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Winter Sleep Wear Your Baby Needs in Their Wardrobe!

Mummy Confession: I have a problem. I absolutely adore babies and children’s products. Especially clothing. And sleepwear. Give me all the jammies!

Disclosure: The following products have been provided for me to review and feature. However, all the opinions and recommendations are my own. I never recommend something I haven’t tried or wouldn’t purchase myself. See the full disclosure policy for details.
Be sure to check out your favourites, as some have coupon codes or giveaways going 🙂

With winter already being here, and the freezing weather upon us, I wanted to find some of the best sleepwear out there for my little cherubs and pass it on to you! Boy, did I find some great things! From pyjamas to sleeping bags to eczema friendly, and even some transitional swaddle products, there’s a little bit of everything here! I have options here for US and Australia, and even worldwide! (So Americans, you can help prepare for this coming winter!)

I wanted to include even more, however I was unable to try everything. Since I don’t like to recommend products without actually trying them myself (and I don’t have the funds to purchase every product on the market), I have only included products that I have been provided with through the generosity of these great brands.

I haven’t received anything that I don’t like, so I am happy to say, buy all the stuff! I have included  a summary below of each product, and a link to my more detailed review if you are interested in checking out more about it! Feel free to share with all of your friends and family for some gift suggestions for bub (since these brands make more than just winter sleepwear). Please, check them all out, as some have lovely surprises for my readers 🙂


Merino Pyjamas

Woolbabe Cotton/Merino Coverall This classic striped Coverall is a blend of cotton and merino, two great fabrics for warmth and comfort. The double zip allows for nappy-changes easier than just a one-way zip, and the stripes just go with everything! The Woolbabe Cotton/Merino Coverall comes in a few different colours, all perfect for  winter’s nap, or to keep warm on a winter day. The fabric is beautiful, soft, warm, and yet breatheable. Woolbabe also makes other babywear/Sleepwear and sleeping bags with merino for those extra crisp nights. This coverall can be used with their Woolbabe sleeping bag, or separately.

(Be sure to check this one out, as there is a GIVEAWAY going finishing August 9th at noon!)

(Check out the full review, giveaway, and where to buy here.)

Henry & Grace Ultrafine Merino Coverall Made from ultrafine Merino wool, this beautiful button up Coverall is a great pyjama or underthing for those cold winter nights (and cooler days). The timeless striped pattern and choice of colours make it a perfect clothing piece for your baby or a unique gift for a loved one’s precious bundle. The merino has proven to be warm yet breatheable, so perfect for winter, even for little ones who tend to overheat easier. Henry & Grace also makes other babywear and maternity wear in fine merino style.

(Check out the full review and where to buy here.)

Sleeping And Swaddle Bags

Bamboo Bubby BagThis innovative bamboo sleeping bag is a one size fits all for babies suffering with eczema and the scratching that comes along with it. The completely enclosed sleeves don’t allow for baby to sneak little fingers out, and adjust to several different sizes. The adjustable sleeve opening and mitten sizes suit from size 000 (0-3 months) through size 2. The material is thin and breatheable, which is perfect for eczema babies, even in the cold winter nights. Bamboo Bubby also makes pyjamas for toddlers, children and adults, as well as scratch resistant sleeves, onesies with scratch resistant sleeves, blankets, and sheets.

(Check out the full review and where to buy here.)

Sleepy HugsThis revolutionary product for babies and toddlers offers to help the transition from swaddles to sleeping bags. With a double zip and varying weights for different seasons, this sleeping solution is great for babies who may be struggling to adjust to a world outside of sleeping in the comfort of a swaddle.

(Check out the full review, coupon code and where to buy here.)

Baby Dee Dee Sleep Nest Teddy– This sleeping bag is soft and fluffy, perfect for a chilly winter’s night. With a 2.5 tog rating, bubs can be layered in winter, or use the sleep nest alone for spring or autumn weather. It is quilted for extra warmth and has a filling of polyester. With shoulder snaps and top to bottom zip, it’s easy to get baby in and out of this cosy bag and keep the zipper out of baby’s face. Baby Dee Dee make footed sleeping bags as an option for older babies and toddlers. Baby Dee Dee also makes other cotton and quilted pyjamas, sleep bags, and bedding for babies, toddlers and children.
(Check out the full review, discount, and where to buy here.)

