Before Rowan was born I had no idea how to swaddle a baby, I’d heard that babies love it as it makes them feel safe and secure but the concept for some reason completely confused me. Whilst practising with a teddy bear at home before we had our NCT course I just couldn’t get it right, and was all fingers and thumbs with it.
Once Rowan arrived I attempted to swaddle him but it was a complete disaster and looked completely wrong and uncomfortable for him and he got very upset, especially during a hot summer in 2014, so I stopped.
Fast forward a few years and again I had a go at practising the swaddling technique for the arrival of Sergio and again I just couldn’t get it right. Thankfully though, the baby product market had once again created lots of really handy items for babies and I was sent the Love to Dream Swaddle UP to review from Cheeky Rascals.
The Love to Dream Swaddle UP is made from cotton, which is breathable and aids temperature regulation. It was made for people like me who for some unknown reason can’t swaddle a baby very easily. This product is basically a sleep suit that gives a baby the feeling of being swaddled, whilst giving them so much more freedom to move around.
The shape of it means that babies arms are in an upwards position and most babies love to sleep with their arms up. It also gives baby the freedom to self-soothe as they can easily still put their hands in their mouth and give them a good chew.
It’s really simple to use as it has a two-way zip on the front, meaning no fiddly poppers to contend with. The two-way zip makes it really easy for quick nappy changes without having to get your baby out of it completely. There’s also an in-built harness hole to the back so you can safely transport your little one in the car seat whilst travelling.
The Love to Dream Swaddle UP is £22.99 and comes in four different colours (grey, white, blue and pink) and comes in four different sizes (extra small, small, medium and large – these sizes are determined by your babies weight).
This is a really great product and for babies that love the feeling of being swaddled then this is definitely the product for you and them. Sergio dislikes being swaddled and if it was up to him would constantly be in a state of undress as he gets very upset if you try to dress him, so he hasn’t been in this very much.
We managed to get him in it once without him getting too upset and he spent a good twenty minutes having a little suck on the material and his hands. It’s a fab idea and we’ll definitely be keeping it for future use if we expand our little family further.
Disclaimer: We were kindly sent the Love to Swaddle UP Original for the purpose of this review.