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#1 Magnolia

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:17 PM

Hi Ladies. I'm just after a bit of help.

I'm looking to transition DS out of his wraps and into sleeping bags as he's almost out-grown them and is trying to get his hands out.

I'm a bit confused about the sleeping bags. I've looked at the guides regarding the different TOG ratings vs temperature vs clothes.

Considering their cost, do you think it's better to buy a sleeping bag with a lower TOG and dress bubs warmer? or add a blanket? (I have a heater in his room at the moment) or buy a bag with a higher TOG? I only ask as some of them are suitable 6m-18m and would like to get my money's worth over the summer months too.

Also any recommendations would be appreciated. I'm looking to buy one that's cotton or natural fibres, not polyester filled.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:45 PM

I would buy the lower TOG, this is what I have done.

I usually buy sleeping bags from Target and the like so no TOG rating but I just have a couple that are thinnish and a couple that are snuggly.

However I have just bought 2 Grobags and got 1.0TOG. I figure in the coldest period we have a heater in his room and he wears singlet, winter PJs, socks etc to bed under the sleeping bag and then a blanket on top (which he does kick off mind you).

As the weather starts to warm up a bit again we will continue to use the same bags but reduce the under garments.

Ben is almost 16 months old so I got 18months to 3 years and this means we can use them over the next 1.5ish years.

Given their exorbetent price (though I did get mine on sale) we definitely wouldn't get ebnough wear out of 2.5TOG bags and like you I wanted my money's worth.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:55 PM

When we used them, we went the 1.0 TOG and then layered the clothes and blankies.. And in summer, would put bubs in with just nappy and singlet.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:57 PM

Depends where you live - in Melbourne we got plenty of wear out of our 2.5 tog. We have two 6-18 month grobags in 2.5 tog, and 1 1.0 tog one. THey have lasted through both boys but one of the 2.5 ones has just fallen apart!

We never needed the bigger size - Angus still wears the 6-18 month size one and at the end of this winter we will stop using the,.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:09 PM

We are in Melbourne and get lots of use out of the 2.5 one. Zoe uses it for day sleeps and overnight. She doesn't have any other bedding, just the Grobag. Zoe wears all of Max's old Grobags, they are still in great condition. I just bought her one girly one in 18-36mths 1.0tog so she can have that next Summer and have at least one pink one tongue.gif I also prefer the ones that zip up the front, some of the newer designs zip up the side, just my preference!
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:19 PM

QUOTE(BaliJess @ Jun 16 2011, 01:09 PM) View Post

We are in Melbourne and get lots of use out of the 2.5 one. Zoe uses it for day sleeps and overnight. She doesn't have any other bedding, just the Grobag. Zoe wears all of Max's old Grobags, they are still in great condition. I just bought her one girly one in 18-36mths 1.0tog so she can have that next Summer and have at least one pink one tongue.gif I also prefer the ones that zip up the front, some of the newer designs zip up the side, just my preference!


I prefer zip at the front too, we have 1 zip at the side and it is a pain to put on to a cheeky 16 month old.

Oh also should have said I am in Sydney, so yep it does depend on the climate where you live. While we do get the cold, we don't get extreme cold where we are.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:26 PM

Thanks for the feedback smile.gif We're in Adelaide so it does get cold over here, it's been 3 degrees some mornings, but it's not that cold. I've had the oil heater on in DS room which takes the chill out of the air and makes it warm. I guess I was thinking ahead for summer where it can be quite hot.

I've noticed the grobags for 6-18months say they're to a maximum length of 86cm, but DS is already 70cm, so hopefully wont grow out of them too quickly. Weight wise, he's still 1kg under the recommended weight. wacko.gif It's a bit of a pain having a long, but slim baby.

QUOTE(Cole29* @ Jun 16 2011, 01:49 PM) View Post

I prefer zip at the front too, we have 1 zip at the side and it is a pain to put on to a cheeky 16 month old.



Thanks for the tip. smile.gif

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:45 PM

I decided that I would rather buy the 2.5tog and not have the heater going all night. Only when it's bitterly bitterly cold do I put the heater on in her room. We get down to the single digits temps where we live and all Lily wears to bed is a long sleeved onesie, fleece/tracksuit pjs and her sleeping bag. We don't have any problems with her waking overnight from being cold.

Yes, they can be expensive, but are often on sale. Plus, they resell really well on ebay or will last for multiple children.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 03:09 PM

Oh, the zip down the front is much better!

