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#1 Mrs Emma

Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:02 AM

Hi,
Just wondering what sleeping bags you use for your little ones? DS is nearly 4 months old and we have stopped swaddling (that's a whole other story!). I am currently using an ergo cocoon with his arms out but I think he like to be able to move his legs more freely than the cocoon allows.
What do you recommend? Are the grobags that much better? I am trying to work out why they are so expensive, lol.
Thanks.

#2 prettypenny

Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:12 AM

I've always used Grobags. They are expensive but when you stop and think how much time your baby will spend in them, they are quite economical.

There are also great quality and will last more than one baby's use. I'd certainly recommend them but I'm sure there others who can recommend alternatives.

#3 WithSprinkles

Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:12 AM

Dream bags are pretty much the same as grobags but a little cheaper: http://www.bambiniwarehouse.com.au/

I love my wool bags. Less chance of baby overheating/sweating because they are made from wool/cotton (all natural fibres). They are more expensive but they last from 3 months up to 2 years of age (so by the time you buy 3 different sized sleeping bags they do work out cheaper in the end). Both the woolbabes and the merinokids brands are good.

#4 ellebelle

Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:14 AM

There's lots of brands that do sleep bags. Grobag have just done a good jon=b of making people think there is somethig superior about there's. Plum, Living Textiles and Bright Bots are other brands that do them at a cheaper price.

#5 MGB

Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:15 AM

I use Grobags. They are great. They are expensive to buy here but the last 2 I have bought off Ebay brand new for between $20-$30 with free postage from the UK.
They only took 10 days to arrive.

#6 BreezaH

Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:16 AM

I've always used grobags for both my babies as well. They give them the freedom to move around especially as they grow older but also keep them covered. DS2 was in one from around 3-4 months when it became too warm to swaddle him effectively. They are expensive but my grobags from DS1 are still in perfect condition for DS2

#7 Bluenomi

Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:59 AM

I've used gorwbag and dreambags, both are good.

I only ever get growbags on sale though, bambini pronto has them 50% off a few times a year and I grab some.

#8 bubmakes3

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

We used Grobags for DS - these were handed down from my SIL, some had been through both her kids, some just her son - they are all still in great condition and will be used again for our next one. So while a bit exxy they are great quality and will easily last a few kids if you get the gender neutral ones!

#9 laridae

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

QUOTE (Bluenomi @ 03/12/2012, 09:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I only ever get growbags on sale though, bambini pronto has them 50% off a few times a year and I grab some.


Not anymore - they don't sell them anymore.

I got grobags - cheap to buy secondhand or new from ebay (from overseas).

#10 Natttmumm

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:34 PM

I have aways used grobags. Used the same ones for DD1, DD2 and will for DD3 - they have lasted all that time and still as good as new.

Although in the summer heat - i probably wouldnt use a bag - mine were fine in short sleave top with nothing else. I found any bag was too hot unless you have aircon.

I agree they are expensive

#11 WaitForIt

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:30 PM

I use dream bags. I love the way they do up, I don't have to put her arms through anything, I can lie her on it and do it up around her. I've only needed to a couple of times but it means I can get her in it while asleep.

One thing I hate is the sizing. DD is a bit big for the 0-6m, but the next size up is for 6-18m and is huge!

#12 Mrs Emma

Posted 04 December 2012 - 07:56 AM

Thank you! I ended up finding some on eBay so will give them a whirl! And oops, it was obviously meant to say sleeping bags, not seeping...

#13 Madnesscraves

Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:03 AM

Grobags here. I recommend getting gender neutral patterns so they can be used on future kids. I only got 1 tog ones. Didn't see the point of 2.5 ones when I just popped a blanket over or used thicker pjs in winter.

#14 Mootmoot

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:46 AM

QUOTE (Mrs Mel @ 03/12/2012, 09:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I use Grobags. They are great. They are expensive to buy here but the last 2 I have bought off Ebay brand new for between $20-$30 with free postage from the UK.
They only took 10 days to arrive.

Same here.  

I got given the 0-6 month ones then have bought 6-18 month ones - I have 2 each of 2.5 and 1 tog ( need a spare in case of nappy leaks in the night).  I find that DS moves around too much to use blankets, so it's better to have him the right temperature between pj's and the bag.  If your bub is 4 months now, perhaps you can just get 6-18 month.  Sure they look huge at first, but then so did the 0-6 month one initially (sigh.... how they grow!).

Different Grobags can zip down around the side or up the middle.  If you have bub in the car alot at night when you want to transfer straight to bed, it may be worth getting one of another brand that hsd the hole for the seatbelt.

If you want seasonal sleeping bags (i.e. they only sell light ones in summer and heavy in winter) you can get them cheap from Best & Less, but they're sized like 00, 0, so they won't last as long as Grobags.

#15 PurpleNess

Posted 04 December 2012 - 09:49 AM

Check out the Skip Hop range, similar to GroBags & reasonably pricd, I just bought two for summer.

When DS was 4 months we moved to a Love to swaddle me up & an Ergo Cocoon, then into Grobags I bought second hand off Gumtree.

#16 *littlemiracles*

Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:56 PM

I have grobags and living textiles. We use a living textiles dream bag .5 tog now for summer for my 3 month old and will get a 1.0tog for end of summer. I have a 1 and .5 tog grobag 6-18mth. I find no difference in grobags or living textiles quality but a big diff in price. Grobags you can usually get in baby shops at end of seasons for a good price.


#17 Studybug

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

We started with grobags in southern Australia winter.  Like PPs, I only bought when on sale.  It was very easy to find them for a good price. They were fine.
The 1 tog bags were too hot for DS in summer but he wouldn't settle without a bag on so we bought some Bonds bags.  So great - nice and light for summer, very soft.  
The following winter, DS ending up disliking the grobag style so we bought the winter bonds one.  This was for a Qld winter and served us well.  When DS grew out of the Bonds bags, we ended up getting woolbabe bags.  They were the only brand we could find besides Grobag in the length we needed.  They were fabulous.  Soft like the bonds bags but warm and very snuggly.  DS loved them and liked to get back in during the day.

So, my vote is to skip grobags and go for woolbabe and bonds.

Cheers.

#18 Guest_AllegraM_*

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:14 PM

We love grobags. However, we did need to go up each size a few months earlier than the label as our very tall baby outgrew them. He is 14 months and is now in the 18-36 month one.

I have lent my 0-6 month one out to another friend's baby and it is still in perfect nick, ready for our bub #2.

If you live somewhere seasonal, you may need to have a couple in the same size but different togs.

#19 ScarfaceClaw

Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:28 PM

another vote for grobags here. I have a romper, so blankets would never cut it, and we have a couple in each weight, sourced on sale, or direct thru friends, so never full price.
GReat quality, they will last for a couple of kids and I can probably ebay or donate them on to another friend once we are done.




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