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Sleep Tight and Sleep Safely

My son grows out of pajamas faster than I can blink.  Even if he can last longer in sized clothing for day wear, he seems to outgrow pajamas daily.  I don’t know if it’s due to the monstrous nighttime cloth diaper or the fact that he has a long torso and legs, but footed pj’s aren’t too economical for this kiddo.

Awhile ago, I purchased a cotton sleep sack and loved that I could easily couple it with a onesie for night time use.  It replaced the need for a blankie.  I don’t know the purpose of a blankie other than giving it to him as part of his nap time and bedtime ritual because he would always end up lying on TOP of the blanket instead of the reverse.  At least with a sleeping bag, he can stay warm and snuggled and not thrash his blanket about during the night.  For my safety conscientiousness, I knew it didn’t pose a rare yet potential strangulation hazard when he was alone in his crib.

So, when I heard that my fave baby feeding line company began Keen company to distribute the Grobag® baby sleeping bag developed in the U.K., I was glad to check out their design and fabric weight options or togs.  This collection of premium baby sleeping bags are the number one selling brand in Europe. It comes in a variety of thicknesses, sizes, and patterns, perfect for all climates and seasons.

Not only does Grobag® baby sleeping bag feature 100% cotton, but they also offer woven, jersey, fleece, and velour fabrics.  The baby sleeping bags come in 3 sizes: 0-6 months, 6-18 months, and 18-36 months, and each one is available in different togs depending on the fabric style of choice.

Grobag® baby sleeping bags were created when the founders of the brand, Rob and Ouvrielle Holmes, found that their son was constantly kicking off his covers and waking up during the night They were all exhausted from lack of sleep so they tried using a baby sleeping bag and discovered that their son slept through the night. Ever since, the Holmes’ have been on a mission to develop their own line of premium baby sleeping bags.

The bag sizes are based on child height and weight.  Since Calvin tends to be built more tall and lean instead of short and chunky, I went with the length guide to help me choose a size Since we’re often on the road, I opted for the travel bag at 1.0 tog which seemed the most versatile fabric weight.  Since we recently moved to an apartment without air conditioning, I’ve found the 1.0 tog to be a little too warm for many nights, but as the weather cools for fall, it’s perfect.

The Grobag® travel bag features a 2-way front zipper closure on all sizes, and a back vent (which can be secured closed with a hook and loop closure) for use with a 5-point harness.  There’s a zip-click feature on 18-36 month bags, which stops adventurous little ones from opening the zipper.  I love that the zipper can be used in either direction to position the sleeping bag as you need it over the 5-point harness.  Also, the YKK zipper can be “hidden” at the bottom by a fold of fabric that snaps over it.  My only gripe is that the back vent doesn’t positioning options for a baby with a longer torso (like my son).  It makes it a little tough to weave the seat-belt clasp through the back vent (I had to almost fold my son in half to make it work in the carseat).  But, it may not be an issue for smaller sized babies.  If there were several lengths of back vent options, that would make the travel bag easier to adapt to different sized babies.

Compared to other baby sleeping bags that I’ve tried with my son, I definitely prefer the Grobag® baby sleeping bag.  After numerous washings, the zipper doesn’t change shape and cause the fabric to buckle and bend, yet it maintains it’s shape and the quality is enduring.  I love that there are varying tog options depending on the season.  In the coming chilly autumn months, I don’t need to dress Calvin in numerous layers of clothes for our evening walks (because changing a diaper after all of THAT is just too much work!), instead I can put him in a shirt and a medium to heavier tog Grobag® and we’re set!

He first wore the Grobag® baby sleeping bag at 7 months.  But now even at 10 months, there’s plenty of room for him to grow another 8 inches and wiggle his toes.  Heck, he can even stand up in his crib while wearing it, and he still gets around with a fast crawl in the Grobag® baby sleeping bag.  The baby sleeping bag retails from $39 to $60 depending on the fabric, tog, and style.

As the perfect companion to the Grobag® baby sleeping bag, Keen also features the Grobag® egg color-changing digital room thermometer. The egg gives off a soft glow that changes color according to the temperature in baby’s room. Parents can tell at a glance if the room is too hot or too cold and then adjust either the room temperature or the baby’s clothing or bedding accordingly. Monitoring room temperature is an important part of creating a safe sleeping environment for baby.

The Grobag egg® features a simple to use room thermometer that changes color (blue – yellow – orange – red) based on the temperature.  There’s a digital room thermometer with permanent ‘back-lit’ LCD readout in Farenheit.  It provides a soft ‘nightlight’ glow, and the power adaptor included.

I tried using the Grobag® egg digital room thermometer as a nightlight in my son’s room, but since there is no natural light in his room, the light was too dim in his cave.  So now, my husband and I use it in our room to gauge the temperature in the back of the apartment.  It’s dim enough for us that it doesn’t keep us awake.

When I first tested the Grobag® egg, I found that its temperature readings were two to three degrees too high.  I was concerned that it always registered as red or too warm in my son’s room.  So, I compared the temperature readings of the Grobag® egg to a mercury-based thermometer and another digital thermometer.  I found that the Grobag® egg was consistently too high in its reading compared to the other digital thermometer which was spot on with the mercury thermometer (which I considered a baseline for accuracy).

