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A friend of mine recommended using grobags for sleeping in (I assume he meant for the baby, not me). It sounds like a good idea, but I'd be interested to know if anyone has had a negative experience with them>?

With soft cotton outer and lining this bag overcomes the problem of covers being kicked off in the night. Whilst preventing the dangers encountered with sheets and blankets, of baby slipping under the covers. This smart sleeping bag features a front zip with chin guard at top, zip guard on inside of zip to prevent rubbing and a bottom opening zipper so that baby cannot easily tug the puller.

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asked 13 Nov '09, 18:08

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The only downside that we have come across is that some of them are made with neck opennings that are too large and run the risk of the baby slithering down inside them.

They are a fantastic product though and come in lots of varieties. Once you know how warm or cool your child is normally then you can pick up a few that are made of appropriate material. For example, I have a really hot kid. To touch her, she is always warm without socks and in a light shirt and leggings. If I were to put her into a sleeper and then a heavy fleece one stuffed for additional warmth, she would NOT be a happy camper. Likewise I have freinds whos babes are always cool and in need of extra layers and bundling. The trick is to find the right warmth level for your baby.

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answered 14 Nov '09, 01:02

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We used a "sleep sack" for a while, had a positive experience. It was handy when he was too old to need swaddling, too young to have blankets, didn't want his legs loose.

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answered 13 Nov '09, 18:33

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We love them.

But you do still need to be careful not to overheat your kid.

One unseasonably warm night in spring about five years ago we ended up calling an ambulance because our, then, 4 month old was fitting and unresponsive. She had a mild cold and, it turned out, a slight fever. The combination of that and her usual vest, sleepsuit and grobag had caused febrile convulsions.

The ambulance arrived in five minutes, and when they assessed her they advised us to give her calpol (paracetemol in suspension, designed for children) and she recovered and we have had no further incidents.

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answered 13 Nov '09, 18:54

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We used one last winter when our son was 10-14 months old, and this year we bought a larger one now that the nights are getting chillier. Eventually we had to abandon using it though. The degrees of freedom that the sleeping bag gave just weren't enough for our more-wriggly-at-night 22-month-old. He'd wake up in the small hours crying to be let out.

Now we just tuck the sheets in more. Even if they do get a good kicking at night and often finish up at the other end of the bed in the morning. I figure if he isn't crying at night then he can't be that cold, right?

Update: We've now bought some clasp things (don't know the "official" name). This is a piece of elastic with a clasp at either end. The elastic goes under the mattress and each clasp grabs on to a side of the bed sheet. This means that the cover can't be kicked completely off, but allows the child to wriggle around a great deal and stick his feet out if he gets too hot. Seems to work really well.

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answered 15 Nov '09, 21:53

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edited 19 Nov '09, 21:04

We found it a lot easier than swaddling from a very early age and would recommend them, but duvets/sheets for older children allow them to regulate their temperature a lot easier. They are are also fairly expensive for what they are...

Too many layers of clothing can overheat your child, Grobag or not - we always put the same number of layers on our son as we are wearing to bed ourselves.

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answered 13 Nov '09, 19:30

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Grobags are awesome! Yes they are expensive, but they're well worth it. We use them and only ever buy genuine grobags. Our daughter has slept in them overnight since she was 6 weeks old.

They come in various TOG ratings to suit and also with a nursery thermometer and a guide on what to wear underneath depending on the temperature.

We co-sleep with our little one - we sleep under our quilt and she sleeps in her grobag next to me, safely without risk of accidental suffocation from our quilt.

The only downside I find is that our daughter knows when her grobag comes out, that it's her "big" sleep time and she often protests at us and it can be challenging to get her arms in her grobag and negotiate the zipper when we put her in one that does up with the zip from the neck. It's much easier to use the ones with the poppers on the shoulder like your picture shows. We find that the openings (poppers on the shoulder or zippers on the front) can vary between styles and also between sizes of the same style. We made sure when she went up to the next size that we only bought shoulder popper ones.

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answered 04 Jan '10, 05:42

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Highly recommend them. Our 18m old started using them at around 6 months old. She would kick her blanket off during the night, so that when we went to see her in the morning she wasn't covered. The grobag ensures they're always covered and also encourages them to sleep still, so that their blanket stays put.

They come in a variety of togs for differing seasons. She still uses one at 18m and it's loose enough that she can "shuffle" out of bed and along the corridor to see us in the night if upset.

One tip for bedtime routine - leave the grobag unzipped and open on the matress, so that once they're asleep you can easily lie them on it and do it up around them as they sleep. The sound of the zip/poppers doesn't seem to stir them. The alternative is to put them in it before they're sleeping, whilst cuddling.

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answered 05 Jan '10, 21:19

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