Here at Max and Kai, we are huge fans of sleeping bags for babies.
There is no other option as safe for your child than a sleeping bag. We used them up until Max went into a toddler bed at 15 months and we are using them again with Kai.
Why use a sleeping bag?
Sleeping bags were a total no-brainer for us when our first born arrived.
We tried the traditional celleur blanket but found he kept kicking it off during the night (Max was a winter baby so that was no good at all) I was also paranoid that he would suffocate during the night.
This is something all new mums can relate to, sleeping bag’s take away all that worry.
Normally you would buy the bags in grouped age stages. So for example with Max, I had 2 bag’s for the age 0-3, two for 3-6 and so on.
There are also different togs for summer and winter.
I can honestly say…
I spent a small fortune on sleeping bags for Max, at £12 ish quid a pop it definitely left a dent in my maternity pay. We have reused Max’s old ones for Kai.
When Antipodes approached us to test drive their wool merino sleeping bag we jumped at the chance. I hadn’t heard of this brand before so we visited their site to have a read up of the product I was about to receive.
The first thing that stood out for me was the price. At £65.00 my initial reaction was wowzers but then I noticed they range from 3 months to 2 years. So, in theory, this is the only one you would need to purchase (I would recommend having a spare sleeping bag, sometimes nappies leak).
So really this product is a great investment that will save you money in the long run.
Here are some of my favourite features:
The underarm poppers: Becuase this product is intended for such a large age range it’s always a worry it won’t fit a smaller baby. No need thou there are additional poppers under the armpit which ensure a snug fit. As your child grows you can just undo the poppers.
The additional feature: There is a fold with a small incision for you to use the sleeping bag for the car seat or even the pram. This is perfect for us when we do our weekly nursery run early in the morning.
The Length: The sleeping bag is really long (this is because it is intended for up until the child is two) you can just fold the excess material underneath. I personally leave it long, Kai has long legs and traditional sleeping bags are often too short for him.
The Quality: The sleeping bag is made from merino wool instead of synthetic fleece or flannel.
Antipode’s advised us:
Instead of opting for synthetic fleece or flannel, you opted for one of nature’s best thermo-regulating fibres, merino wool, as it will help your little one have a better night’s sleep. Unlike its synthetic counterparts, merino actually breathes.
Now the merino may feel very light… too light! How can it possibly be warm enough? Well, when it’s cold outside, merino wool traps air between its fibres and creates a pocket of warm insulating air. And when it is warm outside, those same fibres naturally wick away sweat and moisture and expel heat this is how your sleep bag regulates baby’s temperature when they are unable to themselves.
We have been using the sleeping bag for about 4 weeks now and I can say we are very happy with it. I’ve washed it and tumbled it countless times and so far this hasn’t affected the quality.
Most importantly Kai is comfy and safe.
I feel assured in the knowledge that he will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer using this bag.
You can find out more about this fab brand here: http://www.antipodesmerino.com/
Did you use sleeping bag’s with your little one?