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5 awesome benefits of using a baby sleeping bag!

I can’t tell you how much baby sleeping bags have helped my boys with their sleep and getting into a good bedtime routine. I’m not saying they are always great sleepers but we don’t have many of the common causes of night waking and being able to get to sleep.

  1. Baby sleeping bags provide all the comfort and warmth of regular blankets and bedding and are designed with safety in mind, so that you can have peace of mind that you are providing a safe, comfortable sleeping environment for your baby.
  2. Baby sleeping bags are a safer sleeping option, as there are no sheets or blankets to wriggle under or pose a suffocation threat. The baby sleeping bag also prevents feet from poking out or becoming stuck between cot bars.
  3. Your baby stays a warm, consistent temperature all night, as there are no blankets to come loose or fall off while your baby sleeps. Therefore, there should be less night waking due to your baby getting cold at night.
  4. It forms a part of your bedtime routine and becomes a cue for your baby that it is time for sleep. You can put your baby into their bag and continue the bedtime routine, which makes settling them much easier as they are already in their blanket.
  5. The bag provides familiarity and routine and makes transitioning from bassinet to cot, and cot to bed less daunting, as the sleeping conditions remain the same. It also comes in handy when you are travelling as it provides all the familiarity and comfort of being at home.
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Nursery Décor

Today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite décor’s for the nursery. There really are some fantastic looking rooms out there. My sons’ nursery doesn’t look anything like the following but one day I’ll have these pictures to go back and look to for inspiration! I’d love to see if you have done anything like this in your home – please send through any pics!

This grey and yellow nursery is just gorgeous. The colours go beautifully together. I absolutely love the cute little elephant basket next to the cot. So adorable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This next nursery features some of my favourite colours right now! The teal is so beautiful and the green just makes this room come alive! That pendant light is going to be a must have for me one day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This next nursery features a blue and white stripe wall that I love! All the pieces just fit in and complement each other so well. The second picture is of the same nursery and shows the really cool library wall! My son loves to choose his books to read. This would be perfect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These next few pictures are of some of my favourite wall decals. I’m a big fan of removable art. An easy way to update the kids room as they get older.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sleep!

I am very passionate about sleep – all my life I have really enjoyed this pastime! I need at least a good 8 hours to function properly, as a teenager I would often enjoy 12 hours on a regular basis! I really liked to sleep! Since having a baby it seems to have become one of the most important things to me. It’s often discussed between my group of mummy friends and me. Conversations begin with a “How’s he sleeping?” and a good hour can pass with ideas on what we have tried and tested.

It’s can also be a very controversial topic in regards to what methods you use for getting your baby to sleep, and let me state for the record I would never let my baby cry-it-out – it’s just not for me! I think we all know every baby is different and that there is no one method for getting all babies to self-settle to sleep through the night from birth. Lets face it any baby that can do this has to be one in a million! I know everyone has different views on what a good nights sleep is, whether a five-hour stretch is considered “sleeping through” or what their baby uses to settle themselves for the night.

For me what finally worked was a baby sleeping bag! It became his security blanket. The familiarity and comfort of the bag helped my baby feel safe and secure and he got himself to sleep that night and every other night since then. I am not saying he is the perfect little sleeper. But it is very rare that I have to comfort him or help him get back to sleep now. He sleeps well and I sleep well. He wakes a little earlier than I would like but I can still get my 8 hours a night, which is very important to me!!

I am not trying to tell others what they should do because I really believe that every mother knows what’s best for her and her baby. I also know what it’s like to hear how other babies are sleeping so much better than your baby is, maybe they’re one of those in a million babies who has been sleeping through the night since birth. If you’re consistent in your approach and your baby is loved and secure then you are doing really well!

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Some truths about getting your baby to sleep through the night!

During those first few months of your baby’s life your baby will only sleep when they are tired. No amount of settling, or forced sleep will change this! If they don’t want to sleep they won’t! I know there were times where I thought I could change this but once I accepted this it made the process a whole lot easier.

