At Love to Dream™, we know how important sleep is – especially when you have young children. Our award-winning sleep solutions, suitable from birth to four years, are designed to offer safer sleep for longer and have been loved by families around the globe for more than 10 years.
Sleep in 3 Stages – Newborn to Toddler
Stage One – Newborn & Swaddling
Suitable from birth until baby starts to roll.
The Love to Dream Swaddle Up™ is at the first stage of our award-winning 3 Stage Sleep System™. Designed to fit newborn babies From Day One™, the Swaddle Up™ offers all the benefits of traditional swaddling, with the ease of a zipped sleeping bag.
Medical research into babies' sleep has determined that they sleep better when swaddled, as it helps to reduce the natural startle reflex that often wakes babies during the night. In addition, studies have found that babies like to settle themselves by bringing their hands to their mouths and rubbing their cheeks – a natural Self-Soothing™ instinct, observed in the womb and beyond.
Traditional swaddles wrap around a baby's body, with baby's arms crossed over their chest or down by their side, reducing the startle reflux but also preventing baby's ability to self-soothe. The innovation of the Love To Dream Swaddle Up™ is that it provides a safe and snug swaddle, which – like the utero environment – allows baby to move freely. The unique shape encourages them to sleep in their natural Arms Up™ position, with the ability to reach their face and mouth for self-soothing, without scratching.
Another advantage of the Swaddle Up™ is the the dual action zip, which makes it super easy to use – especially for those night time nappy changes. With the zip feature, you can also rest assured that your baby will be safely swaddled all night long, with no possibility of 'break-outs'. When a baby wriggles out of a traditional swaddle, they not only risk getting too cold but also have the breathing hazard of loose fabric in their cot.
So what are the results?
In a recent survey of 1242 parents, there was a reported average increase in sleep from 3.45 hours to 7.25 hours sleep a night when using a Swaddle Up™. That's almost three more hours of sleep for baby and a much better sleep for the whole family.
Stage Two – Ready to Roll
A hassle-free transition from swaddling.
At around four months old, your baby will start trying to roll over. As soon as you notice the signs, it's time to start transitioning your baby from a swaddle to arms-free sleep.
We understand that transitioning from swaddling can be tricky if your baby loves being swaddled and protests when you attempt. However, both the Swaddle Up™ Transition Bag and Transition Suit have been specially designed to continue to provide a snug & secure swaddled feeling until your baby is ready to fully transition to independent sleep.
So, rather than disrupting baby's sleep routine by suddenly removing their swaddle, we recommend transitioning slowly, using the zip-off, 'winged' sleeves.
To do this, remove one wing first and allow your baby to adjust to it, and then when they are ready, the other wing can come off too. You can even allow baby to fall asleep swaddled up and then unzip a wing as they sleep. These options offer gentle but effective ways to transition your baby to independent sleep, whilst maintaining their established sleep routine.
Once your baby has transitioned, you can continue to enjoy the ease of a zipped sleep suit or bag for hassle-free bedtimes, and as with the Swaddle Up™, the two-way zip allows you to change nappies without removing the garment completely.
What a breeze!
Stage Three – On the Move
Suitable from 6 months when baby is sleeping independently.
The Love to Dream™ Sleep Bag or Suit are ideal options for growing babies from six months until four years old. They eliminate the need for loose blankets in the cot or bed, which offers safer sleep for longer and will keep your little one cosy all night.
The Love to Dream Sleep Suit™ is ideal for wriggly babies who are always on the move – featuring built-in legs and feet so your little one can explore and play safely without removing their sleep suit. Perfect for laidback mornings!
The Love to Dream Sleep Bag™ is great for little ones who love the feel of a roomy blanket.
If you want to know more about how to take your child through our 3 Stage Sleep System™, download our free PDF resource, The Essential Sleep Guide.