Warmth without weight
4 June 2012
Winter is well and truly upon us. As I write this review, the heat pump is going and I have officially extradited myself from my office into the lounge where I can comfortably write, on the couch, under a blanket.
The cold winter nights are a well-known and unfortunate explanation behind the little ones waking throughout the night. My own little ones have never been still sleepers – out from under the blankets and curled up in a corner somewhere is a common position. Sleeping bags have therefore been a necessity, and I think at some point over the past few years I have been lucky enough to try out most of the sleeping bags on the market. Some, to be completely honest, are not as flash as the manufacturers make them out to be – the Nodoff sleeping bag is not one of those.
The outer is cotton, and the inner merino. It is very much the same quality and feel as another exceptionally popular New Zealand brand of sleeping bag, who for the sake of this review shall remain nameless, but we all know well. The Nodoff Sleeping Bag does have a couple of features that are a little different however, and make it stand out. One is the price – at $145 it’s a good price for the quality of bag you are getting. The second stand out is the design of the “opening”. I’m not sure if this has a technical term – I once heard it called the “peep hole”. I’m not quite sure what that mother was using it for, and can only imagine, but its actual usage is for being able to put a car seatbelt, or rocker harness through, all while the baby stays wrapped up warming in their sleeping bag. In the case of the Nodoff Sleeping Bag, this is actually a zip enclosure, allowing it to be opened larger than most, ensuring that getting that car seat clip through is actually an easy job. The third stand out is the lovely neutral look and design, making it a perfect newborn gift.
The one thing that should be noted (as it is the case with pretty much all of the sleeping bags on the market), is that it is still a bit on the cool side for our winters – the best way to combat this is to dress your little one up with layers on the inside – toasty warm merino pyjamas are a good option, and I notice that Nodoff have these available too.
I’ve included a few of my own photos below, so you can see close ups of some of the finer details.
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