I am proud to announce the launch of my toddler sleeping bags over the last three months.
They are from 18 months to 3 years. It has a front zip with a chin and chest protector to avoid any scratching. The length from shoulder to end is 110cm, around the chest is 80cm and by the feet 120cm. So it is nice and roomy for them to turn, roll, sit, stand without becoming tight, tangled and restrictive. The slight A-line shape also allows their legs to move freely which is very important for hip development.
The Winter Bag is made of 100% printed cotton sheeting on the outside, 100gm quick dry padding, which is hand quilted to a 100% cotton knit lining. All this is done to add warmth, softness and comfort. It also then enables you to machine wash on cold and tumble dry on a low heat, which is super helpful for those cold winter temps. I would avoid ironing as this will only crush the soft, bouncy insulation. Available in a variety of soft bedtime colours for boys and girls. Please check out my Facebook page for swatch options.
I have recently started with The Winter Nights Bag which is made of 100% cotton fleece (tracksuit) outer. Its even warmer and softer than the original winter bag. They come in navy, maroon, charcoal and grey melange fleece. The padding is still the same 100gm that is quilted to the 100% cotton knit lining.
I design, source and purchase materials, cut and manufacture all sleeping bags myself. I choose to do this so I can produce a high quality product, that I would want my child to sleep in. So in order to do this, I have a turn around time of 1 -2 weeks during peak season (the start of winter or summer) and a 5 day turn around during the slower periods. It’s worth the wait and you won’t be disappointed.
I buy small batches of fabric from the fabric merchants to keep new prints and colours constantly coming in. So I’m constantly changing and updating fabric options. It makes your bags unique and not some mass produced product that I have just imported from the east.
Happy Easter to all of you.
When your baby reaches about 2-3 months old they will start moving around and won’t want to be swaddled anymore, this is a sign that they are ready for our sleeping bag.
- The beauty of our bag is that it has a long side zip, which goes from under the left arm down their side and along the bottom. This allows you to change your baby’s nappy during the night without exposing their chest and waking them. This helps you to teach them to sleep through the night. Having the zip on the side prevents their chin or face from getting scratched and stops them from opening the zip themselves.
- There are two sizes of our sleeping bags 0 – 6 mths which is 70cm long and 6 – 18 mths which is 90cm long. When choosing your bag, always ensure that their heads cannot pass through the neck hole when the bag is fastened.
- Our luxurious three layer bag consists of 100% cotton on the outside and the inside, making it extremely gentle on your baby’s skin and allowing it to breathe. The inner lining is hand quilted with an extra soft padding to create a warm and snugly cocoon for your baby to sleep in. The cotton knit lining is extra soft so from the start there is no need for multiple washes to soften it for your baby’s use.
- The shoulder straps have press-stud openings which makes putting your baby in or taking them out quick and easy. The double stud is so they can’t kick or pull it open themselves.
- The bag is soft but durable too and can be washed in a washing machine on a cold cycle and then popped straight into a tumble dry on a low heat, which makes it a lot easier for when you need to clean and dry it in a hurry. I would recommend having two bags because you need to be prepared for any night-time nappy accidents or spills.
- Your baby will fall asleep quicker as they learn to associate the sleeping bag with sleep time. So they will start to settle down from when you put them inside the bag, as they know it’s now sleep time. It also makes sleeping away from home easier because you are bringing their three familiar senses of sleep time with them. Sight, smell and touch and consequently they know they are in their safe sleeping environment.
- You never have to worry that your baby has slipped under the covers and can’t breathe. The 0-6 mth bag even has an extra stud in the armhole, so when your baby is still very small the bag will fit securely around their arms and chest.
- There is a winter bag and a summer bag. Both have the three luxurious layers, because babies like consistency and the three layers helps them to feel safe and secure all through the year. We have used a lighter weight padding and fabric on the summer bag. The winter sleeping bag is for temperatures inside the room from 8-18° C and the summer sleeping bag is from 18 – 28° C. It is always better for them to be slightly cooler than warmer.
