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Why we loved the Sleepyhead Deluxe

As we offer Newborn Boxes as starter packs for parents-to-be, I started thinking about what other baby items I would consider newborn essentials, so I could compile a list of ‘what to buy’ for a blog post coming up in a few weeks.  One of the most valuable things we bought was the Sleepyhead Deluxe and I knew this needed a blog of its own.

I’d read a lot about it when I was pregnant (pros and cons), and saw loads of posts about it on Instagram – I really felt it would work for us so we took the plunge and bought one, and it really didn’t disappoint.  We used it from day 1, right up until Indy was 8 months old and in his big cot, and he loved it as much as we did. Here’s why:

It’s cocoon shape

Indy hated being swaddled, his arms instantly escaped as he wanted freedom, so rather than him getting lost in a moses basket or crib when he was tiny, the Sleepyhead made him feel safe and cocooned, yet he had freedom to move his arms and legs.  He took to the Sleepyhead instantly, both at nap times and at night, so it became an integral part of his sleep routine straightaway,

It can be moved ANYWHERE

I never really fancied a moses basket, so we bought the Tutti Bambini Cozee Bedside Crib to have in our bedroom, but this meant Indy didn’t have a place to sleep downstairs for sleeps in the day, as I definitely wasn’t lugging the crib down the stairs every morning!  The Sleepyhead can be moved anywhere for naps as it is so light! Indy often slept in it on the sofa when he was very little, and then when he got bigger I could just move it into the crib without waking him. It easily fit into the bedside crib, so he always slept in it at night time too.  

You can take it away with you

The Sleepyhead came everywhere with us – to my parents house, to Wales, and to Ibiza.  It comes with a sturdy bag so is easy to pack and carry, and it made sleeping away from home so much more comfortable for Indy.  Even though he would be in a different cot, he was still in the Sleepyhead so his immediate surrounding was familiar.

It’s easy to wash

The cover an be taken off and washed, and put back on fairly easily with practise (there is a bit of a nak to it!)  You can buy spare covers but I didn’t, and found washing and drying in the same day doable.

It can be used for play and development

The curved part of the bumper can be used for tummy time! You can also buy activity arches for it, but the arch on our play mat fit perfectly so we just used this. One of our favourite things to use it for, was to place it on our kitchen work surface, and turn the music, disco lights and bubble machine on to make the kitchen into a sensory room with Indy lying in his Sleepyhead and taking everything in!

It made an easy transition from crib to cot

As with taking the it away with you, the Sleepyhead made it easy to transition Indy from his crib into his big cot.  I started putting the Sleepyhead in his big cot for daytime naps initially, and then for night time, and his sleep was never disturbed.  He moved into his own room at 4 months old after we had got back from holiday. As he had already been sleeping in the Sleepyhead in the travel cot for 2 weeks, we didn’t want him to settle back into his crib in our bedroom, so made the move into his big cot straightaway, and the Sleepyhead kept everything familiar for him so it was an easy transition for us to make.

The bumper can still be used in the main cot

Indy outgrew the Sleepyhead at around 6 months old and I didn’t want to commit to buying the bigger one.  Rather than go cold turkey, I took the foam bumper out of the cover, and placed this underneath his cot sheet, so he still had a form of cocoon cushion in his cot, which worked so well!  We used the bumper in his cot until he was rolling over and then took it away completely, and literally, no fuss was made!

These are the reasons why we loved our Sleepyhead, and why it worked for us and I hope you have found it useful – it really did make our lives easier in those first few months. I’d love to hear if you used one and what you thought of it too! xxx

Introducing our baby to the doggies

For my husband and I, Indy is the fifth member of our family – first came Rocco, and then Rudy; our beloved King Charles Spaniels!  We got Rocco 7 years ago, so we have many happy memories and honestly couldn’t be without them. When it came to expanding our family further with a baby, the dogs were our only worry – we didn’t want them to feel left out or for their quality of life to change.

When Indy was born, I was kept in hospital for a couple of days due to a few minor complications, so the dogs knew something funny was going on – I wasn’t there and my husband was coming and going at odd times of the day.  When it was time for us to come home from hospital, there they were, waiting at the front window as if they knew! We’d made a plan for coming home that I would go into the house first on my own, and my husband would come in a couple of minutes after with the baby.  So this is what we did and it worked perfectly. I was having lots of cuddles with the dogs and when the baby came in, they weren’t bothered at all, a few gentle sniffs around the car seat, and that was it, introductions done!

Nine months in and the dogs have adapted well to life with a baby – Rocco is so gentle when Indy tries to take his toys away from him, and Rudy is the crib and cot protector who loves coming into the nursery when we are playing or getting dressed!  We have been conscious so as to not leave them out, and if the dogs take cover during the day when it gets hectic with a crawling baby in the house, we give them extra cuddles in the evenings.

The hardest thing I think i’ve found is trying to walk 2 dogs on leads with a pram!  We all get tangled up so now we all jump in the car and head to a local country park where the dogs get a good run off the lead and I get some good core exercise with Indy in the carrier!  This has worked well for us all, and I always take time out in the day to give them a good walk; it gives Indy and I some good fresh air too.

Rocco and Rudy are still just as big a part of the family now as they were before Indy was born – I even think they enjoy it more now they both have a little friend!  Now we just need to teach Indy to learn to throw balls so he can play fetch with them!