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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Zipadee-Zip: Review & Coupon Code

Mummy Review: When I saw this innovative swaddle solution, I had to check it out! This transition swaddle allows bubs the freedom to move, but still stifles the startle reflex that disturbs sleep for baby.

**The competition has concluded for this great product, and Sleeping Baby has provided a coupon code to save $5 on anything on SleepingBaby.com. Check it out in the “where to buy” below**
Disclosure: This product has been provided in exchange for a feature and review, however all opinions are my own, and I only feature products I love. See the full disclosure policy for details.

How many mums have had trouble transitioning baby from a swaddle to other sleep options? I can think of a few, and this is an option for someone from newborns to those between sleeping bags and swaddles. It does a great job of keeping the hands warm and cosy as well as prevents scratching.

About the Brand:  Sleeping Baby is a brand created by a mum and dad who were inspired to create a swaddle transition because of the lack of sleep in trying to get their baby to transition out of the swaddle. This is an issue for a lot of parents, so she created a website and started to sell the Zipadee-Zip and branched out to creating other products.

~My Experience~
The first night I used the zipadee zip, I was impressed with my baby’s sleep. I love that his hands stayed covered, and the size (6-12 months) fit him perfectly with a little room to spare. The thickness was good for middle of the range seasons (and you can layer up if it’s especially cool. The zipadee zip let my baby have free range movement but still snuggled enough to stay asleep a bit better than when he’s kicking the blankets off of himself at night. In the colder weather I prefer him to stay warm and covered, so it was a great option for his sleep! The zipper seems very sturdy and it wasn’t too hard to get it on or off, even with him being asleep.

Overview

The Material~ 55% cotton / 45% modacrylic (good for year round). Sleeping Baby also makes zipadee-zips out of a fleece-style polyester in autumn/winter and a lighter polyester material for spring/summer.

The Design~ The woodland creature design is just darling and I love it! There are so many designs to choose from on their website, so you won’t be limited in your options! I love the varying colours and styles!

The Zipper~ One Zipper makes it simple to get bubs in and out without fussing about how to do it. The zipper is very sturdy and zips from bottom to top, and has a cover to prevent the zipper from getting in baby’s face.

Enclosed/Long Sleeve Design~ Perfect for my eczema baby, it prevents scratching and helps to make him feel a bit more secure by stifling that reflex, yet gives him the ability to manoeuvre around a bit and even stand up. The sleeves aren’t too baggy, though, and his hands stayed comfortably in the ends, rather than him being able to squirm his arms out of them.

Resistence for Baby’s arms~ The zipadee-zip is intended to be used as a transitional swaddle, so there is a little resistance provided in the way the sleeves are designed, to help baby feel safe and secure.

Sizing~ This 6-12 month (medium) size fits perfectly and gives no room for escape! He probably won’t fit too long in this size, but the next one may be a bit looser. He wears a 12-18 Months size at the moment, so sizing may be slightly generous.
This is available in a small (3-6 months), medium (6-12 months), large (12-24 months), and extra large (24 months +)

Cost&Where to buy~ $33.95-$36.95USD (but deals for buying more than one) on the Sleeping Baby Website

**Sleeping Baby has provided a coupon code ZIPPYMUMMY which will save you $5 on any SleepingBaby.com purchase (with no expiration date)!**

–Worldwide delivery available!–

Other Products~ Zipadee-Zip, Flying Squirrel PJs (For toddlers and children), Snoozie Mat, Trendy Teethers, Sheets and change mat covers, Zippy Onez, Baby Yoco, and Teething Necklace for mums.

Sleeping Baby even offers various ways to donate to parents in need by purchasing Zipadee-Zips for a cause! You can either purchase one for yourself (and 10% of the purchase goes towards helping families in need, or choose to donate your purchase to a family in need). Feel free to check out their page for the different ways you can help!

