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Sleep Stories: With Andy

Andrea is a paediatric registered nurse and fashion stylist (a girl needs options right!) based in Sydney. Her son’s name is Levi and he is 11 weeks old.

What were your first thoughts and feelings after your baby was born?

First thoughts were ‘Omg can’t believe we have no breaks in between pregnancy, childbirth & newborns’ & ‘I genuinely made a human’

Did you settle quickly into a routine with your baby? If so, do you think it worked well for you?

Routine? Had to just check thesaurus to see what meant. In other words no. I tried to get a routine for a couple of days but found both bubs and I were getting distressed so I just went with the flow and we’ve both taken the laid back approach which works a lot better for us.

How soon after your baby was born did you begin to swaddle your baby?

Day 1-3 I was in hospital so midwives did the burrito wraps but day 3 when we got home we used love to dream swaddle and every night since.

How did you come to know about Love To Dream™?

My sister swears by them and used them for her 3 boys and recommended them.

Do you feel like using the Love To Dream™ range of products has made a positive impact on you and your baby's sleep?

Yes! For me, it’s the ease and convenience of a quick and secure zip up and for him, it’s a secure feeling & an obvious sleep cue. As soon as I put his hands in the swaddle, he starts closing his eyes which is amazing!

What is the one thing you wish you'd known before you became a parent?

The reality of how hard breastfeeding, sleep deprivation & newborns were. I had heard about it but never really thought it would be as hard as it was for me.

Three words to describe life before parenthood and three to describe life after becoming a parent?

Before: Carefree, Selfish, Disposable income

After: Bed by 7pm, Selfless, Count every cent

What is the one piece of advice you’d offer new parents or parents-to-be?

Make sure you’re actually ready to have a child because then it’s the most beautiful thing ever and all the hardships don’t matter as much. If rushed into it unprepared, it can be brutal.

What are your top 5 essential items to have ready to go when baby arrives?

  1. Baby bag (some fancy designer one to remind you that you are still fab!)
  2. Bassinet (vintage - has to look cute!)
  3. Change table
  4. Pram (in a great colour to match outfits)
  5. The Love To Dream™ SWADDLE UP™ - I cannot be bothered using muslin wraps that take an hour to do up and then bubs sneaks his hand out anyway!

Check out Andy's website or follow her on Instagram.

These are real reviews from real Love To Dream customers
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Verified Buyer
05/17/2016
Love it!
Love it!
On Nuzzlin™ 2.5 TOG Sleep Bag - ON SALE NOW
R
Verified Buyer
05/15/2016
Cute, comfy sleep bag
A quality made product- super soft, handles machine washing well. Bub never sleeps without one and knows it's nap time when he sees it!
On Inventa™ 1.0 TOG Sleep Bag
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Verified Buyer
05/13/2016
Brilliant Products!
We've been using the Love To Dream products for a while, through each of the stages. We love the Inventa sleeping bags, and have used each of the different TOGs. The 1.0 TOG is a great all-rounder for the in between seasons. We love the travel slots, the press studs to adjust the length and the cooling vents. It looks like you guys are discontinuing the Inventas and replacing with the Nuzzlin sleeping bags in each of the TOGs. Please don't! The Inventa are much better with their extra details!
On Inventa™ 1.0 TOG Sleep Bag
L
Verified Buyer
05/13/2016
Amazing!
My son gets quite hot when he sleeps but then come early morning cold - very hard to keep his temperature comfortable. We love the option of the breathable zippers to help regulate the temperature. Not to mention he loves 'getting into his sleeping bag'! Thank you, our 3rd Love To Dream product we are 100% satisfied with!
On Inventa™ 2.5 TOG Sleep Bag
C
Verified Buyer
05/12/2016
Great product!
A bit on the expensive side, but a great product that my baby boy loves
On Swaddle UP™ Organic