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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.

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.

when ds was a baby i lived in my old apartment which had very high ceilings, a lift shaft running through the middle and big old windows and glass doors etc. the room temperature was never going to be too hot and it was never stuffy like it can be in smaller houses so it was just about not wrapping him up too warm clothes and bedding wise.

i have to say i didn't worry about it too much. i worried more about falling asleep breastfeeding with him snuggled with me and overheating him that way in the night.

i did use sleeping bags for him and if it was cold i laid a blanket loosely over the top. later when he was asleep i'd check him and if he seemed to warm take the blanket off.

i never used a room temperature at home - other than the heating thermostat because i had a feel of the place and knew it never got too hot and i'm sensitive to cold so i'd know if it was chilly. at my mum's house i was more cautious - that was a more usual structure and so could get hot quickly. i'd make sure he was just in a sleep suit and growbag there and check him more regularly - also convince my mother that no we didn't have to keep the house at greenhouse temperatures.

i don't think i personally would have bought this product - i'd have seen it as quite amusing and over precious tbh. having said that maybe i'm forgetting how neurotic i was in the early days. if i did get one i suspect it would have been quickly cast aside when my oh my god it's a teeny tiny baby neurosis had worn off a bit.

skyebluesapphire Tue 13-Nov-12 00:58:39

I used sleeping bags as DD wouldn't keep a blanket on, still won't at 4yo

She loved her bag and after she outgrew it she cuddled it like a blankie.

I never used the ones with sleeves, they just seemed wrong. I would put her in a long sleeved vest and babygro to keep her warm inside the bag and it worked a treat.

The BT baby monitor had a temperature gauge on it.

I don't think sleeves are necessary and should stay banned.

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
My DS is quite sensitive to the cold (he is quite skinny as he was prem) so I do worry whether he is warm enough at night, especially when it gets very cold in the early hours of the morning.

~ 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 that his arms, and particularly his hands, get extremely cold - we used to swaddle him but now he can escape no matter how tightly we swaddle. However I don't judge his temperature by his hands - I will check his chest or the back of his neck to see if he feels too hot/cold.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
We have a GroEgg thermometer to guide us on 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've not used a baby sleeping bag, as I was advised not to do so before 6 months (particularly as DS is small for his age). I would consider using one if/when the weather gets extremely cold, if I don't think I have sufficient blankets in that case, but we have not had any issues with blankets being kicked off, which I think is one if remain reasons people use baby sleeping bags.
I didn't know that BS regulations mean that baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms - I would want to find out the reason behind that (i.e. is it a safety concern)

~ 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 I would be unlikely to buy this product - instead I would use fleece babygros or cardigans, and adjust the layering of blankets accordingly - as they are quite expensive.

UWSmum Tue 13-Nov-12 02:01:28

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
We use a room thermometer or else I argue it is cold and dh argues it is too hot. It is an oddly stressful topic as both think we are doing what is right for the dcs.

~ 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?
Feel back of the neck. Ds always has hot hands, dd's hands are always cold.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Thermometer and forehead kiss

~ 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 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?
Yes

I used sleeping bags for my first DC, now 4, and I am using them for my second DC, 4 months old. The bags are great, but he has cold hands in the morning. I do put a cellular blanket over him too. The gro-suits sound like a good idea because they may help with this by keeping his arms warm. I wasn't aware that sleeping bags should not have arms, I have only seen them without so assumed there must be a reason for that. I use a thermometer in the nursery to keep an eye on the temperature, the nursery is the smallest bedroom in the house, but the coldest!

glitch Tue 13-Nov-12 08:09:44

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I was more worried about my DS being too hot than too cold. I was forever adding then taking away 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, I don't recall ever worrying about his arms.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
I did start off with a thermometer but once summer came it was a bit pointless as we were constantly hotter than the recommended temp.
~ 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 know that that is why gro bags don't have sleeves. I used them all the time from about 6 mths onwards.
~ 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 don't think I would have bothered as he seemed warm enough.

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

I found this confusing and conflicting - while my baby's room thermometer indicated that it was warm enough, to me it felt too cold and I was often tempted to add another blanket. During hot summers, I would leave her window open to circulate some cooler air and have her sleep in just a vest and nappy with a sheet for cover.

~ 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 often thought she must be freezing as her hands were so cold - judged by touch.

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

Use both - room thermometer part of baby monitor so alerted me by sound if room 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?

I do use sleeping bags but did not know that they shouldn't have sleeves. Sometimes I added a blanket over the sleeping bag.

~ 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?

Yes definitely

CarpeJugulum Tue 13-Nov-12 08:31:04

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
As DS is my only child, I found it very difficult knowing how to do this correctly. Despite all "best practice guides" shown in books, in the very hot maternity ward, we were instructed that they had to wear a vest and a sleepsuit and have about two blankets on - which made my son very grumpy and upset. It was only when we got him home and had a room thermometer that we could see what was best for him. We ended up with a thermostatic heater in the room to ensure a constant temperature overnight as he always woke if the room temperature dropped below 19 degrees (despite this apparently being an optimal 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?
We were taught to check their temperature on their chest/back of the neck to see how they were doing rather than arms or legs. DS was an autumn/winter baby, so always had a sleepsuit on but his arms did always feel cool to the touch as he always refused to have his arms under the blankets.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Our baby monitor had a temperature sensor on it, so we used that although we did check his temperature ourselves at any check we did.
~ 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?
As soon as DS was old enough, we bought GroBags as they were the only product clearly marked as complying with BS standards - I knew there were other makes available, but they didn't display any certification on the packaging and I was too nervous a mother to risk it. I did know bags shouldn't have arms though.
~ 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?
DS is now too old to use sleepsuits, but I would have used these like a shot if they had been available as they would have saved a fair bit on heating and I would have been happier with his choice to have his arms flailing about the cot!

EwanHoozami Tue 13-Nov-12 09:12:10

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

We use sleeping bags and an extra layer of long-sleeved vest when it's 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've slightly decided that the coolness of DS's hands is due partly to stillness as well as room temp so I've stopped worrying about it tbh. The cold doesn't wake him up as far as I'm aware.

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

Yes for DS1, I'm generally more inclined to trust my intuition for DS2

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?

Wasn't aware that there was a regulation, but my mother-in-law decided that sleeping bags were useless due to having no sleeves and bought us a dreadful non-UK one that had zip-on sleeves.

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. Seems like an expensive solution to a problem that isn't really there.

StrangeGlue Tue 13-Nov-12 09:13:19

So please share on this thread
~ Your overall views and experiences: I've recently moved up north and now quite often put a cardy on dd 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 have a room thermometer but I know if she's too cold by whether she wakes in the night.
~ 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? I do use grobags and that explains why I haven't been able to get 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? Yeah I probably would.

Tobermory Tue 13-Nov-12 09:32:03

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
When my first DD was tiny i used to worry so much about the temperature, both her body and also the room she was sleeping in. In the summer if she and the room were too hot and in the winter if she was too 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 would feel her hands, though they always felt cold! Also her neck and back.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature? There is a room thermometer on the monitor in DDs room.
~ 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? DD2 is now in a "big girls bed" with a quilt but we used sleeping bags with both our children. They are fantastic! I 'thought' i knew about safety regs but apparently not - i did not know they shouldnt have sleeves.
~ 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 expect if i had another,no chance of that, then i would probably be sucked in and try it.

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

I've never really had an issue about this. I used a merino wool & cotton sleeping bag which kept both DD's comfy & warm though winter & summer. On a very cold night I will put a cellular blanket over baby if needed.

~ 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?

This has never been a concern of mine. I always check baby temp by feeling their back & both babies were usually warm.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Never used room thermometer. I use 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?

I used a sleeping bag until 18 months.
I was not aware of sleeve 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'm sure lots of parents might like it, but it's not something I would use.

FreelanceMama Tue 13-Nov-12 10:00:17

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
Our problem was the opposite - all being in a small room together with a v efficient storage heater we had the window open in the middle of February to keep the temperature down. I was more worried about him being too hot (cot death risks) than cold. I was told by friends "he'll let you know if he's too 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?
No I didn't worry, although I didn't like that his hands were cold sometimes. In the early months he had integrated scratch mits on his sleepsuits so that kept them warm. He rarely has bare arms - either wears a sleepsuit or pyjamas over a sleeveless vest, or a long sleeved vest and pyjama bottoms. To see if they're too hot or cold I feel in the "elbow pit" but I rely more on the back of his neck and the room temperature.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Yes, our Leapfrog monitor has a room thermometer and I keep it between 17 degrees and 21 degrees - any hotter and the window is opened/layers removed, any colder and I top up with a free standing heater. In the summer, I also check the back of his neck, back and 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?
We've always used a baby sleeping bag - I didn't know about the BS regulations but wouldn't want one with arms anyway because I like the flexibility of easily removing it without fussing with arms and disturbing him.

~ 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 we're fine with long sleeved vests or baby gro.

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

I have a warm-blooded child. She was in a gro-bag to start with, but once she was big enough to start kicking off covers, she was quite happy to sleep in just a short-sleeved vest.

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 still worry about this, as her arms often feel cold to the touch. When she was a baby I would feel how warm she was at the back of her neck.

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

Like most PFB mums, I used a room thermometer to start with but then became more confident.

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 used the gro-bags or their equivalent for the first few months. I wasn't aware that baby sleeping bags shouldn't have arms, I just thought it was a popular 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?

I suspect that if this product had been around we'd have bought it because we were first-timers and overheating was a big concern.

One other comment - I often see babies out in the winter in several layers of clothing, plus coat, plus blanket, plus waterproof cover over the pram, even when indoors. I'm not sure this is a very healthy thing for them.

asuwere Tue 13-Nov-12 10:14:17

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I've never really had any issues with any of them, they've had sleeping bags/cocoons or been in with me.

~ 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 remember ever noticing it with any of them. DC4 is currently only a few weeks old and I am aware that she has cold hands during the night when I feed her - doesn't worry me though as the rest of her is warm. I judge their warmth by their neck and if they seem settled.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
No thermometer, just 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?
I do use sleeping bags and wasn't aware that they couldn't have arms although had noticed that none of them did.

~ 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?
It's not something that I'd buy. Think if I was worried, I'd just use a long sleeved vest under the sleepsuit but so long as their body is warm, they should be fine. I always keep my arm out the duvet at night so figure it's normal smile

BelinaTheChicken Tue 13-Nov-12 10:35:21

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
DS2 was a winter baby and we have a cold house (flat roof and massive windows) so keeping him warm was a concern for us. We used sleeping bags and a blanket if it was really 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'd feel his hands and the back of his neck to see if he was the right temperature. To keep his arms warm I would put a long sleeved vest under his sleepsuit so he would have two layers on his arms.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
The monitor we use has a thermometer on it, but I generally would trust how DS felt more than the 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?
I used sleeping bags for both DC, I didn't know that sleeves were against safety regs but never had them anyway, and just put long sleeved vests on to keep them cosy

~ 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?
Looks like a good idea, I'd be unlikely to use it myself as I have all DS2's clothes as hand me downs from DS1. I'd probably consider it if I needed to buy more sleepsuits for him, but I wouldn't replace the ones we already have

MommyVan Tue 13-Nov-12 10:56:29

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

Ensuring they were warm enough in winter was always a concern. I swaddled them as newborns (not recommended any more I believe!) but once they were into sleeping bags I tended to find their hands were icy cold by morning. Very hard to keep a blanket in place, as my 3 are/were all active during 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?