Zipadee Zip A swaddle transition product created for helping babies transition from a swaddle to sleeping bag, the Zipadee-zip also makes a great sleep wear option for winter. Offering resistance, yet enough freedom to move in the night, this sleepwear is great to keep baby cosy during cooler months. The zipadee-zip is great for babies with eczema, as it protects the fingers from escaping and scratching their sensitive skin! The simple single zip makes it easy to put on and remove. All of the adorable designs available add to the appeal of this sleepwear. Sleeping Baby also makes other baby/toddler clothing and sleepwear, teethers, sleeping mats, and necklaces for mothers.

(Be sure to check out this one and the giveaway associated with it! Ends August 9th!)

(Check out the full review, giveaway, and where to buy here.)

Pyjamas

Baby Dee Dee Footless Cotton Long Sleeve Easy-Zip- These Footless pyjamas ar great for winters, whether it be days or nights. The Footless design allows for the pyjamas to last longer, not limited by baby’s foot size. The in-between-the-leg zipper design allows change time to be easy, and is unlike anything I have seen before on a sleepsuit! The cotton material makes for a great year round pyjama, cosy and breatheable for night time sleep. The Baby Dee Dee Footless Cotton Sleepsie is easy to put on, and has a classic look for nighttime. Baby Dee Dee also makes other cotton and quilted pyjamas, sleep bags, booties, and bedding for babies, toddlers and children.

(Check out the full review, discount, and where to buy here.)

 

Be sure to check out all of the ones you love, and I hope you have found something to help get you and your precious one through the winter!

Woolbabe Sleep Suit: A Review

Mummy Review: When I first think of wool, I think itching, scratching and discomfort. Apparently fine merino wool provides the warmth, but none of those other uncomfortable feelings!

Disclosure: I was gifted the Merino/Cotton Sleepsuit in exchange for a review. However, my opinion and any recommendations are my own. Please see my disclosure policy for further information.

Before I came to Australia, layering up seemed to be the main way to keep the winter chill off my back. Since moving to Sydney, I’ve heard so much about merino wool and clothing made out of this warm, yet cool for hotter weather, material.

When I think of wool, the one thing that came to mind was itchiness. So surely for my eczema baby, this wasn’t an option. However, after reading a few articles, it seems that the finer merino wool is a great material for babies with eczema and other sensitivities.

About the Brand: Woolbabe is a brand creating comfortable, merino blend sleeping bags, sleepsuits, pyjamas, and swaddle wraps. Their cotton/merino blend is perfect for winter time, especially those night hours when everything gets a bit chilly. They’ve based a company on products that help keep baby cosy. We all know when baby is cosy, everyone sleeps better!

~My Experience~

I was provided with the Cotton/Merino Sleepsuit to try with my baby, and I must say, when I took it out, it was so soft and not too thick. It didn’t feel itchy or scratchy, and I love that it has a two way zip for nighttime changes. I’ve actually put pants over top for the daytime, so baby won’t dirty up the suit, because he currently crawls everywhere! It kept him warm without working up a sweat, and the sizing was perfect. All around, I was impressed with the suit.

Overview

The Material~ 30% merino/70% cotton jersey fabric.
The material is soft and warm. Yet, it didn’t make my baby sweat in the night, which is common with his normal pyjamas.

The Design~ The Simple stripes pattern is a favourite of mine, and you can’t go past this classic look!
The sleepsuit is available in Piha (the navy/grey colour shown on my bub),  Rata (Red), Tide (Minty Green), Pebble (light grey), and Dusk (Dusty Rose)

The Zippers~ The two Zippers are great for changing Baby! I love double zips, because they make changing baby a whole lot easier! If you need to remove the whole outfit, no matter which side you have unzipped, it is easy enough to meet them in the middle and remove the suit and not mess up the whole baby in the process.

Long Sleeve Design~ With an eczema prone baby, long sleeves are a must, as he scratches constantly. In winter especially, it helps to keep everything warm and cosy in addition to preventing painful scratching. I love the open foot design, as it lends itself to be used longer, not only when baby’s feet are too big.

Sizing~ This Sleep Suit seems to run true to size. On my baby it’s a little big, which is how most 12-18 Months sizes run on him.
The Sleep Suit is available in sizes 6-12 months through 4 years.

