In no way can it be possible that my daughter, the one we waited what it seemed like an eternity for, can be 6 months old today. Except that she is. She really is. Six months ago today, I gave birth to a dream come true. I really did.
Note to self: write the damn birth story before you forget.
I have written of the myriad ways this little girl makes our hearts sing. But it can not be ignored that one of the reasons we love her so is because she has been a good night sleeper. The baby that sleeps well holds a special place in every parent's heart. I'm not saying I love her more but it is perhaps easier to find joy in a small person when they respect your need for sleep.
A couple of months ago, she started to wriggle out of her wraps and our once wonderful sleeper started to be less settled. I think this happens with most babies as they get bigger and more Houdini-like with their wrap-escaping abilities. So I started looking around for alternatives. What could I put Harlow in to keep her warm and stop her from startling herself awake?
Enter Love To Dream.
Harlow has been sleeping in their original Love To Swaddle UP for the last couple of months and I really love it. So when Love To Dream contacted me to ask if I would like to review their product, I was honest and told them I was already a fan.
But, I added, I hadn't tried the new Swaddle UP 50/50 in a size large, my postal address is....
So they sent me a new swaddle but this one is even cooler because it has the option to unzip the little side wings to convert into a regular sleeping bag making the transition from swaddle to sleeping bag effortless.
Here is a super-gorgeous baby girl modelling the Love To Swaddle UP 50/50.
In summary, this product is brilliant because;
1. Babies generally sleep better when they are wrapped and Love To Dream swaddles are safer than traditional wraps
2. Babies like to self-soothe which makes the hands beside head design genius
3. The wings on the Love To Swaddle UP 50/50 can be zipped off to transition the baby into a regular sleeping bag (one arm at a time if you want)
4. Babies who sleep well are ace
5. Parents who spike their baby's milk with whiskey to make them sleep are less ace
6. Did I just write that aloud?
To celebrate Little Lady's half birthday, the lovely people at Love To Dream are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Swaddle UP 50/50 in the size of their choice, valued at $49.95.
To enter, simply leave a comment here on the blog stating the size Swaddle UP you would choose if you were the winner.
Entries close midnight AEDT on Friday 26th October, 2012. The winner will be drawn at random via random.org and announced Monday 29th October, 2012. The winner must make contact within 5 days of being announced or another winner will be selected.
The competition is open to Australian residents only.