Our Gro Snug Review

My eldest son always loved to be swaddled as a newborn.  At the time I used a cellular blanket to wrap him in but I was always slightly nervous of using blankets as I was worried that they might fall over his face.  As a first time mum you worry about everything don’t you?

I remember seeing the Gro Snug in a shop a couple of years after having O and thinking I wish I had seen them when he was a baby as it was definitely something I would have bought.  It actually made it onto the newborn wish list I made before G was born.

The lovely people at The Gro Company saw the post and asked if we would like to review one when our new little man came along.  Obviously, I said yes.  I chose the grey marl snug as it matched the colour of his Moses basket.  One of the features I loved about it was that although it could be used to swaddle it could also be used as a baby sleeping bag by undoing the poppers on the side.  I am a huge fan of baby sleeping bags, I much prefer them to blankets (for the reason above) so this was a huge bonus for me.

On his first night home after being in the hospital we started to use the Gro Snug with G.  For the first few nights I used the Snug in its swaddle form with the poppers closed.  We know all babies are different and G is very different from his big brother, and it turns out he isn’t a huge fan of being swaddled.  He would start to get frustrated by the inability to move his arms and would kick his legs about.

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This is what makes the Gro Snug such a great bag because instead of having to put it in the cupboards along with the other things that baby doesn’t like I could just undo the poppers and make it into a sleeping bag with G’s arms free.  He much preferred it this way and has slept in it almost every night since.  The only time we haven’t used it was during the really hot spell when he was sleeping in just a vest with a thin muslin covering him.

One of the reasons I love a sleeping bag is that I think it’s a really good signal to baby from an early age that it is bedtime.  By putting them in the bag it’s a sign to sleep, and it was wonderful to have one that was designed specifically for a newborn.  I have had two small babies and slightly bigger bags wouldn’t have been safe to use.  With the Gro Snug there is also the option to make the arm holes tighter with additional poppers, a feature we used for the first couple of weeks to ensure that it was a snug fit on our little boy.

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G is quite a wriggly baby and loves to flap his arms and kick his legs.  The Gro Snug is designed to be wider on the bottom half so that baby has room to move their legs but is tighter across the chest.  It zips from the top down to the bottom meaning that nappy changes can be made easily without having to take your baby completely out of the bag.  So handy if you need to do a quick check in middle of the night.

O was a winter baby and I probably worried less about him being cold than I did about G being too hot.  The Gro Snug helped to lessen this worry as on warmer nights a short sleeved bodysuit can be worn underneath and you can layer up with sleep suits for when it is cooler.

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The Gro Snug is suitable for babies from 5lbs to 12lbs.  G is approaching 10lbs and as he now seems to be growing at a rapid pace he will probably have outgrown his in a couple of weeks.  I think it’s fair to say he has had his wear out of it as it has been used almost every night from a few days old and tomorrow he will be 9 weeks.

When you are preparing for a baby it is easy to be dazzled by the latest must-have item, only to find you use it once and it ends up in the back of the cupboard.  The Gro Snug isn’t something you use once, it’s something you use constantly and for around £20 I think it’s a bargain.  Anything that helps a newborn baby to sleep is worth it’s weight in gold!

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Disclosure:  I was sent this Gro Snug for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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21 Comments

  1. August 1, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    This is amazing I will definitely remember this when I have another baby! Also your little boy is beautiful.

    • August 1, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      Thank you, I think he’s a bit lovely too! It really is a great bag for newborns and I had already planned to buy one before I received one to review. They are fab! x
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    • August 2, 2016 / 10:56 am

      Thank you, there were a lot of outtakes to get a few decent pics, he was a rather reluctant model! I love The Gro Company too, such great ideas! x
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  2. August 2, 2016 / 7:19 am

    I absolutely love this brand. I am so jealous you were asked to review their products. I love their sleeping bag! #TriedTested

    • August 2, 2016 / 11:00 am

      Me too, it was my sister in law who first told me about The Gro Company when she was pregnant with my nephew. My eldest is only 8 months younger so her tip off was very well timed! xx
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  3. August 2, 2016 / 7:35 am

    He’s a beaut <3 We are toying with the idea of baby no.3 (my eldest is 16!) and my little sister is due to have her first baby this Christmas. I've only heard great things about Gro Snug so may well have an Xmas pressie all sorted now – thank you! #triedtested

    • August 2, 2016 / 11:02 am

      Definitely get one, and you can get a warmer version too which might be useful if your sister is having a winter baby! xx
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  4. August 2, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    How stinking cute! I always struggled to swaddle my babies despite the fact that they all loved it so something like this would have been a god send!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x
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    • August 2, 2016 / 8:34 pm

      I struggled too with O, just did what I thought I should do but always worried about him wriggling free in the night! xx
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  5. August 2, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    How adorable?! My kids always liked sleeping in bags similar to this, too, and I think you’re right about them being a signal that it is sleep time. This one looks absolutely lovely x
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    • August 2, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      I love a baby in a sleeping bag, it is so cute. O always loved his and G seems to be very happy too. xx
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  6. August 2, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Oh Jo, he is adorable! I loved these gro bags for Seb, they are safe and you know that they can’t throw them off in the middle of the night and wake up because they are cold. Hope you’re all well and enjoying your new bundle of joy. Tor xx #triedtested

  7. August 2, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    We had one of these for our littlest,very handy especially for a winter baby. I would recommend them too 🙂 #TriedTested

  8. Freya
    December 11, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Were you testing the light or the cozy version? I am hesitating between the two as expecting a baby in January but our bedroom is not very cold (around 20-22 celsius). Thanks in advance for your input 🙂

    • December 11, 2016 / 8:46 pm

      Hiya, we were testing the light version as G was a late May baby and it was very warm at home. X

      • Freya
        December 11, 2016 / 8:52 pm

        Thanks so much for your quick reply! I am considering the layering factor as well, I’ll study your photos if that can give me an idea of the thickness of the fabric 😉

        • December 11, 2016 / 8:54 pm

          I think at 20-22 you’d be fine with the light version. I always worried more about overheating rather than them being cold. xx

          • Freya
            December 12, 2016 / 4:44 pm

            That’s true, thanks for your advice!

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