Cost&Where to buy~ $49.95 & Only available in Australia and New Zealand through The Sleep Store or select Woolbabe stockists.
https://www.thesleepstore.com.au/ (Australia)
https://www.thesleepstore.co.nz/ (New Zealand)

Other Products~ Sleeved and Sleeveless Sleeping Bags, Merino/Cotton Pyjamas, Merino/Cotton Gowns, Merino/Cotton Swaddles, and Merino/Cotton Sleepsuits

Social Media~Follow Woolbabe and The Sleep Store on:

Facebook: The Sleep Store & Woolbabe

Instagram: @thesleepstore

Twitter: @thesleepstore

Mummy Confessions Scale for Winter Sleep Wear-
Easy to put on: 4.5/5 – not too difficult at all, just trying to manoeuvre my little one’s left leg can be fun, because he’s a roller!
Stays on: 5/5- nice and loose but not super baggy, and he can move freely without getting it caught on anything
Easy to change baby in: 5/5– the zipper is great for access, despite my baby putting up a fight every change
Easy to take off: 5/5– super easy and not too much fussing around,  even if you unzip the bottom and they need the whole thing off!
Keeps baby warm in winter –5/5 for sure!
Baby likes it? Baby keeps nice and cosy in it, and it doesn’t upset his eczema prone skin. I say he likes it!
Material: 5/5 – warm and yet doesn’t make my baby sweat
Sizing: 5/5 – great sizing options from 6-12m through size 4 (and they have separate pyjamas as well through to 8 years)

Overall Rating of Woolbabe Cotton/Merino Sleep Suit: 5/5
I’ve already washed this sleep suit a few times, and it has done well, so long as you take care to use quality wool wash and wash according to the directions, then it should be fine. Baby seems to do well in it and stay cosy, just like the brand intends! It can be worn for sleep or just around the house, or under other clothing if really cold. He does itch a little, but honestly, that’s his eczema more than the wool. It has helped regulate his temperature and he hasn’t been sweaty at all. He tends to be a hot baby, so this is a great thing for him! I would highly recommend it as an item in your baby or toddlers closet this winter!

Congratulations to Amara Ransley for winning a Woolbabe Cotton/Merino Sleepsuit of your very own in our Facebook Competition!

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Meal Plan Monday: Week #16

Just about four months of meal ideas here! What a number! I hope you’ve been enjoying them as much as I have! Let me know what you’ve been loving and what you want to see!

Remember to share your photos by tagging #CookingwithMPM and show us how you’re going Planning!

This week I’m featuring Food Pleasure & Health, The Happy Weaner, Read Eat Repeat, Because Food Is Love, Easy Peasy Foodie, My Fussy Eater, Olive Jude, Kidgredients, and Good Food Week.

Monday: Pretzel Crusted Zucchini Meatballs from Food Pleasure & Health

Pretzel Crusted Zucchini Meatballs; Photo Credit: Food, Pleasure & Health

Tuesday: 5 Minute Egg Fried Rice from The Happy Weaner

5 Minute Egg Fried Rice; Photo Credit: The Happy Weaner

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore from Read Eat Repeat

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore; Photo Credit: Read, Eat, Repeat

Thursday: Beef Broccoli Stir Fry from Because Food is Love

Beef Broccoli Stir Fry; Photo Credit: Because Food Is Love

Friday: Pork, Parsnip & Apple Traybake from Easy Peasy Foodie

Pork, Parsnip &a Apple Traybake; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Saturday: 30-Minute Lasagna from My Fussy Eater

Lasagna; Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

Sunday: Chicken Parmesan Bake Deconstructed from Olive Jude

Baked a Chicken Parmesan Deconstructed; Photo Credit: Olive Jude

 

Soup: Easy Peasy Vegetable Soup from Easy Peasy Foodie

Easy Peasy Vegetable Soup; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Salad: Zesty Orange Salad from Kidgredients

Zesty Orange Salad; Photo Credit: Kidgredients

Dessert: Super Light Cheesecake from Good Food Week

Super Light Cheesecake; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

How to Be a Product Tester (In Australia)

Mummy Confession: I love trialing and reviewing products, especially for my baby!

