Transition: Baby sleeping bag to duvet

Transition: Baby sleeping bag to duvet

We have been using a sleeping bag since Oliver was born, as he never liked being swaddled.  So after a few weeks of trying to stop him wriggling his arms out of a swaddle, we tried using sheets, which he always managed to kick off.  Since then Oliver has used sleeping bags.  We started with the GroSnug (leaving his arms out) and then progressed onto GroBags.  Oliver is quite a restless sleeper, he doesn’t stay still, so a baby sleeping bag always seemed to work best.  He’s just like his dad, who is a massive fidget in his sleep too.

Now Oliver is one I have slowly begun trying to transfer him to use a blanket/duvet at naptime with the aim of using it at bedtime once he grows out of his GroBags.  The trouble is that he kicks the sheets off all of the time!  So when Room to Grow contacted me about trying the toddler Snuggle Sac, I thought, why not?

The Snuggle Sac is like a proper sleeping bag that you or I might use.  There is a built in pillow slip, so you can use it with or without a pillow.  It is really soft and snuggly, and it looks like it would keep you really nice and warm.  The outside is a soft fleece material and it is lined with a soft cotton.  The Snuggle Sac is endorsed by The Children’s Sleep Charity, so you know you’re child is in safe bedding.

The best thing about it is that it’s really versatile, you can use it for sleep, but it would also work really well as something to just snuggle up in on the sofa when it’s a bit chilly or your little one isn’t feeling great.  It also comes with a handy tote bag to store it in, so you can easily pack it up if you’re going away.

On trying it, it seems to work well.  Oliver napped really well in it and he didn’t manage to wiggle his way out!  I think this is a great solution to the transition between a baby sleeping bag and a duvet.  Over the next few months I am going to continue using this with the aim of him using a duvet once he is around 18 months.  It still keeps them snug and secure, yet also leaves them with  a bit more freedom to move around.  I would love an adult sized one for snuggling up in front of the TV in!

How did you transition from a sleeping bag to a duvet?

*This post was in collaboration with Room to Grow, all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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  1. March 29, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I definitely need to try one of these and I was thinking how do you get a child to sleep under a duvet. Our daughter is 19 months old and sleeps in a gro bag. But she sleeps all over the place in her cot, and this looks like just the right next step for us. Claire x

    • March 29, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      They are great, I had the same worries. Oliver is all over the cot in his grobag! It seems great so far, he didn’t seem to move much at all in it!

  2. April 3, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Oh that looks so snuggly and cosy! I want one too! I bet it helps him to feel nice and secure and snuggled in too. Great idea for the next step after baby sleeping bags. Thanks for sharing with #DreamTeam x
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  3. April 3, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    Oooh, I had recently been wondering what we were going to do when my daughter grows out of her Grobag. This looks a great intermediary. #bigpinklink

  4. April 3, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    It’s looks so snuggly, a lovely idea for the transition. Alice took a bit of convincing to have a duvet, but once she was happy to have one we didn’t have any kicking off. Holly was really easy, she didn’t even question the change. Both my girls are not wrigglers, which helps. thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x
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    • April 8, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      I suppose with a younger child they are used to seeing their sibling using a duvet which makes it a lot easier to transition!

  5. April 5, 2017 / 7:01 am

    This sounds like such a great idea for making that transition. I know I really worried about moving Max to a duvet, but when it came to it he totally embraced it and absolutely loved his new duvet – he thought he was such a grown up! I’ve been surprised that whenever I check on him he’s not managed to kick the covers off – he does move a lot in his sleep! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    • April 8, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      I can imagine Oliver will, my mum has one for him at her house, but he won’t go to sleep in the cot so I have no idea how well it would go down with him!

  6. Kirsty - Winnettes
    April 5, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    I miss the sleeping bag stage, it was so much more convient in the colder months.
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  7. Clare
    October 1, 2017 / 7:20 am

    I must admit that we never had a problem moving from a grobag to a duvet but mine were a bit older than yours so maybe it’s just too soon? If they still fit in grobag what’s the rush? I can’t really tell from your photos but if this is designed like a sleeping bag, how do you stop them from wriggling down inside it?

    • October 1, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      My son hated his grobag, and actually got to the point that he was getting out of it himself at around 16 months old. It is designed for toddlers over 12 months, and works like a duvet. We only really use it for snuggle time on the sofa, rather than as a sleeping bag, but when he has slept in it he hasn’t wiggled down at all.

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