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Sleeping bags/grobags - Potentially silly question

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polkadotdelight Sat 15-Nov-14 16:02:33

DS is 7 weeks old and pfb. I am still suffering a little with anxiety and one of my 'things' is temperature (partly because the health visitor scared me silly saying my house was too warm).

DS was moved into a cot last night from the carry cot and had a bad night with wind so spent all night kicking his blanket off. Today we have bought a 2.5 tog grobag and long sleeve vests (legless) in the hope tonight will be better.

Here is my daft question...

We feed him and then rock/cuddle him to sleep before putting him down. We put a hot water bottle on the mattress to warm it (it really has helped) and usually put his blanket between him and I when cuddling him so he is put down with a warm blanket - does that make sense?

Can we cuddle/rock him to sleep with him already in the grobag? I dont want to overheat him but if he is to go in it with only a long sleeve vest he needs to be kept warm somehow for night feeds.

What do other people do?

RedRose27 Sat 15-Nov-14 16:08:28

Yes, we do the last feed with DD already in gyro bag so she stays nice and warm when we put her down smile also good for night feeds.

RedRose27 Sat 15-Nov-14 16:09:13

He he - gyro bag?! Have invented something new there!! Gro bag of course smile

OpenSandwich Sat 15-Nov-14 16:11:38

Sounds fine to me. It's not like he is spending the night cuddled up to your body heat, only to settle.

PuppyMouse Sat 15-Nov-14 16:11:52

I had similar worries with my pfb. Only thing I would say is if you have a warm house 2.5 tog is quite thick. My daughter has been in 1 or 1.5 tog bags in winter and only a blanket during the summer and her room is about 20-22 degrees. I think the gro website has a guide on which tog for what temp.
Hope that helps smile

youbethemummylion Sat 15-Nov-14 16:18:03

Absolutely you can that's what I did with both my little ones.

BikeRunSki Sat 15-Nov-14 16:21:30


polkadotdelight Sat 15-Nov-14 16:22:08

Thank you so much. I have a thermometer in the bedroom and it is usually between 18 and 20 degrees. I have the window opened and the radiator off (not that we have the heating on much yet) so am hoping to keep the room down to 18-19 tonight, it has been down to 17 at times - yes I really am that obsessed and terrified of sids! We are due to move house next week and Im sure the new house will be colder as it is bigger and older with an old boiler but I didnt want to wait until next week to buy one!

PickledInAJar Sat 15-Nov-14 17:25:28

Gro bags usually come with temperature information. The ones I bought say 2.5 tog for temperatures between 18-21, and 1 tog for temperatures between 21-23.

It sounds like your bedroom temperatures are perfectly normal and I can't see any good reason your health visitor would suggest otherwise.

Definitely a cuddle/feed in a sleeping bag is a great idea, but I would probably avoid the hot bottle part, not least because the sleeping bag will hold a lot of your warmth and create a similar effect, and a hot water bottle could make it all a bit too warm, but also because once you rely on these sort of routines it can be hard to stop them until the summer comes.

Heatherbell1978 Sat 15-Nov-14 20:43:34

My room is between 18 and 20 degrees and 12 wk old is in a 2.5 tog gro bag. I recently started putting a short sleeved vest under his sleepsuit in it so one extra layer than advised but every time I picked him up in the night he felt a little cooler to touch than I'd like. DH and I both feel the cold so he probably does too. And I always do his night time feed with him in it.

WottaMess Sun 16-Nov-14 07:37:24

He doesn't need to come out of the bag for night feeds either. Just tuck a muslin down the front to stop it getting milky (bf or ff!) grin

polkadotdelight Sun 16-Nov-14 10:15:19

Thank you all!

ftmsoon Sun 16-Nov-14 11:49:31

My pfb DD is now in a baby group and 2.5 grobag as it gets down to 16deg here. I feed her in it as part of our bedtime routine. Night feeds are done in it too so no need for the hot water bottle as she doesn't touch the cold sheet in her crib. I do put a muslin under her head and transfer this with her so her head is on something warm. Although your littley maybe too young for that.

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