If I were to describe a toddler in just one word, that one word would be active. Do these little folk ever stop?
They wriggle, wrangle and run their way through each and every waking hour and the fun doesn't stop at bedtime either.
Before I even launch into this review, I wish to point out that the lolly pop poking out of my daughter's mouth in a few of these images is not something I would ever normally hand to my child in bed. I took these images mid-morning, (it was not nap time) and it was merely used as a bribe to get her back into her bed so that I could grab some product shots which featured her. It worked! (Please do not ever put your child to bed with sweets.)
So back to bedtime...
Very young kids can be hard to get into bed in the first place and they really fight sleep tooth and nail. It appears they continue to fight sleep, while asleep too.
As you would know, no doubt, one of the best ways to lose sleep as an adult, is to have a child that has slipped outside of their covers and become tangled, cold or just plain 'lost' in their cot. It's instant wakefulness and fretfulness.
Sleeping bags for very young children are an absolute parenting essential. I would never not have them as a mum. They keep your child warm and cosy and feeling comforted no matter where they wriggle and roll within the confines of their cot.
Recently I was asked to road test the Love To Dream Inventa Sleep Bag. Absolutely! You can never have enough of these things and it meant that I could finally wash my young daughter's existing sleep bag which was proving difficult in Melbourne's wet winter!
As soon as I unboxed the Inventa, I was impressed with the colour combination and design of this sleeping bag. It's a very pretty pale pink with grey and white patterns and it matched my daughter's bedding beautifully.
The design is great. There are no rough bits to scrape against your child's delicate skin and all the edges are beautifully finished, so excellent quality too.
This bag opens outwards (which is brilliant), making it very easy to use with a sleeping child - you can zip them in without waking your little one. It is crafted in a soft, 100% brushed cotton with a plush feel and a padded, quilted interior. (100% natural bamboo filling.) The zippers are great too - no sticking or fumbling to mention as they're quite easy-glide.
The best feature on the Love To Dream Inventa Sleeping Bag is the Inventa system. Sewn-in to the bag's design on both the front and back, are zippered mesh panels which allow you to control the airflow around your child. If you are concerned that they may be too hot or too cold, you can easily adjust their temperature by sliding a zip. This is so much better than dealing with a grumpy child who wakes because they are over-heated or cold and gives you a chance to beat them to it!
|The Inventa mesh panels, as demonstrated by the toddler who insisted on showing off her baggy's features.|
From the very first night my baby slept in this particular bag, we all had a perfect night's sleep!
Previously I was up one to three times each night, (only momentarily mind you) to adjust her other bag which had become twisted around her (or for whatever other reason). I think my toddler's been really comfortable in this brand though as the wakefulness has noticeably declined. (It might be tricky getting this sleeping bag into the wash now that I think about it - do I really want to put my daughter back into her other sleeping bag and endure a restless night's sleep?!)
The Inventa bag has some great additional features parents will appreciate:
There are sewn-in slots for use with a 5 point safety harness, so if you wish your child to travel in a pram or car seat in the comfort of their bag, it's just a simple matter of sliding the straps through these areas.
The fabric of the Inventa bag has a soft stretch which allows your child more freedom of movement.
There's also the Longa Shorta design feature: This bag can grow with your toddler via a revolutionary series of press studs which enable you to shorten or lengthen the bag as required. This means no bulky length at the base of the bag while your child is on the smaller side.
The Love To Dream 2.5 TOG Inventa Sleeping Bag is RRP $79.95 and we really like it!
For younger babies, there's the Love To Dream Winter Warm 'Swaddle Up' available in small, medium and large sizes up to 11kgs, RRP $44.95. The bag is designed to allow babies some freedom of movement while keeping their little hands covered to protect against the cold (as well as protecting them from waking themselves with their own startle reflex). It features extra warm quilting on the front of the bag only in a built in 100% bamboo blanket which provides a breathable and antibacterial sleeping surface for the littlest of people. The Winter Warm 'Swaddle Up' is a cosy 2.5 TOG.
WIN one of two Love To Dream Sleeping Bags
for your child with thanks to Love To Dream.
Win EITHER a Winter Warm 'Swaddle Up' (valued at $44.95)
for very young babies
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for older babies.
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