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You'll find detailed information on grobag baby sleeping bags, the groegg room thermometer and the groclock sleep trainer clock on this page:

 

Gro Clock

Gro Clock FAQ and instructions
Gro Clock reviews
Gro Clock instructions

 

Grobag sleeping bags

Grobag size guide
Grobag tog & what to wear guide
What parents say about grobag

 

Gro Egg room thermometer

Using the grobag egg®

 

 

How to use a Gro Clock sleep trainer clock

Gro Clock FAQ

 

Gro Clock Sleep TrainerIf the power is turned off, does the clock remember the correct time?

When the power goes off, the clock ‘freezes’ all the settings, including the main time, the wake up times and brightness settings. Therefore if the power goes off for a few seconds and then back on, the time will have been paused for a few seconds. However if the power was off say for 3 hours, then the time will be out by 3 hours and will therefore need re–setting.


If I need to keep the power on to maintain the correct time, should I worry about electricity consumption?

No, your clock uses LEDs so it’s naturally energy efficient. However it also has a built–in energy saving mode. One hour after the wake up time has activated, the clock automatically turns off coloured LED lights and runs on a tiny amount of electricity. To re–activate just press any key and the colour LEDs will come back.


What is the difference between the night–time and day–time nap mode?

In a way they are very similar because the clock works in exactly the same way in both modes. Once activated, the clock will count down and the star will change into the sun at the time set in each mode. The reason there are two modes is so that parents who are putting their children to sleep during the day and at night can have the two different times stored, which saves them from having to re–set the wake up times every session.


Can I make the alarm sound at any time and in any mode?

Yes! The time you set for the alarm is independent of the night–time or day–time nap modes. Therefore you could have the sun coming up silently at 7am and then the alarm sounding at 7.30am.


How do I know if the alarm will sound?

The alarm bell icon appears in the cheek of the sun/star when the alarm is switched on.


How can I stop my child from playing with buttons and changing the settings?

Very easily, by using the key–lock function, which is similar to the function on mobile phones.


Is there a demo mode so I can show my child how it changes from the sun to Mr Star?

Yes! There is a built–in demo mode which runs through all the sun and Mr Star transitions. To set the Demo mode on, just press and hold the UP button for three seconds and the clock will show all the transitions on a continuous loop. To turn off the Demo mode, simply press and hold the UP button for three seconds.


My screen has frozen and is not responding to the controls.

Switch the clock off at the mains, wait a few seconds and switch back on.

 

Gro Clock instructions & user manual:

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Grobag information

Gro Clock Sleep Trainer

Award winning grobag® baby sleeping bags are designed to keep babies and toddlers at a safe, comfortable sleeping temperature all night long.

This helps them sleep for longer periods of time uninterrupted, and this means more sleep for the whole family.

Exclusive to grobag® is a nursery thermometer and a dressing guide, which stops the guess work for 'will they be too cold?'

 

Grobag design

With grobag® baby sleeping bags you know that every element has been carefully tested to ensure that it is as safe and comfortable as possible.

grobag® are always looking for ways to make grobag® baby sleeping bags even better. Based on research with parents, we invented the zip-click™ feature on 6-18m & 18-36m bags, which stops adventurous little ones from opening the zip.

 

Grobag Sleeping Bag Composition

All grobag® baby sleeping bags have 100% cotton lining to go next to your baby's skin. All of the Grobag range also has 100% cotton outer fabric. This means that you can choose a 1.0TOG or a 0.5TOG grobag® baby sleeping bag for your baby which is 100% cotton.

Our range of 2.5TOG grobag® baby sleeping bags have a 100% woven cotton outer and lining with chemical free fire retardant polyester filling. This is lightweight and quick to dry.

Zips and poppers are always a chosen from a reputable branded supplier to ensure ongoing quality and safety.
Safety Information

 

grobag size information

An ideal time to start using a grobag® baby sleeping bag is when your baby weighs more than 7 lbs (0-6 mths size). It is very important to check that your baby’s head cannot pass through the neck-hole when the grobag® baby sleeping bag is fastened for use. Please remember that these are recommendations only as all babies are different.

