Family essentials: Baby sleeping bags

May 29th, 2012

To think that baby sleeping bags are relatively new… it’s amazing to me. How did parents ever manage without them?

We had a few different ones for our boys and now that they’ve finally grown out of them, I really miss them. They’re just so easy.

This 0.5 tog baby sleeping bags is suitable for very hot nurseries, hot summer months and summer holidays. (For use with room/nursery temperatures of 24°C and above.)

Enter our latest Competition!!!

May 16th, 2012
Kiddymania Competition

Win a Baby sleeping bag in our competition

Enter our Competition to win a Dream Bag Baby Sleeping Bag!!

Why not pop onto Facebook to have a look at our latest competition to win a Dream Bag Baby Sleeping bag !!!

All you have to do is anser this simpe question:

The Dream Bag Baby Sleeping Bags come in four temperatures to keep your baby comfortable in all conditions.

Which temperature (tog) is generally considered most suitable for summer? Got it? Then email us at competitions@kiddymania.co.uk

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Competition is open to Facebook fans in the UK. It closes 20th May at midnight.  The winner will be drawn at random among the correct answers and notified by email.

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Travel bags for sleepy babies

March 8th, 2012

My 3-year-old fell asleep in his buggy yesterday for the first time in ages. He’s very unlike his older brother who used to fall asleep almost instantly in any moving vehicle – buggy, car, even once on the bus (I had to carry him home from our stop).

One of these Travel Baby Sleeping Bags would have been highly useful back then, since I was forever transferring him from car/buggy to bed.

The arms can be removed with poppers and the L shape zip also enables easy nappy changes. Perfect.

An Apple (or BlackBerry) a day

August 18th, 2011

One of the thing that keeps surprising me about my children is how quickly they pick up technology. My 7-year-old discovers things on the computer that I have no idea about and even the 2-year-old can easily work my phone.

I’ve just read this article suggesting that babies prefer Apple phones to BlackBerrys and at first I thought, “Why do we need to know this?” but when I read on I realised it is interesting to think about how babies respond to brands, although there is a suggestion that, brand aside, touch screens have an innate appeal to small fingers. My children definitely touch screens automatically. How about yours?

Our 3 favourite sleeping products

August 4th, 2011

This great quality, famously comfy sleepsuit in 100% organic cotton is soft and smooth against the skin. In fabulous animal print with contrasting stripy sleeves, it’s a perfect gift for a newborn.

Created in America by an early-years childhood educator and mother of three, Taggies are award-winning comforters based on the idea that babies and kids love to rub satin edges and clothing labels and tags. The Little Taggie Sleepytime is one of our favourites.

The Home Grown Baby grobag organic baby sleeping bag is made from naturally coloured, organic cotton and are grown without the use of pesticides on environmentally responsible plantations. Kind to your baby and the environment.

Go to sleep… please!

June 23rd, 2011

I’m sure you’ve heard about Adam Mansbach’s enormously popular children’s book for adults, Go the F**k to Sleep. I was reminded of it when I saw the baby modelling the Hey Diddle Diddle baby sleeping bag, left. That baby does NOT look like he’s keen to go to sleep!

But I know from experience that baby sleeping bags do work incredibly well and will both help the baby go (and stay) asleep AND prevent the parents from becoming so incredibly frustrated that they’re inspired to write a bestselling book. Oh.

Babies DO grow as they sleep

May 3rd, 2011

Grobag Baby Sleeping Bag

I frequently suspect my toddler has grown in his sleep and it turns out it’s true… probably.

New research – published in the May 1 issue of the journal Sleep – has found that increased bursts of sleep in infants are indeed linked with growth spurts.

Twenty-three parents kept daily sleep records for their infants, who were 12 days old at the start of the study. The researchers analyzed the total of 5,798 daily sleep records and also tracked the infants’ growth.

They found a significant association between increases in sleep and growth spurts in body length, which tended to occur within 48 hours of the sleep bursts. The researchers determined that the likelihood of a growth spurt increased by about 43 percent for each additional sleep episode and by 20 percent for each extra hour of sleep.

Cute Peapod Swaddler

January 11th, 2011

I was actually looking for a new sleeping bag for my toddler – we’ve only actually got one (he’s grown out of another one) and a couple of nights ago he was sick… and we didn’t have anything to change him into – but then I got distracted by this adorable Peapod Baby Stay put Swaddler.

I used a swaddler with Joe and it was wonderful, but this one looks even better. It’s a “sleep sock” that rolls up over baby’s body from their feet to shoulders, comfortably embracing them in a snug position. It can be safely adjusted to fit the size of your baby up until they are approximately 6 months old and if you need to change a nappy while baby is sleeping, just unzip the bottom and baby stays swaddled and undisturbed.

Grobag for growing babies

November 2nd, 2010

Our boy, almost two, may have finally grown out of both of his sleeping bags. Now, when we fasten him up, we have to poke his wriggling toes back in. It’s kind of amazing, since it doesn’t seem so long since we were laughing at just how much extra room there was.

I had been thinking we might have to start using bedding or even – as a couple of friends with babies the same age have done – move him to a bed, but since I don’t want to do either (yet), I’m pleased to find this bag comes in sizes up to 36 months.

It’s also made from naturally coloured, organic cotton grown without the use of pesticides on environmentally responsible plantations so is kind to your baby and the environment.

How much have you spent on your baby?

September 21st, 2010

Swaddleaze Blue Baby Swaddler Sleeping Bag

A study has found that parents spent more than £5000 on a baby before its first birthday.

“Nappies, clothes, nursery furniture and feeding and bathing equipment means mums and dads will part with a total of £5,213.25 during the pregnancy and the first 12 months,” states an article in the Daily Mail.

I know for certain that I didn’t spend anywhere near as much as that and I’m not sure I know anyone who has. How much do you estimate you’ve spent? Tell us in the comments.