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Using a sleep bag instead of blankets

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Counttheshadows Thu 15-Oct-15 22:32:35

Out room varies between 20 and 21 degrees atm. DD sleeps in a long sleeved vest and then a sleep suit over the top and then 1 thin cellular blanket tucked in, and one just placed over the bottom by her toes (to cover then where the blanket is too small).

Dm thinks I should be putting her in a sleep bag now instead of blankets, as she's worried she's cold, I'm worried she will overheat. What should I be doing?

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Thu 15-Oct-15 22:38:57

Does she feel cold? How old is she?

Fugghetaboutit Thu 15-Oct-15 22:41:26

I only used sleeping bags because ds kicked off blankets religiously and got very cold and woke up.

HelenF35 Thu 15-Oct-15 22:45:47

That's what we used for ds till he outgrew his Moses basket, our room temps were similar. When we moved him to the crib we put him an a sleeping bag. Here is a sleeping bag clothing guide which will help if you change to a bag.

Lovelydiscusfish Thu 15-Oct-15 22:46:46

As far as I am aware, babies are much more likely to over-heat than they are to get too cold. For this reason, I always favoured cellular blankets over sleeping bags. Trust your instincts - if she is not waking unduly often, and her core (rather than extremities) doesn't feel cold to the touch, then, as I understand it, she's not too cold.

Counttheshadows Thu 15-Oct-15 23:01:25

Thank you for the link smile She is 9 weeks. I've tried to explain to Dm her hands bring cold doesn't mean that she is actually cold....! But she's now got me worrying that I'm being mean and leaving her be too cold.

cabbageleaf Fri 16-Oct-15 06:32:19

At that age, a blanket is just as good as a sleeping bag if she doesn't kick it off. You may find you'll have to use a sleeping bag as she gets older because she'll move about more in her sleep. As PP have said, trust your instincts, if she's not too hot or cold, it's right the way you're doing it.

Fugghetaboutit Fri 16-Oct-15 06:33:26

No you're right, check the back/neck to see temp. Do you have a room thermometer?

9 weeks is v young for gro bags I think. Didn't use them with ds til he was 10 months.

Luckystar1 Fri 16-Oct-15 07:05:03

DS was in a gro bag from birth. I like them as it takes the hassle out of blankets, especially in winter as it gets colder.

I am probably not the best guide though as DS is in a vest, pyjamas, socks, gro bag and blanket...... He likes to be warm.

Remember each baby is different, but I've definitely noticed that DS prefers to be wrapped up when others have a thin blanket on.

Fugghetaboutit Fri 16-Oct-15 07:25:28

I didn't know they did newborn sizes, I would definitely get one for the next baby as it's due January and bedroom is in loft so gets cold.

Luckystar1 Fri 16-Oct-15 07:28:31

DS was in a 0-6 months from birth. It depends on weight, but he was 8lbs 11 so it was ok. It also made feeding him so much easier as he wasn't getting cold.

Nottalotta Fri 16-Oct-15 15:48:17

I think they go on weight. DS went into his grobag at about 8 weeks as he was kicking blankets off.

louise987 Fri 16-Oct-15 15:54:09

They do specific group bags (called gro snugs) which are suitable for newborns. I had the same problem with my DD kicking off blankets!

I've got a gro snug for my 4wk old DD and it's great. I plan to keep her in it until she's big enough for the actual gro bags/other sleeping bags. The gro snugs are available online and I picked mine up from John Lewis.

Ladywithababy1 Sat 17-Oct-15 09:21:30

I found the sleeping bags came into their own when DS started rolling over and wriggling around the cot as it meant he was always covered no matter where he ended up!

But before then blankets were fine especially as the room doesn't sound unduly cold.

captaincake Wed 21-Oct-15 19:47:56

Ds used this as a newborn. We found it brilliant. He was born last summer and it was hot so he just wore that and a short sleeved vest. By the winter he wore a vest, sleep suit and sleeping bag or just one of these He's now 16m and all he is wearing at the moment is a sleep suit, no blanket at all and he still feels rather warm. I've got 2.5tog sleeping bags at the ready but not sure if they'll get used at all at this rate! This chart might give a bit of guidance.

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Wed 21-Oct-15 19:53:45

Both mine have been in gro bags since birth (both were over 8lbs). They come with a guide on what to wear with the gro bag at different temperatures so have never worried about overheating.

thinkfast Wed 21-Oct-15 20:37:05

I loved the thin newborn sleeping bags for dd from jojo maman Bebe. They are soft jersey with long sleeved and much more stretchy and comfy than the group swaddle we also had when she was tiny

GiraffesAndButterflies Wed 21-Oct-15 20:45:12

What you have sounds fine. I never used gro bags, DD wasn't that wriggly so blankets stayed on and were cheaper. There's no one right answer, I think your DM is worrying too much.

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