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Sleep Stories: With Kara

Meet Kara, a Science (Geology) Teacher, who lives on the absolute outskirts of Sydney, at the base of the Blue Mountains, and across the Hawkesbury River, in a suburb called North Richmond. It’s a small, and country like suburb. Kara’s little one, Arlo, is 9 months old and, according to his mum, very cheeky!

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

I was in absolute love. He was a squishy newborn and I couldn’t kiss him enough. Most people say newborns are ugly, but we thought Arlo was the cutest newborn we had ever seen, not bias at all :P

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

It took us a while to settle baby Arlo into a routine. Being first time parents, we had no idea what we were doing. We lived in a newborn bubble for a few months, letting him feed and sleep whenever he desired. I think this worked well for us at first, but when we started to settle him into a routine (trying to get him to sleep through the night), we realised that he was not a good sleeper at all. We have to seek some advice through a sleep school.

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

At the hospital they taught us how to swaddle Arlo with a blanket. However, they called him “Little Houdini” because he would break free every time. When we got home we needed a new solution because he was waking himself up from his startle reflex. That’s when we discovered Love To Dream™?.

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

My cousin used Love To Dream™ for her little baby a few years ago and said they were amazing.

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! Before we used the Love To Dream™ SWADDLE UP™ , Arlo used to break free from his material swaddles because he wanted to sleep with his arms above his head. Once we found the Love To Dream™ SWADDLE UP™ with arms up, he stopped fighting them and fell asleep much easier.

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

I wish I had known that I could survive on such little sleep.

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

BEFORE: refreshed, lonely and spontaneous.

AFTER: tired, in love and complete.

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

Take everyone’s advice with a grain of salt. You know your child best, and what will work for them.

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

  1. Love To Dream™ SWADDLE UP™
  2. A baby carrier
  3. Dummy or comforter
  4. Baby monitor
  5. Coffee machine

Follow along via Kara’s Insta feed, at @wecan.weatherall

These are real reviews from real Love To Dream customers
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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
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