Yes, this is a concern with my 8mo at the moment, she feels the cold. I feel her hands and upper chest (finger inside collar) to judge how warm she is. Often she has cold feet despite sleep suit and gro bag.

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

I did with my first baby, not the next 2. Didn't find it helpful really as doesn't take into account draughts etc or whether a baby is naturally a "warm" or "cold" person.

~ 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 no respectively! I wondered why gro bags with arms weren't 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?

The new product sounds tempting, however is it simply a sleep suit with padded sleeves? At present I dress my "cold baby" in a fleece sleep suit (they cost around £7) under her gro bag and this seems to do the job. Is the gro suit warmer/better than this? If it covers hands then that would be useful for me and I would buy it.

mumnosbest Tue 13-Nov-12 11:26:42

I've never really understood the need for a sleeping bag. Layers of blankets have always worked for us. You can add or take away. Theyre also easier for nappy changes in the night. No noisy zips or fiddly fastenings so you can do a change without waking baby up.

Woodlands Tue 13-Nov-12 11:35:29

~ 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?
Yes - in winter when it got down to less than 10 degrees in our bedroom at night I used to put DS in a long-sleeved vest, a sleepsuit, a 2.5 tog grobag, a cardigan over the top AND a blanket (yes I know you're not meant to use them as well, but I had a 14 tog duvet, a blanket and a hot water bottle!). I would just go by how I felt as to whether I thought he was warm enough.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Only the type that came with grobags. Mostly I used 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 used sleeping bags up until about a month ago (DS is 2.4). Yes, am aware.

~ 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?
Yes, it looks good, but I am a cheapskate so would probably stick with using a cardigan (not done up, so it was only really an extra layer on his arms.

lorisparkle Tue 13-Nov-12 12:21:11

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?

We always followed the clothing advise on the gro company room thermometre that came with the sleeping bag so was fairly confident that DS would be warm enough.

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

We had a thermometre on the baby monitor

~ 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?

All 3 DS had sleeping bags until they were in a proper bed. I was aware that sleeping bags should not have 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?

Never really had a problem with DS being cold but probably would have bought them for DS if they had been around then.

TrickyWoo Tue 13-Nov-12 12:35:32

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
We used a sleeping bag from birth for both babies both were (over 7lb).
We found before we used a sleeping bag that when our baby was asleep the cold moses basket would wake them up when put down. We only used sleeping bag at night, and used blankets during the day for nap time.

~ 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?
Occasionally, only if really cold. Would use recommended layers, sometimes a small cardigan over if I felt arms were cold.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Monitor had a thermometer on it (angelcare). But I still used touch on baby's hands and chest to check they were warm enough.

~ 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 a sleeping bag but not aware of 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'd probably keep using a cardigan in addition to the long sleeve bodysuit and babygro.

cherryjellow Tue 13-Nov-12 12:38:04

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

Ive found it really hard, My DD hates covers, and hated being swaddled. so when she was very young we put her in a grow bag. This worked fine if she wasnt in bed with us, but failed as soon as she learnt to roll. She used to get twisted and frustrated.

~ 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?

Usually we judge by touch. She always has something long sleved on, and if she gets cold she cries and we know about it smile

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
We have a room thermometer. if it goes below a certain temp in the night a small heater comes on.

~ 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 wasnt aware that it shouldnt have arms. I dont use one any 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 i would if I have another child who likes grow bags smile they look good

TuffEric Tue 13-Nov-12 12:56:44

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
My DD was born last October and I was always fussing about keeping her warm, but not allowing her to overheat. She is a PFB so I could get myself quite worked up about it all! She would definitely sleep less well if cold. We used the Grobag swaddle until she was too big for it (which was a fabulous product, btw) and then she has been in grobags ever since. I still sometimes find it hard to gauge what to put her in as when she goes down the room is quite warm, but later in the night (when the heating goes off) it's much cooler...
~ 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, and I still do! I really hate the feeling of being cold in bed, so I don't like the idea that she might be cold and not able to do anything about it! I can usually tell how warm/cold she is by how she is lying in the cot (on her back with arms above her head if too warm, on her front with arms underneath and bum in air if cold!). If I'm unsure I feel her neck or chest.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Both really. We have a thermometer on the monitor, but if I'm not sure I feel her chest or 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?
Yes we use a sleeping bag. I assumed they couldn't have sleeves for safety reasons but haven't read the BS 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?
Yes! I think it's a great idea. I love the fact that the main body of the suit is thinner, and I like the fact that on your website you give guidance about whether or not they need a vest as well, depending on the tog of the grobag. I would definitely like to get one, and I think the price-point is reasonable. The only thing I would say is that the pictures on the website don't give much clarity on what the sleeves are like, and I would have liked some clearer pictures.

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I always worry they are warm enough and continuously checking, and I also worry about being too warm if the central heating is on. Will check them before I go to 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?
Yes worried about arms being cold relative to the rest of the body given the lack of sleeves. However, I soon realised that my toddlers, once in a big bed, will very happily sleep completely out of the covers and don't seem to have the need to be snuggled under the duvet like I do. I have a baby monitor with temperature on it so know exactly what the temperature is.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Yes, baby monitor with 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 have always used baby sleeping bag. Did not know about the safety regulations and always wondered why there were no sleeves.

~ 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 wouldn't use this product. One reason I like the gro-bag is it stops them climbing out of the cot, and they also associated the gro-bag with bed time as they can't move around too much. Put them in one of these and they would probably think it is still play time.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Tue 13-Nov-12 13:59:32

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

I am more worried about them overheating, so I have never overdressed them in the colder months. If they have woken up cold I drape a woollen bloanket over them, then put an extra layer on the following evening.

~ 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 worried with my first, but soon realised that he wasn't bothered with his arms and hands being like ice blocks. I'm always reserved with regards to overdressing, so I wasn't worried about then being too warm. I judge that they are too cold if they wake up in the night.

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

We have a room thermometer, but they are a bit hit and miss I find. So I mainly rely on 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?

I have used sleeping bags with all 3 of mine. My 4 year old has only recently stopped using his. I have always used Grobags and am aware that they shouldnt have 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?

No I wouldn't use, mainly because of the price. I use a long sleeved vest, a fleece sleepsuit and 2.5tog grobag on the really cold nights.

I would also like to add that I was very interested in the new higher tog (3.5) grobag, but to get it in ds3 size would cost £40. I personally think that is too much. As I have mentioned all of my sleeping bags have been grobags, I love their quality and designs, but £40 imo is astronomical.

That's my chance of winning up the swanny!! grin I do like the travel bags though <redeeming?!>

~ 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?

My babies are 11,7,5&4 now but I would worry in winter if they were the correct temperature, especially when we slept at my parents house who didn't have central heating. I would slip a couple of fingers into the neck hole of their vests to see how warm their bodies were.

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

We used 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?

I used sleeping bags with dd1 from about 6 months and the rest from a couple of months. I wasn't aware of 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 used to dress my babies in long sleeved vest, sleepsuit and a cardigan if it was cold before putting them in the sleeping bag. I don't think I'd have bothered with this product as I'd have already had sleepsuits and cardigans handy.

musthavecoffee Tue 13-Nov-12 14:20:06

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night. I always used sheets and blankets with my son, I preferred being able to remove layers to regulate warmth without disturbing him too much.

~ 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 didn't really worry about him having cold arms, I would be up with him regularly in the night and would tuck him up as needed.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature? I used a thermometer to gauge the room temperature but relied totally on touch ( down the back of his neck) to check whether he was warm enough or not.

~ 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 don't use one, although I did try my son in one at. Around three months. He didn't really settle very well so I went back to blankets. I wasn't aware that not having arms on the sleeping bag was a safety requirement.

~ 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 anything that gives parents more options to help their children to sleep well is a good idea! I would stick with what I know here though and continue to use layers at night with my little one.

fruityoatybrains Tue 13-Nov-12 14:26:58

~ 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 worry a little. I tend to put him in a long sleeve pajama top. I will put a blanket on him on top of sleeping bag if I feel it is tooo cold. I also have a small oil filled radiator that goes on when the temp gets too cold in the room.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Both. I also use a therm on the baby monitor

~ 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. no not aware.

~ 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 the product is very cute and would make a lovely gift to someone with a new baby. If it was available when my two were little I would have bought it!

mrscog Tue 13-Nov-12 14:31:33

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
DS (8 months) uses a sleeping bag - in the summer this was enough and now it's cooler I just put a couple of blankets over - I didn't realise you weren't meant to but it seems safe enough to me.

~ 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 his hands do get cold but I figure that he'd wake up if he was uncomfortable, I do put a longsleeved vest on over the top and use babygrows with inbuilt scratch mits where possible

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature? The baby monitor has a thermometer which I use

~ 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 one, didn't know that about 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 gro?
Probably not as I think vest and babygrow with scratch mits to fold over is sufficient for an older baby. You could promote the manufacture of babygros for older babies with scratch mits though - they're hard to find!

MrsBungleBear Tue 13-Nov-12 15:32:36

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

I have a 3 year old and a 5 month old. I have used baby sleeping bags with both. I tried to keep the room the correct temperature throughout the night by keeping the heating on low. I usually put my baby in a long sleeve vest and a long sleeve baby gro and then the gro bag. Sometimes if its especially cold, I also put on a little pyjama jacket.

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 and do worry about the baby being cold because his arms and hands sometimes seem really chilly! I do add layers to the arms by using a long sleeve vest and/or a lightweight pajama jacket.

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

Yes, I had a gro egg with DD. With DS, my gro egg had broken but my baby monitor also shows the temperature. I also feel the baby's chest to see if its 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?

Yes I always use sleeping bags. They are far easier than other covers that might fall off or go over the baby's head. I wasn;t aware of the reason for them not having 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 would use this product. It sounds like a good idea.

Flippityjig Tue 13-Nov-12 16:30:37

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I did worry about my baby being too cold but much more about her 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?
When my baby did sleep in a sleeping bag I worried her arms would be cold and always had her in long sleeved babygros in the winter.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
I had a room thermometer in her room and tried to keep the temperature around 19 degrees.
~ 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 a baby sleeping bag once she started turning over as it meant she was still covered up at night. Also found that once she could stand up it stopped her trying to climb out of her cot.I used Grobags until she was old enough to sleep in a bed.
~ 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 this is an excellent idea for the winter months to keep a baby's arms warm when she's sleeping in a Grobag.

turnipvontrapp Tue 13-Nov-12 16:38:22

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night - I used a grobag on all 3 of my DS and they were great.
~ 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? Probably a bit but not too much as they had long sleeve babysleepsuits on.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?Have done but common sense is just as good.
~ 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?Used grobags. No wasn't aware of 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?
I think its a great idea in winter or if you live in a really cold house.

Gentleness Tue 13-Nov-12 17:07:00

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night.
I was much more anxious with my first (born in Sept) than with my second (born in May), partly because of the time of year and how well I got to know them before the cold weather started in. Our third is due soon and I'm already a bit worried as there'll be good 2 months of very cold weather to go when he or she arrives. However, I found that generally, they didn't need as many layers as my mum insisted on! They are both good at adjusting to temperatures now and I wonder if that is partly because I didn't coddle them.

~ 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 didn't worry about their arms specifically - more about their hands. Both my boys liked to suck their fingers or thumb at night so really hated having mittens or cuffs over their hands. In the end I had to trust and accept that if they were in pain with cold, they would wake up!

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Both. When baby is very small I have a room thermometer set up for an overview, but use touch (baby's chest) to understand whether I need to add or remove a layer.

