This week my youngest son and I have tested out a travel Grobag sleep bag. We were asked to select our favourite from a huge range on the Grobag website and chose the Carnival version.
I love the bright and funky animal characters on the Carnival Grobag, however the main reason I chose it is because it fits a 5 point travel harness, ideal for baby to wear whilst out and about in his pushchair or car seat. The two-way zip openings on the Travel Grobag and back vent velcro is a simple and yet genius idea which in theory means baby can fall asleep whilst in pushchair/car seat and be easily carried to cot to continue snoozing! So how did we get on….
Travel Grobag Review
Harry has been poorly this week with a cold and sickness bug. Our new Grobag therefore has been thoroughly tested! It has been washed several times due to sickness and medicine spills and still of course looks like new. I have used Grobags for both of my boys since my eldest was a newborn. I have several in different sizes and togs, therefore I am not surprised that this Grobag has washed well as I have had some of our Grobags for over four years.
This week I have tried out the travel feature and kept Harry in his Grobag whilst he was in his pushchair. I found it simple to use with a five point harness, by slightly unzipping the sleep bag and threading the pushchair buckle through his legs. He stayed warm and cosy whilst we went to watch our local Christmas lights being switched on!
One morning this week at 4am, after Harry was sick at bedtime, he woke up telling me he was hungry. So I popped him into his highchair using the five point harness in our cold kitchen, he enjoyed some toast and then I popped him back to bed. He was able to stay snug and warm and getting him back to sleep was quick and easy.
My only regret is not knowing about the travel feature earlier. I have checked through my collection of Grobags and realised that I have two Grobags that fit a five point harness:( I am now kicking myself for not questioning what the velcro opening was for at the back of the bag! The travel features would have been so handy on countless occasions when one of my boys have fallen asleep at night in their pushchair/car seat. I have now added a travel Grobag to my essential packing list for holidays with kids.
What we love about Grobags
Grobags come in a variety of sizes – 0-6 months through to 6-10 years. They also come in a variety of togs for different temperatures – 0.5 tog for hot weather or warm rooms through to 3.5 tog for cold temperatures between 12-15 degrees Celsius.
Every Grobag is sold with a handy nursery thermometer so there is no need to guess which Grobag baby should wear, I just glance over at the thermometer and know immediately which one is suitable.
As a mum I have always felt safer knowing that my baby’s are sleeping in a Grobag which stays in place securely with double poppers on the shoulder (and under the arms for newborns). The brand have even added zip click covers to stop adventurous toddlers from attempting to open zips. I personally would not feel safe using blankets and risking my boys covering their heads or kicking the blanket off and getting cold in the night. Both of my boys (when free from germs!) sleep soundly and I put this down to always sleeping tucked up in a Grobag which has kept them warm and snugly all night long.
The makers of Grobag work closely with the Lullaby Trust, (previously known as the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths) to provide bedding that meets the guidelines for safe sleep temperatures. Not only do I feel safe knowing that baby will not overheat or get cold in the night I also have peace of mind with the secure fixings, which means my baby cannot crawl into or out of the bag, or get it trapped around his neck or head.
I started using a toddle duvet with my eldest, Charlie, when he was 2.5 years old and moved into a toddler bed. I wanted him to be able to get out of bed freely and not waddle around whilst still wearing a Grobag however I have used a 3.5 tog 3-6 year Grobag on a couple of occasions when we have been camping.
A bonus feature of the Grobag which you do not see advertised on the packaging, is that they make it more difficult for toddlers to climb out of their cot as they cannot open their legs wide enough!
I have always felt that getting my boys to sleep is a big enough challenge in itself! So I have never wanted to risk either of them kicking off blankets during the night and waking up crying with cold. I therefore feel the £32 price tag is great value for money.
Advice for parents using a Grobag for the first time – I always make sure I put baby into his Grobag whilst he is still awake. From past experience, I have found if he dozes off whilst drinking his milk it takes some manoeuvring to get him into his sleep bag!
A great investment which will ensure a good nights sleep for younger siblings too as they can be used for several years.
Keeps baby constantly warm at safe temperature, reduces SIDS fears as recommended by the Lullaby Trust (previously the fsid), great for using whilst travelling and being out and about with baby, can be used for newborns from 8.8Ibs through to ten year olds!
The packaging does not make the five point harness features clear enough meaning parents could miss out on utilising the travel features. When using in the winter months, baby still needs to wear a coat over the Grobag to keep arms warm. The price could be off-putting for some parents as blankets can be purchased very cheaply however for a good nights sleep and peace of mind, Grobags are worth every penny!
Disclaimer – We were provided with a complimentary Grobag for the purpose of this review, Grobag will also be providing the prize for the competition below however all opinions, as always are our own.
Travel Grobag Giveaway
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