 

Approximate child age Minimum child height Maximum child length
0-6 Months 4 kg 68 cm
6-18 Months 8.1 kg 86 cm
18-36 mths 11.4 kg 98 cm
3-6 years 53.5 cm chest 116 cm


Make sure that your baby’s legs and feet have freedom to move about, by ensuring that the grobag® baby sleeping bag is long enough for your baby. The lengths of grobag® baby sleeping bags (from shoulder to bottom) are:

  • 0-6 m  -  76cm
  • 6-18 m   -  94cm
  • 18-36m  -  112cm
  • 3-6yrs  -  128cm

 

Using your Grobag baby sleeping bag correctly:

Use your grobag® baby sleeping bag instead of blankets and sheets
Never use your grobag® baby sleeping bag with a duvet or quilt
Check that your baby's head cannot pass through the neck hole when the grobag® baby sleeping bag is fastened for use.
Adjust nightwear according to room temperature (you will soon discover the best combination of nightclothes and grobag® baby sleeping bag for your baby's bedroom). See what to wear page for more information.
Keep grobag® baby sleeping bags away from fire
If your baby shares your bed, make sure they are only in a grobag® baby sleeping bag and not under your own bedding as well
Remember to check your baby regularly

 

Choosing the weight of your grobag by tog rating:

A tog measurement is a European warmth rating: the higher the tog, the warmer the product. grobag® baby sleeping bags are available in three tog ratings.


Please note: A number of external factors determine the tog rating of the sleeping bag that should be used. These include the quantity of clothing the baby is wearing, the temperature of the infant’s bedroom, the baby’s health and the amount of bedding necessary to keep an individual infant warm – this may vary as it does for adults.

Check your baby regularly to ensure they do not overheat.

Your grobag® baby sleeping bag comes with a free nursery thermometer to help you select which tog baby sleeping bag to use and what sleepwear to put your baby in.
 

What to Wear Guidelines

The table below shows guidelines for the amount of clothing for your baby and the correct tog of grobag® baby sleeping bag that should be used in different nursery temperatures. Please remember that these are recommendations only as all babies are different. You will soon discover the best level of clothing for your individual baby.

 

Clothing Guide with tog rated sleeping bags

Room Temperature 2.5 tog 1.0 tog 0.5 tog
26°C  (79°f)  
Short-sleeved bodysuit
24°C  (75°f)
Short-sleeved bodysuit  
22°C  (71°f)   Long sleeved bodysuit  
20°C  (69°f) Long Sleeved Bodysuits Short-sleeved bodysuit & pyjama top  
18°C  (65°f) Long Sleeved Bodysuits & pyjama top    
16°C  (61°f) Long-sleeved bodysuit & pyjama set or sleepsuit    

 

2.5 tog grobags are ideal for Autumn, Winter and Spring and can be used right up until the Summer nights become warm. If your nursery is usually below 20°C, we recommend a 2.5 tog Grobag.

However, if you live in a particularly mild region or if you have well insulated and heated accommodation and your nursery is usually 21°C or above, you may prefer a 1.0 tog Grobag for year round use. Our 1.0 tog Grobags are ideal for use from during the Summer months when the nights are warmer and are also very useful in early Spring and Autumn for day-time naps whilst your baby is still in a 2.5 tog Grobag at night.

0.5 tog Grobag Baby Sleep Bags are for use in high Summer, for holidays abroad, or if your child is unwell and has a raised temperature. They are also useful for day sleeps year round, when your child is already dressed in clothing.

3.5 tog is for cold winter temperatures of 12 - 15'C.

For more information on tog rating and clothing combinations with your grobag click here.

 

Washing Information

grobag® baby sleeping bags can be washed at 40°C and tumble dried on a low heat setting.
As with all cotton goods, we have designed the baby sleeping bags to allow for up to 5% shrinkage.
If your child has any allergies and you wish to wash clothes and bedding at 60°C, you should allow for a little more shrinkage. Our Organic grobag® baby sleeping bags can be machine washed at 60°C.
To ensure the long life of your baby sleeping bag the zip must be in the closed position throughout washing, tumble drying and ironing. Place a cloth over the zip when ironing.
Experience has told us that it is usually best to buy 2 grobag® baby sleeping bags – one to wear and one for the wash!

 

How is a Grobag different?

Over 90% of new mothers in the UK now use a Baby Sleep Bag and 9 years ago, when Grobags were launched, this figure was less than 2%. At The Gro Company, we are really proud that we have changed the way that the nation puts its babies to bed. But it really does go further than that! When we started Grobag, we not only wanted to give both parents and babies a better and more peaceful night’s sleep, but also a safer night’s sleep. We have worked with, and supported, FSID since 2001 to help promote safe sleep for babies and to help fund their research. We also follow all the latest research into safe sleep to make sure that not only are our Grobags the best quality and safest possible, but also that the information we provide is the most up-to-date and useful for parents and carers.

