When someone asks me what the most important purchase I have made for looking after babies, the answer is always the same – our King bed. Riley slept in there off and on until she was about three or so (and still comes in now in the cold weather for early morning snuggles) and Piper still sleeps in there. She usually has her first sleep of the night in her cot and then when I go to bed I take her in with me because I am not keen on getting up in the middle of the night, in the freezing cold. NOT KEEN. Often all four of us will be in there, quite comfortably. And I am grateful for the extra snuggles and the extra body heat.
There’s only one problem with this scenario. Piper rejects all form of bed covering. Doonas, blankets, sheets. EVERYTHING. She kicks everything off and when you have one doona covering four people and she’s in the middle this is a problem. It also causes me concern that she is not in fact related to me at all. Riley exhibits the kind of doona love that demonstrates our genetic connection rather beautifully.
I had a few sleeping bags with Riley when she was a baby. They helped when the coverings came off in the middle of the night and kept her nice and toasty. I also used them when I was helping her get to sleep on her own because I would lie next to her, tuck the bottom of the sleeping bag underneath my body so she couldn’t crawl away and lie there until she finally went to sleep. Creative, yes? I hope it is considered creative and not some form of baby torture. But I always disliked that the sleeping bags were polyester. I’m not rigid about a whole heap of things but I am a bit particular when it comes to bedding. I sent my mother on a mission to find a wool doona for the cot and I’m pretty sure she went to every baby store known to man. Now if I’d known about The Sleep Store then, I think everything would have been much easier. And cheaper!
Woolbabe sleeping bags are Australian designed for babies and toddlers and it is the only sleeping bag made with a wool filling. The outer fabric is 30% merino and 70% cotton and I assure you it makes babies extra snuggly. I am a bit devastated that they don’t make them in adult size. A discerning reader might tell me that the adult version is called a snuggie. And I would inform them that I will purchase a snuggie when I have given up on life and not a minute sooner.
I was given a front-zipper sleeping bag (great for wriggly toddlers who are excellent escape artists) which was great because it’s a double zip and Piper likes to be able to touch her own belly button to self settle, so I was able to open the zip a little for her to do that without sacrificing the warmth. But you can also get a side zipper version. They come in two sizes – 3 months to 2 years and 2 to 4 years.
And the result? A very warm baby who was happy to be above the doona for a change, and I think she even slept a bit more soundly than usual too.
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I received one Woolbabe sleeping bag to keep and one to give away in return for this post. All opinions are my own.