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21/01/2014 at 15:39
I know everyone loves Morrcks - and they look cool, but how can they really be that much better than just sticking a blanket on baby?
Got to ask, its annoying me! :)
I guess you only really need them for winter? I.e. there's no point buying one for a summer baby, is there?
21/01/2014 at 15:45
The main advantage is being able to whip them on and off, particularly when baby is in teh car seat. So you wrap baby up to carry from house to car. The heating's on in the car so you can open it out. Put car seat on pram chassis and walk to the shops, wrap baby up again. Go into boiling hot shop, open it out again.
I had a July baby, so I didn't use it until the weather got a bit colder (I had an all season one) but my friend who had a baby 2 weeks after me had a summer lightweight one, which is sort of jersey material. It was useful for when they went into a shopping centre, for example, where the air con was on full blast, just to give an extra little layer for the baby.
21/01/2014 at 16:01
I use it instead of a coat or snowsuit- so I wouldn't take a baby out with just a blanket and no coat.
21/01/2014 at 16:13
Knees, perhaps its because I haven't had to do it yet - but I can't see why that would be anymore difficult to do with a blanket?
21/01/2014 at 16:15
I use it because snowsuits are just the worst thing ever to try and get on a wriggling baby. And Alex, as a non-walking baby, doesn't have a coat. When he was tiny he had the footmuff on the Stokke and it actually unzips to get baby in, then zips up and can cover their arms and chest, so I didn't need a Morrck. But now we have a different pram and he is bigger, the Morrck is invaluable. I thought he'd hate being wrapped up but he actually loves it, it seems to calm him down. I wrap his arms inside but it's flexible, you can wrap with arms out or you can leave it open, or just wrap around their lower half, and if they are walking then you can leave their feet/shoes out of the wrap... plus it has a hood, so either that goes on, or it's a head rest. It's far better than a blanket - we used a blanket before the Morrck arrived and the blasted thing kept falling off or getting caught in the wheels. I guess a blanket would be ok in a flat carrycot (and even then, baby might kick it off or slide under them, same as why people tend to use sleeping bags nowadays rather than blankets) but as soon as you start using the seat attachment of the chair it's actually quite difficult to get the blanket to stay on. A Morrck has the holes to thread the harness through, so can't fall off.
This time I plan to get a size 2 (5-18 months) - baby is due in August so I figure by the time we need it, baby might not be 5 months but probably big enough to use the size 2. A is only 12 months but is using the size 3 (18m - 4 years) as the size 2 doesn't cover his feet and he doesn't wear shoes yet. (Long story about why the baby can't use A's old size 2!!)
21/01/2014 at 16:16
I personally didn't like the look of them colour/pattern wise when I had O so I stuck with starsuits/blankets instead. As I've am August baby this time I'm even more inclined to leave them. I know it's safe in car seats but I'd sooner put baby in a starsuit if needed (blanket too if cold) as IMO it looks far cuter
21/01/2014 at 16:19
Saisi - Thats interesting RE blankets falling off! See, when you have no babies, you don't think of things like this! :)
21/01/2014 at 16:23
No more difficult to open and close the Morrck than taking a blanket on and off, but where do you put the blanket when you take it off?
21/01/2014 at 16:25
In the pram basket? :-D I guess overtime I can see why that would be a farce!
I think I might add it to my wish list :)
21/01/2014 at 17:34
I loved my morrck, it mostly lived in the carseat when J was little, and he got snuggled into it instead of any kind of coat or snowsuit - he was a June baby but I'd literally take him out as a newborn in a babygro and then the morrck, it was fab.
21/01/2014 at 19:20
I never "got" the Morrck, and coped fine with blankets. As did parents for years and years before the Morrck was around.
I guess I saw it as one of those "if it isn't broke, why fix it?" things...
My blankets went in the basket, hood or changing bag.
21/01/2014 at 19:51
I can adjust the morrck as I walk and push the pram but if I used a blanket I'd have to put it in the basket so would turn into one of those irritating mothers who stops in shop doorways to take the blanket on and off ;) Plus A would make mincemeat of a blanket and would kick it off everywhere.
Yes of course parents managed perfectly well without them before they were invented, just as they managed without baby monitors, sterilising equipment, car seats, sleeping bags and playmats. But they're still nice to have ;)
21/01/2014 at 20:09
Love my morrck. Means I never need to think about taking a blanket with me, can't get kicked off, my pram doesn't gave a big basket and changing bag full already so nowhere to keep it and if I forget a hat then I use the hood. I use ours in the car seat.
21/01/2014 at 20:28
Pretty much exactly what tweetie pie said!!
I like the morrck for the car seat. It just sits in there all the time so I can just plonk S in and we are away. No faffing with snow suit etc. I don't use it when he's in the pram, I put him in a pram suit with blanket if its cold. I like that the morrck has a hood, I can never get hats to stay on S's head.
21/01/2014 at 21:44
I didn't get the point of the Morrck when I had Zoe. Everyone has raved about them and I just didn't see why. Then I had a baby who refuses to keep a blanket on her and really started to wish I had a Morrck, but couldn't decide on a pattern so never quite got around to it.
22/01/2014 at 04:38
I love mine. It lives in the car seat. It means I can chick baby in cat seat to nip to shop in what's she's wearing rather than faff about with cardigans and coats. Plus she looks super snuggly! I want one for my car seat!
22/01/2014 at 06:57
A constantly kicks off a blanket no matter how I try and wrap it round her and I'm constantly picking it up off the floor as having to wash it. I've got a size 2 Morrck which sea probably just about big enough for and I can't wait to start using it as to me it's lot less off a pain! x
22/01/2014 at 22:20
It was just the best thing we ever had. L could kick her legs from a very young age, and blankets would get kicked off. With the Morrck, she could kick, but couldn't kick the blankets off. It was also freezing cold when she was born. When A was born, we had the wettest summer (2012), and I barely took it out the car seat. With both of them, I used to be able to bring them into the house, and gently undo the wrap, and they'd carry on sleeping!
I still use them in the car seats for both of mine now. They love that when it's freezing cold, they can snuggle up in their car seat blankets. I don't ever allow them in the car seat with a coat on - Too dangerous.
24/01/2014 at 21:38
I had a February baby and we just used a blanket. A would have his vest, sleepsuit and a cardigan on. Then we'd put him in the car seat and cover him with a blanket, tucked in at the sides.
If he was too hot we'd take it off and put it in the basket, or over the pram handle. Never found it a problem.
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