The Best “Transition” Sleeping Bag – Merino Kids
(I received a Merino Kids Duvet Sleeping Bag for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.)
About the Merino Kids Duvet Sleeping Bag
Available Togs: 18 – 30 Degrees (STANDARD), 15 – 20 Degrees (DUVET), 12 – 18 Degrees (SHERPA)
NOTE: New Zealand Brands work in temperatures, not togs.
Available Sizes: Newborn – 2 years; 2 – 4 years
Zipper: Side zip, full length. Starts at the bottom of the bag and zips all the way up to under the left armhole (baby’s left).
Material: Made with Outer material is 100% certified organic cotton. The lining is 100% superfine Merino.
Washability: Gentle Machine/Hand Wash, cool wash 30 degrees. (Only use wool approved detergent); do not tumble dry, soak, use hot water, soaps, spot clean or bleach. Dry flat in shade away from direct sunlight.
Low Fire Risk
Available Designs: Grey/Blue; Pink/Blue; Green/Navy; Yellow/Blue (other colours available in Standard and Sherpa ranges).
Other Features: Fits a 5 point travel harness; comes with a free drawstring travel bag.
Where you can get it from: Online at Merino Kids.
Our Review of the Merino Kids Duvet Sleeping Bag:
Tog: 15-20 Degrees Size: NB – 2 years
The Merino Kids Duvet Sleeping bag has a simple design with a combination of vertical (for the body) and horizontal (on the chest) stripes. This sleeping bag is the only side opening/zip sleeping bag we reviewed. The closed zip ends at the bottom of the sleeping bag. To open it, the zipper unlatches under the baby’s armpit (baby’s left – facing the sleeping bag, on the right hand side). The shoulder “strap” on the same side has 2 buttons that open up, so the whole sleeping bag can be opened up to the side. Both armpits also have an additional button so the armholes can be made smaller for younger babies.
As this sleeping bag brand originates in New Zealand, they operate on a “degrees” rating rather than a tog rating. I found that as a new mum, it was hard to learn what tog even meant and what I should be dressing my son in. While to tog rating is commonly used in Australia, it takes a while to work out the ratings and what to dress your baby in. Using a temperature rating is a lot quicker to navigate, and you can easily work out what to dress your baby in especially for night time.
As the lining is made from 100% superfine merino, the inside of the Merino Kids Duvet Sleeping bag is very soft and lightweight. The merino fabric is the perfect material for sweaty babies as it is breathable, which prevents overheating in bubs. While the softness of the fabric is a winner for me, I think this sleeping bag is slightly too light for the cooler nights. A couple of times Starfish woke up with cooler hands in the morning, so the SHERPA weight sleeping bag might be more ideal for the real cold nights. The duvet sleeping bag would make a great daytime sleeping bag in winter, or with some warmer layers on underneath during the nighttime.
This sleeping bag is also ideal for a baby who likes a bit of movement while sleeping, as it has a wider chest and a lot of space for the legs to move around (one of the “mermaid tail” sleeping bags). This is due to the sleeping bag being designed for a wider age range (2 years), so you don’t have to buy a new sleeping bag every few months. However, as Starfish likes to have the tighter, “snug” feeling when he is sleeping, it had a bit too much room for him to play around with. Again, more of a personal preference depending on your bub.
The best feature about this sleeping bag (despite its soft interior!) is that it works perfectly for transitioning a sleeping baby. As it opens side ways, you can lay it open perfectly flat and place your baby in the middle, before zipping it up around the sides and leaving them to sleep. I had to do this on two occasions, where our little man fell asleep in the car and I wanted to transition him straight to bed to fall asleep. It worked perfectly as I didn’t have to tuck his arms or legs into anything; I could lay him down as he was, zip around his body and leave him to sleep. By far the best sleeping bag for transitioning!
This is another sleeping bag that fits a 5 point harness – it has a pouch/slit in both the front and the back to allow you to put your baby in and out of the car or capsule while still in the sleeping bag (helping with transition, which I touch on more below).
This sleeping bag was the toughest to judge in terms of value. It is the most expensive sleeping bag I reviewed, but there are a lot of features that can be really based on personal preference. If you have a baby who likes a bit of flexibility of movement during their sleep, and you like the option of an easy transition for a sleeping baby, then this is the perfect sleeping bag for you. This, coupled with the superfine Merino (that is sooooo soft!) and the fact that it will last you two winters, makes it a good quality and highly-valuable sleeping bag. However, personally for our little man, he prefers the tighter-fitting sleeping bags and doesn’t need the ease of transition, so we couldn’t justify the price tag in our household. Again, purely personal preference!
What the Sleep Consultant Said:
The Merino Kids was Linda’s favourite due to its soft, cosy, Merino interior. She said that it was a great sleeping bag for transitioning a sleeping child into the sleeping bag (although this isn’t necessarily how she would suggest putting them to sleep). She also suggested that with the side/bottom zip, you could leave the bottom of the sleeping bag unzipped if you wanted to give your bub a bit of ventilation or air flow (for example, if you put your baby down to sleep and it was warm, but then wanted to go in and zip it up for the cooler night before you yourself went to bed!). We agreed that the sleeping bag was a bit light for the cooler weather, and the label inside the sleeping bag actually says 1.8 tog (despite the degrees being 15-20).
One thing Linda did note was that the sleeping bag is designed for “newborn to 2 years”, however she suggested that no babies should be put into a sleeping bag right from birth. They are generally swaddled first for a few months before transitioning to a sleeping bag – especially one this big that will drown out the poor little bubba.
Stand out Features:
- Soft, 100% superfine Merino Lining (+ simple and sleek design).
- Side zip is great for transitioning a sleeping baby.
- The Merino is a breathable fabric, perfect for sweaty babies.
- Larger size means it’ll last longer.
- Suitable for travel with the pouch/slits in the front and back.
- The side zip may not be everyone’s preference – I personally prefer a front zip, but we don’t usually transition Starfish when he’s asleep (we put him down awake and he falls asleep), so depends on personal preference.
- It doesn’t feel as warm as other sleeping bags around – the Sherpa range might be better for the cooler weather.
- The price is quite expensive, so need to consider your personal preferences and whether the sleeping bag is of value for you (we WOULD spend this price for two winters’ worth of sleeping bag, if it suits our son’s preferences).