Grobag Baby Sleep Bags were launched in 2000 by the Gro Company and have changed the way babies sleep forever. Starting out as a safer concept to sheets and blankets, Grobags are now the market leaders in baby sleep bags, conforming to a new British Standard (BS8510:2009) for baby sleep bags.
While I was aware of baby sleep bags while pregnant I didn’t know much else about them and wasn’t really considering the for BattleKid until a friend gifted me one. Along with other gifts she sent me a Carnival 2.5 tog 0-6 months travel Grobag.
It was to be the first of many for BattleKid.
As per the guidelines, we had to wait until BattleKid reached a weight of 8.8lbs (at 1 month old) before we could use it but we’ve been using Grobag Baby Sleep Bags as part of our nap and bedtime routine ever since!
As already mentioned, Grobags are the market leaders in baby sleep bags, having won four Mother and Baby good awards and two Practical Parenting Holds. Over 3 million have been sold to date*, with the BattleHousehold owning quite a few over BattleKid’s short life so far!
Grobags are extremely useful and versatile and negate the need for copious amounts of baby sheets and blankets. We have used them in BattleKid’s Sleepyhead™ sleeping pod and in his cot, only ever alternating two sheets at a time. That said I have spare sheets in case of illness or tears in the current ones. Grobags are also much safer than blankets as BattleKid can never get tangled up in them or have his face covered by them. Their design also stops a baby from wriggling down into them so their face will never accidentally get covered during their sleep. The design of Grobags are such that they still allow your baby to move around during their sleep, important as your little one grows up if they like sleeping on their front as BattleKid does.
Grobags do not have arms to allow a baby to regulate their temperature, important for the prevention of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). That said, if the temperature in your baby’s room drops significantly during the night, the Gro company do sleepsuits with padded arms designed especially for use with Grobags.
Grobags come in a range of TOG ratings depending on the temperature conditions in which your baby sleeps these range from between 0.5 tog and 3.5 tog. These ratings are much lower than a bed duvet tog rating as Grobags are designed to trap a pocket of warm air around your baby and provides insulation from both above and below. In combination these are more than sufficient to help your baby sleep comfortably.
Each Grobag Baby Sleep Bag comes with a handy free room thermometer to help you decide which tog to use when and what clothes to dress your baby in for the tog rating and temperature conditions of their room.
In the UK, the most versatile tog is 2.5. Your baby’s clothes can easily be adjusted to suit the room temperature without needing to change the Grobag itself. Although we have had a range of togs, the 2.5 tog is the one we use 90% of the time, for both naps and bedtime. That said, we have had Grobags in all tog ratings and found the 0.5 and 1.0 tog great for warmer climates when we’ve been to the Canaries, and the 3.5 tog came in very useful last winter on very cold nights, especially when it snowed. If I was to recommend only one for UK and Ireland readers it would be a Grobag with a tog rating of 2.5.
Grobags come in a range of 3 sizes; 0-6 months, 6-18 months and 18-36 months. UPDATE: Grobag Baby Sleep Bags are now available in sizes 3-6 and 6-10 years! I found the 0-6 months quite a generous size, with BattleKid in these until nearly 8 months old. At almost 18 months old he is still in his 6-18 months bags with a little room left at the toes. I have bought some 18-36 months Grobag Baby Sleep Bags in preparation for our move up and they look huge!
Grobags also come in two types; normal and travel versions. The normal version has a zip around the side of the body from the feet to under the arm and has two armholes, secured over the shoulder with poppers which conform to British Safety Standards.
The travel version is designed to be used with the 5-point harness of car seats and prams/buggies. This type has proper armholes and a front zipper which also conforms to the BSS. We’ve used this type in the car seat on occasion. Both versions fit securely around your child at the arms and neck, and the 0-6 months has an additional popper under the arm for babies at 8.8lbs for extra safety. So you see, there is no way for your baby to wriggle down into Grobags.
Grobags come in a range of designs for girls, boys and several which are unisex. There is lots of choice so I’m sure you’ll find one you like. I would recommend you buy two as that way you will have a spare when the other is in the wash.
I’ve always found Grobags to be excellent quality. They wash very well, and if you wash them with appropriately matched colours, they keep their colours and whites quite well. They dry well either out on the line or on a clothes horse (as I do). You can also tumble dry them on a low heat setting too, which I have done from time to time. You can even iron them, although I’ve never done this!
Since we got our first Grobag I’ve been a big fan with BattleKid owning (but not limited to):
- Alphabet 0.5 tog
- Day & Night Hippo Ho Pack 1.0/2.5 tog
- Hippo Friends 2.5 tog
- Carnival Travel 2.5 tog
- Jolly Jungle Pals 2.5 tog
- Fly a Kite 3.5 tog
- Mr. Moose 3.5 tog
We also have the following in the next size up ready to go:
- Jungle Friends 1.0 tog
- Carnival Travel 2.5 tog
- Rascal Racoon 2.5 tog
- Monkey Magic 2.5 tog
- Fly a Kite 3.5 tog
Grobags vary in price depending on size, tog rating, design and where you buy them from. The average price of a 2.5 tog, current season Grobag in the 6-18 months range, through the Gro Company website is £28.99, depending on design as mentioned. I have bought Grobags from the Gro Company website, from their Amazon shop and also from TK Maxx, who occasionally sell previous seasons Grobags half-price.
I recently got two 2.5 togs and one 1.0 tog in 18-36 months size from TK Maxx. The RRP was £101, and I got all three for £50. You can also keep an eye on the Gro website as they often sell Grobags at reduced prices. So if the initial price frightens you, rest assured you can buy genuine Grobags for less if you shop around and check for sales. Either way I think they are great value-for-money. If you only ever buy two in the size you need, that would work out at £1.12 per week for a 6-18 months size if you used them for one year. That is great for peace of mind from a safety point of view if nothing else. Plus, you could sell them on or gift them after your baby has outgrown them.
What I love about Grobag Baby Sleep Bags
- Value for money
- Excellent quality
- Wash and Dry really well
- Huge range of designs to choose from
- Variety of tog ratings
- Normal and travel versions
- Range of sizes
- Safe to use from 8.8lbs
- No need for loads of sheets and blankets
- Award winning Baby Sleep Bags
- Conform to British Safety Standards (extra plus in my books)
- Free room thermometer
- Easily incorporated into your baby’s nap and bedtime routine.
What I don’t like about Grobag Baby Sleep Bags
- That they aren’t available in adult sizes! (Not really). There’s nothing we don’t like about them as a family.
As you can tell I am a big fan of Grobags ever since that first one. They’ve become a firm favourite and a big part of our nap and bedtime routines. They have travelled with us wherever we go to keep those routines going including Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Ireland. I highly recommend Grobags as the only bed-clothes you need for your baby. You’ll never look back, I promise!
* Gro Company website at the time of writing.
**I was not asked to write this post.
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