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The Holy Grail to parents of little people!

The most commonly asked question when you have a newborn baby :

” How is the sleep going? “

I don’t know about you, but in the beginning with a newborn, you feel so fragile as is – and when someone asks you about sleep – you want to burst into tears because in all honestly you’re like :

” What’s that, and will I ever sleep again, and if so WHEN !? ”

As baby grows, they start to learn (with your help) how to become independent little sleepers – but like most things – it’s a process and it’s NOT always easy, am I right?!

I am BIG on encouraging my kids – regardless of how difficult they can *sometimes* make it – to help them to become independent sleepers.

My first born had severe colic, but regardless of those excruciating hours of constant screaming from him, I tried my best to have him in a sleep routine. Then when the colic subsided – he would sleep 11 hours straight without waking.

Now with my second born – I knew I wanted to encourage good sleeping habits from as early as possible, as I wanted him to ease into independent sleeping as naturally as possible.

Regardless of him wanting to feed every 2-3hrs and having bad re-flux in the beginning – I kept the same morning and night routine. I would let him sleep in brightly lit rooms with a bit of noise going on during the day, then at night I would take him to a dimly lit room that was calm.  Four months later without fail – Brooklyn knows that when he goes to the room at night – it’s snooze-ville time!


WHAT WE THOUGHT OF THE SWADDLE UP STAGE ONE

We were approached by Love to Dream SA to try out their Stage One Swaddle UP on Brooklyn. I was a bit skeptical at first , as Brooklyn never liked being swaddled, probably because I wasn’t doing it right. Which drove me nuts, and he always somehow would escape out of it like a little Houdini.

However, I decided to give the Stage One – Swaddle UP a go and see if Brooklyn would take to it.

At first he wasn’t sure, as it was obviously all new to him, and soon he realized that he couldn’t see his hands – but he could still suck on them through the swaddle. After wriggling around in it for a bit initially, the novelty wore off, and he was lights out!

The fabric is really soft, light and breathable – so no overheating!

AND the best part – it was so quick and easy to put on, and yes ladies and gents it STAYS ON. YAY!


SWADDLE UP INFO & STAGES

STAGE ONE

0-4 months Swaddling | Swaddle UP

  • The Swaddle Up Stage One is designed to mimic baby’s behavior in the womb, allowing them to sleep with their arms UP. It also allows for them to move their hands to their mouth which allows for self soothing, which Brooklyn LOVES to do!

I have always been pro independent sleeping and self soothing with my babies – so that they don’t use me as a sleep crutch!

STAGE TWO

4-8 months transition to swaddling | Swaddle UP 50/50

  • This Swaddle allows for baby to grow and move to ‘arms free’ with the Swaddle. When baby starts to show signs of more movement and rolling – you can unzip the arm wings – to let their arms come through to then accommodate for movement.

STAGE THREE

4-36 months Independent sleeping | Nuzzlin Sleep Bag

  • I LOVE sleeping bags for babies! I honestly feel like they are a safer options for sleep. They stay on your baby during the night – so no need to constantly check on them in the night to put the blanket back on them, and also no worrying about the blanket suffocating or being a danger to them.

GET SOCIAL & CONNECT WITH ‘LOVE TO DREAM’


WIN A LOVE TO DREAM SWADDLE UP !

So mama’s to share the love, Love to dream is gifting a Swaddle UP original to one lucky mama!

TO ENTER :

  • Comment below telling us what Swaddle UP catches your eye the most!
  • Follow Love to Dream SA on Facebook & Instagram.

EXTRA ENTRIES :

T & C ‘s :

  • This Giveaway is open to South African Residents Only.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org, and will be announced on my social media platforms – so keep a look out!
  • Giveaway ends : 22 October 2018  – Winner will be announced 23 October 2018.

** This post was a sponsored post, however all thoughts and views on this product were written with all honesty and sincerity. **

29 Comments

  1. Bongi Hill October 17, 2018 at 4:31 am

    I like that it’s so easy to put on and actually stays on.

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  2. Leandra Kahts October 17, 2018 at 4:53 am

    I love the Love to Dream products. I have an 18 month old boy, Hunter, and he has the stage 3 sleeping bag. I’m pregnant with no 2 and love the Stage 1 swaddle. Defnitely on my to get list. They are so light yet so warm. They prevent SIDS which is and was a big fear for me. It helps me sleep better at night. My boy does not need extra balagan laying next to him causing a hazard as he is as snug as a bug. It is a miracle sleeping bag.

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  3. Larissa Bester October 17, 2018 at 4:56 am

    We are expecting a baby boy in April 2019, a little brother to his big sister Chrisli. We kept a strict routine from the start with her, and despite the normal newborn feeding and waking ups, she sleeps like a dream. I would LOVE the Love to Dream Swaddle up as it would give our new baby that super comfy momma hug and cuddle feeling when trying to establish a good sleeping routine.

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  4. Lisa October 17, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Love the stage 2 swaddle up as it allows for both the full swaddle up and the transition to independence ♥️

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  5. Candice October 17, 2018 at 5:07 am

    I would love the stage one for my baby girl that is due in Feb ❤

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  6. Kyla October 17, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Love the stage 2 swaddle up, currently transitioning my boy from the traditional swaddle to no swaddle. Really wanting to try this product💙

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  7. Bronwen October 17, 2018 at 5:24 am

    I love the simplicity of it. It genuinely looks so comfortable & loose enough to still wriggle should bub so wish. I have never swaddled either of my older boys because to me, the thought of not being able to move freely absolutely freaks me out & when I see babies swaddled I can’t help but panic a tad when I see them wrapped up so tightly, but looking at your little dude in his Love To Dream I feel completely at ease that he is comfortable as well as cozy

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  8. Khuselwa Nkaenkae October 17, 2018 at 5:42 am

    I love the fact that it’s cute, I’ve never tried it but the reviews I’ve seen makes me want at as my little man is a busy busy during sleep time.

