Grobag Sleep System: Taking The Guesswork Out Of Baby Bundling

04/23/2009 at 10:30 AM ET

The Grobag Sleep System helps parents keep babies comfortable in all climates.

Because it’s been determined that room temperature is a very important factor in reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Grobag has three smart products that help parents keep the baby in the 61-67 degree safe zone.

Grobag Egg ($25) is a room thermometer and night light that changes colors according to the temperature. If it’s too cool, the light is blue. Too warm or hot, orange or red. And if it’s just right, Goldilocks, it stays yellow. The light is soft and won’t keep Baby awake and there’s no need to turn on a light to see the temperature when you’re checking on the little one. We really like it a lot.

Grobag Baby Sleeping Bags ($35-90) are very scientific with a “tog rating” marked on each style. A tog is a European warmth rating. The bags are available in 3 togs: .5 for hot weather or warm nurseries, 1 for warm weather (69-73 degrees) and 2.5 for standard nursery temperatures of 61-69 degrees. Parents can use the enclosed room thermometer (just a little color-coded card) to tell which tog is required that night. The tog ratings correspond with the Grobag Egg’s color, too. They come in many cute colors and sizes and in organic cotton fabric. They are quite roomy for enthusiastic foot kickers like my baby.

Grobag Swaddling Wraps ($22-35) are made from 100% stretchy cotton and come in many designs including organic cotton. Wrapping babies in a snug swaddle keeps them from waving their arms and startling themselves awake and it makes them feel so snug and cozy. They are recommended for babies from birth to 3 months old.

It can be baffling to figure out if a tiny baby is too hot, too cold or just cranky, so this terrific system is a great help.

– Kristen

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Candace on

Why does 61-67 degrees sound so COLD?!? I think we keep our house at 70 degrees and it seems just right.

Brandy on

Seriously, is this true. Will having a baby mean I’ll have to freeze for the first year. I’m all about safety but this seems cold. Also, keeping the house at 65 in the summer in Houston? Um. Yikes.

Julie on

When my son came home from the NICU, his discharge instructions said to keep the room between 65-71 degrees. We have always used the Angelcare monitor with him, so it has a temperature reading on it as well and we can set it to go off it goes above or below a certain temp. We usually keep our house around 69 or 70.

kmf on

I agree, that does seem cold. We kept our house between 68 and 72 when we brought our daughter home, anything under 68 and she got cold and we had to bundle her more!

MZ on

Who determined that 61-67 is right? The APA? Another medical organization? We usually keep our apt. around 72.

CC on

We keep our thermostat (which is downstairs) at 63 at night in the winter. I’m sure it’s degree or two warmer upstairs.
My pediatrician advised it not only for SIDS but for the fact that my kids had constant colds and congestion. Worked like a charm. We all sleep better and have less incidence of colds. We just bundle up at night with heavy pjs and an extra blanket if necessary.

As for the summer months – 61-67 does seem hard to achieve.
The air conditioner would be cranking all night!
We do have ceiling fans to help with ventilation.

Selena on

We used a sleep bag system from Australia with our 7 month old. We wouldn’t have made it through the Massachusetts winter without the alpaca version! I really love that the sleep bags come with a thermometer to help you decide which one to use, and the fact that they use organic cotton and bamboo. You can check them out here http://ergopouch.com.au/sleepbags.html

kc on

I don’t see how it’s possible, if you’re co-sleeping, or even if your baby is sleeping ON you, for it to be only 61-67 (sounds cold to me, too) degrees. How do you account for the amount of body heat we create when you’re in such close quarters for several hours?

Keen Distribution on

To address your questions about the suggested room temperature for safe sleep, the recommended range of 61 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit comes from The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID), the UK’s leading baby charity working to prevent infant sudden death and promote infant health. Here is a link to the page on the FSID website that references the suggested room temperature:

http://www.fsid.org.uk/your-baby.html

The Gobag Egg is manufactured by UK-based Gro Company (http://www.gro.co.uk/) and is distributed in the US by Keen Distribution (http://keendistribution.com). If you have questions about any of the Keen Distribution products, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service department at info@keendistribution.com.

Sarah on

We keep our house at 73 in the winter and 76 in the summer! Upstairs it gets close to 80 at night because it’s always warmer up there. My little guy would be freezing at 61 degrees. That seems a little extreme – we just turn his ceiling fan on low.

Anna on

I think day and night temperature is different. Your room should not be too warm when sleeping.

By the way, it would be nice f these posts also had celsius temperatures for all your readers that are not in the US. Thanks!

wavybrains on

I think every baby is different. With our DD we tried really hard to keep everything at 67 degrees and got NO SLEEP. I talked to her doctor about my worries about overheating her, and she said in our case, she wasn’t worried about it, and that it was fine to use a space heater and/or bundle her a little warmer and see if that resulted in more sleep. She suggested making sure that she wasn’t sweaty or flushed while sleeping. I think the bags are amazing though, and we used them/knock offs like them.

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