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  • InBrand Collaborations, Hugo

    Love To Dream Swaddle Up Review

    When Bella was a baby I never did master the art of swaddling. I gave it a go a couple of times but she always managed to bust her way out pretty quickly! It’s one of those things that some parents absolutely swear by and are adamant it helps their baby to settle/sleep well. So of course I was keen to give it another go with our next baby. I made sure we had lots of extra large muslins and breathable blankets ready and waiting for our little boy bundle. Although I never did get around to using them! Instead we used the amazing Swaddle Up from Love To Dream. It is described as a modern twist on traditional swaddling.

    We soon realised that Hugo’s favourite way to sleep was with his arms up above his head. So the Swaddle Up suited him perfectly. We used it every night for the first few weeks and Hugo slept like a dream in it! Back in June when he was born it was also right in the middle of a bloody heat wave. It was SCORCHING. And I was really unsure what to dress my new baby in for bedtime. It was just far too hot for lots of layers and blankets. But I was also worried that he might get chilly as the night went on and the temperature cooled down. In the end we opted to dress him in a short sleeved vest or even just his nappy and then into his Swaddle Up and this seemed to keep him at the perfect temperature!



    One of my favourite features would have to be the two–way zip. This meant I could change Hugo’s nappy during the night if needed without the need to remove the whole thing and risk disturbing him. It also has an in–built harness hole at the back so if you wanted to use it when baby is in their car seat you can do so also!

    What Love To Dream say ‘The clingy fabric provides the cosy, swaddled feeling that babies love, while the shape maintains baby’s natural and preferred “arms up” sleeping position. The Swaddle UP has the unique “wings” design helping babies to self-sooth, they can safely suck their hands through the fabric of the Swaddle UP and won’t accidentally scratch their face. The fabric is a single layer of breathable natural cotton which aids temperature regulation and control.’



    This product is genius and I’ve already recommended it to so many friends that are expecting. It was definitely one of my favourite newborn products and I’m so sad that Hugo has now outgrown his. I snapped these photos of him a while back and I can’t believe how small he looks!!

    The Swaddle Up is available in four sizes; small, medium, large and extra large. You have the choice of four different colours too; white, grey, pink or blue. Prices start from £22.99 and it’s available to purchase from Cheeky Rascals here.



    Are you a fan of swaddling?
    Harriet XO

    *I was very kindly sent the product mentioned in this post in exchange for an honest review. Although all opinions are of course my own*

  • InBella, Brand Collaborations

    Bedtime Stories With Fin The Zazu Reading Light

    Three and a half years into this crazy world of parenting. And I’m starting to feel like I have a fairly good idea of what children’s products are worth investing in and which one’s aren’t. Obviously different things work for different people and just because a product works wonders for my child, doesn’t mean it’s going to have the same effect for someone else’s. There were plenty of things I was convinced that I needed before Bella was born and have actually ended up never being used and sat in a cupboard in their original box just gathering dust since. But then on the other hand there are others that I didn’t really think I needed but they then turned out to be absolute life savers.

    We recently discovered a new product for Bella and it has been a total game changer at making bed times smoother for us all. It’s quickly become one of our must have items and I’ve literally been recommending it to everyone. Even Josh commented the other day on what a difference it has made and we all know that for a man to comment on a children’s product, it’s got to be pretty special!

    The product I’m talking about is Fin the Zazu Reading Light! Fin is basically a reading light and night light all in one. It is wireless and does not overheat, so is perfectly safe for Bella to take to bed with her. Fin has two light settings, a brighter one which we use for reading and a lower one which makes the perfect night light. My favourite bit is the fact that the light will automatically switch off after 1 hour! So Bella can fall asleep with the light on but it turns off once she’s asleep meaning that she then will sleep through the night in the dark.

    Bella always used to sleep in complete darkness but when she changed bedrooms a few months back she began asking us to leave her main light on in her bedroom. Obviously this is way too bright and there was no way she would fall asleep properly with it still on! She already had a Gro clock which does let off some light but she clearly felt it wasn’t quite enough. We decided to put my bedside lamp in her bedroom but again it seemed to be a bit too bright and she was struggling to fall asleep still.

    Fin has been the perfect addition to her bedroom. We keep him on the unit next to her bed and when it’s time for her bedtime story we turn off the main light and just use Fin on the brightest setting to read with. Then once it’s time for her to settle down to sleep we turn it onto the low light setting and leave it on for her, knowing that after an hour it will automatically turn itself off. It has meant that there have been no more tears at bedtime about her bedroom being too dark and no more bright glow coming from Bella’s room when we are trying to get to sleep too!

    If your little one struggles to fall asleep without a nightlight then I would definitely recommend the reading lights from Zazu. There are a couple of different ones in the range, but we have the Fin in grey. All of them are available from Cheeky Rascals here.

    What are your must have children’s products?!
    Harriet XO

    *Cheeky Rascals very kindly sent me the product mentioned in this post in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of course my own*