Angus takes off the side zip one and throws it out of the cot whenever he wears it...

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 04:02 PM

Can I recommend you have a peek at the Merino Kids bags? They're pure cotton and merino, and they only do two weights - one is fine down to 18, and then a 'duvet' one that is good at colder temperatures than that. We have our house at 15 overnight, and bought 1 duvet one when Eddie decided to turn and get his head under his [tightly tucked-in] sheets and blankets.

We also have a 2.5 Grobag, but the merino one is amazing and barely needs washing (you just hang it to air) whereas if he blurts on the shoulder of the Grobag itstays really yucky and smelly sad.gif

The Merino kids ones are a bit longer - they're birth-2 years; I just bought a normal-weight one and between them that should last us another winter past this one and the summer in between. They are expensive, but so lovely to feel! Friends of ours have been using the normal weight one even in the 30-degree-overnight summer weather and the wool helps hugely with temperature regulation and wicking away any sweat when it's hot.

with the room at 15, we wear a singlet, long-sleeved onesie, then a cotton all-in-one sleepsuit, or equivalent, so a few layers on the body, two on the arms, and enclosed feet. He's not waking overnight so I'm guessing he's not cold biggrin.gif He seems to be quite a warm little boy though.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 08:31 PM

QUOTE(~Melissa~ @ Jun 16 2011, 12:57 PM) View Post

Depends where you live - in Melbourne we got plenty of wear out of our 2.5 tog. We have two 6-18 month grobags in 2.5 tog, and 1 1.0 tog one. THey have lasted through both boys but one of the 2.5 ones has just fallen apart!

We never needed the bigger size - Angus still wears the 6-18 month size one and at the end of this winter we will stop using the,.


I'm in Melbourne and we get plenty of use of the 2.5 tog. I don't need to use any other bedding. It's also great if you are out and about a lot to get one that can be used in the car seat (Travel grobag). We often put baby boy to sleep at other peoples houses and it's so easy just to transfer him from car to cot when we get home. Like Melissa we also have a 1.0 tog for summer.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 10:09 PM

I had a look today in the nearest baby shop and they were 20% off, but the only ones in the 6m-18m size were pink. rolleyes.gif I might have to look somewhere else.

QUOTE(squeaza @ Jun 16 2011, 04:32 PM) View Post

Can I recommend you have a peek at the Merino Kids bags? They're pure cotton and merino, and they only do two weights - one is fine down to 18, and then a 'duvet' one that is good at colder temperatures than that. We have our house at 15 overnight, and bought 1 duvet one when Eddie decided to turn and get his head under his [tightly tucked-in] sheets and blankets.

We also have a 2.5 Grobag, but the merino one is amazing and barely needs washing (you just hang it to air) whereas if he blurts on the shoulder of the Grobag itstays really yucky and smelly sad.gif



I'll look into them Squeaza. Because I noticed that the grobags are polyester filled? We've only got evaporative cooling so DS will undoubtedly sweat over summer. Even for winter, I'd rather a natural fibre. Do you know whether they're stocked in stores, or did you have to purchase them online?

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 12:04 AM

I got the first one online, but the one I got for summer was from a shop - I was looking online and was about to buy when I realised it was actually a shop, not just a web-business, and it was a block away from hubby's work!

Just a word of warning, they're not cheap wink.gif tbh given the wear we've got out of ours already, and the fact that they supposedly can be used for longer, I don't really care. We're a huge fan of merino clothing as well.
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:49 AM

QUOTE(squeaza @ Jun 17 2011, 12:04 AM) View Post

I got the first one online, but the one I got for summer was from a shop - I was looking online and was about to buy when I realised it was actually a shop, not just a web-business, and it was a block away from hubby's work!

Just a word of warning, they're not cheap wink.gif tbh given the wear we've got out of ours already, and the fact that they supposedly can be used for longer, I don't really care. We're a huge fan of merino clothing as well.


They are lovely. I wouldhave got one of them if we didnt already have the grobags.

I think our lightest weight grobag is all cotton - it seems to be flannel lined cotton.


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Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:56 AM

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I had a look today in the nearest baby shop and they were 20% off, but the only ones in the 6m-18m size were pink. rolleyes.gif I might have to look somewhere else.


Pity, they were just 50% off this past weekend at bambini pronto.

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Just a word of warning, they're not cheap

You're not wrong! They do look lovely though


I don't actually put Lily in a sleeping bag in summer. If she needs something it's just some light pj pants. We only have a pedestal fan for her too.




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