~ 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 use a sleeping bag from 1-2 months depending on the general temperature and the size of the baby. I was aware that most sleeping bags don't have arms except for older children and can't remember if I ever worked out why.

~ 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 idea and they are really pleasant subtle designs. I'd use it if it was bought for us, or had a gift-card, but otherwise would use what I already have - sleepsuits with a long-sleeved vest under if necessary. I'd worry that the quilted arms would take longer to dry and at least with layers, you have a small chance of only washing one of them! I found we went through so many clothes with vomit, poo-splosions and so on, I would need to spend a lot of money and a lot of laundry time for baby to be wearing one of these every night. Having said that, I might request a set from enquiring relatives and friends for the baby shower!

Rottenluck Tue 13-Nov-12 17:26:16

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
With my first daughter we used an oil filled radiator on a thermostat as her room was very cold. I don't find it such an issue in my current house.

~ 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?
Only is she is sleeping in a very cold room.

~ 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 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?
perhaps, if it was a really harsh winter or we were staying somewhere really cold. I normally find a long sleeve vest and pj top sufficient.

In the winter months I always put a pair of tights under their pj's/ sleep suit.
When they were tiny I used to put tiny socks on their hands too they seemed to stay on better than scratch mitts grin.

CheeryCherry Tue 13-Nov-12 18:52:58

With my first child we had no heating, just a plug in heater which I didn't dare leave on at night. So I was constantly concerned about how hot/cold he was.
I didn't really worry about his arms, as he had a baby grow and cardigan on! And mittens when it was really cold! Yes we did have a thermometer too, and touched his face, head and chest to check if he was ok.
Never used a sleeping bag, they weren't available, but I would have done, especially for my DD who thrashed around at night! Didn't know about the sleeves issue.
Do love the idea of this sleeping suit as I would prefer to leave the room cool but the baby warm.

CheddarOnToast Tue 13-Nov-12 19:03:01

I personally like to sleep in an unheated room, with minimal covering, so maybe I don't worry as much as I should about how warm my daughter is. I dress her in a sleeveless vest and pyjamas at night, and use a 2.5 tog baby sleeping bag. If I feel it is very cold, I dress her in a long sleeved vest and pyjamas and the sleeping bag. I find that pyjamas with the sleeves slightly too long stop her hands getting really cold at night. She still sleeps in our room.

~ 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 her arms being cold, because I know that they need to lose heat from their arms. I wouldn't check unless she woke up and then I would feel her hands and her nose, and the back of her neck. She is usually warm as toast, even though we don't have any heating in the bedroom.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature? We do have a thermometer in the bedroom, but I don't usually look at it for the inside temperature in the winter - I might in the summer when it is really hot though (it also shows the outside temperature, which is really what we have it for). I adjust pyjamas according to how cold I feel it is/will be overnight.

~ 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 a baby sleeping bag and I know they shouldn't have arms. I have been thinking of giving her a feather duvet instead this winter, but I think I'll wait until she moves from a cot to a bed.

~ 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 quite a good idea in theory, but I probably wouldn't buy one - my daughter gets through so many pairs of pyjamas by spilling breakfast down them, nappy leaking etc etc, so I wouldn't be able to afford it. Also I can't be bothered with all the poppers on babygrows, so I don't use them anyway, it's pyjamas all the way here after about 6 months or so.

DialMforMummy Tue 13-Nov-12 19:26:15

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I dont find it too difficult, I follow the instructions given on the Grobag label.

~ 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?
Sometimes but I know it does not mean anything. I feel their neck to judge.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Yes, the carton one given with the Grobag.

~ 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 no I did not know there was regulations about 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?
I think it might helpful for people who have a cold house but I doubt I'll buy one as my house is normally warm enough, and when I stay somewhere colder, I put a long sleeves bodysuit as well as pjs. Also, how does it work with the regulations? Surely if it's cold you need more togs on the grobag? confused

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

We live in a draughty small Victorian house with original single glazed sash windows, it's bloody freezing at night. Both of my babies are January born and I was constantly stressing about keeping them warm. DD2 is still only 10 months so I'm stressing about it again.

~ 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 worry if her arms are cold. Her hands always are. I'm fat a warm person so I'm a rubbish judge of temperature and usually end up asking DH if it's cold as most of the time I'm boiling. I rely on her cold hands telling me or a hand on her neck to judge her temperature.

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

Touch. We do have a thermometer on the baby monitor but we co-sleep so don't use it at the moment.

~ 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, have used sleeping bags with both from birth. Love them, wouldn't consider blankets etc. Did not know about the sleeves thing, have seen a couple of bags that include sleeves and have liked the look of them.

~ 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 nice idea but I'm guessing you'd need a good few of them, one for every night and they're probably expensive <checks> Yes, £15 for two as opposed to a pack of 5 sleep suits for a tenner.

Interesting idea though, would give them a try.

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

It is very hard to decide whether or not a baby is an ideal temperature. I knew that you are supposed to check the baby's chest rather than hands but sometimes you fret over them being too hot or too 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, of course. I felt baby's hands, arms and chest to judge if they were too cold or too warm.

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

I found that room thermometers weren't always accurate so I found that using touch to gauge temperature was better.

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 use a baby sleeping bag now with my second child but didn't with my first.
No, I wasn't aware.

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 alternative and much safer to use than blankets alone or a baby sleeping bag with additional layers. I would definitely use this product as an alternative.

EdgarAllanPond Tue 13-Nov-12 20:17:40

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

with my first born in s heatwave of 2007, it was hard to keep her cool enough, but i stayed awake alot and was happy to put her in just a nappy and touch her skin to check (it was boiling!!) - later babies i have a rough idea of which things need to go on to get the right temperature/ how warm the house should be.

~ 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?

this is mostly a problem for older babies who don't sleep in our room, and therefore aren't checked through the night. yes, i did want a bag with arms - i looked for one and found jojomamanbebe did one, but it was expensive so i didn't get it. (got extra padded Tchibo one instead, and put them in a sleeved babygro under sleepsuit)

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

i only use them rarely for newborns, but over 6 months - 2 years all the time. I did not know regulations were against them having sleeves.

~ 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?

yes, i would use such a thing. have already looked! so long as my small one was happy (they only stop getting sleeping bagged when they start unzipping them themselves.)

MummyAbroad Tue 13-Nov-12 20:40:57

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
It became a major concern because it was really obvious that the drop in temperature at night was waking him up - it became a total mission to fix the problem in order to get more sleep. (BTW I am a British ex pat living abroad in a warm weather country, it was always warm in the early evening when we put him to sleep - to warm for covers which he would kick off, but then the temp dropped later and he would wake up 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 a gro-bag style thing (not the grobag brand) that did have arms, I wasnt aware that these werent recommended.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
I used a cardboard one, but it always read the same temperature so I didnt trust it, I think I should have spent more money on a better one!

~ 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?
When my little one was younger, yes I used one and it had arms, I didnt know about the British 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?
Now that I am aware of the safety issues, yes I would definately look at this as an option.

MikeOxard Tue 13-Nov-12 21:05:09

 Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
The recommended temperature always seemed too cold. I would be chilly when it was supposed to be warm enough for a tiny baby!

~ 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?
With dd, my first baby, I worried a lot about that, I would feel the back of her neck to make sure she was warm enough, but her hands would often feel cold. My ds, second baby, cosleeps so I know he is as warm as I am all night.

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

Do you use a baby sleeping bag?
Not yet for ds, but I used one with dd from newborn.

Are you aware that to comply with British Safety regulations, baby sleeping bags should not have sleeves/arms?
No, I wondered why I could never find one with sleeves.

~ 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. I used to put a cardigan on dd which worked well so it would depend how it compared against that. If it looked warmer, more comfortable, safer etc then I would definately consider buying one alongside a sleeping bag.

GetKnitted Tue 13-Nov-12 21:31:15

~ 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 did, usually judged by own temperature, thermometer, or check temperature at top of body, near neck.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
yes, a gardening thermometer, (min, max) so that we could tell if it had been really cold at any point in the night.
~ 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 for a while, but not the whole time. tended to use thick onesies instead, probably made for outdoors.
~ 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, given the restraints of the regulations, but wouldn't probably have been enough to change our tactic of thick onesies.

hytheliz Tue 13-Nov-12 21:44:26

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I've always used sleeping bags but have worried they're not warm enough because the togs are low (2.5 tog) compared to our duvet (13 tog) in the winter.
~ 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 have worried about that. I use room thermometer to check the room is warm enough.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
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 I always use sleeping bags for my two babies. I didn't know about that 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?
I'd be quite interested in something that involves sleeves.

~ 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 initially but she refused to have her arms tucked in, then I figured if her body was warm she would be okay. I use to feel just inside her back or front to see if her body was warm/cold/too hot.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature? We had a room thermometer on the monitor but never really checked it. Touch was much more reliable.
~ 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 until the girls potty trained at night. If figured they didn't have arms for a reason but wasn't aware of legislation.
~ 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? Yes definitely.

Starshaped Tue 13-Nov-12 22:14:22

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
We live in a really warm flat, so I tend to worry about DD being too hot rather than too cold. When it did get cold winter, I just followed the Gro-Egg advice and added a long sleeved vest under her sleepsuit. DD is quite a wriggler in her sleep, so I've loved used sleeping bags - it's meant I've not had to worry about her wriggling free of her covers and getting 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?
No, I've tended not worry about her arms being cold. I love being snug in my duvet but often wake up with arms sticking out of it without feeling cold. I've therefore worked on the assumption that it would be the same for a baby.
I judge how warm they are at night by feeling their torso and checking the temperature of the room.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Both. We have a Gro-Egg in the room but also use touch if we're worried it's too hot/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?
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?
I love baby sleeping bags but probably wouldn't buy the new product because it isn't something I've felt that we've needed so far. If I was really worried about DD's hands and arms being cold, I would rather just add an extra long sleeved layer under her pyjamas.

loubielou31 Tue 13-Nov-12 23:20:17

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

I did use baby sleeping bags, the best one I had was one that had a vent at the back and so could be used in car seats or push chairs. Brilliant. As small babies they slept in our room and so if it felt warm enough for us it would have been warm enough for her 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?

I didn't worry about this too much. I was told by my lovely health visitor to feel the back of their neck rather than their hands as a guide to whether or not they're warm enough.

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

I did have a thermometer in the bed room but pretty quickly just get to know if it feels warm enough in there or not. I can usually tell when my children have a temperature by kissing their foreheads and use an ear thermometer to check how high it 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?

I definitely didn't know that baby sleeping bags shouldn't have sleeves. Why is this the case?

~ 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 thought it was particularly cold I would just put a long sleeved vest as well as a sleep suit or perhaps a little cardigan on under the sleeping bag. I think the price of the product would mostly determine whether or not I bought it.

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Wed 14-Nov-12 00:01:21

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I often thought the children were too cold at night. Even if the room felt ok their hands would feel 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?
I'd feel hands and faces to judge their temperature. Although their arms felt cold they'd be soundly asleep, so it didn't really worry me except on the coldest nights.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Touch. Never had 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, used them constantly when the children were under one, and was just talking yesterday about maybe getting another one for the winter for the 17 month old, as she's a chronic blanket-hater. I didn't know about the sleeves thing, but have never seen a bag with sleeves.

~ 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 the cost, yes, I'd definitely be interested to try one.

