Lola & Ben
What: Sleeping Bag 4 Seasons Pack
Price: $285 (NZD)
Age: From Newborn to 24 mths
COMPANY PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
A sleeping solution for 12 months of the year. Simply attach a different liner into the sleeping bag to suit the season
Zip In, Zip Out the ultra versatile Merino Baby Sleeping Bag Liners
100% Natural Materials – Super Fine Zque New Zealand Merino + Soft Knit GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
The clever Seat Belt Slot enables you to take sleeping baby with you. Simply zip & dome up the slot when not in use (no escaping feet)
Use from birth up to 2 years, for ALL sleeps at home or out and about
Adjustable Neck Sizing, allowing room for newborns as they grow.
PAED PREFERRED REVIEW:
There are many merino wool products on the market, including both sleepwear/sleeping bags, and everyday newborn and children’s clothing. Many of these products are sourced from, and made in, New Zealand.
The Lola & Ben 4 Seasons Pack is an all-in-one sleep solution, allowing for 1-3 layers within a sleeping bag, depending on room temperature. The outer sleeping bag is made from organic cotton, whilst the two liner options are merino.
The manufacturing quality is very good, and the different liners allow for great versatility. The merino has a definite luxury feel to it, adding to the impression of a quality product.
The product is recommended from newborns upwards. Ordinarily, I would recommended newborns be wrapped or swaddled to contain their arms and avoid startling themselves awake, so I think this product is more suited to infants from 4-6 months old. Having said that, if your newborn can settle effectively with arms unwrapped, then no problems with this product at all!
What is the Evidence?
The proponents of merino quote its benefits to be temperature regulation, sweat minimisation, and superior texture. Is there evidence for this? A little. Back in the late 1970s / early 1980s there were a couple of small studies that looked at weight gain in premature newborns when nursed on lamb’s wool versus cotton, and those in the lamb’s wool group did better. It was unclear why, but authors postulated that improved settling may mean less energy expenditure and therefore better caloric balance.
Theoretically, improved temperature regulation should assist newborns with eczema who classically flare with heat. There should theoretically also be a SIDS benefit by minimising overheating. However, there have been no studies undertaken to demonstrate these benefits.