about keeping baby warm- quite the opposite!
We are now starting to think more about her sleepwear as the nights get colder. She doesn't sleep well if she's cold.
She is currently in a Moses basket and we dress her in a long sleeve vest, sleepsuit and gro bag with two thin blankets.
She is going into her own room in three weeks and I have been thinking of what to put her in as her safety is paramount.
I have been thinking of putting a cardi or something similar on her to keep her arms warm.
We use a room thermometer but I prefer to feel her back or chest to gauge her temperature as I've got a feel for how warm she likes to be when sleeping.
We do use a gro bag and I did wonder why they didn't come with arms. I assumed it was a safety thing.
I would be very interested in the new gro suit a it would make me feel much happier about her temperature and safety when I put her in her own room/cot for the first time.

debka Mon 12-Nov-12 19:50:00

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
We've always used sleeping bags and tried to keep the room at a constant temperature.

~ 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 worry now, but when my eldest was a baby we lived in an unheated house in winter for a while (don't ask), and I used to wrap her up very very warm, and put socks over her poor cold hands. If they don't wake up I think they must be warm enough!

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
I guess the temperature of the room adn children by how they feel.

~ 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?
Not now, no, our house is adequately heated. I may have used it when we lived in the cold house. However it strikes me that if it is dangerous for a sleeping bag to have arms, then surely this product is also dangerous- it's letter of the law stuff, surely.

Loved sleeping bags with dd and am with ds too. Best thing for me is that if their nappy leeks it's all contained grin

Kveta Mon 12-Nov-12 19:52:50

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

we have co-slept with both DC as babies, so although they sometimes had/have chilly hands, it didn't bother me too much if their core temp felt ok. we love our gro-egg for helping assess whether it is geuinely cold or just me being feeble! love our cheap knock-off gro bags too.

~ 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 especially, as baby is normally lying so close to me they don't get too cold. we judge by checking their chest or back, if it's warm enough, they are fine.

~ 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 do, and I guessed this might be the case given that sleeved bags didn't seem available!

~ 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 sure how necessary it is, if it is so cold that more layers are needed, we just use an extra blanket or socks over hands!!

SilveryMoon Mon 12-Nov-12 19:57:49

I have 2ds's and never used grow bags. I really don't like the thought of them, being zipped in like that. I used standard long sleeved baby suits and blankets.
During very cold months I used socks over their hands but was never tempted with grow bags despite people giving them as gifts.
I used touch to judge how hot or cold my babies were.

HappySunflower Mon 12-Nov-12 19:58:49

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?

I put her in a long sleeved vest and long sleeved pyjamas.

~ 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

~ 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, depending on cost!

musttidyupmusttidyup Mon 12-Nov-12 19:59:34

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
Grobag egg to check what baby should wear and stuck pretty much to that - on very cold nights used to pop a cellular blanket loosely over and on very hot ones leave grobag open a bit ( neither if these with newborns though)
~ 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?
Never worried about arms - was always more concerned they would get too hot than too cold- I figured they'd wake up if cold ; woke up for many reasons but not sure cold was one! Don't recall ever having cold arms to the touch - maybe cold hands but didn't seem to bother them.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Yes, grobag egg and the one that comes with the grobags which I love for a quick what to dress them in reference.
~ 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?
Have always used branded grobags - as they seemed to have their * together - always appeared to be the most professional operation! Hence I figured that sleeping bags shouldn't have arms but didn't occur to me whether it was regulation. I just think one with arms must make them so hot with no outlet to cool down, in a duvet I suppose you throw your arms and legs out to cool down - again overheating far worse than being cold.
~ 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. My youngest is still in a grobag but I wouldn't buy this - for the reasons stated above. Also I suspect it would be pricey (compared to a vest and pjs). I'm not sure this product would do you any favours tbh - one of the thing I like about for is the simplicity and the clear instructions - if you introduce this new vest then the 'rules' on what they should wear become blurred. An again, if I'm being brutally honest I would say that it is a product being developed that is unnecessary hence just for making money and feeding the paranoid / overly concerned. Not sure I'm making myself clear - the reason grobags are great is because I have rested easy that my kids are safe and are not going to overheat. With the introduction of sleepwear to come with it those lines are blurred and uncertainty is introduced.

BoysAndGhouls Mon 12-Nov-12 20:00:59

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
Just in a sleep suit with layers of blankets.

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 my babies arms were covered by her sleep suit which had the fold over mittens for her hands. Your baby will wake up if too cold, I would feel my baby's chest to check her temp.

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

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?
No, I was given one as a gift but never use it.

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. It's good for the people who would use the sleeping bag anyway but only if its included when you buy a gro bag. Other wise it seems your taking advantage of the buyers of these, As they'd have to buy it as a add on product.

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
When DD was tiny I was worried about her being warm enough at night because she was 4 weeks early and small, so she always slept in a long sleeved baby grow and I think we used a long sleeved vest underneath for a few nights when it was really cold (born in winter). She quickly learned how to get rid of her blankets and we've used sleeping bags since then. Last winter we lived in a freakishly hot apartment block that we never needed to turn any heating on even when it was snowing outside, so we never had any concerns about the cold. This year we're back in a cold house again, but I don't know what the plan will be when it gets properly 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 tend to judge the room temperature by whether or not I feel comfortable sitting in the room in my pjs & dressing gown, which is equivalent to DD's sleep suit & sleeping bag. I know that if I'm warm enough, she will be (I'm always cold). Unfortunately/fortunately (depending which way you look at it) I have to go back into her room in the small hours often enough that I've a reasonable idea of what the temperature will be like in there.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
No. I used the TotallyEggFlipped how cold am I? scale. (see above)

~ 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. I'd wondered about it when we started using them, so I googled it (I should get out more).