MrsHoarder Wed 14-Nov-12 01:17:23

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
When it wasn't always cold had a lot of worry about how many layers to put on as didn't want to disturb DS to put more clothes on

~ 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 worry a bit, and put a long-sleeved bodysuit under his sleepsuit when its very cold to keep his arms warmer

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Touch, we sleep in the same room so can feel what the temperature is like

~ 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 baby sleeping bag, I wasn't aware that it was a British standard that they shouldn't have arms but as DS always wriggles his arms out when under blankets I assume he likes them cooler.

~ 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 don't think I'd use it, it sounds more difficult to wash than a standard baby gro which live in the washing machine.

blossombath Wed 14-Nov-12 09:01:12

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I veer between worrying about overheating and worrying that my son will wake up because he is cold - especially in the early hours when heating is off. I also worry that if he is warm enough in evening when heating is on he may get cold by the middle of the 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 do worry, and tend to use my own judgement on whether I feel the room is warm or cold plus what the prediction is for minimum night temperature to judge whether he will be warm. I think babies hands are often cold so I tend to feel his neck to check.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Both - now I use touch more (he is 8mo) but when he was smaller and when we go to unfamiliare places I tend to 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?
I do, but was not aware of this 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?
It would depend on pricing. I might not buy an expensive bag gro for my son now, as he is 9mo and I feel a bit less worried about overheating so if it's very cold I would put him in a cardigan at night. But I might buy it on offer for him and would certainly consider it if I had another baby born in the winter or autumn as I would be more wary about putting them in cardigans in case they overheated

sweetclarity Wed 14-Nov-12 11:21:20

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
Worried alot with our first, used a grobag as soon as DD1 (now 4) got out of her swaddling. DD2 (now 13 months) in a grobag for naps and night time. We did worry ours werent warm enough, particularly first time round. Grobag gave us peace of mind, leaving us free to worry about other things!

~ 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, I always put two fingers down their back to judge their core temperature.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Use a room thermometer but also rely on touch if temperature falls

~ 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?
only grobag - we were given others but the designs never gave us confidence they were suitable, i.e. poppers instead of zip fastening meant legs could escape and leave baby contorted (but still asleep!) or zips that could be undone by a 2 year old.

~ 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 dont think we'd use it, it is the core temperature that matters most to us although i have been known to put socks on babys hands to warm them up but this product would not resolve the issue of cold hands. Babies can overheat aswell, i would worry that too much insulation might cause them to overheat.

TheTempest Wed 14-Nov-12 12:54:32

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

It was something I really worried about as it was costing me £40 a week at once stage just to keep my then flat habitable. I feel the cold easily and baby was going to bed in fleecy babygro's with a gro bag and blankets as she would always get them off!

~ 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, which is why she always have long sleever babygro's under the gro bag. Just touch really on the back of her arms and neck.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Touch really.
~ 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 baby was small. They are now three and two and love to be snuggly under their duvets. I didn't know that, but will be looking into 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?

I think it's a great idea and would have given me a lot of peace of mind when they were little.

WowOoo Wed 14-Nov-12 12:56:50

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
My children were in one of the warmest rooms in the house. I was never really that worried about them being cold 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 used to feel their chest to see if they were cold or had a temperature. Usually I didn't worry about it and didn't feel the need to check.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
We were given a room thermometer as a hand me down. Nice to know the temperature of the room.

~ 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 a sleeping bag for my children when they were young.
I wasn't aware about the safety regualations.

~ 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 for parents who are concerned about cold arms and hands, but not something that I would have bought myself. I think it's unnecessary mostly. I don't think a child would wake up from having cold arms.

SuiGeneris Wed 14-Nov-12 13:18:56

Very different experiences with DS1 and 2.

DS1 hated the one sleeping bag we bought him (which in any event he only tried around 8 months as I thought they were unsafe until past 6 months), so he always slept with sheets and blankets and thicker sleep suits. At around 18 months we bought him a duvet and has used that since.

DS2 sleeps mostly with us, so has a warm sleep suit and a cuddle from me (duvet is down by my hips to avoid the risk of it going near DS2). For the 3/4 hours he spends in his cot he has either sheets and blankets or a sleeping bag. He seems to like it more than his brother, so we are about to buy him another one.

We never used room thermometers, just relied on how we felt.

Would not buy the new product, can achieve the same effect with summer sleep suit plus cardigan, surely? Plus the cardigan is easy to remove if the child is too hot... <waves goodbye to the prize>

BedHog Wed 14-Nov-12 14:09:52

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
My babies didn't like being too warm so I just used various thicknesses of grobags and sleepsuits according to room 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?
No, not arms, although sleepsuits with foldover cuffs were useful as I could never get on with scratch mittens.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
A Grobag egg. My children have one each. They are a design classic - we get very excited when they change colour!!

~ 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 them, although I prefer thicker bags by <whispers> other brands. Grobags seem a bit thin to me. It doesn't seem fair that I have a snuggly 13 tog duvet and fleecy pyjamas and the baby only has 2.5 tog. I hadn't heard about the 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?
It depends on the price. I'd rather it was a top rather than a whole suit as it would last longer and not be outgrown so quickly.

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
Our babies were too small to use sleeping bags initially and we started with blankets and found it very hard to stop them being kicked off etc. Grobags made a big big difference. Small baby sizes please!
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?
A little, DD tends to manage to pull the vest over her hands and off her shoulder so she gets colder. Finding vests that stay on her sleeves are tricky.
Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature? Yes, a Grobag one. It always reads differently to the baby monitor however..
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 one. No I wasn't aware of the sleeves regulation, but one reason we have used Grobags rather than cheaper brands is faith that they will meet 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 don't think I'd buy babygros or vests that could only be used for night time, particularly as I tend to feed our Dts breakfast in their night vest, then change for the day. I think our house is probably too warm when they go to bed in the evenings for the padded suit also, although it might be good on very cold nights.

EarnestDullard Wed 14-Nov-12 14:53:39

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I've always been more concerned with my babies being too warm than too cold. In winter they wear a vest and a sleepsuit (velour if it's very cold) and have a blanket over them.

~ 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've never really worried about their arms. I figure they'd wake up if they were uncomfortably cold. As for too hot, I use a room thermometer and if their cheeks are very red or they feel hot to the touch I'd remove a layer if bedding/clothing.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
We use a room thermometer and I'd feel their chest to check core temperature if I was worried.

~ 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 tried sleeping bags a few times when DD1 was a baby but she was happy enough with blankets so we didn't use them very much.

~ 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'd possibly consider it if the weather was very, very cold. Even with a blanket the baby's arms are usually uncovered so if I was worried about her arms being cold it could be a useful solution.

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

We worried so much about cot death and keeping our baby the right temperature, gro bags were literally a god send as they took all the worry out of getting the right number of blankets, sliding under blankets 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 didn't - now i feel bad for that! blush

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

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 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?

Yes definetley, anything to take the worry out of keeping my baby warm and safe is a good thing for me.

Paco888 Wed 14-Nov-12 16:00:44

I'm just a Granny trying to keep up!!!!! The gro-bags have worried me re the warmth of my last 2 grandchildren but they seem ok although hands are never warm!!! I shall have to learn to be modern (hence joining Mumsnet) though I am very re-assured by all the modern mum's comments on the success of bro-bags. Thank you all!

Pinotgrigioplease Wed 14-Nov-12 16:24:12

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

We used blankets when DS was very small but quickly moved onto Grobags. In the summer months he would just wear a vest underneath but now he wears a long sleeved vest and sleepsuit. I much prefer using the sleeping bags as DS is a wriggler!

~ 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?

My DS gets very cold hands but so long as his chest is warm I try not to worry too much.

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

Both. We have a gro egg and our baby monitor also tells us the temperature but I will also judge how warm/cold my DS feels.

~ 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?

No, I much prefer to use layers to adjust DS temperature. I'm also not sure why warmer sleeves are ok if a sleeping bag with arms is not?

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Wed 14-Nov-12 18:25:37

I found a travel gro-bag absolutely invaluable when they were small. We could go to see friends and family and when the little one got tired we could get them ready for bed, give them a last feed and then tuck them up into the gro-bag and put them down for a nap in the pushchair. Then they simply transferred straight into the car, because the travel gro-bag has a two way zip and a velcro'd slit in the back for pushchair/car seat straps. Then when we got home they could be put straight into bed. It was lovely. We didn't have to rush off home after tea time and it didn't disrupt baby's routine. I loved my travel gro-bag and used it for both of mine.

HannahLI Wed 14-Nov-12 19:07:56

I love sleeping bags, they make life so easy. I do worry about temperature as its hard to know at first and the sleeping bags feel thin despite keeping them warm.

I usually judge by temp on monitor and by touch of his body. My second baby now 7 months I have had to give an extra layer to compared to my older one as he seems to feel the cold more. I wasn't aware that the sleeping bags weren't supposed to have arms but I did know that they are regulated and if you can't just buy any old bag! I always buy gro or halo usually as they are both regulated.

I saw the new gro sleep wear the other day and thought it brilliant, would love o get a closer look but thought it a great idea.

For me I find your thermometer helpful but what I have struggled with is the layers for the temperature and I wish there was more guidance for that on your thermometer too.

Florin Wed 14-Nov-12 19:25:28

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

As a new first time parent I am nervous about getting it right I want my baby to be comfortable but I am also very aware of the dangers of h being too hot and the dangers of blankets going over his head

~ 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 worry that sometimes when my baby wakes his arms and hands feel very cold. I touch the back of his neck to get an idea of how warm he is. I would prefer him to be on the cooler side as the worst thing to happen if he is slightly cold is he will wake however he is at risk of SIDS if too hot which is something I get very worried about.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

We have a digital room thermometer on our baby monitor which we do rely on but also use touch to check

~ 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 have done since he tea he reached the recommended weight. They have been our best baby purchase ever as as soon as he goes into his gro bag he settles even if he had been screaming. He has slept through from 6pm -7:30am since he was 13 weeks old and we feel this is mainly due to the gro bags.
I didn't know about the arms not reaching government standards but glad I do now as I was considering a travel sleeping bag with arms gro another company. This puts me off buying 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?

I think it is a brilliant idea and also reasonably priced I will be very tempted to try some when the cold weather really hits.

ChristmasCountdown Wed 14-Nov-12 19:31:25

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I wasn't too worried about keeping DS warm when he was a baby, I worried a lot more when he was a newborn and it was scorching hot. There was the occasional night when his bedroom was very cold and I was always wary of putting a blanket over him (we used gro bags).

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 wouldn't keep his arms in anything - I couldn't even swaddle him when he was a baby! In the winter he had a body suit under his sleep suit, so if it was really cold I might put a long sleeved body suit on.

Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Both. We had a gro egg, which I really liked as you could see at a glance how the temperature was without having to go right into the bedroom and peer at it in the dark. If the egg indicated very hot or cold weather I would check the back of his neck 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?
I was a huge fan of grobags - DS used them until he was in a bed. I usually always buy them as a gift for new parents. DS was very wriggly and moved about his cot, so they were ideal for keeping him warm. I did know about the arms 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 would probably have considered buying it when DS was a baby (if it was well recommended by MNers). However, it is a bit pricey at £14.99 for two. I didn't have to change DS's sleepsuits very often during the night, but I know a few parents who would go through two sleepsuits easily, so I'd have probably wanted more than two. £30 for four, when they would only last a few months is too steep. I imagine the supermarkets would start selling them much cheaper (like they do sleep bags) which would make them more tempting for most. I would prefer brighter funkier colours too.

ctoyno Wed 14-Nov-12 19:36:57

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

My baby slept in the same bed as me and my partner, therefore I felt comfortable about his temperature because I could feel him and observe him closely since he was right next to me.

