Mummy Confession: For the longest time, I have wanted to try both the ErgoPouch Sleep Suit Bag and the Love to Dream Sleep Suit. Well, I finally did!
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Please note, Love To Dream has redone sizing, however the size 2 and 3 are difficult to find, so I am unable to compare the new sizing (which should be more suited to the proper size) to the Ergopouch. If you are after comparisons of the features, though, this is a good place to look. (June 2018) I am planning a winter sleeping bag and suit overall chart, so stay tuned and sign up for email updates if you’d like to see it when that comes out!
Many Mums often complain about their children kicking off the blankets, and being cold at night. Sleeping Bags are a great option for little ones who do this. They offer the cozy feel of a blanket without needing extra layers. (Side note: The GroEgg is a great tool for determining what tog to use in a sleeping bag/suit and how to dress Baby for sleep). Sleep suits are like the option of sleeping bags, except they offer one difference: legs!
The main feature that stands out with these sleeping options for babies and toddlers is the fact that they have separated (or able to be separated) parts for the legs. So, if baby can stand or walk, they’re an excellent alternative!
Since these two options came out on the market, I have wanted to compare them, and see which one offers the best sleep for my sleep-resistant baby. After buying them, however, I can see that they are very different, and both great, baby products!
Size: The Love to Dream Sleepsuit is a size 12-24 month size size and the ErgoPouch Sleepsuit Bag is a size 8-24 months. They have been purchased for a child who is around 11Kg and over 75cm tall. He is currently in 12-18 month size clothing.
The Love to Dream Sleep Suit is available in sizes 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 24-36 months, and 36-48 months.
The ErgoPouch Sleepsuit Bag is available in sizes 2-12 months, 8-24 months, 2-4 years and 4-6 years sizes.
Length: Compare: They are generally a longer size to accommodate a range of ages. These suits are supposed to go to around a typical 24 month size.
As you can see, the Ergopouch sleep suit is longer. It is really good for those nighttime chills, but I was keen to get it off in the morning, because of the length (and it’s not quite pyjamas.) It will definitely last for a fair while, as my child’s legs may reach about halfway.
The Love to Dream sleep suit offers the ability to open the legs, and give longer use after the child has outgrown the suit. The design is more similar to a bodysuit or zipper pyjamas, and for a child who fits it better, is probably perfect for just wearing around in the morning as well as at night.
Material: Compare: Both are quality material, and they are made of mainly cotton for a soft feel and sensitive skin. They are both made in a way that allows for baby to not get overheated. Both of the sleep suits are 2.5 Tog Rating,
The ErgoPouch sleep suit bag is mainly cotton with a little elastane for the sides to stretch. Great for a baby with sensitive skin! It really feels quality, and I love the quilted like look that seems to keep baby warm. The ErgoPouch is available in different togs, so good for different weather.
The Love to Dream Sleep Suit is 100% cotton with polyester filling and polyester mesh under the arms. It is quilted everywhere except the chest, to reduce overheating. I love the quilted feel, and it truly is cozy! The Love to Dream only comes in the 2.5tog (so far), but 2.5tog is good for a variety of seasons.
The Zippers &Buttons: Compare: One suit has three Zippers and a snap button, and one has just one zipper.
The ErgoPouch Sleep Suit Bag has three Zippers. The top zipper goes halfway from bottom to top. The other two give you the option to make it a sleeping bag or a sleep suit with two separated legs. The material at the top covers the zip, and it is secured with a snap button.
The Love to Dream Sleep Suit has one zipper that goes all the way from the top to the bottom. There is fabric to cover it along the top, and the fabric at the bottom allows you tuck the zipper safely away. One zipper means less to deal with!
Sleeves: Compare: Both the suits are long sleeved which is a draw for me, as Baby often gets cold in the middle of the night.
The ErgoPouch Sleep Suit Bag has cotton-elastane arms which is different to the more heavy material of the suit, and the hands flip over, which is a giant plus. My little one scratches a lot, and this reduces the damage he can do with those little nails. He has managed to escape them though, so it’s not baby proof.
The Love to Dream Sleep suit has a cotton chest and arms with little polyester mesh under the armpits to help control temperature. This differs to the quilted material of the rest of the suit. The sleeves don’t fold over (at least not on this particular size), so we need to opt for socks over babe’s hands to keep him from scratching.
