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Benefits of a baby Sleeping Bag

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The Baby Sleeping bag has been around for a few years now but are definitely something our mothers would never have seen.  When I had my eldest daughter there was a limited choice but now there are lots of gorgeous designs and styles to choose from.  They are basically a wearable cover with space for their head and arms to pop out keeping them warm and snug at night time.

Baby sleeping bags are designed to replace traditional blankets and sheets. Therefore, the only other bedding required is a bottom sheet in his cot. You should never use any duvets, quilts, or pillows with a baby sleeping bag. They are easy to wash and I must admit I loved them !

Benefits of a Baby Sleeping Bag

Baby sleeping bags have lots of benefits including:

  • Your baby won’t throw off covers or get tangled in between, as is often the case with traditional blankets and sheets.
  • You can ensure your baby sleeps well in a warm and constant temperature throughout the night. No more will he/she be throwing off covers and waking up cold in the middle of the night.
  • No blankets and sheets covering your baby’s face means that your baby can breathe easy, eliminating dangers of possible suffocation and thus reducing risks of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • It makes night feeds really easy, you can just pick up baby and feed them in the sleeping bag without having to unzip it.  I found it to be a real bonus in the colder months as it was really easy to settle back to sleep quickly.

baby sleeping bag

What to consider

An ideal time to start using a baby sleep bag is when your baby weighs more than 8.8 lbs – if you had big babies like me then this could be from birth but for most babies it would be around the 6 week mark onwards. Your child’s head should not be able to pass through the neck hole when the bag is fastened; otherwise the is too big.   Please remember that these are recommendations for weight only as all babies are different.

Baby sleeping bags come in a range of tog ratings from 2.5 tog which is an all year round weight for the UK – for standard room temperatures of 16-20°C (61-68°F) – It rarely gets much warmer than that here !  The 1.0 tog is perfect for Summer and daytime naps – warmer weather and in rooms of 21-23°C (69-74°F).  The o.5 tog is really only for Holidays and heatwaves – hot weather and very warm rooms of 24-27°C (75-81°F).

The chart below gives you an idea of what baby needs to wear underneath the sleeping bag.

grobag chart

Baby Sleeping Bag Review

We were sent a Grobag to try out and Claire and her 12 week old gorgeous boy agreed to test it out for us.  Here are her thoughts:

I was sent the Grobag to try and was very impressed. To start with it came with a handy thermometer and an explanation of the ideal temperature for baby’s which I thought was a great idea.

The bag was warm but the material was light which was great for breastfeeding as it didn’t gather up and get in the way which has happened before with other bags.

The zip goes down the way which is a great idea and there’s a handy little flap at the bottom to hide it under to stop your little bundles getting out of it easily. The only downside of this is the upside down zip can be quite fiddly with a wriggly newborn, especially when you’re trying to close it in the dark.

There are lots of stylish designs to chose from which is great and a bit different to bears and bunnys.

bag sleeping bag

We think the little one is looking super cute in his sleeping bag and it definitely seems to be a winner.

Did you use a sleeping bag or prefer proper sheets and blankets ?  We would love to know your thoughts !

We were gifted a grobag to try out and all thoughts are our own.

 

Children’s Birthday Parties Made Easy !

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Planning a children’s birthday party can be daunting – there are so many things to think about and plan.  You don’t need to spend a fortune however as children just want to have their friends around and have some fun ! Here are some of our top tips for Children’s Birthday parties made easy.

Plan the best time and place.

It can be difficult to decide when to have a party but the best way is to decide who you want to attend, is it just a few school friends or will there be friends and family from further afield coming along ?

Last year my daughter did an after school party with 6 of her best friends and I collected them all from school and we walked home.  They brought a party outfit with them and getting dressed was all part of the fun.  They played some games, did a craft, danced and had tea.  They all went home happy when their parents collected them after work etc.  If your guests are younger then you may want parents to be in attendance so pick a time when you know everyone will be around.

If you have family and friends from further afield then a weekend party may be best, we found a Sunday was easiest as a lot of people have activities on a Saturday.  A Sunday afternoon tea party is easy to cater for and means you don’t need to cook a proper lunch or dinner.