~ 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 I didn't worry about this - I remember he sometimes had hands which were colder than the rest of him when he was little - but not cold enough to get frostbite! His core temp always fine, as far as I could tell.

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

touch and observation

~ 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 have a couple but I didn't find them that useful - too long and a bit silly really! We didn't need anything like a sleeping bag/special baby blanket when he was in bed with us, and during the day he tended to nap in the sling and I'd just put him down if I was in the house and keep a little blanket over him if neccesary.

~ 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 would work well alongside the grobags, if that's what people use - although my doubts are whether this is really needed - just because baby's arms/hands feel cool to touch, is that really a problem? Could it be that this product is simply playing on parent's anxieties?

vixo Wed 14-Nov-12 19:59:38

We have an old and cold house so I've never worried too much about them getting too warm in winter, but because of all the warnings about not letting them overheat I think I have always erred on the side of fewer layers - I check them when we go to bed and sometimes add a blanket tucked in round them on cold nights.

I did worry about cold hands/arms with my first, but then read that babies often have colder hands, so I now check round their neck or put a hand just down their back to see if their body seems warm and judge by that.

I assumed there was a reason baby sleeping bags didn't have arms and that it had something to do with safety. We have used sleeping bags with both ours and intend to with the baby which is due next month. They wriggle so much when they're little, and the sleeping bags mean that I know they'll always keep the covers on and not end up too tangled.

I can see that people might like the idea of their baby having warm arms, but I wonder if it's necessary since babies seem to have been absolutely fine, and sleeping well, with sleeveless sleeping bags up until now. No doubt some people will buy them,though, and that's fine, and up to them. I think I'll stick with them having slightly chilly arms as long as the rest of them is ok and they stay asleep!

Climbingpenguin Wed 14-Nov-12 19:59:47

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

Both mine were swaddled for the few few months, which happened to be the winter months. We did a mix of basket and co-sleeping so I tended to stay away from grobags for a while as that would be a faff in having to remove it as they entered the bed.

~ 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?

What I struggled with more was keeping myself warm with no pillows/big duvet when sleeping, I generally didn't worry about the baby except for overheating. If they were in blankets the their arms would wriggle free as well as their upper torso so I didn't see cold arm issue as being particular to the grobag method.

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

mostly touch, although once we got a monitor that happened to also display temperature then we used a mixture. DS was a baby that struggled to retain his body heat so the absolute temperature was meaningless anyway.

~ 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 not know they shouldn't have sleeves, although I assumed there must be a reason that most sleeping bags don't have them. I use them but only once the children are older

~ 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 probably not. It limits choice when you come to get bedtime clothes out, you'd have to have quite a few so you always had one to hand and there is still the fact they will spend time in the babygro in the mornings/late evenings not in the grobag but with hot arms.

puzzletree Wed 14-Nov-12 20:02:32

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
Swaddled my first to start, then used a sleeping bag. Next two children used sheets (July babies) then sleeping bags as it got colder. Was most concerned not to let them overheat, especially when newborn.
~ 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?
If it's cold in the room I do think cold arms and hands can be a problem, I tend to put the baby in a long sleeved vest and sleepsuit and if really cold have put a cardigan or jumper over. Judge by feeling chest and generally checking they are settled.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Have a thermometer for reference. Also the monitor will beep if the room gets very cold. But generally can feel how cold it is as we sleep in the same room as the baby.
~ 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. Didn't know, but presumed this must be the case.
~ 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?
Unlikely, as it will be expensive to get in multiple and different sizes. Happy with using long sleeved clothing layers.

melliebobs Wed 14-Nov-12 20:19:20

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
It was a concern to start as we live in an old terrace house that has no central heating and just a wood burner. It get's VERY cold so keeping DD warm we were always aware of. But with some common sense it wasn't hard. With the use of a room thermometer, using layers of clothing and blankets it's not been the problem we were expecting

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?
At first DD was always swaddled in a special velcro swaddle blanket but after a few days she hated it and fought against it to have her arms out. We always used to put mits on her hands too to keep them warm, but again she fought against them to have her hands out. I try not to worry any more, she is always appropriately dressed, if i think shes going to get cold i put a long sleeve vest under her sleepsuit and when it's really cold we've used a fleecie sleepsuit to compensate. But so long as the room temperature is ok it tends to be fine

Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
We use a coloured room thermometer to initially get an idea of what the temperatures like, then i feel DD or look at her colour

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 don't. I don't like them. They are expensive for what they were, especially when we would still need blankets as well AND dd would grow out of them. I much prefer blankets as you can layer alot more effeciently. I had no idea on safety regulations but that's only because we don't use sleeping bags. If we did i'd probably have read about it somewhere

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?
Honestly, i think it's rubbish. £14.99 for a babygrow?!?!?! That is insane. You'd need alot more than 1 as your baby is bound to have a nappy leak in it or be sick etc so it would be cheaper for long sleeved vests, a thicker babygrow and blankets. Think its one to scaremonger the 1st time mums into! ould i use it?! Not at that price!

StainlessSteelCat Wed 14-Nov-12 20:35:55

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
When very young, I didn't worry. He slept sort of swaddled. As he grew and could kick the blankets off, I started worrying more, and would get up to check him, even though he was in our room until 6 months old. Somehow I missed the existence of grobags for months. Wish I hadn't!
~ 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?
A little. I often would dress him in long sleeved body, t shirt and sleep suit to increase the layers on his arms.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Touch, at 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, No. But I wouldn't have used one with sleeves. I like having ability to vary amount on him.
~ 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?
Now, no - my youngest is 14 months. but if I had younger baby I would definitely consider it, and may well mention it to friends with younger babies.

cashmere Wed 14-Nov-12 21:16:03

1. I worried about keeping DS at the correct temperature. Once he was big enough for gro bags they made life easier as I only had to think about the bag tog rather than layers of sheets/blankets.
We used sleeping bags from a few months until DS was standing (then he got cross at not being able to move so we switched to fleece suits).

2. Yes and wasn't sure what to do about it. You are cautioned about letting them get too warm but grandparents said their babies slept in a cardigan. We just used long sleeved vests for night. Knitted arn warmers would work well too!
My midwife thinks tiny babies are better in blankets/ warm tops so their arms don't get cold.

3. We used the thermometers that came with sleeping bags- had one in most rooms! Then felt the baby's chest/back.

4. I wasn't aware that sleeping bags should have no arms.

5. I would have bought this 1st time round (had most things!)
This time only if competitively priced. Would need at least 3 to use on rotation I think and long sleeved vests/sleepsuits are so cheap.
I wouldn't pay more than £10 a suit on the basis that a snow suit is £20ish.
Really good idea though and I think lots of people would buy them.

fusspot66 Wed 14-Nov-12 21:17:32

Both my babies used grobags till nearly 3. They felt safe and never had the covers kicked off as the bag was zipped up. The cold arms don't worry me as I know they won't overheat and they seem untroubled by it. The SIDS prevention appealed to me at the start.

maxmissie Wed 14-Nov-12 22:01:54

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

Used sleeping bags whilst both DS and DD were babies which kept them really warm. Found sleeping bags really good as didn't have to worry about them kicking blankets off. Our house is quite cold as it's over 100 years old and has no cavity wall insulation so when my daughter was little we bought a little electric radiator to heat her room but realised after one winter that she didn't really need it and haven't used it since as they never seemed to feel the cold at night, even though our bedrooms are not very warm once the heating goes off.

~ 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?

Was concerned sometimes about their arms and hands being cold and occasionally put cardigans on over the top of the sleeping bag. However having cold arms/hands didn't seem to bother them or wake them up so I didn't do this very often. I would check the back of their neck and also to see if they were sweaty to see if they were too hot or cold.

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

I did use a thermometer when they were very small babies but generally would go 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
I did use sleeping bags when they were babies but not once they were toddlers. I wasn't aware that having arms would mean sleeping bags would not comply with safety regulations, although I assumed there was a reason why they don't have sleeves but didn't know what it 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? I think it would be reassuring to people that are worried about their children being cold. I would probably have considered buying it when my daughter was a baby before I realised that them having hands/arms outside the sleeping bag didn't seem to make them cold or wake them up.

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
Well, I got completely paranoid about it! DD was a snuggler so would often get sweaty hair and I'd be totally PFB 'OMG I COOKED THE BABY'.

Eventually we got the hang of it and realised that so long as we maintained an average temp in the room,maybe an extra blanket over the top if it was a chilly night, she was fine.
~ 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?
At first, I worried all the time, but then realised that she had wee cold fingers anyway! Too warm wasn't an issue (we're in Scotland.) but too cold I'd add an extra blanket in for warmth.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
No, it was quite obvious to me whether a room was chilly or not.
~ 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 sleeping bag, wasn't aware that it was a regulation that there were no arms on them but makes ense when I think about 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?
Possibly, if the price/quality is right. We tend to buy decent pyjamas with long sleeves anyway.

Strugglingtothinkofanickname Wed 14-Nov-12 22:49:22

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

it was something I found quite a worry, especially when we went away to relatives houses that were colder than ours. I found it hard sometimes that the temperature would drop quite rapidly in the night

DS is 2.5 now and we didn't use sleeping bags over the summer. I tried him when it got colder with a duvet but he wriggles a lot in his sleep. it was never covering him at all after a few hours sleep so he is back in his gro-bags and seems quite happy with it (after a few grumbles the first couple of nights).

~ 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, but our son has eczema so we put scratch sleeves on his arms, underneath the sleeping bag and over his sleepsuit, so he alwasy had two layers on his arms in the winter. Otherwise maybe I would have done.

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

Just touch and often double checked with my husband. our room thermometers we got always seemed really 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, used gro-bags, and still do. wasn't aware 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 wouldn't use it personally, but only because (see above) ds is always wearing scratchsleeves plus a sleepsuit/ baby grow. If we didn't use scratchsleeves then maybe I would consider it, but I'm not sure as £15 is a lot more than I would normally spend on a sleep suit.

thisonehasalittlecar Wed 14-Nov-12 23:18:50

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

Our house is cold and I've always probably erred on the side of overwrapping my babies in winter as I feel so 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?

In winter I usually use blankets over the grobag so not too concerned about arms. I've read it's ok for them to have cold hands but some mornings they are really icy. I check for warmth on their upper backs

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

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?

I do use sleeping bags; didn't know they couldn't have sleeves (I do have one fleecy one from the U.S. that does have them.

~ 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, as it's surely equivalent to a grobag with sleeves, which you are saying is unsafe.

lilacmamacat Wed 14-Nov-12 23:39:08

I put my son into sleeping bags almost as soon as her was born. When he slept in our room I did have some concerns about the cold and would put extra layers on him, but once he moved into his own room (on a warmer side of the house) I had fewer concerns.

We have a monitor/thermometer and use this to gauge room temperature. During the colder months we also check the weather forecast so we know roughly what to expect and will vary clothing accordingly.

I am aware of the British Safety regulations and have only ever seen sleeved sleeping bags in crochet magazines.

I think in principle the idea of a onesie with quilted sleeves is a good idea and would probably be useful in very cold weather, however in practice I would say you probably need three or four of these to allow for washing and night pukes which would work out too expensive for me.

Other comments:
- It would be VERY useful if you would put baby height/length ranges on the bags.
- Very glad to see you do bags for 18 months +. Other companies I have seen seem to stop at 18 months which is especially crap when you have an extra long baby/toddler (21 months and currently wearing age 2-3 clothes)
- Assuming I was interested in the GroSuits, it would be great to see them in 18 month + sizes

Salmon8 Thu 15-Nov-12 07:18:55

I have been using grobags for a few years now as we have a large family. I think they are brilliant. On really cold nights though I have worried about little arms getting cold so have sometimes put a long sleeved vest under the babygro. I would feel baby's neck to see how warm they feel. I would never go back to using blankets as baby's always seem to try and put everything on their face so all blankets are removed from the cot.

Tyranasaurus Thu 15-Nov-12 07:50:06

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

1st winter so only just starting to think about this now, see below

~ 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, frreezing cold hands on my boobs during night feeds

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

touch find room thermometers a bit neurotic

~ 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, 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?

already own and really like. would like to see more designs and larger sizes

Gethsemane Thu 15-Nov-12 08:48:22

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

I do worry about this. I know when it is cold I snuggle right up under the blanket, so I feel sorry for my little one with his arms out. It must be 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?

When we go through a spell of cold weather my DS will wake in the night - I then put him in a warmer sleeping bag, or turn the heating up. If it feels cold then I will preempt this and use a warmer sleeping bag and/or alter the heating settings.

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

I do have a thermometer but don't really use it. You can tell when you walk in to a room if it is too 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 do use a sleeping bag. I wasn't aware that that was the reason why they don't have arms - I have always wondered why not.

~ 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 the product sounds like a good idea! I'd have a look at it in the shops and would certainly consider using it.

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

We live in an old Victorian house that is draughty and find the temperature drops significantly at night - we have used long sleeved vests teamed with gros under her grobag and she is always quite warm when put to bed but just right through the 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?

Yes, her hands always feel freezing up to the rest of her body, we use scratchsleeves and these helps but quilted sleeves does seem to be a fantastic idea that as yet I've not seen anywhere else!

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

Yes, find our thermometer an invaluable resource in her room for guaging temperature but always feel her chest to see how she is feeling temperature-wise too.

~ 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 have used one almost since the start, was completely unaware they aren't supposed to have sleeves.

~ 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 price £14.99 for 2 seems very reasonable to me! I absolutely love the penguin design specifically, it is really lovely. I will be investing in these for winter although at 9-12m largest size I hope it will last my dd through the winter, as although only 5 months old she is extremely long and almost out of her 6-9m gros!! Think it is an absolutely fab pj solution to use with grobags and can't wait to get ours grin

Tincletoes Thu 15-Nov-12 09:53:51

~ 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, I didn't ever worry about them being cold - babies tend to cry if they get cold and it was easy to put another babygro on for example. Getting overheated was far more of a concern as I wouldn't get the same warning. Babies extremeties often feel cool anyway.
Too hot - easy to tell as they tended to sweat!

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Touch and was always obvious if too warm as they didn't sleep well.

~ 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 tried sleeping bags but (unusually) they didn't like them much. A lot to do with the fact we ended up cosleeping I think, but also that I seem to have babies who like to wriggle rather than being swaddled

~ 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 do really like this actually as even though we didn't use sleeping bags, you get the same cold arms problem with blankets. So I would definitely have bought them. They also look like a great present for my new nephew so you have a definite sale here!

EldonAve Thu 15-Nov-12 10:54:33

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
It was easy as I like the house nice and 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?
No never worried about cold arms . Judged their temp by the their back

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
used 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
Wasn't aware of the regs. Have seen family overseas with sleeping bags 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 think it's unnecessary. The pics online aren't very clear so I can't tell how quilted the arms are

fryingpanalley Thu 15-Nov-12 16:13:58

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

It's always a worrying balance isn't it. The night starts warm then the central heating goes off and it's totally freezing.

~ 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 DD2 as a whole being too warm or too cold. There's the SIDS guidelines but also I don't want her to wake up even more in the night!

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

We used a gro egg thermometer with PFB but only with DD2 when she was newborn, as the constant colour changes if it was on the edge of warm/ cool drove me mad in the night.

~ 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 grobags, am a total devotee, I love them. TBH I wasn't aware of the sleeves safety regs, I often see baby sleeping bags with arms in local charity shops.

~ 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 buy the new product as I usually only buy second hand clothes for my children and the price is a bit stiff. Also it's confusing- if babies can have covered arms, why the safety regs in the first place? Either padded covered arms are too hot and unsafe, or they're not. I don't understand why moving the padding from a bag to a suit makes a safety difference!- just means two products to buy instead of one!

Pomtastic Thu 15-Nov-12 16:15:01

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
This is a constant worry - our house gets really quite cold at night & DD often feels chilly when she wakes in the night, no matter how many blankets we layer on top of her 2.5 tog gro bag! I've rarely found her hot in the night this winter, but on the other hand, I do still worry about over heating & the risks of 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?
Yes, DD sleeps with her arms outstretched at right angles to her body - her hands & wrists always feel icy even if the rest of her is fine.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
We use 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?
We do use gro bags. I was not aware of this 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?
I would use this, yes, if the price were a little lower (maybe £12 for a twin pack, for example).

angell74 Thu 15-Nov-12 16:57:44

An experienced health visitor told me that a cold baby will tell you that it is cold but an overheating baby will not so I always erred on the side of a chilly baby that a potentially very unwell one.

I didn't realise that there were British Safety regs for gro-bags. We used gro bags with both our children and a friend bought us a 'gro' bag from another brand and even though it was the right size our baby seemed to be able to (very worryingly) slip into the bag quite easily so we ditched that after our first attempted use.

We tried using a baby monitor with a temperature gauge but it never seemed very accurate and ended up beeping and waking us all up at the most inconvenient times - so we stopped using that.

This new product sounds great - to resolve this problem we ended up putting our babies in long sleeved vests and long sleeved PJ's but this then worried me about overheating the core so we would go down a tog to compensate.

Hopezibah Thu 15-Nov-12 21:36:44

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

We use a grow bag and sleepsuit most the year around except for very hot nights in summer or when baby was newborn (I think we started at about 1 month old to use bag). I currently am using a warmer sleepsuit (but I only have one like it that is fleecy and warm) and the grow bag. When the sleepsuit is in the wash and she has to use her normal sleepsuits, then I layer with an extra blanket.

~ 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 worry and I judge it with feeling them. or if they have woken up and it is because it is cold.

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

I use room thermometer too to make sure room is not too warm and then I decide how much clothing to put on baby.

~ 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 was not aware. I don't understand the reasons why. is it because of overheating risk? in which case a separate product that does the same effect is probably not wise. But if it is so baby doesn't get covered over / or lost in the sleepsuit then a product like this would be a good idea.

~ 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?
As above - depends on reason behind the safety standard.

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
We used Grobags and similar products and were mostly not worried about them being cold. Still using grobags for the toddler, but actually I worry more about keeping her warm now she's a bit older, especially as she no longer wears vests just PJs. We sometimes give her a blanket on top now on cold nights.

~ 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 worried a bit sometimes when their hands seemed very cold. Mostly when visiting away from home, as it usually wasn't a problem at home. At MIL's house one Christmas DS's hands were icy when I fed him in the night... they always had windows open everywhere even in December! But he slept fine...

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature? Bit of both, we did use a thermometer when they were small.

~ 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?
Didn't know it was a regulation but not surprised, as it seems none of them do.

~ 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?
Might use it if we still had a baby and were somewhere particularly cold. For DD who is now older I would just chuck over a blanket instead. It would be less practical once they are out of bed, if they like to stay in PJs for a while it would mean either their middle bit got cold once the grobag was off, or their arms were a bit michelin man if they put something else on over the top (eg dressing gowns or jumper).

Lillyaan Fri 16-Nov-12 01:04:16

Being acutely aware of SIDS prevention and recommendations my advice is for No Padding of any description in the cot.
As Cotton is the best conductor of heat - once warm it lasts longer I therefore use cotton night garments (all-in-one) cotton gloves, a sleevless sleep sack covered by a flannell blanket.

Pammydue2009 Fri 16-Nov-12 11:45:03

I used the 2.5 gro sleeping bag during the winter when my baby was born and was happy that this along with a vest and a long sleeved sleepsuit was adequate to keep him warm. I would check chest and back of his neck to see how hot he was. I loved my gro-egg and still use it, I tried to ensure the room was around 18-19. Sometimes his wee hands would be cold but i would never be tempted to put an extra blanket on him. I love the safety aspect with the gro-bag and the poppers under the arm for when they little. Gro-suit sounds like a good idea and i'd def consider them for baby no 2.

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
Worried at first, especially as our first baby had some breathing issues affected by cold. Gained confidence and found grobags a really important part of this. We still have the cardboard thermometers with the clothing guide on the back! So useful, and I am really thankful for 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?
It's the torso that needs to be kept warmer, I think. Babygros with fold over hand mits worked for us.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Room thermometer - found this invaluable and a really reliable indicator. We used the digital one on the baby monitor.

~ 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, when the children were younger. I didn't know about the regulations, but would assume this was the case without being told.

~ 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 my kids were younger, yes possibly.

mummyofcutetwo Fri 16-Nov-12 20:59:02

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
It's something that I find hard to feel confident about. The temp of the house fluctuates quite dramatically so you never know quite what to prepare for.

~ 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?
It is something I try hard to get right - dangerous for the baby to be too warm and being too cold could mean a bad night's sleep (and they do need quality sleep). I use a room thermometer, feel the back of his neck (and hope I don't wake him).

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Both. We have a groegg room thermometer and the grobag freebie thermometers that come with the sleeping bags.

~ 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 always use baby sleeping bags for nighttime sleeps. Only use grobags due to their assiciation with fsid (I've been given others by friends/family but don't use them). I was aware they shouldn't have 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?
It seems like a pretty good idea as will be of comfort to some parents. However I wouldn't buy them. My son sleeps fine and doesn't seem to be hugely effected by the fluctuating temperature around him, but if they were a decent price I'd consider giving them a go.

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
We co-sleep, and did from the start. I always felt my baby would use my heat if he needed to. He seemed to regulate himself perfectly.
~ 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. He always seemed just about right! I can tell by touching him!
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
No. Well, we were given one free with something we bought, but I rarely checked it. Co-sleeping means I am always in tune with him.
~ 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, but he didn't really like it. Didn't know about the sleeves, but assumed it must be the case!
~ 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?
Yes, for a next baby. This one is now two years old, and prefers being naked! smile

WitchOfEndor Fri 16-Nov-12 21:32:15

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
was concerned about overheating at first (June baby) during a very hot summer, not so concerned about temperature afterwards as he has very good circulation so as long as a room is ok he stays 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?
i use a thermometer to check the room temperature

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
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, he would kick any other covers off! I wasn't aware of the regulations about sleeves

~ 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 I would try one if I knew we were going to have a cold winter, I have tried a long sleeved vest under pyjamas before which doesn't work well, so this would be a good solution ( I would be more than happy to trial one for free if it came in 2-3 years size grin )

ScorpionQueen Fri 16-Nov-12 22:45:13

~ 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 worry more about DD overheating than being cold, as she was always a snuggler and would get very warm.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
I used to use a room thermometer and as a new mum, found it helpful.

~ 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 use a sleeping bag as I didn't really know about them. I wish I had though, they look lovely.

~ 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 a baby, I would consider using it.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 19-Nov-12 11:55:36

Just copying this across for Salmon8 who posted this elsewhere "I have been using baby sleeping bags for a few years now as we have a large family. I think they are fantastic at keeping babies warm. I have always worried though about little arms getting cold so when it's super cold outside I have sometimes put a long sleeved vest under a babygro to keep them warm. I would also check babies neck to see if they were warm enough. I would never go back to using blankets/sheets as I've noticed our babies will always try to put things on their face if they can so I removed all blankets from the cot"

thanks for all the comments - please keep them coming - we'll be doing the draw 1st thing tomorrow on this thread....

sueali Mon 19-Nov-12 11:55:45

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
>> we have a floor heating usually going all night to keep the babe warm. He does has 3 GROBAGs, which keep his body warm, but I'm sometimes concerned about his face and hands
~ 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 his hands, which I judge by the temperature of his hands.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
>> I use 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, we currently use GroBags, and I was not aware 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 would definitely be interested in giving this product a go.

RarelyUnreasonable Mon 19-Nov-12 12:06:10

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby warm at night

I was more stressed about this in the newborn days than now (toddler days), and was more concerned about her being too hot than too 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 touch baby's back of neck to gauge temperature. I didn't worry about arms being cold, as whenever swaddled she would get her arms out anyway, and has never seemed to like having them covered.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
The Gro thermometer for the first few months plus 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?
Wasn't aware of the regs, but used Grobags from 6 weeks (big baby!) to 20 months when she moved to bed plus duvet.

~ 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?
Quite possibly. Would depend on price, design and reviews.

LaTrucha Mon 19-Nov-12 13:01:32

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

With my first baby I was very conscious of keeping the room at the right temperature and her clothes and sleeping bag the right tog. As she got older, (over a year) I did put warmer clothes on than recommended as she is a very think child and I worried about keeing her warm.

With my second child I was in the habit of doing it, but also my son really does not like to be 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?
Yes, but I trusted the guidleines I'd been given.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
I use a 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?
I did - right up to about three and a half with my daughter. To 18m with my son.

I was not aware of the British Saftey regualtion with regard to 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 looks cute and a ot of parents would be tempted. It would have to be competetive on price with normal sleepsuits though, and look comfortable

fraktion Mon 19-Nov-12 13:15:54

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

We found it very difficult because our son doesn't like to 'feel' covered. A bag restricted his feet, blankets he could kick off and good English versions of what I know as a surpyjama are hard to find.

~ Did you or do you worry about your baby's arms being cold at night?

Yes but I worry about all of him!

How do you judge if they are cold or too warm?

Touch

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

Our monitor has an inbuilt 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 I am aware and we tried but they didn't work for us

~ 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 exactly what we want (but maybe a quilted all over one would be good too!)

preety18 Mon 19-Nov-12 14:01:03

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
Not really I always used grobags with all 3 of my children, used it for up to 3 years with my first 2 and hoping to carry on using it my youngest 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?
In the beginning I did but when checking on baby at night I always try to feel their hands and they seem warm enough, so now it's not a worry anymore.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Yes I've got a BT pacificier with integrated 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 and no I wasn't aware of it until 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?
I think it's a brilliant idea as it will be quite useful to use when it gets really cold.

MrsPlugThePlumber Mon 19-Nov-12 14:12:38

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

I am finding that just a sleeping bag is not warm enough... we have a cold/draughty house and have to put a cardi over the baby's arms later in the 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 constantly worry about the cot-death guidelines but do think that a 2 tog sleeping bag is simply not enough at night in winter in our house. My husband and I have another person plus 15togs plus warm pyjamas plus we pull the covers over our shoulders.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature? Put my fingers down the baby's 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?

Yes, I did know this - we have a few sleeping bags summer/winter weight, some gro-bag, some imposter brands ;)

~ 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?

Yes - depending on the price.

RedKites Mon 19-Nov-12 15:58:33

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I seem to have very cosy children (they don't get this from me) so my main experience so far has been of trying to make sure they don't get too hot at night, rather than the other way round.
~ 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 check the chest area to see if they are the right temperature. Sometimes arms might seem cooler, but it has never seemed to bother them.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
I use a room thermometer to get an idea of how much clothing/which baby sleeping bag to use, but then use touch to confirm they are the right temperature, and during the night if I'm wondering if they are too hot/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?
Yes, we use baby sleeping bags. I wasn't aware of this - is it a recent thing? I have a travel sleeping bag from when DS1 was born (two or so years ago) which has removable arms (although we have always had them removed).
~ 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 if it is safe. However, it wouldn't be of interest to me, as between the house being quite warm, and my sons being little hot water bottles, it's not an issue for us - I think they're both currently sleeping in 1 tog sleeping bags so as not to overheat!

CMOTDibbler Mon 19-Nov-12 16:47:33

I never really worried about ds being warm enough - he always seemed happy in a sleepsuit and grobag tbh.
I did have a room thermometer, and adjusted his clothing as appropriate, but mostly went on his temp.

DS is quite a warm person, and as a child he chooses to sleep in the nude with his arms outside the duvet, so maybe its just him tbh.
I wouldn't buy a sleepsuit with padded arms as it never seemed to be a problem

Sleepyfergus Mon 19-Nov-12 17:03:16

I've not had a chance to read all the answers but my initial feelings are is that this a quite a gimmicky idea. Creating a product to convince worried mums that this is a problem. How on earth did we and previous generations survive?

Honestly! Seems very faddy. And it's not as if Gro-bags are that cheap. Although, dies make you wonder how many of these will end up in TK Maxx......?wink

JollyJock Mon 19-Nov-12 17:48:40

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I did worry. And I followed the instructions that come with baby sleeping bags about how much my child should wear to begin with. Then i gave up and just put him in what I thought looked right. he always seemed too cold when I followed the instructions.
~ 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?
If it is cold enough for his arms to be cold then I put him in a long sleeved sleepsuit. If it's very cold he gets a long sleeved vest AND a long sleeved sleep suit
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
We have a room thermometer on our baby monitor
~ 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 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?
Sounds good for panicky PFB mothers. I'm quite happy with standard baby gros and vests.

zipzap Mon 19-Nov-12 17:51:17

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I lived in a very hot flat when ds1 was small - the problem was usually keeping him cool rather than worrying about him being too cold. There was only once where I was really worried about him being cold, when we were staying elsewhere, it was snowy outside and the heating wasn't working in our room. ds was cold but I preferred to put a couple of thin extra layers on him (tshirts/cardigans) - think this is easier than having a special sleeve suit! And if it was really cold, I would put a thick fleece on outside the grobag. The nights I was worried about ds being cold I also put a hat on him - wouldn't ever do this normally but I was under a very thick duvet and had thick pjs on, plus a jumper and I was freezing myself, you could see your breath on the air!

~ 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 judged either by giving them a kiss on the forehead or back of the neck - lips seem to be good at gauging temperature. Or feeling the back of their neck (ie the bit that was in the grobag, not a bit out in the open - having made sure my hands were not freezing first. I'd also look at them - if they were cold they used to scrunch themselves up. If they were hot they would be all stretched out.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Touch to gauge temperature - but the baby monitor did have a temperature reading on it so would occasionally check, particularly if it was very 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?
Yes - used grobags for both ds. DS2 still likes to snuggle his despite being 4.5!
And yes, I did know that they shouldn't have sleeves in them.

~ 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 about the sleeved suit - mostly because it's a baby gro. If it had been a soft cardigan then would have considered it if I lived in a cold place or was going to be going to cold places lots. Problem with babygros is that if you have a baby that has a tendency to do leaky poo nappies then you are going to need lots of them or need to wash them out quickly. if you have a cardigan version, then chances are you're going to get several wears out of it before you need to wash it, even if your baby has a leaky nappy. And if you use your grobag in the car when travelling, a cardigan version would be great because you could use it in the car when you needed it, or for transferring baby from car to indoors (I loved the travelling grobags, they were really handy!) but then you could easily take it off when it wasn't needed (once you were indoors and warmed up) without disturbing the baby too much. whereas it would be a real faff to try to take a babygro off a warm cosy sleepy child and put a different one on - the cardigan version of thick sleeves, thin body you could put over the top of the grobag and it would be easy to slip on or off when needed.

ScaredySquirrel Mon 19-Nov-12 19:13:06

~ 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.My baby (6 months) does have sleeping bags, and she co-sleeps with me. She sleeps on top of the duvet, but i worry about her arms getting cold. I live in a cold house, but it gets too warm to leave the heating on all night. I Judge by feeling her, and also what it feels like to me, my baby monitor receiver beeps when it is too hot.

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

No. touch. But I can judge pretty well now (was obsessed with my first baby though - had a grobag thermometer and was always checking it.

~ 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 a sleeping bag. I am on my 6th baby. with my last baby I had a grobag with detachable sleeves which I liked.I wasn't aware that they weren't allowed to have sleeves (although the instructions with the sleeping bag did state that the sleeves were only meant to be used when the baby was outside/in the car seat , but I kept them on anyway for the coldest winter nights) I liked having sleeves as baby gets cold now. (Would stop though if, say, the FSID say they were unsafe though).

~ 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 bro?

YOur products are too expensive for me generally sorry - I buy other sleeping bags. But depends on the price I suppose!

ScaredySquirrel Mon 19-Nov-12 19:14:17

yes agree - I would probably rather use a cardigan, which would get more than one day's use out my baby.

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

I used Grobags and the room thermometer and also used to keep the heating on (very low, 15 degrees) when they were very tiny so it didn't drop too low. Still using a Grobag for my 21mo. If it seems very cold then I put a long sleeved vest under pyjamas or a sleepsuit (under the grobag). I think the Grobag is great, mine have never woken up being cold as babies.

~ 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?

The only time I worried was when we went camping but I have never worried at home. I tend to judge based on how warm/cold I am and also used a room thermometer when they were very little.

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

Used a room thermometer when they were under 1, now just go on how many layers I need.

~ 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 but I wasn't aware they were not supposed to have sleeves, I think I have seen some that do?

~ 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, our house is fairly warm and well insulated so I don't think I would have needed it but I'm sure some parents will find it good.

MysteriousNameChange Mon 19-Nov-12 20:18:53

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I did worry about them being too hot or cold. In winter it was a little unnerving how cold extremities could get!

~ 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 know it's normal but it still worries me a bit. Normally would touch skin at back of neck or front of chest to see if warm.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
I have a few cheapie (paper) room thermometers, and the baby listening device records it too.

~ 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 my DS was little and will do again. I vaguely knew that they shouldn't but wasn't too sure why.

~ 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 if given one but I suspect it would be considerably more expensive than a supermarket baby gro.

missorinoco Mon 19-Nov-12 20:31:52

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

I have used Grobags for all of my children. I think they are great for keeping the infant warm and covered. I do worry about the arms being cold, mainly in winter when I am aware how cold my arms get. If they wake frequently when the temperature drops I wonder if they are cold. If it's hot I either leave the GRobag off, although it's a sleep cue for them, or I have a summer Grobag that has sadly not been needed of late.

~ 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 use a thermostat now, which is in the youngest child's room, and the heating kicks in when the temperature drops below my preset value. I also go by how they feel.

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

It rings a bell.

~ 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?

Yes, I would have, although by next winter mine will be out of them. I would buy it as a present though.

3bunnies Mon 19-Nov-12 20:41:15

Gro bags were great when my dc were small, as they were all wrigglers! Just wish there was something I could put them in now which they could still get out of for night time potty trips etc.

I did worry about the arms a bit, in the winter we had a slightly cooler gro bag than needed but added a warm babygrow. We also found it a particular problem when camping. We took snowsuits and gloves to keep them warm in the tent overnight.

We didn't use a room thermometer, but they were in our room for first year so we were v close to them. And they woke for food all the time, so if they were cold/hot were soon aware of it.

We don't use babygros now, but only ever used them without arms.