The Legs: Compare: They both have (the ability to) separate legs. They both have (the ability to create) enclosed feet and have treads on the sole of the sleep suit.
The ErgoPouch sleep suit offers the ability to be used as a sleeping bag, or to zip the legs separate. They are very roomy and baggy, with a fairly generous length for each leg.
If your child prefers a more snug feeling around their legs, the Love to Dream Sleep suit is more fitted around the bottoms of the legs, and the rest is quite roomy. It is similar to a bodysuit, with a lot more space besides the slightly fitted legs. The bottoms of the feet allow for you to flip the fabric over the foot to create a covering as well.
Mummy Confessions Scale for Sleeping Bags–
ErgoPouch Sleepsuit Bag
Easy to put on: 4/5 – The sleeping bag configuration is easy to get on, regardless of the half zip. The sleep suit is a little harder, as I need to convince my child to put his feet on separate sides.
Stays on: 5/5 – No gaps or too big of space that makes it dangerous for sleep.
Easy to change baby in:4/5 – In sleeping bag mode, it is super simple, just needing to undo one zip, but if you have the legs, you need to unzip two Zippers.
Easy to take off: 4/5 – Quite easy. The sleeves make it a little more difficult, but not much, as they stretch!
Appropriate thickness for seasons available: 5/5 – They offer 3 options from 1.0tog to 3.5tog which have corresponding sleeve lengths.
Baby likes it? Loves it! He does get a little tripped up and frustrated since he is still small for it, but he has had better sleep with it.
Material: 5/5 – Great quality and warm!
Sizing: 5/5 – The selection for age ranges are great! I love that it goes up to size 6!
Love to Dream SleepSuit:
Easy to put on:4/5 – Sleeves always make it slightly fun, but otherwise, the full zip makes it easy to get on. Getting the zipper at the top cns be challenging with a wiggly baby.
Stays on: 4/5– Bubs would keep slipping his feet out of the legs and getting frustrated. Otherwise, if I folded the legs out, he was fine.
Easy to change baby in: 4.5/5 – the fact that the zipper goes from top to bottom means only one zip to deal with and no disturbing baby and trying to wrestle everything back on!
Easy to take off: 5/5 – no issues at all!
Appropriate thickness for seasons available: 5/5- It is now available in .2 tog, 1 tog and 2.5 tog. Perfect for hot through to chilly nights!
Baby likes it? He was excited to get it on, but frustrated with the legs if folded over, so we opted for rolling them up and using with socks until he fits it better.
Material: 5/5 – Love the quilting! Love the mesh under the armpits!
Sizing: 4/5 – The 4 sizes is a good range. Up to the age of four.
As far as choosing between them, I can honestly say that they are two different styles, so both great for babies and toddlers, as far as recommending goes, here is what I would say:
Ergopouch Sleep Suit Bag: The Ergopouch is great and plush. It comes in various togs, and the 2.5tog is a great middle (not too warm, not too thin) for autumn and early winter, or if you keep the house 20 degrees or so. You can obviously layer according to the temperature regardless, or choose a heavier or lighter tog, since the range is available. I would choose the Ergopouch for a baby or toddler who likes the feeling of a plush blanket or Doona, or prefers a little more room around their feet. If you need mittens, this has those to cover little hands and add that extra warmth (or protection from scratching). You can use it as a sleeping bag or sleep suit, and it is easy to do a nappy change in the middle of the night without too much disruption.
Love to Dream Sleep Suit: The Love to Dream is quilted and thinner feeling, but still warm and cozy. The one zipper means not too much fuss, and the top to bottom zip means no disrupting baby or toddler in the night to change. The feet flip over for extra warmth, and that means it can possibly be used longer, because the feet can be removed in that way. It’s snug around the feet and bottom of the legs and doesn’t feel like a blanket that bub may wish to kick around. The mesh under the armpits and different fabric around the chest helps for keeping baby or toddler from getting too hot. The pyjama-like design of the Love to Dream Sleep Suit means your child shouldn’t be too fussed to keep it on for a little while in the morning if needed. It resembles an oversized coverall jumpsuit.
I hope this comparison has helped show you the differences between these two very different Sleep Suits! Let me know if it has helped you choose or if you have gone out and bought one because of this review, too! I would love to know that I have helped in some way!