I am a fan of Grobags. Immy has pretty much always slept in one. Especially since she learnt to roll as from that day forward she has never stayed under a blanket. I like the design and the fabric of the Grobag, and I find them more affordable than some of the other sleeping bag options. However, despite our long term use, I still have a problem with their ‘tog’ warmth rating system. Especially when it comes to the change of seasons.
Let me give you an example. We are in Spring but as we head towards Summer, Perth has already experienced the occasional hot day. One day last week when I went to get Immy into her pyjamas and sleeping bag at about 7pm it was still around 26ºC. I checked the evening forecast and they were predicting a minimum temperature of 12ºC. So how do I dress her for bed?
If I put the lightweight, 0.5 tog sleeping bag on and shortie pjs she is likely to wake up cold at 4am. Not so great in my book! If I put her in her long pjs and a mediumweight, 1.0 tog sleeping bag she is going to swelter until the temperature drops and probably sleep poorly in the meantime. Maybe the shortie pjs and the mediumweight bag is the answer? Or the long pjs and the lightweight bag? Who knows!
And nowhere in the Grobag instruction list does it advise me what to do in this situation. So I am not a fan of the tog. Instead I have had to learn to use my own instinct when it comes to these things. Somewhat strange and unusual for a mother in this day and age, with the internet and thousands of books to tell us what to do and why to do it, with an answer to every question and a suggestion for every predicament.
Using my instinct. I like it and I think I will keep using it to make choices and decisions for my child. After all, I know her best.