MUMABULOUS MUSINGS WITH A PRODUCT GIVE AWAY
Sadly, I cant remember much about those first precious weeks and months when my girls were newborn. I was overjoyed to have them but those early days slipped by in a sleep deprived blur. I do distinctly remember the feeling of total incompetence both times around. Here we were with these gorgeous little bundles totally clueless about what to do with them. I’d had a reasonably successful career as a stock market analyst but when it came to baby wrangling I felt completely inept. In my own mind, I couldn’t come to grips with feeding, settling or even holding the baby. Dadabulous had to step up and take responsibility for bath time as I was terrified I was going to drown them.
Slowly we got the hang of things and our girls thrived. This however was no thanks to our skills in baby wrapping. It was the one area where Dadabulous and I both scored a big F on our parenting report card. Our failure began even before P1s arrival in pre-natal class. Despite the instructor’s best intentions these classes can’t prepare you for the onslaught that is a newborn baby. They are like instructing would be pilots on the art of paper airplane construction then expecting them to land a 747. I recall sitting in a circle on the floor with a group of hapless parents-to-be trying to insert a dolly into a worn flannel wrap. Our efforts resembled a six year old’s attempt at encasing a left over vegemite sandwich in cling film. It was not a promising start.
Cue P1s arrival and the situation didn’t get any better. We’d follow simple step by step instructions but our girl was a hyper active wiggler. She’d break free within minutes. We asked for help from a girlfriend skilled in the ancient and mystic art of baby wrapping. With a few quick flicks of the wrist this earth mother was able to package up the bub like a perfect Egyptian mummy. We followed her blow by blow demonstration at home but still no luck. Within minutes P1 would be floating in a billowing mass of fabric.
We were well aware of the benefits of swaddling. Newborn babies need to feel secure. Being firmly wrapped helps soothe them allowing them (and ergo you) to sleep more soundly. Also swaddling reduces the risk of SIDS by keeping babies on their backs. We found a fancy shmancy and expensive pouch like contraption with a velcro fastener. This was a marginal improvement but much like a wet paper bag our tough little blighters were soon able to fight their way out of it. Also it looked quite sad – like our babies had been straight jacketed.
If only we had known about this product.
This is the original Love To Swaddle UP baby swaddle from Love To Dream. Its an Aussie innovation to rival the Hills Hoist. As cute as it is practical, the swaddle zips up at the front making the pagan art of baby wrapping redundant. Just zip it up and baby stays snug all night! The other great thing about the product is that it allows the baby to sleep with his/her hands up, helping them to self soothe and alleviating the need for you to intervene. The fabric is a highly breathable and stretchy cotton elastane so baby wont overheat or feel too constricted. In a stroke of genius the design includes a twin zip. This means you don’t have to take the whole thing off for nappy changes. Brilliant!
If you’re looking for a gift for a new Mum, this swaddle is the way to go. She’s probably got mountains of mini designer outfits that will only get one wear before going to the charity bin. Likewise there’s only so many stuffed toys that can be squeezed into a nursery. A Love to Swaddle UP is a gift that new parents will love you for.
Here’s your change to win one with this Mumabulous give away.
BETTER QUALITY SLEEP FOR YOU AND YOUR BUB!
Love To Swaddle UP has revolutionised the swaddle market with its unique design that helps calm the startle reflex whilst allowing babies to sleep in their natural position with their arms up.
Research shows that giving baby access to their hands so they can self soothe means they settle sooner and sleep better for longer, requiring less intervention from parents to put them back to sleep.
Love To Swaddle UP’s ergonomic design also offers an easier, safer way for babies to sleep as it reduces the risk of them wriggling out or getting tangled in loose wrapping.
The overall result is a better quality sleep for everyone… And after all, isn’t that what every new parent is craving!
Love to Swaddle UP is available in a range of styles, sizes and colours. For further information please visit http://www.lovetodream.com.au/
Your chance to win….
We are offering a lucky reader the chance to experience the benefits with their very own Love To Swaddle UP. All you have to do is email your name and postal address to Mumabulous@gmail.com by Friday 28th September 2012.
Winners will be drawn the old fashion way (out of a hat) and contacted by return email.