As you would be very aware, newborn babies have very, very tiny tummies. And being on a diet of liquids only, well this digests very quickly. Formula digests quickly and breast milk digests even quicker. I’m sure we’d all love to lay our little bundle down at a set bedtime every night and not hear a sound from them until morning! But deep down we all really know that this is not very realistic for a tiny baby. Newborns generally need to be fed every two to four hours – sometimes even more!

Also, during those first few months, your baby will experience growth spurts! These will affect not only daytime feeding, but nighttime feeds as well. This could change that every two to four hour feeding schedule to only one to two hours around the clock.

You may have heard that babies will start “sleeping through the night” when they are around two to four months old. What you might not know is that for a newborn, a five-hour stretch is a full nights sleep! A lot of babies around this age can sleep uninterrupted from midnight to 5am. However this is not always the case and even those that can still might not do this every night! This is not exactly what you may have thought “sleeping through the night” actually meant!

While some may consider “sleeping through the night” to be a five hour stretch, for most of us this is nowhere near a full night’s sleep! I know I need a good eight hours before I am able to function like a normal person. And even when your little bundle is starting to “sleep through the night” they may still have times when they wake again. It can sometimes be a full year or even two until your baby will settle into a regular, all-night, every night sleeping pattern.

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Creating a safe sleep environment for your baby

The following are just some of the tips for keeping your baby safe in the nursery:

  • Put your baby to sleep on their back, with their feet at the foot of the cot. This helps to reduce the risk of cot death (SIDS).
  • Check that your cot meets the Australian Standard for cots. You can check this at www.productsafety.gov.au.
  • Ensure that you use a mattress that is firm, flat, clean and in good condition. It should also be the correct size for the cot you are using. Do not use a pillow or bumpers in the cot.
  • Ensure the position of the cot is away from windows, radiators and lamps and out of direct sunshine. This will help to keep your baby at a safe and comfortable temperature.
  • Keep the drop side of the cot up and locked while your baby is sleeping.
  • Ensure there are no cords for the curtains or blinds in your baby’s room. There may be a risk of strangulation if your baby is able to get ahold of any dangling cords. If you already have them, make sure you firmly tie up cords so that they cannot be reached.
  • Once your baby can sit up in their cot, remove any mobiles and toys that hang above the cot. Ensure you place the mattress in its lowest position so that your baby can’t climb out of the cot.
  • Ensure there is no furniture right next to the cot, so that your baby can’t use the furniture to climb out of the cot.
  • Keep a thermometer in your baby’s bedroom to ensure it is always at the right temperature. The optimal temperature for your baby’s nursery is between 16 degrees C and 20 degrees C.
  • Feel your baby’s chest to check their temperature. If they are too hot, remove some layers, or if too cold, add some layers. Their hands and feet will normally feel cool to touch. Hands or feet naturally have lower circulation and are not a good indicator of your baby’s temperature.
  • Ensure you do not use too much bedding in your baby’s cot. A baby sleeping bag is the only bedding you’ll need, other than a fitted cot sheet for the mattress.
  • Never use a hot water bottle or electric blanket in your baby’s cot.
  • Ensure your baby’s cot is kept away from radiators, heaters or fans.
  • Ensure your baby’s room is a smoke free zone.

Other things in your baby’s nursery to look out for:

  • Never leave your baby alone on the changing table. Always keep one hand on your baby for safety or you may wish to place the changing mat on the floor so there is no danger of your baby falling.
  • Ensure all toiletries such as wipes or lotions are kept out of reach.
  • Ensure free standing wardrobes and bookshelves are secure to prevent them from falling down on your baby.
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How do I get my baby to sleep through the night?

This has to be one of the common questions asked by any new parent! I know it’s one that I have certainly asked a number of times! Let me say, you are definitely not alone! A lack of sleep for babies and parents does not make a happy household. There are a number of different options you can try but it’s really best to use what suits you and your family.