I might buy the suit if it was my pfb, but if I had another baby now I wouldn't bother, also I would get annoyed if it was another thing to wash when they had an explosive poo. Some arm + handwarmers (like a long sock) over the arm might be a better solution, as it would be less likely to get so dirty, would grow with the baby more, but still wouldn't affect core body temp. Can I have intellectual rights on that idea!!!!??!

PeazlyPops Mon 19-Nov-12 20:41:37

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

I worry a lot about this. I use a gro-egg thermometer in my baby's room, and have our central heating set to 17.5 degrees over night, so the temperature doesn't drop too much.

~ 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 this, so I dress him in a long-sleeved vest, with a sleepsuit or pyjamas over the top. I judge if he is too cold or warm by feeling his chest or back.

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

A bit of both. I find that when it drops to 18c, the gro-egg says it's ok, but it is actually too cold for my baby, and so check him to be sure he isn't too cold or 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 do use baby sleeping bags. We're using 2.5 tog at the moment. I wasn't aware that they shouldn't have 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?

It looks like a good idea, but i'd be concerned that my baby would get too hot! I'd need to see it in a shop before buying, it's not something i'd buy online without seeing first.

silverfrog Mon 19-Nov-12 20:47:13

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

I do tend to worry about them getting cold at night - little hands feeling so icy does seem wrong. but it is tricky to know what to do, as obviously putting too many layers on could be dangerous.

~ 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 check their core body temperature (neck and/or chest) and try not to worry too much about the icy hands! I do make a point of holding cold hands while doing night feeds, to warm them up a bit!

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

I don't use a room thermometre anymore (ds is third baby). I found that I would disregard what it said anyway, and go by touch, and the fact that both dds got through babyhood ok means I trust my instincts more.

~ 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 do. I only use sleeping bags that are properly tog rated too, even thhough they tend to be more expensive than supermarket ones.

~ 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?

it does look interesting, but I do wonder whether ds would end up with cold hands anyway - surely some of it is down to circulation? and also, I prefer sleepsuits to not have integrated feet - all 3 of my children have been oddly proprtionedm and the feet on sleepsuits never fit them!

NiceBiscuits Mon 19-Nov-12 20:58:24

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night. For my first baby this was a massive worry for me. I was given a very alarming leaflet about cot death by the midwives when I left hospital and spent the next six weeks extremely anxious about it. It was a worrying experience.
~ 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 didn't worry about their arms being too cold as they wore long sleeve vests and a sleep suit. I was more worried about overheating.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature? A room thermometer. I didn't feel confident just going by 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, do use them. No didn't know that it was a BS 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? As a first time parent I would have been really interested in the product, less so second time around

Leafmould Mon 19-Nov-12 21:05:31

Did a lot of co- sleeping in the early days so I could tell if it was too cold/ hot easily.

My grandmother knitted my baby a beautiful woollen sleeping bag with sleeves which was great in the winter. I had no idea this was not compliant with safely standards, and really don't see what the potential danger of it could be.

I think that new parents get very anxious about this issue and am slightly skeptical about products which could be perceived as preying on this anxiety.

Nigglenaggle Mon 19-Nov-12 21:06:38

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
We tend to rely alot on heating the room itself to the correct temperature, rather than dressing to fit, but it does mean the heating bill has gone up alot!

~ 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?
Sometimes, mainly if there are problems with the boiler/radiators and we can't get the room warm enough. He always sleeps in a long sleeved baby gro, obviously

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Yes we use a gro egg and aim for 17c

~ 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, always. I wasn't aware of the regulations and would be interested to know why. My mum did make a long sleeved one which was great for winter (it was snug round the neck and didnt slip) but not that easy to get him in and out of.

~ 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 quite like it. I might use it I think. I've often wondered what the perfect solution might be

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

I loved / love Grobags because I felt they took out all the guesswork - plus they didn't fall off. My second child is 6 weeks old and now in a Grobag and it's good not to have to faff with cellular blankets. With my first I also swaddled in a thin cotton sheet.

~ 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 worry about it with my first - I still hate feeling their icy little hands! But I mentioned it to my health visitor who said core temperature was the important thing, so that's what I remind myself.

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

Touch these days - with my first I had that free thermometer you get with your Grobag stuck to the wall. My monitor also has a temperature gauge, but it's ludicrously inaccurate, it generally claims it's 12 degrees which it certainly isn't! I have a wireless thermostat and it lives in the baby's room, so I can be sure it's 18 degrees in there.

~ 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. I didn't know that but I did see a bag with sleeves once and felt instinctively that it would be too warm.

~ 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 - but I'm surprised it doesn't have fold down sleeves. That's what I do on cold nights - ensure the built in scratch mits are folded down to keep her hands warm.

hellymelly Mon 19-Nov-12 22:18:10

My overall views on keeping my baby warm at night :- well I've always co-slept, but dd2 was in a sleeping bag too as she didn't like covers. I was next to her so could judge if she was getting cold too.
Did I worry about my baby's arms getting cold?
yes.And they sometimes did.
And how did I judge if she was warm or cold?
By feeling her.
Did I have a room thermometer?
there was one on the baby monitor, so until I joined her in bed I would keep an eye on that. After that I would be with her so able to judge for myself.
Did I use a baby sleeping bag and was I aware that to comply with safety standards they should not have sleeves?
I did use one, and no I wasn't aware about the sleeves. I'm sure I saw some with zip-off sleeves when i was looking for sleeping bags.
What do I think of the new product?
I think I would have bought it for DD2 if it had been around then. She had a knitted organic wool bag, and I put her in layers underneath depending on the weather, but she did sometimes get cold hands and arms.

Welovecouscous Mon 19-Nov-12 22:45:47

Loved gro bags for the first 6 months and then have co slept

izzyishavingababyAGAIN Mon 19-Nov-12 23:28:20

~ 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?

We co-sleep, I have tried numerous things but eventually, baby on top of our duvet in the middle with own blanket, DC1 loved grow bags, 2 and 3 hated them.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Just touch and the radiators are individually thermostated, we have a warm house though as it is fairly new.

~ 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 have used them and have one for baby about to arrive - I didnt know about the BS regulations, I always wondered why they have no 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?

Yes def, I hate their little arms being cold when they peak them out of blankets. Id probably use them not with gro bags as well.

xxxkadzxxx Mon 19-Nov-12 23:59:26

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
We have always used Grobags or sleeping bags for our baby to ensure she stays 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?
I do often worry about her arms being cold, i always touch them and if they are i pop the cover over them a bit more to try to warm them up.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
We have never used a thermometer in her room but we do touch her a lot to keep an eye on her 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?
Yes we often use baby sleeping bags, i wasn't aware they are not allowed to have arms/sleeves but have often wondered why they dont!

~ 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 love it, it would save me a lot of worry for me and ensure my baby keeps warm. I also really appreciate how unique this product is and the research which has gone into this product. I like the way the company have recognised and worked around the safety regulations to invent something so good.

notcitrus Tue 20-Nov-12 04:05:45

Have used baby sleeping bags inc Grobags for both children. When very cold, would wrap a blanket around them too, up to underarm level, which presumably is as safe as blankets as bedding.

Antenatal classes told me babies were supposed to have cold arms and hands so I tried not to worry. I touch their chest to gauge temp instead.

I used a thermometer when ds was very small but the room was rarely officially warm enough, but he seemed happy and healthy so tried not to worry. I usually touch rather than take temp to confirm if too hot, though.

I wasn't aware of the safety regs, but getting baby into sleeves on a grobag would be very fiddly and harder to adjust for temp than just adding more clothes, so wouldn't want sleeves anyway.

I don't see the point of the new product - just adding a cardie over a sleepsuit would be more flexible.

poppy1973 Tue 20-Nov-12 07:39:48

Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night: I purchased a grobag early on when having children as I found them great when I had wriggly children.

~ 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 would constantly worry about my baby being cold at night. We have always lived in cold old houses and so I used to keep a constant eye on the temperature.
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?

I initially used a room thermometer and stuck this in the bedroom to check the right temperature and then purchased a baby monitor that would give a room reading on the 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 always used a grobag for my little ones. I made sure I had the right tog for winter and a light one for the warmer months. I liked the grobag as I found them a good way to keep the baby warm, especially when mine used to wriggle around the cot. I used a grobag and then put a blanket on the baby just so it had something to kick off if it got too hot. Mine use to like the feel of a blanket and liked having to touch. I was always a little concerned that they would have cold hands - I have terrible problems with cold hands myself so was always concerned that this would wake them up.

~ 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 grobag?

I think initially it is a good idea. I was never really concerned about the arms getting cold but the hands - so don't think this would have helped me. If the babies are in the right temperature and have a grobag on then I wouldn't worry about covering their arms. This is my opinion. I have always tried to make sure that room temperature was at 18.5-19 in the winter time and try and keep this temperature by timing the heating to come at certain times in the early hours. I still prefer the standard original grobag.

lottiegarbanzo Tue 20-Nov-12 08:50:16

Dd is 8 months. We use sleeping bags, have done since about eight weeks. Before that she was wrapped in a blanket.

We have a thermometer on the monitor and I am very aware of her room temperature as our house is cool, drafty and hard (or v expensive) to keep warm. inevitably it gets colder at night when heating is off. I was pleasantly surprised to find that our cool 16-18 norm is the recommended range for babies. We've put heating on earlier in the autumn than usual and higher, to keep it at 16 at night. We are also having sash windows reconditioned with draft excluders fitted, adding new radiators and improving insulation in other ways.

I have to say I am not particularly concerned about arms. At 16-18c dd wears a babygro in a 2.5 tog bag. If it may get colder she wears a long sleeved vest underneath, aimed at keeping her torso warm but also covering her arms. I think that's enough.

DonaStColumb Tue 20-Nov-12 09:39:33

~ Your overall views and experiences of keeping your baby (or your child when they were a baby) warm at night
I dont recall having particular concerns about the cold. We had a heater for baby's room, which we set to come on/ go off automatically if the temperature went below/ above 18c.

~ 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 I didnt tend to worry about babys arms. I used to check the back of her neck to gauge how warm she was and judge from this. I dont recall her arms or hands getting particularly cold.

~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
We used 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 used a baby sleeping bag until she was 2 1/2 years. I always assumed they didnt have sleeves so baby keep a little cooler if it was hot, as they were unable to kick the covers off in a sleeping bag.

~ 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 dont think it is a good idea. I think it is better to try keep the room at a certain temperature rather than risk making baby too warm.

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costumequeen Tue 20-Nov-12 16:16:36

My dd was a winter baby, so we worried about her getting chilly when she was tiny. We had a gro egg in her room and also checked her hands for temp. We use long sleeved vests and baby grows with a sleeping bag and add blankets if it's a really cold night. We tend to use pjs now and occasionally still a sleeping bag as she likes them! (now age 2). Prob wouldnt use one with sleeves as I would worry about over heating, especially when they're small.

prakattack Wed 21-Nov-12 11:50:32

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 did sometimes worry a bit when their hands were very very cold but used to reassure myself that if they were cold they'd wake up. I always felt the back of their neck to check they were warm. My babies were NOT good sleepers so they would definitely have woken if they were too cold!
~ Do you use a room thermometer or use touch to gauge temperature?
Usually touch - always to the back of the neck as hands/ feet can be misleading.
~ 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 knew that. I also didn't use a sleeping bag until they were six months and in their own cot - I felt safer that way as I did worry about using bags on newborns. It felt safer once they could move around.
~ 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?
These sound like a really good idea but I think cost would be a prohibiting factor for me.

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