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  9. Kelly October 17, 2018 at 5:58 am

    I would love a stage one for my son due in April! I didnt know about them when I had my first! In fact, I would love to try them all at the different stages!

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  10. Nicole October 17, 2018 at 6:24 am

    Stage 1 for me is what caught my eye baby nr 2 arrives mid March ! And this mama doesn’t want to do origami anymore .

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  11. Claire October 17, 2018 at 6:34 am

    My first born would scratch his face terribly while he slept. He would wake up with cut marks all over his face even though we trimmed his nails regularly. We resorted to putting socks on his hands but he would end up biting those off.. we were really at a loss. I’m expecting my second little one and this product is perfect for preventing the scratching, besides all the lovely sleep benefits. So this is a must-have item for us!

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  12. Jade October 17, 2018 at 7:02 am

    I love the swaddle up and how easy it is to just zip up instead of fighting to swaddle a baby with arms flailing everywhere. looks like the perfect accessory for a new mum ☺️

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  13. Leana October 17, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Baby is due in March. And would be so happy ti win!!!!

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  14. Robyn van der Merwe October 17, 2018 at 8:06 am

    I need #BabyBean to sleep like a dream from the very beginning so the Stage One is catching my eye!

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  15. Aadila Emam October 17, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Nuzzlin Sleep Bag

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  16. Robyn-Ashley Savage October 17, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I’ve heard such incredible things about this brand! I’ve been eyeing out the Swaddle Up Original in Pink, for our little girl who is arriving in a couple of weeks.

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  17. Chanthé Innes October 17, 2018 at 9:20 am

    4-36 months Nuzzlin Sleep Bag. I love it as it’s a much safer option for sleep. It stays on my bubs during the the night which means no need to constantly check on them during the night to put blankets back on them, also no worrying about the blanket suffocating or being a danger to them.

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  18. Chanthé Innes October 17, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Stage 3: 4-36 months Nuzzlin Sleep Bag.
    It’s definitely a safer option for sleep. It stays on my bubs during the night-no need to always check on her in the night, to put the blanket back on her. Also no worrying about the blanket suffocating or being a danger to my precious princess.

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  19. Tiffaine Myburgh-Bryant October 17, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    I absolutely LOVE our stage 2 Swaddle Up. It’s the one baby product that I couldn’t do without. Our little boy is not rolling quite yet, but I love to take his little arms out when he is stretching and waking up in the morning so he can stay in his little sack while I have a quick cup of tea. He loves to self sooth, but it means the Swaddle needs to be washed and dried every day due to the gobby little sleeves. I would love to have a second one to rotate, as we both really miss it during that nap while it washes and dries – he often startles himself awake.

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  20. Tasha-Leigh Williams October 17, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Loving the stage two – 4-8 months swaddle. Best of both worlds! I think this would be perfect for my little baby boy’s (coming soon in Feb 2019) transition from womb movement mimics to greater independent movement.
    💙🙌

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  21. Taryn October 17, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    The material used to make the Swaddle up looks extremely soft and excellent quality…. and could the baby model be any happier or any cuter xxx

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  22. Khadija Fakir October 17, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    I love the stage two. I would love to try this one for my baby due in February 2019. This will allow the closed swaddle and when baby gets a little bigger I can unzip and leave the arms free. I think this one is nice because from April it starts getting fold at nights and this will ensure baby is covered and warm.

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  23. Monique October 18, 2018 at 1:31 am

    I would love the stage one swaddle. I have read so many reviews and all of them is positive about this swaddle up. It makes it easier so you don’t have to struggle with swaddling. The giveaway is perfect timing, my little lady is due January.

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  24. Claudia Mc Namee October 18, 2018 at 7:22 am

    What first caught my attention is that it cones in stages and as I was reading the blog I was like oooo wait it stays on its light it breathable Now I’m intrigued cause my little one hates swaddling and being to warm and all balled up just love how the arm can become free at a stage too and that it allows movement

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  25. Lauren Ludski October 18, 2018 at 7:41 am

    I simply love the stage 3 Nuzzlin sleeping bag. It’s so convenient and decreases the stress i feel leaving my baby covered in blankets. I’m terrified she kicks the blankets over her head as she moves those little legs quite a lot at night and always wants get arms free. Would love to try this out

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  26. Nika October 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

    My baby girl loves to be wrapped in something when sleeping. I love that I can put her in it and not worry about her wrapping herself up in blankets when putting her into love to dream swaddle. Still she’ll be cozy and comfortable when sleeping. Would love this so much!

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  27. Lauren H October 22, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I would love to win the stage one swaddle up to help encourage good sleeping habits from the very beginning

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  28. Monique Wolstenholme October 22, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Stage 3 catches my eye.My little one is almost 4 months and she wiggles her way out of the blankets.Would love something that keeps her warm during the evening.

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  29. Cassandra October 23, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Stage 2! Even though they’re getting older, it still gives them that sense of being cuddled /close knit.

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