One of the questions you get asked over and over as a new mum is “how’s she sleeping?”. I really really hate this question because all babies are different, and how do you define what is “good sleeping” or “bad sleeping” – some babies struggle to sleep, some need less sleep than others, some sleep a lot, some will only sleep on you, some will happily sleep in their beds.
The second reason I hate that question is because I feel guilty answering it. I almost want to whisper-write it for fear of cursing myself, but Stella has slept through the night since she was a couple of weeks old. Sometimes she wakes up for a 5min feed, but most nights she has a solid stretch between 8 and 12 hours. I can honestly say I have never felt sleep deprived since she arrived…tired, yes (it’s tiring looking after a mini-human ALL day), but never bone-dead, eyeball crushing exhaustion. Don’t get me wrong, I DO NOT take this amazing sleep for granted, and every morning we wake up and she’s done it again we say a little prayer to a higher being. We 200% realise that things could change VERY quickly so we need to appreciate a full night sleep every single time it happens.
Right now I’m working on establishing a really good nighttime (and daytime!) bed routine with Stella…in the hopes we might make it through the dreaded four-month sleep regression unscathed. I’ve heard so many horror stories, and I know all I can do is put in place some solid sleep associations for her and hope for the best. That’s things like a pattern leading up to bedtime (bathtime followed by a book), using white noise and a dark room, providing a cuski comforter toy, and helping her to learn to go off to sleep on her own, without me feeding or rocking her to sleep. For some great tips on establishing a routine – check out The Sleep Store’s Newborn Sleep Support Facebook page.
One element of our sleepytime routine is to use a sleeping bag – and I can’t rave about the Woolbabe sleeping bags enough. I’d been recommended them before we even had a baby, and I bought one as my first “baby is on the way” purchases! Putting Stella into her Woolbabe sleeping bag is one of the cues for her that it’s time for bed now. I like that I don’t have to worry about blankets – there’s nothing for her to kick off or get caught up in.
Woolbabe sleeping bags are made from 100% natural fabrics to ensure your baby is comfortable all night long. Having worked for a merino clothing company, I know how amazing this fibre is at regulating body temperature – it keeps you snuggly and warm in the cool, and it also wicks away moisture to help keep you cool in the heat. The fabric is suitable for babies with eczema or sensitive skin, as it is so soft and does not feel at all woolly or scratchy.
Woolbabe sleeping bags come in three different weights (and four sizes):
Summer weight – perfect for the warmer months as it’s made from one layer of 30% superfine merino and 70% organic cotton. It can be used from abut 24 to 32-degree room temperature. The merino content helps regulate your baby’s temperature in summer, absorbing moisture and keeping the baby comfortable even if they are a little sweaty. I know some people find it hard to get their head around the wool-in-summer concept, but it really does work!
3-seasons – which is ideal for the changing temperatures of Auckland and will do us through Autumn, Winter and Spring. This bag can be used from 18 to 20 degrees by varying the clothing inside the bag. It’s made from two layers of the 30% merino/ 70% organic cotton blend fabric that is knitted specially for Woolbabe.
Duvet weight – the warmest and snuggliest bag, ideal for the cooler nights. I think we will use this most when we go away to colder climates (like Wellington)! This bag can be used from 14 to 22 degrees. The duvet bags are quilted on the outside with the merino/organic cotton, and filled with 100% merino, rather than cotton or polyester – again, meaning they are breathable and regulate bubs temperature. No wonder they are described as the warmest sleeping bags for babies, by parents who love their Woolbabe!
All weights of Woolbabe bags come with a choice of a side zip or a front zip – depending on what your preference is for you and your baby. I’ve opted to try both – a front zip opening for my 3-seasons bag, and a size zip opening for my duvet bag.
WIN A WOOLBABE!
I’m so excited to be able to giveaway a 3 seasons or a duvet Woolbabe of YOUR CHOICE to one of my New Zealand readers! Simply enter below. This giveaway is only open until midnight on Tuesday 11 April 2017, so get entering!
On top of the giveaway, for those who want a Woolbabe now – I’ve got a super special discount code which gives you 30% off the range of Woolbabe sleeping bags. Enter NATURALLYLEAH at the checkout on The Sleep Store website (who are one of my favourite online retailers). This code is valid from Monday 10 April 2017 until midnight on Saturday 15 April 2017. Buy your Woolbabe online here.
Good luck and enjoy your Woolbabes!
The Sleep Store provided me with a Woolbabe 3 Seasons sleeping bag for the purposes of this review, but all opinions stated are my own. As mentioned, I had previously purchased a Woolbabe Duvet sleeping bag based on excellent reviews.