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Honest opinions on Grobags please!

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BexusSugarush Sat 22-Oct-16 21:04:15

So my daughter refused to sleep in one when she was a small baby but I was considering trying again now she's almost 10 months old with Winter coming. Are Grobags really all that?

We're currently on a mattress on the floor and she sleeps on her mattress right next to me (long story; but we basically tried and failed to wean her off of co-sleeping) but likes to crawl into our 'bed' in the early morning. Would a Grobag make this awkward or risk her overheating if she sleeps with us?

And I've always wondered about baby's heads; won't they get cold? She has practically no hair! The room isn't cold by any means but then would a Grobag even be necessary?

lornathewizzard Sat 22-Oct-16 21:30:55

DD is 2 and we've used sleeping bags for her until very recently when we got her a duvet. Bags worked well , we only ever used 1tog ones cause our house is always 21-23 degrees ish. Convenient and meant she was covered all night. If she was in bed with us I just kept the cover off her or when she was older took her bag off and put duvet on her.
We have only really bought her a pillow and duvet for her bed to try and encourage her to stay in it!

CointreauVersial Sat 22-Oct-16 21:34:55

I used them with all mine, pretty much from day one. Invaluable if you have a wriggler who kicks off covers. Perfectly warm enough on their own; no additional covers needed. And no, heads don't get cold.

BUT by 10/11 months they were more of a hindrance than anything else - preventing standing and moving about - and I stopped using them by the time they were a year old.

PotteringAlong Sat 22-Oct-16 21:35:23

Even if she had a duvet it wouldn't go over her head!

Artandco Sat 22-Oct-16 21:38:27

At 10+ months I wouldn't bother TBH. Just put warm pjs and socks on at night in winter and add blanket. She can move anything off her face at this age

switswoo81 Sat 22-Oct-16 21:38:40

Still using them at 20 months. Dd moves all over the cot at night so she would be out of a duvet.

JolieColombe Sat 22-Oct-16 21:38:49

We've used sleeping bags for both of our girls and they've always been nice and warm. Not sure what you mean about the head - that won't be covered regardless of whether you use a bag or blankets, surely!

But with regards to moving around, I can reassure you they both had no trouble roaming all around their cot while in the sleeping bag. Getting into some really odd positions at times too grin

Finelinebetweenchaos Sat 22-Oct-16 21:39:52

I like the gro bag because it keeps them from kicking off their covers and getting cold. DD (12 months) can sort of crawl along and even stand up in the bag but it does slow her down a bit. We co-sleep but she does go in her cot early evening and then comes into bed with us later. Sometimes I remove the gro bag but often she sleeps next to me in her bag and I keep the duvet off her - I think this is better because the duvet could easily end up over her head or she could end up cold! This is what I did when she was really tiny too, except then I didn't have the duvet, just slept in my dressing gown so there wasn't a risk of her getting under the duvet!

daisydalrymple Sat 22-Oct-16 21:43:23

Used with all three dcs and really love them. Dc3 is still in them at nearly two. We swapped when they switched to a bed. All 3 have co-slept and I just put them on top of our covers still in their bag when they've joined us middle of the night.

SchnitzelVonMum Sat 22-Oct-16 21:52:17

I still use them for 13 month DD, I like that she can't kick the covers off and she still manages to stand up in them. If she gets in with us (rare as she doesn't cosleep well) she sleeps on top of the duvet.

peponi Sat 22-Oct-16 21:55:44

Both our dd's ended up in bed with us for at least part the night until about 18 months. You have to be very careful cosleeping with a gro bag as we did find that they were too hot wearing one and snuggled up next to me, (body heat etc) rather than just in the grobag in the cot.

ODog Sun 23-Oct-16 08:23:10

Both mine used them and coslept from around 4/5mo (both summer babies so no need when they were tiny). DS started hating them at about 18mo so we switched to a duvet and he was fine. DD still only 5mo so it remains to be seen how long she will use them for.

At 10mo I would be inclined to go straight to a cot duvet or wait the couple of months until it is recommended.

WeeM Sun 23-Oct-16 08:30:33

Mine was a total wriggler so could never keep covers on. We used sleeping bags right up until she was about 2. Jo Jo do a good one that is 2 togs in one so does all year round - I felt this was better value for money. They also do them in toddler sizes.

NoIsAnAnswer Sun 23-Oct-16 08:31:23

My 3 loved theirs.
We called it 'buttons' and it was a sleep cue at the beginning. And they loved having them in until they were around2!

Tbh if you want to try again by all means try one. Use a lower tog one if you're sleeping with her and she has a blanket on too.

But I think at 10months she probably won't want it on as it would restrict her movement.

NapQueen Sun 23-Oct-16 08:34:09

DS is 2 and still uses a grobag. He can still get around the house when he wakes and sort of slug walks around the place in it - he sometimes likes to leave it on.

He is a real wriggler in bed so duvets just would stay on him.

dementedpixie Sun 23-Oct-16 08:37:20

Dd was 18 months when we stopped using them and ds was 2 and a half.

pointythings Sun 23-Oct-16 14:51:02

Our DDs were in them until just past 2 - we waited for them to tell us they didn't want their 'baggies' any more and then gave them duvets instead. They were both crazy wrigglers, blankets just wouldn't have worked.

GraciesMansion Sun 23-Oct-16 15:09:35

Why would her head be any more cold in a grobag? confused

NauticalDisaster Sun 23-Oct-16 15:23:34

At that age I would go with a split sleeping bag like this www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/sleep-snugglers-2-5-tog-b7186.html

Timetogrowup2016 Sun 23-Oct-16 19:53:43

Dd 8 months and I love them .
She's currently in 2.5 tog, short sleeved vest and sleep suit with mits and feet built in .

Redkite10a Sun 23-Oct-16 20:05:48

Ds is 21 months and still in his, he's a real wriggler so no way a duvet would stay on him. He's also a climber and I've been told to keep him in bags as long as I can, once he's out of them he'll probably manage to climb out his cot.

We've bought some cheaper own brand ones as well as the grobag ones (some inherited, some new). The Grobag ones are much bigger, and have better fastenings than the own brand ones we've got. If you aren't fussed about design and are happy to hunt around online, you can get them quite cheaply - TKMAXX apparently has them sometimes too.

milpool Sun 23-Oct-16 20:13:38

At 10 months I probably wouldn't bother tbh.

We've always used one with DD from her being tiny (as soon as she reached the weight requirement for it). When we co-slept I just kept the duvet tucked round me so she didn't overhear. Very occasionally I'd take it off her and bring her under the duvet but she's so bloody kicky that it wouldn't stay on anyway.

milpool Sun 23-Oct-16 20:14:19

Overheat even. Obviously.

We have a mixture of proper Grobags and M&S ones. I really rate the M&S ones.

neversleepagain Sun 23-Oct-16 20:43:21

We used JoJo Maman sleeping bags until our twins turned 3. Mine loved them.

BexusSugarush Sun 23-Oct-16 21:15:06

This is all really helpful, thank you! Although I am getting the impression that as she's not used to them, it might be more hassle than it's worth to start now. She hates having her arms or legs restricted so a fleece sleepsuit or a sleep snuggler sound ideal!

And the cold head question wasn't related to the Grobag one, it was more a general 'do baby's heads not get cold when they have no hair?'

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