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Madratlady Mon 17-Feb-14 23:12:37

I have been given a couple of sleeping bags (one ikea one and another one) and was wondering whether to try putting ds in them when we start putting him in his cot at night.

Are they safe to use? No overheating risk or anything?

How have those of you who use them found that your dcs sleep in them? Did you find them better or worse than blankets? Would you recommend them?

WheresMyCow Wed 19-Feb-14 08:41:03

My DS is still in his and he turned 3 in October!!

He was under his quilt in the summer but went back in the sleeping bags when it started getting cold again as he always kicks the covers off.

We had Ikea and Primark ones and they were both 2.5 tog.

QueenofKelsingra Wed 19-Feb-14 08:28:24

all 3 of mine have been in them since the early weeks (once they got to 7lbs ish) - the weight thing is about making sure they don't slip down inside them, so you just need to make sure their head and arms stay through the holes!!

we have merino ones and my guys wear babygros and a short vest in the winter (cold house) and just a vest in the summer.

they are brilliant, in fact my eldest stayed in his until he was 3yo!!

EvenFlo Wed 19-Feb-14 07:14:33

I love them cause my DS is a wriggler and stands no chance of keeping loose covers on. I actually think he sleeps a bit better in them too.

Underneath I have a gro-suit which is basically a thin baby gro with padded arms. Since changing to this his little hands aren't quite so cold.

toomuchtooold Wed 19-Feb-14 06:55:04

Madratlady, try the long sleeved vest and add more if he wakes up? That way you know you're not letting him overheat.

(Mine tend to be way more complaining about too cold than too hot - last spring we forgot to change to the summer sleeping bags and they didn't complain until the temperature in the room was 22 degrees! And they were wearing vests and babygros over a 2.5 tog Ikea bag. I bet all the mums of tiny babies are like shock at me now but you do eventually relax and forget to worry about these things!)

Madratlady Tue 18-Feb-14 22:30:00

I found a tesco one in another big bag of baby clothes I was given , it's suitable for ds's weight and says 'maximum 3 tog'. What should I put him in underneath the sleeping bag? According to the geo-bag site then it looks like just a long sleeved vest? Our room very rarely gets colder than 18c and only occasionally hotter than 20c

toomuchtooold Tue 18-Feb-14 18:41:33

I think the Ikea ones are roughly 2.5 tog - we used them for our twins last winter (in their 18-36 month ones now). Grobag has a handy guide to what tog/what clothing to wear at what temperature at

I think sleeping bags are thought to be quite safe from the point of view of SIDS because if they fit, there's no chance of the baby's face being covered. I love them! Only problem we had was that we bought 6-18 month ones with shoulder poppers and then at 9 months when they started standing up, they'd pop the buttons and wriggle out of them. Then we had to replace them all with Grobag zip ups!

Anothermrssmith Tue 18-Feb-14 15:41:45

My daughter has been in them since she got home from the hospital,but she was the right weight for them at birth. I think they're great and she sleeps much better in them rather than with blankets

HelenHen Tue 18-Feb-14 14:00:34

They're wonderful! We swaddled at first and then started using them once it was clear his head couldn't fit through. Now he's 19 months and it also means he can't climb out of the cot grin .wish they did them for adults!

redcarrot1 Tue 18-Feb-14 12:53:11

I got a 0-3 months sleep sac from Purflo (2.5 tog, ordered from Mothercare) as the 0-6 month gro-bags were too big neck-wise. It has a small opening for the head and so far my 4 week old is using it without issue.

Jennyl131 Tue 18-Feb-14 12:38:25

love them, ds2 is currently napping in one handed down from dd first worn 11 years ago (even if it is a but pink)

We used summer infant swaddles till ds2 was big enough for a gro bag, all the same advantages of not being kick-offable, feeding while still wrapped up etc. Stretchy enough too, so don't think they'd cause any future issues re hip joints as tight swaddling might.

BlueFrenchHorn Tue 18-Feb-14 12:25:44

I only used mothercare btw, they have lasted vey well.

BlueFrenchHorn Tue 18-Feb-14 12:25:01

I used them for dd from 10 weeks old to 2 years old. And am using them know for 6 month old.