Social Media~ Follow Sleeping Baby on: Sleeping Baby Website

Facebook: SleepingBabyIncHomeoftheZipadeeZip

Instagram: @zipadeezip

Twitter: @Zipadeezip

Mummy Confessions Scale for Winter Sleep Wear
Easy to put on: 4.5/5– The central zipper allows for easy access and easy to put on.
Stays on: 5/5– Given you purchase the proper size, it stays snug, doesn’t get in baby’s face, and baby can’t wriggle out of it. The 6-12 month size was perfect for a cosy fit for my baby.
Easy to change baby in: 4/5 –With only one zipper, it can be a challenge, but easy enough with the location of the zipper. You do need to unzip the whole thing to do this, though, which may disturb some babies.
Easy to take off: 4.5/5– Very simple to remove with the one zipper. No issues with taking it off, as Baby is keen to have his legs free in the morning.
Keeps baby warm in winter – 4.5/5– Provided you layer if you have a lighter zipadee-zip, it will keep bubs cosy and warm. They do offer fleece type material if the winters are especially cold.
Baby likes it? Baby seems to like it! He doesn’t like the fact that he can’t stand too well in it, but it’s not meant to be worn during the day, and he sleeps well in it, so I would say that matters far more.
Material: 5/5 – Bubs didn’t sweat while wearing it, so it seems like a great blend of material. He didn’t seem to itch more with it either, so good for his more sensitive skin.
Sizing: 5/5 – The 6-12 month size fit beautifully and offered a cosy and snug sleeping space for my baby, and I didn’t have to worry about it being too baggy or him taking it off.

Overall Rating of Zipadee-Zip: 4.5/5
I love the thickness, material, design and the whole idea surrounding this transitional swaddle! It seemed to keep my bub nice and cosy. It’s great for his eczema, and the sleeves prevent him from escaping and scratching his sensitive skin. The freedom to move around also means he wasn’t waking up crying because he couldn’t move. It’s a great overall option for Babies, especially for those with eczema or transitioning from a swaddle, or having trouble sleeping at night.

**Congratulations to Angie Cleppe who was chosen as the winner of the Zipadee-Zip in our Facebook Page competition!**

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Henry & Grace Sleep Suit: A Review

Mummy Review: I’m a big fan of small businesses and good quality clothing. Henry & Grace has beautifully made fine merino clothing perfect for keeping warm in winter.

Disclosure: This product has been provided in exchange for a feature and review, however all opinions are my own, and I only feature products I love. See the full disclosure policy for details.

When I saw the Henry& Grace coverall appear on my Instagram feed, I was a huge fan of the colours! It looked like a warm and cosy gift to give a mum-to-be as something unique for her precious baby! I wasn’t wrong to think this adorable piece of babywear would be a great winter pyjama for a cosy sleep!

About the Brand: Henry & Grace is a brand which creates ultrafine merino maternity and baby clothing. Based in Australia, Henry& Grace sources their merino wool from a single farm in Gostwyck, NSW. The ultrafine merino wool is soft and great for keeping baby and mama warm and cosy.

~My Experience~
My bubs was super cosy in the ultrafine merino coverall, even if it was a little big for him. He did manage to wriggle out of one sleeve because he probably would have been better with a size smaller. I love how soft the suit was, and that it let my bubs feel warm, yet not sweaty because of being too hot. It kept him the perfect temperature for cooler nights. It would probably suit my slightly older child for sizes a little better. Gorgeous colours, and love the options for the other colours as well. I think it would make a brilliant gift or keepsake for someone special. A lovely gift for something a little different.

Overview:

The Material~100% ultrafine Merino (15 micron). So rare, it is only 0.5% of Australia’s total wool production. Mules free. Sourced from a single farm – Gostwyck.^ It really is super soft and beautiful material. I love the feel and apart from the normal itching my baby does because of his eczema, it didn’t make him uncomfortable at all.

The Design~ Stripes always win with me, so the lovely colours just make it better! This coverall also comes in Ebony/Natural (Black/Ivory-like), Natural (just plain Ivory/White), Sweet Blush/Ivory (Pink/Ivory), and Duck Egg/Gentle Grey (Minty-Green/Light Grey).