Over the years as a mum, I have found several places which offer product tests for mums and babies, as well as places that just take your information and give it away to spam emails and phone calls. I have listed only the legitimate ones I have used below. I have actually signed up and received products from these companies.

In order to receive these free products, you do need to review these products, whether it’s online, on social media, or privately with the company giving out the products.

For more ways you can save, earn cash back, and a little pocket change, check out my post here.

Social Soup– Social Soup is Australia’s largest influenced community. If picked for a trial, you help to influence the products a company creates and give reviews and feedback both on your social medias and on the social soup website.

Home Tester Club– Home Tester Club lets select people try and review products on the market, as well as provides some friends with products to try as well, giving them the opportunity to review and join in the club.

Mum’s Say by Kidspot– Kidspot Mum’s Say allows members to take part in exclusive product tests and events!

Black Box Australia– Black Box Australia is a sample box which you review over social media as well as on their website. In order to qualify for your next box, you need to complete the reviews of the products once you receive your box.

Various Survey Companies– Many survey companies will email you chances to test out various products depending on your profile with them (and if you get in quickly). With these chances, however, you agree not to talk about the products you have tested. As you are helping to shape the products companies will release later, you may or may not see them in stores. Toluna has a specific place on their website to look out for product tests.

Various Baby Product Companies- Now, I wouldn’t be able to name any or all of them, because I don’t know when different places need product testers. My advice for this is to follow any Brand or Company on social media that you would like to try, and also sign up for email updates. If they need anyone, they will potentially email or post on Facebook or other social media. I have seen a few call outs, so the chances are likely if you follow all of the brands you love that you could see them as well. However, it’s not often and not guaranteed you will be chosen to test their products.

Now, all of these ways I have been able to test products and give my feedback to various brands and companies, so I’m not giving information on places I haven’t tried yet. Have you been a product tester before? How did you come across the opportunity?

Why You Shouldn’t Ask, “Who Had It First?”

Sharing is hard! From the earliest years, my children have struggled with the concept, and lately I’ve learned that I’m asking the wrong questions when I do try to resolve some of the arguments. (Occasionally I try to let them sort it out, but we are still in early years yet).

I’ve learned not to ask, “Now, who had it first?” And give it to the child who claimed this title of “first.” Why? Let me explain.


A single instance that it clicked, I was asking the wrong question. No, I don’t want my children taking toys and not being told it’s wrong. No, I wasn’t going to let them battle it out. I was going to start asking the right questions.

At the table one day, after I had given the kids their snacks, I hear the familiar sound of bickering over a chair. They both want it. (Never mind that there are 7 others exactly like it.) Neither are willing to give it up. The older yells a claim of being there “first” and the second follows it up with “no, you weren’t!”

Now, I would have sided with the first, as she tends to be a bit more truthful, would she have not followed up her claim with, “when I sat down this morning with my breakfast, I was sitting in this chair!”

(And thank goodness she did, because in it came a valuable lesson. For me.)

Wait a minute. Breakfast was hours ago. She is laying claim to the chair she had sat in for a few minutes, from a totally different part of today. Technically she was there, “first” that day, but this was not what I was asking.

Or was I?

I followed up my question, which now seemed to miss a certain perspective, with, “when I gave you your snacks just now, who sat down first? Just now. Not earlier.” The older child admitted that the second was seated first at this instance, but she had sat there for breakfast. And afterwards, “did you take the seat from her just now then?” She nodded.

It’s all about perspective.

This goes the same for toys, or anything really. Asking who had it “first” is all a matter of what the child’s reference point is compared to yours. You are asking about one instance in time. They may be thinking about it as “I was first this day to touch this toy” even if they’ve put it down in between. Maybe “this is the toy I was given for a present, so of course I touched it first when I received it.” It’s all in the perspective.

Now, what questions would be better to ask, to gauge whether one child is right (assuming the children are telling the truth). I’ve figured that, “Did you take it from…?” Is probably a wiser question. (Or being more specific and referring to the instance in question.) And a follow up of asking the other child if the same question, because of course, they could have snatched it before, and then there is a whole new lesson in how we treat others.

Of course, this is simplified a lot, and assuming that the truth is being told by all parties involved. You do need to use discernment in these situations, but I’ve definitely learned that my perspective is possibly completely different to my children when I ask about who was “first.”


What have you found you need to explain more when you’re asking your children questions?