 

So when you buy a Grobag you can be sure that:

  • You are choosing a Baby Sleep Bag that meets all the requirements of the new British Standard (BS 8510:2009)
  • You are choosing the only Baby Sleep Bag recommended by FSID, the UK’s leading Cot Death Charity
  • You are choosing a Baby Sleep Bag that has gone through rigorous quality control and testing
  • You are choosing a Baby Sleep Bag that uses only the highest quality and reliable components such as YKK zips and poppers
  • You are choosing a Baby Sleep Bag which will be correctly sized for your baby, in line with the new British Standard
  • You are choosing from the widest range of sizes and togs available
  • You have a FREE nursery thermometer and instructions to ensure that you know how to use your Grobag safely and correctly
  • You are choosing a Baby Sleep Bag with 100% natural cotton lining and outer fabric
  • You are choosing the UK’s favourite pioneering, and award winning Baby Sleep Bag, Grobag!

 

What is a Gro Egg and how to use one

Your grobag® egg™ displays the exact room temperature in °C, and will display one of four colours depending on the room temperature.

Please see the chart below:

Blue Yellow Orange Red
Too Cold Recommended Warm Too Warm

Under 16°C

(Under 61° F)

16 to 20°C

(61-68°F)

20-24°C

(70-75°F)

Over 24°C

(Over 75°F)

 
 If the room temperature is outside the recommended guidelines (shown by the yellow colour) there are 3 actions you can take.


1. Cool or heat the room

For example, by opening or closing a window or door or using a thermostatically controlled heater or radiator.

2. Adjust the bedding

Increase or reduce the amount of bedding. For example, for grobag® baby sleeping bag users choose a different tog rating. For those using traditional sheets and blankets, add or remove layers.

3. Adjust the baby's clothing

Reduce or increase the number of layers of clothing your baby is wearing.

Please note, always remember to check your baby to make sure he or she is not too hot or cold. To check if your baby is too hot, look for sweating or feel your baby, don’t worry if hands or feet are cold, that’s normal. If in any doubt please consult your health professional.

Quick reference:

Use the table to help choose the level of bedding and clothing for your baby. These are recommendations only and you will soon discover the best level of clothing for your individual baby.

 

Information for grobag & tog rated sleeping bag users
 

Blue

Too Cold

Yellow

Recommended

Orange

Warm

Red

Too Warm

Room temperature Increase room temperature if possible Maintain room temperature Decrease room temperature if possible Decrease room temperature if possible
Bedding 2.5 tog sleeping bag 2.5 or 1.0 tog sleeping bag 1.0 tog sleeping bag 0.5 sleeping bag
Clothing Long-sleeved bodysuit / sleepsuit / pyjamas Bodysuit / sleepsuit Bodysuit Short-sleeved bodysuit or just a nappy

 

 

 Using the gro egg with blankets:

Please note, grobag® baby sleeping bags are designed to be used instead of blankets and sheets.

Never use with a duvet or quilt as this increases risk of cot death.

 

Information for sheets & blankets users
 

Blue

Too Cold

Yellow

Recommended

Orange

Warm

Red

Too Warm

Room temperature Increase room temperature if possible Maintain room temperature Decrease room temperature if possible Decrease room temperature if possible
Bedding Sheet & 3 lightweight blankets Sheet and 2 lightweight blankets Sheet and 1 lightweight blanket Sheet only or no sheet
Clothing Nappy, vest & sleepsuit Nappy, vest & sleepsuit Nappy, vest & sleepsuitNappy, vest & sleepuit

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Its warm weather and my gro egg is on red. What shall I do?

A. Take action to reduce room temperature by opening or closing a window or door or clothing. If it is not possible to bring the room temperature down then you may need to remove all bedding and clothing from your baby, leaving them in just a nappy. Additionally you could use a fan to move air around the room (ensuring it is not within reach of your baby or pointing directly at your baby) and give your baby extra drinks. In extremely warm temperatures, sponge your baby down with luke warm water. If in doubt consult your health professional.



