We were offered the opportunity from Antipodes Merino to review one of their sleeping bags. We use sleeping bags with Henry as he is such a fidget in the night that it’s great that we can use something that moves with him. Antipodes Merino is a little different to a lot of the brands on the market though as their bags are made from merino wool rather than synthetic fibres. This got the knitter in me excited and we jumped at the chance!
As mentioned, the sleeping bags are made from merino wool and organic cotton and are suitable for babies from 5kg (approximately 3 months old) all the way up to 2 years old. Available in 3 colour options – aqua, blue and pink – we were very kindly given a blue sleeping bag to review.
That’s not all which is different about this sleeping bag though, as it also has a unique seat belt slot for ease of use in car seats and prams / strollers and helps with an easy transition to cots and cribs when they are asleep.
Now for the technology – although the product feels very light, in theory it works year round in both hot and cold temperatures because of the natural fibres. I’ll let the Antipodes Merino team explain the science as I really can’t put it better myself:
When it’s cold outside, merino wool traps air between its fibres and creates a pocket of warm insulating air. And when it is warm outside, those same fibres naturally wick away sweat and moisture and expel heat
Sounds great right?? I thought so too!
I love the look and feel of the product: the colour was nice and bold and I loved the contrasting white as it gives it a classic look – a refreshing change to character sleeping bags! The first thing that jumps out at you when you open the packaging was just how soft the sleeping bag is. This is not surprising though considering what it is made from…have I mentioned it’s made from merino wool and organic cotton yet? I have?! All joking aside though, both are quality fibres and you can really tell from the finish of the product.
As this is a one size fits all product from 3 months to 2 years, I did not have high expectations for the fit but the additional popper under the arms makes a real difference to the sizing and I was pleasently surprised that this meant the bag fit Henry very well and seemed comfortable for him. However, the extended life span of this product compared to its competitors did mean that the sleeping bags are significantly longer than the usual sleeping bags on the market but that did not impact use for us as we easily just tucked the excess fabric below his feet as he slept. In fact, for us it was an added benefit as Henry moves so much in the night it means he is not restricted by his sleeping bag (and therefore does not wake as much!)
The only real drawback we have found is the fact it is currently winter here in the UK. Although it states it can be used all year round, according to the website the sleeping bag is best used in temperatures from 15 to 27°C (57-81°F), this is a very warm range for the UK and in fact the week we recieved the sleeping bag it hit minus temperatures over night. As Henry likes to be warm, unfortunately it’s just too cold for us to use overnight while it is so cold. It has however been great to use for naps in the day when you don’t need so many layers and also for use in the car for late night journeys to have a nice, snuggle but still close fitting layer to sleep in.
However, I can’t wait for spring when things heat up and we can start getting better use from this. I love the fact that because it lasts until age 2, we will be able to get a few years worth of use from it.
You can pick up your own Antipodes Merino sleeping bag on the Antipodes Merino website or on Amazon where is it currently on offer from £64.99 (reduced from £75.99). Although this sounds expensive for a sleeping bag, when you consider both the quality of the materials as well as how long this will last then suddently the price becomes more reasonable.
I love the longevity of this product as well as the quality of the materials used to create it; it’s so soft I am confident that this is comfortable for Henry to use. Although a little one the expensive side, I do think you will get longer use from this sleeping bag compared to it’s competitors. It is great for use in the car seat at those times you need to travel at night and it’ll be perfect for taking overseas on holiday for use in warmer climates: something I always struggle with as I never know what to dress them in when it’s hot outside but you know the temperature will drop overnight.
For these reasons I would recommend the Antipodes Merino sleeping bag but only alongside either another option in the winter or for use with blankets for additional layers when it’s cold.
DISCLAIMER – I recieved this product in return for this review but all opinions expressed in this post are my own.