Travelling with Gro – The Gro Travel Sleeping Bag (Review)

We knew having a baby would limit the amount of time we’d spend outside visiting places thanks to bedtime, however we weren’t necessarily prepared to never visit friends for dinner.

So when T dropped his bedtime forward by an hour from 8pm to 7pm we initially thought we’d be forever having friends round ours and never going out.

Very quickly we decided we’d just have to do his bedtime routine out if we were at a friends house, unless we were naturally able to leave where we were before 6pm to get him home. This was highly unlikely if we were having dinner. Plus, even if we left on time, we couldn’t gurantee there wouldn’t be traffic; delaying someone’s bedtime.

Thankfully, we recently found that the guys at Gro do a travel version of their sleeping bags. The reason they’re a travel version is because there’s a ready made gap at the back of the Gro bag and an additional zip on the front to create a hole so that you can fit a car seat seat belt through the sleeping bag whilst the bag is done up so you can travel with them already in their pyjamas. All you have to do when you get home is unbuckle and transfer from car seat to cot.

This is ingenious. No more accidentally getting home late and fighting with a tired baby who doesn’t want to get changed. Just unbuckle and transfer.

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The travel bags come in a range of togs and designs and when his other sleeping bags are in the wash, we still use this one as we’ve found the gap on the back has been handy to check whether someone has filled their nappy when they’re lying on their front or on our chest!

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The car seat buckle hole aka the nappy checker hole.

 

We’ve used this several times now, each time making bedtimes so much easier. The first time was a bit fiddly as we put T in his car seat without sorting the zip out to create the gap for the car seat buckle first (epic fail) but even with that obstacle he still remained warm and snuggled in his car seat and went back to sleep once give car was in motion. When we got home, we just unbuckled and transferred him to his cot. Perfect.

K

We purchased the Gro Travel Sleeping Bag with our own cash and were given no compensation for the purpose of this review. 

Travelling with Gro – The Gro Anywhere Blind (Review) [AD]

When we went on holiday, we were really nervous about how T would sleep whilst staying in a caravan.

Although he can nap during the day, at nighttime it has to be calm and dark before he drifts off until 7am.

In the summer months, T used to wake up every morning at 4am as soon as the light came through the windows. Thankfully we could usually get him back off until 6am/7am after a feed, but he woke up nonetheless.

Caravans are notorious for thin curtains – so light would definitely be an issue. Plus, being somewhere new is a distraction in itself.

Thankfully, the guys at Gro passed on their Gro Anywhere Blind to assist with this problem.

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The Gro Anywhere Blind is simply a sheet of thick fabric that can stick to any window using the suckers attached, blocking out any light.

Before going on holiday we decided to give it a test run in our bedroom to see how easy it was to install and to see how dark it would actually make our room.

The blind comes with a generous amount of suckers and pieces of Velcro to make sure the blind fits accordingly to the window.

This also means you can have the blind installed vertically or horizontally. At home we installed in horizontally, on holiday; vertically. At home it just about fit our bay window which is really impressive as we have quite a large bay-like window.

After installing it at home we immediately saw how it earnt it’s name as a blackout blind.

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Notice our cream curtains? They’re the culprits of many early mornings. Notice how dark it is in the middle? That’ll be the Gro Anywhere Blind.

 

As soon as it was installed it was an instant transformation. Our room was completely dark and remained that way until little bits of light peeked through the edges of the bay window where the blind couldn’t reach.

The installation was really easy and despite having rather *coughs* dirty windows, the suckers on the blind managed to stay on the window and without falling off.

Using it on holiday was an absolute breeze as well.

It really made a massive difference not only to the light entering our bedroom but it also created a nice layer between the window and the curtains; meaning our room was extra warm. We even noticed that when the light hit the blind it actually warmed it up to a degree where you think it’s actually a radiator! Very impressive!

When we finally had to take it down it was simply a case of pulling at the suckers and folding it away. The bag the blind comes with is a generous size and there’s no struggling to get the blind into the exact shape it was in the shop to fit the bag.

We really like the Gro Anywhere Blind. It’s light, easy to travel with, and does what it says. We’d highly recommend it if your little one needs darkness to sleep.

K

We were given the Gro Anywhere Blind for the purpose of this review. All opinions, however, are our own.