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Anorak Grobag

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

The Anorak Grobag makes the much loved baby sleeping bag contemporary and quirky.

First Impressions

The Anorak Grobag looks warm and comfy, exactly the kind of thing you want to snuggle your baby up in. A more mature look in colour and pattern than the original Grobags, the collaboration with Anorak brings the design into the modern age, making it innovative and fun.

Instead of blankets, the Grobag keeps your little one snug and means temperature stays much more constant. The makers of the Grobag have also worked alongside The Lullaby Trust to provide bedding that meets the guidelines for safer sleeping temperatures, helping to prevent SIDS.

Babies and toddlers are prone to being very wriggly sleepers and as none of us parents want to be woken at 3am by a screaming baby who has kicked off their covers and got cold. The Anorak Grobag solves this problem by being a sleeping bag that your baby wears, keeping them at a cosy temperature.


They are zipped safely inside the Grobag, wearing it like a jacket that also covers their legs, leaving their head and arms free. The secure fixings mean that your baby can’t wriggle out of it, crawl into it or get it stuck around their neck or head. Having their legs safe and warm inside also ensures they can’t get them stuck between the bars of the cot.

It can be tricky to get your baby in and out if they are already asleep as it fastens snugly around them for safety, so it’s suggested that you pop them in it if you think they might nod off. It does have a side zip for easier access for those night-time nappy changes. Brilliantly, it is machine washable and (even better) can be tumble dried on a low heat, so if your baby has an accident, it doesn’t take long before the stylish sleeping bag is ready to use again. Grobags unfortunately can’t be worn in a car seat or similar as they do not have holes for harnesses to fit through.

A really brilliant addition to the Anorak Grobag is that the 0-6 and 6-18 months versions come with a free nursery thermometer which not only displays the temperature of the nursery but also shows you which tog sleeping bag to use. Getting the tog right is important to avoid overheating your baby, or letting them get cold. The Grobag comes in 2.5 tog and 1.0 tog, and with safer sleep information – which is so important in reducing the risk of SIDS – not to mention a clear user guide so you don’t get confused.

The Anorak Grobag isn’t cheap, but The Gro Company is the only company to be recommended for safer sleep by The Lullaby Trust. If you consider that you may not be using it for longer than a few months, it can seem expensive, but unlike clothes it can be used every night for those months, reduces the risk of SIDS and looks very stylish, as well as helping to make sure that you get the maximum amount of sleep (as well as your baby).

FQ Verdict

If you want your baby to be safe and snug while they sleep, the Anorak Grobag is a brilliant choice. It’s a fantastic looking solution to problematic blankets for the wriggly baby and sleepy parents.