- There is no need for any other blankets or duvets in the cot, these only impose a danger to your baby.
- The sleeping bag doesn’t have sleeves or a hood as they need to get rid of excess heat quickly and thus prevents overheating and dehydration. This can occur winter and summer, as they are affected by illnesses and fevers just as much as external temperatures. Their hands generally always feel cold, so to check their temperature put your hand at the base of their neck at the back and they should feel lukewarm. If it feels sweaty and clammy remove some layers of clothing and if they feel cold, then add another On warmer nights the bag is perfect for letting your baby just sleep in a nappy.
- As your baby grows older they will start to roll and kick and move around the cot, this is all for strengthening their core muscles. It’s therefore essential that they can do this unhindered for their own development. With our sleeping bags they can do all of this and still stay asleep. They can also stand up and lie back down and you never have to worry about them kicking off the covers and getting cold, bitten by mosquitoes or just tangled up in loose sheets which is dangerous. The extra width in the leg area also allows them to move and turn freely while sleeping or playing.
- All fabrics and trims are locally produced and the bag is manufactured locally too. This was my ethos and now it can be yours too. Because when you buy your Gillitots’ Sleeping Bag you are not only buying a great quality sleeping bag, you are supporting the local clothing and textile industry, empowering women of South Africa and lessening the carbon footprint globally.
- Gillitots is proudly South African.
Made from locally made 100% cotton.
Available in melange grey, light pink, pastel blue, yellow, stone and all edged and lined in white.
Press stud opening shoulder straps and sturdy side zip for easy access.
Sizes 0 – 6 mths, 6 – 18mths
Summer and winter options. Winter range has hand quilted inner lining to keep your little one super cozy for those cold nights.
Sorry I’ve been on a hiatus for awhile with my work in film, but I am back now with my latest instalment of your baby’s skin care routine, skin problems.
Very few skin rashes are a true allergic reaction, but simply caused by an irritation like heat or chaffing. The main cause of skin irritations are from strong soaps and harsh detergents. This is why it is so important to only use mild baby specific products when looking after their skin and also when washing their clothes and linen. Always ensure that all garments and linen are properly rinsed too. These gentle products are specially designed not to irritate your baby’s skin or cause sensitivity reactions.
True allergies, although very rare, as it takes repeated exposure to an allergen before developing can be caused by the following:
Genetics – a family history of allergies will make your baby more susceptible to developing an allergy.
Environment – exposure to the elements (fungal spores, pollen and dust mites) can cause a reaction.
Bodily functions – dietary allergies, bacterial, viral and fungal infections and even medication.
Most rashes clear up on the own or with a little care on your part and are nothing to worry about. However, when a fever, listlessness or loss of appetite accompanies a rash, you should consult your doctor.
Heat rash – Small pink or clear blisters all over the body. Make sure your baby’s clothing is light and loose fitting and use baby talk powder after cleansing.
Milia – White spots on the nose area. It is common and caused by blocked sweat glands, will clear up in a few weeks.
Cradle cap – Crusty patches on the scalp. Caused by an overactive sebum gland. Gently rub baby oil onto baby’s scalp and leave overnight to help loosen. Carefully brush out with a fine toothed comb. To help prevent cradle cap always make sure you use a proper baby shampoo and ensure you rinse thoroughly.
Nappy rash – Red blistered skin around the nappy area. Make sure you take great care for the nappy area as explained in previous skin care routines. Avoid airtight plastic pants and remove the nappy for awhile and let them be “free” and allow some air flow. Use a nappy rash cream to protect your baby’s skin. If no improvement after a few days consult a professional
Milk rash – White pimples on forehead, cheeks and chin. Very common occurrence with breast fed babies. Similar to adult acne and is affected by hormonal changes. Will disappear on its own.
For those of us in the Cape keep warm and safe this weekend, seems spring here has yet to begin.
Take care of you and your baby