~ 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 if it came out when DD was born then I would have used it, but not at this stage. (she's almost 2) For another child, I'd consider it depending on how old they were in the winter and how cold it looked like it was going to be, as adding a vest means an extra body layer.

VirtuallyHere Mon 12-Nov-12 20:05:07

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

I co-slept when he was a baby so aside from his arms/hands feeling cold when out of the covers I was always reassured he was cosy and 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?

Not particularly as the rest of him felt warm.

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

I used a room thermometer up to about six months but it was relatively pointless as he was born in a heatwave so the temperature was far higher than recommended and there was little we could do about it. I used touch sometimes to gauge if he was too hot.

~ 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 a baby sleeping bag for a couple of months but he didn't seem to like it very much. I wasn't aware they shouldn't have sleeves/arms, I just accepted that this was the standard design.

~ 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?

My son is no longer a baby now but if he was, and it was a cold winter, I'd possibly try the new product.

MegBusset Mon 12-Nov-12 20:16:33

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
Mine are/were quite hot sleepers so even in the winter months they were fine in a vest, sleepsuit and 2.5 tog Grobag. When it was really cold we had the heating come on for an hour in the middle of the night to take the edge off the chill.

~ 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 used to have a room thermometer and also feel the baby's chest to see if it seemed warm enough. They never seemed that bothered by their arms as long as they were covered!

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Both (see above).

~ 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?
Mine are too old now (3 and 5yo) but both used Grobags from birth until they went into beds at 2.5yo. I wasn't aware about that aspect of the regulations.

~ 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 is a bit of a gimmick tbh and not necessary for most babies. £14.99 for a pair of sleepsuits is daylight (or nighttime!) robbery. If I had another baby I would definitely not use them.

FEEdec Mon 12-Nov-12 20:17:37

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I constantly worry if he is too warm or too cold at night. When my son was tiny we used blankets but was much happier once he was big enough to use gro bags. When he was newborn, we kept the heating on at night during the winter so I didn't worry too much that he'd be too cold, but this year we aren't keeping the heating on and he often wakes around 3-4am & I do worry if he is waking because he is 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?
Yes definitely. I know I like to tuck my arms into the duvet, so I do wonder if he's the same as he often sleeps on his front with his arms/ hands tucked close to his body like he's trying to keep warm. If he wakes I usually have a feel of his body and arms/ hands to judge if he's cold and quite often recently I have put a blanket over the top of him as he does feel cold & it seems to help him sleep longer but I am aware this isn't recommended. Because of this I have been looking into sleeping bags with arms as an alternative.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Both. I have an angelcare monitor that has a thermometer on it, as well as a stand alone room thermometer and I always touch his back, chest & arms to see how warm he feels all over.

~ 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 use Gro Bags and an M&S version. I am aware that sleeves are not recommended

~ 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?
Definitely! I'm off to buy one now!

Declutterbug Mon 12-Nov-12 20:20:16

I find it easier to keep my baby warm and monitor their temp by bedsharing with them. In fact, I worry more about them getting too hot than too cold. We don't use a babty sleeping bag unless it's extremely cold -cellular blankets seem easier. I don't use a room thermometer either, just go by how I feel and how baby seems.

FEEdec Mon 12-Nov-12 20:28:14

Just went to the Gro Store to buy one and disappointedly they go up to age 9-12 months. My son is 11 months already so would have liked a 12-18m size, so I won't be buying one for such a short space of time.

Firawla Mon 12-Nov-12 20:33:13

I always used to use sleeping bags, only stopped recently as my youngest is 15 months now so getting a bit old for them but I feel more comfy with them staying warm in a sleeping bag, now that he is with a quilt I do worry about him kicking it off and ending up chilly as he is still young.

I would put long sleeve vests under the sleep suits with sleeping bags to try and keep the arms a bit warmer but these new special suits sound a good idea.
I have to admit I have put blankets over sleeping bags before, I know you are not 'supposed to' but to keep them warmer on cold days I have done that a fair bit.

I remember with my oldest (now 4 yr) I was quite concerned about the lack of sleeves but then i did hear about the regulations. I had seen some sleeping bags with detachable sleeves though, from vertbaudet but then as i heard it wasnt recommended I decided not to bother with it.not sure whether they are still doing them or whether their recommendations are different as they are based in france?!

We have room thermometers but i never look at it, and the recommended temp always seems so cold, we found ours was always telling us room is warm enough when its quite chilly, and it was recommending the house much colder than we would have it

NevermarriedDuranduran Mon 12-Nov-12 20:34:59

Use the gro egg, and bring the cardboard room thermometer when travelling. Find they are great as they give me peace of mind that DC is warm enough. If its a cold night I pop a little cardie over the sleepingbag to keep arms warm. The grobags are great until about 18 months when all my DC's have found them too restrictive and want their feet out.

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