Party Supplies

I am a big fan of using disposable plates and cups for a birthday party.  I know it isn’t always the best for the environment but it is easier all round, there is no worrying about broken cups and plates and it makes tidying up afterwards so much easier ! We were gifted a great party pack from Party Bags and Supplies in my daughters’ favourite Minions design.  It included everything you need to make the party go smoothly without any running around trying to find matching cups and plates.  There are designs to suit all ages from Thomas the Tank Engine to the Avengers with all the Disney characters in between ! We found everything to be great quality and perfect for a party at home.

Minions Table Wear

Catering

I always think that simple is best for party food.  It is easiest to have a party mid afternoon then you only really need some snacks and drinks and not a meal.  Go for the classics that everyone likes and remember to check for any allergies in advance.  Some of our favourite party foodss are simple sandwiches, pizza fingers, crisps and carrot & cucumber sticks.  Slices of melon always go down well with hot and thirsty party guests. You will need a cake of course or some cup cakes for the guests to take home.  Remember the candles for the cake and some matches.

There are some great ideas for simple party food ideas over at Mumsnet.  We love this quote from the site:

Rule one. They don’t eat much. I promise you, no matter how much trouble you go to, you will either throw it away or end up eating most of it yourselves for the next umpty-two weeks. Rule two. Keep it minimal and simple. Rule three. Buy yourself a big bottle of wine.  TsarChasm

Party Bags

Party bags are a real bug bear for some people but love or loathe them they are sort of expected.  You can get some great pre-filled party bags in the same theme as your tablewear etc that takes all the hassle out of the preparation, great if you are rushed for time, just pop in a slice of cake or a cupcake and you are done.  We got these cute Minion ones that would suit either boys or girls.

party bag supplies

 

Another idea is to give all the guests a book to take away, you can find some great deals over at the book people website with sets of classic stories for under a £1 a book.

Remember that a party is meant to be fun for the children and not a competition on who can spend the most or whip up the most fabulous birthday cake !

We were gifted some party supplies from partybagsandsupplies.co.uk but all views are our own.

A Mothers Day Guide for New Dads

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Please share with new dads!

Now I know the children are meant to be the ones sending mothers day gifts but if Dad forgets the 1st mothers day there is going to be big trouble ! It is all about putting a little bit of effort in that will be gratefully received.  You are both probably completely sleep deprived and feeling exhausted but a little bit of planning will pay off. So if you know a new dad then why not share this post and get him some big brownie points !


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Coping with a Crying Baby

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I think that a baby crying can be one of the worst sounds in the world.  “The sound of a baby cry captures your attention in a way that few other sounds in the environment generally do,” said Katie Young of the University of Oxford, who led the study looking at how the brain processes a baby’s cries.  Scientists have found that our brains are hard-wired to respond strongly to the sound, making us more attentive and priming our bodies to help whenever we hear it – even if we’re not the baby’s parents.

Now this is no help for you as a Mum coping with a crying baby, if you are feeling a bit wild-eyed and dazed from it all then we have compiled a list of things to do to try to help your baby along with some contacts for more information.


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Breastfeeding and Siblings

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How hard can it be to get Breastfeeding and Siblings sorted ?  It all starts off so well, new baby has got the hang of feeding, big brother or sister loves the new arrival and dad or partner is off back to work.  You can do this you think, why was I worrying ?

You settle down to give baby a feed and then big Sister decides she doesn’t want to play nicely on the floor she wants to sit beside you.  That’s fine there is space on the couch so up she comes adn squirms her way onto your knee. After a few minutes she is bored so she wants her Peppa Pig house down from the top shelf, she really wants it NOW.  Queue some whining and grumping and the beginings of a tantrum.  So you try to manouver baby, whilst still feeding into the next room to get the Peppa Pig House but by now she doesn’t want it after all. HELP !


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Baby Safety around the Home

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Taking your new bundle home from hospital is one of the most streesful things to do, suddenly you are responsible for this little person.  When you have a new arrival you want to do everything you can to ensure they are safe.  Many parents worry about the home environment and can go over the top with locks on everything.  In this post we will look at the essentials for baby safety around the home.


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