Q. Its cold weather and my gro egg is on blue. What shall I do?

A. Take action to increase room temperature, bedding and Please note, always remember to check your baby to make sure he or she is not too hot or cold. To check if your baby is too hot look for sweating or feel the baby - don’t worry if hands or feet are cold, that’s normal. If in any doubt, please consult your health professional.



Q. My gro egg is on yellow but my baby has a temperature/fever.


A. Even in winter, most babies who are unwell or feverish need fewer clothes and/or less bedding. Check your baby’s temperature regularly and if your baby is unwell, seek medical advice.



Q. I can’t see the colour of the gro egg very well in daylight.

A. The colours on the grobag egg™ are designed to glow gently sleeping bag bag and be visible in very low level light or dark conditions. In lighter conditions use the digital readout.



Q. I have plugged in my gro egg but the product doesn’t seem to be on.


A. Check that the round switch on the base of the grobag egg™ is indented in the ‘on’ position. Check that the power supply lead is securely in place at the back of the grobag egg™.

 

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Information from The Gro Company

Sleep. Gorgeous, snuggly, restful, safe sleep

Here at the Gro company it’s what gets us up in the morning (after a wonderful night’s sleep of course), and what inspires us to do what we do.

If you’re lucky enough to have a newborn baby or an energetic toddler, but could use a bit more sleep - you’ve come to the right place.

Grobag started the baby sleep bag revolution back in 2000 and we are very proud to have changed the way that mums and dads put their babies to bed. Over 95% of parents in the UK now use baby sleep bags, making traditional top sheets and blankets a relic of the past.

Grobag has worked closely with The Lullaby Trust, (formerly FSID) The charity works to promote Safer Sleep for babies and support for families. Each Grobag comes with a free nursery thermometer and guide of what to wear.

We go to extraordinary lengths to make sure our Grobags are manufactured to the highest possible quality standards with the very best premium fabrics. Our Grobags meet all the relevant safety standards and in fact the new British Standard was based on our original specifications.

We're thrilled to have won Gold Awards for the best nursery product again this year. The Grobag now has 4 Mother and Baby Gold awards and 2 Practical Parenting Golds and with over 3 million Grobags sold so far, you can rest assured you have chosen the UK’s favourite baby sleep bag.

 

gro-group's policy on fire retardancy of grobag® baby sleeping bags

At gro-group™ we have a core commitment to ensure that our products are as safe as possible. In order to achieve this, we undertake risk assessments before making decisions about what components to use in our manufacture.

We do not use chemicals to fire retard grobag® baby sleeping bags. This is because prolonged exposure to a high dosage of chemical flame retardant carries considerable risks – for example they may impair the immune system (source. Intertek Testing Services). However, as a responsible manufacturer, we have undertaken to research non-chemical and safe ways in which to reduce the flammability of baby sleeping bags.

Outer fabric and lining: Where possible, we use 100%cotton lining on our grobag® baby sleeping bags in order that a natural and breathable product like cotton will always be next to a baby’s skin. The majority of our grobag® baby sleeping bags also have 100% cotton outer fabric. The only possible way in which to fire retard cotton is to add chemicals and we believe that the risk to an infant of direct contact with these chemicals (by skin contact, sucking or inhaling) outweighs the potential risks associated with fire.

Filling: The filling of our 2.5 tog grobag® baby sleeping bags is made from 100% polyester. It is possible to construct this filling in such a way as to meet the fire retardancy requirements without adding any chemicals. In order to achieve this we use a special mix of three different types of polyester fibres which between them produce a 100% chemical free polyester wadding that complies with BS5852 Ignition Source 0, and will effectively "retard" any flame that comes into contact with the wadding. The choice of this wadding is preferable to the other two options which are as follows:

Standard polyester wadding with no FR properties, when burnt, emits a nasty smell, dark smoke and leaves behind a very hot black residue that, could stick to and burn the skin.
Chemically fire retarded polyester wadding, the exposure to which is potentially harmful to an infant.

We therefore believe that the third option of a chemical free and inherently fire retardant polyester wadding is completely in line with our core safety and quality values.

Although the cotton outer and lining are not fire retarded, the use of the inherently fire retardant polyester filling on our range of 2.5 tog grobag® baby sleeping bags effectively helps to retard fire on a made up product rather than contributing to it, which would be the case if we used a standard (and cheaper) non-FR alternative.

Ouvrielle Holmes, Founding Director, gro-group™. June 2005
 

 

 

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