MiaowTheCat Tue 18-Feb-14 08:43:48

Start weight for them varies - some have presstuds to make the arm holes smaller and start from 8lbish, some don't and start from 10lbish - had to take heed of them all when DD1 was so premature as to which ones we could use when!

TK Maxx often good for the branded ones dirt cheap, or we got some for a fiver from Tesco at one lucky point in their clearance aisle... but these days they're copied by all the main baby people and I think we used Asda's a lot as well (DD2 is a refluxer so we used a LOT of different ones as ones were in the wash).

whereisthewitch Tue 18-Feb-14 08:23:18

Tk maxx do proper grobags for about £12. DD was in one fron about 8 wks when she went in the cot!

TrixieLox Tue 18-Feb-14 08:19:53

I love Grobags! My little girl always used to kick her covers off so these have been a life saver.

For those who put their babies in vests AND sleepsuits or PJs in 19 degrees or so, don't the guidelines say just a long sleeved vest, nothing on legs, in a 2.5 tog in those kind of temps? I wonder if I'm not putting enough on my little girl under her Grobag but then she sleeps through the night (most nights) and always seems warm when I get her ready in morning. I think she'd be boiling in anything more under her Grobag.

SpookedMackerel Tue 18-Feb-14 08:12:12

My babies were quite small, with small heads, so I used to put them in a vest in the sleeping bag, then put a long sleeved top on over the sleeping bag, so they couldn't slip down inside or wriggle out of the arm holes.

I used them for about 18 months - handy when they wake up to feed in the night as they can stay in the bag and fall asleep and it is easier then to just lay them back in the cot.

Mumof3xx Tue 18-Feb-14 08:05:49

Dd is 10 months

She has had grobags plus tesco and asdas versions

All fine

Currently in a 2.5 plus sleepsuit and vest

Thermometer says 19 degrees

PumpkinPie2013 Tue 18-Feb-14 08:03:18

I have 2 sleeping bags from Sainsbury's. They are 0-6 months and can be used from 8lb 13oz.

I used mine from when I got them as ds was 9lb 6oz at birth so no issue with the weight.

It's 2.5 tog and he wears vest and sleepsuit underneath. Our room is about 18ºC.

I much prefer them to blankets as he kicks them off plus I was paranoid about him slipping under a blanket.

He's 12 weeks now and loves his sleeping bag smile

BocaDeTrucha Tue 18-Feb-14 02:13:58

I think they are both 2.5 tog as we have used both primark and íkea ones. We didn't get on very well with the ikea one as the zip comes up too high and would rub under ds's chin. We used grobag from about 4 weeks but ds was always very big, born 9lbs, so pretty much always fit.

We ended up buying several other secondhand genuine grobags on eBay, really cheap. They are too expensive to buy new. l love the ones which have popper fastenings on the shoulders.

Madratlady Mon 17-Feb-14 23:43:54

No definitely no info about tog rating on the labels, I just checked. One is ikea amd the other is primark. I would guess 2.5 though cos they feel fairly thick.

BrianTheMole Mon 17-Feb-14 23:36:56

They need to be reasonably tight around the arm pits, just a little gap, so they can't ride up over the head.or the baby slip down in to it. Many grobags have little poppers under the arms to reduce that risk. If its a safe fit around the arms and neck then you don't have a problem.

MoominsYonisAreScary Mon 17-Feb-14 23:35:52

The grow bag ones have the press studs under the arms for babies under 10lb, other places probably dont have them so are for 10lb and over

bsmirched Mon 17-Feb-14 23:29:53

X post sorry!

bsmirched Mon 17-Feb-14 23:28:59

I have a variety of makes and all say the tog on the label. They were all second hand so it's pretty faded in some cases but definitely there!
Both my DSs have worn them from a few weeks onward. I thought the advice was 8.5lbs and over but if you go on the Gro company website they have an FAQ section that should tell you.

MoominsYonisAreScary Mon 17-Feb-14 23:28:03

Ive just checked on the gro bag web site and it is 8lb 8oz, cant link on my phone though

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