What can I do?

There are a number of options you can try but the key is to be consistent and persevere.

  1. Try a bedtime routine. We use one in our household and I really find that it works well! Bedtime starts with a bath, then nappy and pyjamas on, then we read a story or sing a song, then it’s bottle time and finally it’s hugs with all the family, a kiss goodnight and put into his comfy sleeping bag for sleeptime. This will usually take around half an hour to complete.
  2. Once your baby is around six to eight weeks old you can try self-settling. Put your baby to bed when they are sleepy but still awake. Any settling where you have to help, such as patting, rocking or a bottle, may mean that your baby comes to rely on these to get to sleep. It’s really up to you to choose what works best though!
  3. Try giving your baby a security blanket or a stuffed toy. Please make sure that you choose a blanket or toy that is recommended for their age and not something that can suffocate or smother should it cover their face. Babies have a strong sense of smell, so if you keep your chosen security object close to your skin your scent will attach to it and the smell should calm your baby.
  4. Try making a clear distinction between day and nighttime feeds. You can make daytime feeds lively and interactive, while keeping nighttime feeds calm and quiet. This should also help your baby to learn the difference between day and night.

Could there be anything else causing my baby to wake?

  1. You can check that your baby is not too hot or cold. Feel your baby’s chest or back to check their temperature. Hands or feet naturally have lower circulation and are not a good indicator of your baby’s temperature. Adjust the nursery temperature or your baby’s clothing if they are. Around 4am is when it gets really cold, so if your baby is waking around this time every morning it could be a good indicator that they are probably cold.
  2. You may find your baby needs a nappy change. Check your baby’s nappy is not too full as the dampness could be making your baby feel cold.
  3. Your baby may be unwell with a cold. In this case all you can do is make your baby comfortable and give loads of attention. You can try a steam humidifier with eucalyptus oil to free any blockage in your baby’s nose so that they can breathe better too.
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Safe Sleeping Guide

The SIDS and Kids Guide to safe sleeping. For more information go to www.sidsandkids.org

How to Sleep your Baby Safely:

1. Sleep your baby on their back from birth, not on their tummy or side

2. Sleep your baby with their head and face uncovered

3. Keep your baby smoke free before birth and after

4. Provide a safe sleeping environment

5. Sleep your baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult care-giver for the first six to twelve months

6. Breastfeed your baby if you can

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Lullaby Lyrics

Remember those lullabies your parents used to sing to you. It’s amazing how it comes around that you are now singing lullabies to your child! You may have forgotten the lyrics to some of your favourite lullabies – so here are just a few that you might remember! Let me know if you have any favourites I haven’t listed!

TWINKLE ,TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

 

HUSH, LITTLE BABY

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird
And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass
And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat
And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull
And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover
And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart
And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

 

ROCK-A-BYE BABY

Rock-a-bye baby, in the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

 

FRERE JACUES

Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques,
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong.

IN ENGLISH

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing
Ding dang dong, ding dang dong.

 

BRAHMS’ LULLABY

Lullaby and good night, with roses bedight
With lilies o’er spread is baby’s wee bed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed
Lullaby and good night, thy mother’s delight
Bright angels beside my darling abide
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast

 

SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
I looked over Jordan and what did I see
Comin’ for to carry me home
A band of angels comin’ after me
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
If you get to heaven before I do
Comin’ for to carry me home
Tell all my friends I’m comin’ there too
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
I’m sometimes up and sometimes down
Comin’ for to carry me home
But still I know I’m heavenly (freedom) bound
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
If I get there before you do
Comin’ for to carry me home
I’ll cut a hole and pull you through
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Comin’ for to carry me home

 

GOLDEN SLUMBERS

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
Smiles await you when you rise.
Sleep,
pretty baby,
Do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby.
Cares you know not,
Therefore sleep,
While over you a watch I’ll keep.
Sleep,
pretty darling,
Do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby.