Gro bags…to those of you who have kids, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Those who don’t are probably thinking tomatoes and spuds. But, it turns out, they’re not the only things we lovingly tend to daily, and watch grow from a seed into scrumptious little morsels.
When I was asked by the household name, The Gro Company, if I would like to review one of their products, I didn’t have to think too long. It’s a bit like being asked by Heinz to review their Baked Beans, Nike to review their Trainers or Dyson their Vacuum cleaners.
As a massive fan of the brand, and a passionate owner of a Gro-clock and a couple of (rather old, well loved and outgrown) Gro bags, I politely
jumped at the chance accepted, and asked them to surprise me with a design of Gro bag, in a 2.5 tog, ready for the colder nights creeping in.
As a new parent, I had heard of, and seen of these hilarious little sleeping bags and wondered what on earth was wrong with a blanket or duvet. But, once ‘in the club’ you pretty soon find out. Babies are wrigglers. And kickers. And they do not like keeping blankets on. If there is any chance you can eliminate a ‘waking in the night’ factor, then yes please, we’ll take it.
Top tip: Gro bags aren’t suitable from day one (or particularly essential, as newbies don’t do much rolling around!) – check out the minimum weight guide : 0-6 month Gro Bags are suitable from a minimum weight of 8.8lb, so obviously age depends on whether you delivered an elephant or a ladybird…
Also, as a new parent, there is nothing more worrying than the fear of cot death, SIDS (sudden Infant Death Syndrome). You will google and discuss every risk factor with every health professional and parent you know, and top of the list of risk factors is overheating, and loose bedding covering babys face. Two of these risk factors are therefore eliminated by the use of a sleeping bag. The Gro company sleeping bags are recommended by the FSID, now known as The Lullaby Trust, so you can sleep easy knowing your baby is sleeping safely too.
The size ranges are large enough to get a good amount of use, and under arm poppers mean the sleeping bag can be fastened securely if you are at the bottom end of the size range (like Dangermouse).
The Gro bag comes beautifully packaged (what better indication of a good product quality) and includes a room thermomenter card, a size guide, and a Tog guide and ‘what to wear with’ guide to assist you in choosing the right thickness bag and under garments for the season and room temperature. So no stone unturned.
My Gro bag chosen for me was in the design ‘Little dear’ – as requested ‘something girly’ it is a beautiful pattern of Bambi-esque Deer, with floral and foliage pattern.
All of the designs (of which there are so many!) are beautiful – I just couldn’t pick one! Another favorite was the Silver sea lion design – who doesn’t love a seal pup…
This bag has a new travel feature. Another brilliant idea meaning you can use the bag out and about on car journeys or in a pushchair – allowing a 5 point harness to be fastened whilst wearing the sleeping bag. Because, lets face it, we have all travelled with the kids in the evening and had to do ‘the transfer’…any help in conquering that move is most welcome – nice one The Gro company!
The bags also come with a standard side zip – for those middle of the night nappy changes with minimal ‘wide awakey’ to your baby.
I have used other, cheaper alternatives to The Gro company in the past. But, like a shopping haul from some ‘unnamed high street clothes stores’, a few washes and the difference is clear. The fabric quality on a Gro bag is fantastic, and you won’t get the lumpy bumpy effect some cheaper brands will form after a few washes.
Top tip: Be sure to check out the Sale section online, there are nearly always bargains to be had.
This product didn’t win 5 Mother & Baby Gold Awards for nothing.
Laid out all ready it looked So inviting!
You can check out the full range of Grobags available online from The Gro company here.
We were sent the little dear Grobag in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. MMT does not gush about products she does not Genuinely LOVE.