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Sleep Stories: With Azra

Meet Azra, working mama to two beautiful little girls, Nadia (almost 7) and Amina who just turned 2. Azra was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and now lives and works in Chicago as a case manager for residents with mental and physical disabilities.

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

Overwhelmed feeling of love at first sight. There’s no way to explain it, it’s like your heart expands x 1000!

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

It took a few tries! The first few months were very hard on me, the lack of sleep didn’t help, but I’d say we figured a routine out fairly quickly.

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

Every single day from birth until 7 months.

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

Amina did not care for the standard arms down swaddles but she startled herself awake every night if I didn’t swaddle her. Good old Google led me to the Love To Dream SWADDLE UP™ and I am forever grateful.

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

110% yes! It worked so well for us that I still tell new moms about it.

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

Just how little sleep I would be getting hah! I also wish I had known about these swaddles sooner, I wasted a lot of money on other brands that did not work out.

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

Before: carefree, selfish, independent.

After: compassionate, patient, happy.

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

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, don’t be afraid to talk about your feelings after baby. It is a very hard but very rewarding transition.

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

  1. Love To Dream SWADDLE UP™!
  2. Pacifier/dummy.
  3. Air-free baby bottles.
  4. Breast pump so Dad can feed baby some nights too.
  5. Cot for the bedroom because as much as you think baby will sleep in the crib, you will birth get more sleep if baby is sleeping near you.

Follow Azra and her gorgeous little family over on her dreamy Instagram feed.

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These are real reviews from real Love To Dream customers
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Love it!
Love it!
On Nuzzlin™ 2.5 TOG Sleep Bag - ON SALE NOW
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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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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
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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
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Great product!
A bit on the expensive side, but a great product that my baby boy loves
On Swaddle UP™ Organic