There has been some queries about how the sleeping bag included in the box can be used. I wanted to take a couple of pictures with our youngest child Elias to show you a couple of different ways the sleeping bag can be used.
1. Stroller padding
In the first picture you can see how we use the sleeping bag in our stroller when we walk around and the baby is not intended to sleep. When the baby is smaller just make sure to keep the baby on a level surface to prevent him/her sliding to the bottom. :)
Elias here is already eight months old so he already travels in a sitting position. This is our autumn outdoor gear (indoor clothes, hat, fleece overall and the sleeping bag) when it's around +10 degrees Celsius in Finland. We basically always use the sleeping bag as a padding when we use the stroller as it gives such a nice and soft place for the baby to travel. During hot summer days we just simply open the zipper fully.
The second picture shows how we use the fully-opened sleeping bag as a play mat on the floor. It gives a nice and soft place for a baby to lie and learn how to turn around and start moving without the fear of hitting his/her head to the floor too hard. When the baby is smaller it is simply a great place for the baby to lie on her back and explore the world around her. As the bag basically always travels with us as a stroller padding we always have a play mat that we can use to create a clean and soft place to put our baby wherever we happen to stop by during the day. I call this Finnish style practical design.
3. Sleeping outside
4. Sleeping inside
In Finland using the sleeping bag for night sleeping is probably the least used feature of the bag. We have used it ourselves for night sleeping with all our babies, but I know many people only use the bag for daytime naps, as a play mat or with strollers. The picture above is a demonstration on how to put the baby to sleep inside. The small zipper on top is to create a hood, but we recommend not to use this hood for babies under six months. We normally never use the hood but it's something you can try to see if your baby likes it or not.
On this day Elias was quite an active fellow and I was not able to take a picture with his arms inside the bag, but that would be the idea at least as long as the baby is only a couple of months old. The most critical thing is to put the baby to a level surface. During the first four months we always created a tight U-shaped nest around the sleeping bag with a rolled duvet to keep the baby still when sleeping in the bag over night.
Elias is now over ten months old and the bag is still in everyday use with us. It has been the most loved and used product in the baby box in Finland for decades. The bag was the one item my mother has kept from my early eighties box and gave it to us as a gift when we were expecting our first baby.
I hope these pictures help you to get started with the sleeping bag as well!
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