So, now my husband and I use the Grobag® egg digital room thermometer in our bedroom  as a dim nightlight.  We’ve never seen the temperature vary in color other than red or orange.  If it would drop just ONE more degree, we could see it turn yellow!  Perhaps with the coming fall weather we’ll see yellow or even blue on the Grobag® egg.  It’s a great concept, but I think there needs to be a little more time in the lab spent on developing temperature readout accuracy.  The egg retails for $30.

To learn more about Grobag® products, visit the company’s site.  Order your own Grobag® baby sleeping bag or Grobag® egg digital room thermometer. _______________________________________________________________________

**WIN IT**

You can win your very own Grobag® egg digital room thermometer from Keen Distribution.  To enter, visit Keen’s website, then come back here and leave a comment about which innovative product you’d like to try.

Only one entry per person per giveaway.  Multiple entries will be removed.  The contest for the Grobag® Egg Thermometer ends at 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 26th. The winner will be announced on Saturday, September 27th.

The winner and 2 alternates will be selected on Random.org and announced on this post. If you provide your e-mail address, I will contact you. The winner has 72 hours to claim the prize, otherwise, the prize goes to the first alternate to contact me with a shipping address.

**UPDATE**

Congratulations to the winner! Kandice Watson, on September 21st, 2008 at 2:41 pm Said: “I love the timeout table!! That is too funny!”

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37 Responses

  1. ohh my God…Such cute pictures i haven’t ever seen and offcourse the products are awesome.I too have a site baby changing station that may be of interest to your visitors for more baby stuff online.

  2. Pretty cool stuff!! Love these beautiful baby sleeping bags!!

  3. Hi Dr. Dolly! =)

    I checked out Keen’s website and the Mommy Hook looks like a great little invention to protect mother’s backs especially when the basket on their stroller is already full. I would love to try it since I live with chronic back pain. Their other products looked neat as well. I wonder how good their swaddling products are.

    The Grobag Egg Thermometer looked like a cool invention too!

    Your blog is so informative. Thanks for being so real and for your faithful entries!

    Take care,

    Mara

  4. I’d like to try the Time Out Pad. Not that I have a naughty little girl!! 🙂 She’s not quite ready for time outs, but she’s a spunky one!!

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

    seeryusfam@msn.com

  5. I’d like to try out the Time Out Pad for my other kids!

    legacyofbrutalitysa{AT}gmail.com

  6. I like the swaddling wrap

  7. The Time Out Pad is awesome

  8. i like the grobag baby sleeping bags, they look so comfy!

  9. I’d love to try the Mommy hook too, but I’ve really been wanting one of the thermometers.

  10. The time-out pad looks very useful!

  11. I like The Mommy Hook®. It’d make shopping a whole lot easier. Thanks!

  12. I love the mommy hook! Thank you for the chance to win! (I really love the room egg 😉 though)

  13. the mommy hook would make carrying things easier= ok less carrying- love it

  14. […] Traveling with Baby – Grobag Egg Digital Room Thermometer (Sept 26th) […]

  15. Popular choice but I love the time out pad also. My daughter is just about to start the stage where we need to use it.

  16. We have the Bubbles sleep sack on our registry! I love it, and your review is great. I’d also love to try the Home Grown Organic sleep sack (it’s not available though until late October, I asked – drats!). The egg thermometer would be so handy to have for our little one, fingers crossed!

  17. I love the grobag baby sleeping bag. What a great idea.

  18. I lke the growbag sleeping bags because my grandson won’t grow out of it too quickly and you know he’s always covered at night.

  19. I would like to try the sleeping bags. I think they are a good idea and they look cozy. I wish they had adult sizes!

  20. I love the mommy hook! that would make my life soooooo much easier.

  21. This would be great. I never know if the girls need blankets or if they are too hot/too cold. So I’m up all night feeling them and adjusting blankets.

    The mommy hook looks wonderful. It would make for less trips to the car to bring in groceries.

  22. I love the timeout table!! That is too funny!

  23. The Mommy Hook would be so helpful to have. It’s such a great idea.

  24. we could have used the room egg throughout the summer when we wondered whether the air was on too high and the baby was too cool even with a sleep sack! cool invention!

  25. The time out pad could be very useful at our house right now. =)

  26. I would want to try the EGG, with the weather hot or cold one minute I’m always chaning up the AC right now and with my son I never know how to dress him, and when he is sleeping I never know if he will be too hot or cold. This would be PERFECT to have.
    Thanks

  27. The Time Out Pad!!! Brilliant!
    gkstratos@yahoo.com

  28. No question…the time out pad! My little toddler is challenging every inch of us these days and I’d love to try this technique out. m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

  29. i’m fast going to be in need of the time out pad!

  30. the egg looks so cool. that is such a great idea. and i’m big on swaddling wraps, so i’d love to try those. expecting #2 in january…i’m gonna need these! thanks so much for the giveaway!

  31. This would be an amazing gift.

  32. Love your blog
    Like the time out pad, and the egg its cute and very useful too.
    thanks for all
    liahec@yahoo.com

  33. I saw that Mommy Hook and all I could think about was trying to carry in all those bags after a long shopping trip! I just think that is a wonderful idea! Although, I really liked all of the products on the site!

  34. Time Out Pad

  35. Wow great products. i would love to try them all lol. I think the time out pad is a great concept!!

  36. The Mommy Hook looks perfect. That’s one of those super smart ideas I wish I’d thought of. I didn’t realize I needed it until I saw it!

  37. […] Traveling with Baby – Grobag Egg Digital Room Thermometer (Sept 26th) […]

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