The Buttons~ They make the suit look lovely! Buttons are a love-hate with this baby, as he just does not sit anywhere near still to change, but I absolutely love buttons on coveralls. These silver snaps looks brilliant with the colours of the suit!

Long Sleeve & Ribbed Cuff Design~ I always love long sleeves for winter, especially for a scratchy baby. The long sleeves are a must for my eczema prone baby. I love the way you can roll the cuffs over or lengthen them. It gives it a bit more longevity.

Sizing~ I found it seems to run a little big compared to similar size pyjamas, and it does stretch a bit.
The Merino Coverall is available in sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12-18 months.

Cost&Where to buy~ $62.70AUD on Henry & Grace’s Website

–This item ships worldwide!–

Other Products~ Long Sleeve Bodysuit, Short Sleeve Bodysuit, Singlet Bodysuit, Coverall, Layering Tshirt, Hoodie Jacket, Leggings, Beanies, Wraps, Blankets, and Maternity Dresses, Tops, Leggings and Scarves

Social Media// Follow  Henry&Grace on: Henry & Grace’s Website

Facebook: HenryandGraceMerino

Instagram: @henry_and_grace

Twitter: @HandGmerino

Mummy Confessions Scale for Winter Sleep Wear-
Easy to put on: 3/5– it is a tad difficult to put on, just with buttons and an insanely squirmy baby. He does not sit still well for any change.
Stays on: 5/5– a little baggy, but it does stay on well. I’m pretty sure I just needed a size smaller.
Easy to change baby in: 4/5 – it’s easy enough to unbutton only the part you need to change. My babe is particularly challenging, but it just takes a bit of focus to get him still.
Easy to take off: 4.5/5– buttons do take a little longer, but simple enough to take off.
Keeps baby warm in winter : 5/5 – Definitely keeps bubs warm, but not sweaty! Perfect material for winter, or underneath clothing during the day.
Baby likes it? He doesn’t care for the buttons, because it means he has to stay still for longer, but the material was great and warm but didn’t make him sweaty at night!
Material: 5/5 – Completely gorgeous material! So soft and I love the colour! The ribbed portion is also brilliant, and makes it last a little longer!
Sizing: 5/5 – Sizing is good, though (in my opinion) it runs a little big, it will just last longer. It’s stretchy a bit, too. Hopefully it lasts long enough so it’s not a fight to get on!

Overall Rating of Henry&Grace Merino Sleep Suit: 4/5
The only reason this doesn’t get a full 5 is because buttons and my baby probably don’t mix. It’s super tough to get any clothing on him, so having to button it up made it a bit tougher. If you have a baby who doesn’t death roll like a crocodile and scream their lungs off every change, then you should be fine. I absolutely love the buttons and the whole look and feel of the suit, and I prefer buttons over zips for the aesthetics, but my baby doesn’t care for aesthetics. He is a firm believer that clothing is an awful, awful thing to have to wear. He looks absolutely gorgeous in this suit and this colour! I still would recommend this Suit, especially if you want something adorable and nice for a special bub.

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Bamboo Bubby Bag: A Review

Mummy Review: As you may remember, my baby has eczema, so finding options that work for him, especially during sleep time, is important. The Bamboo Bubby Bag is a great option for sensitive babies who scratch.

Disclosure: This product has been provided in exchange for a feature and review, however all opinions are my own, and I only feature products I love. See the full disclosure policy for details.

Where do I even start with this product?! It is brilliant!  The main thing I noticed upon taking my product out of the pack is that the sleeves are not the “fold over” type, but actually fully enclosed! This isn’t offered on many products, and we have been having a lot of eczema issues lately, so we have loved finding alternatives which keep the hands fully enclosed!

About the Brand: Bamboo Bubby is a range for babies, children, and even adults with eczema and other itchy skin conditions. They offer sleep wear to help reduce the scratch, wake cycle, enabling babies, toddlers, children and adults to feel more comfortable in their sleep and wake less.

~My Experience~
My baby slept fairly well in this, and seemed to sweat a bit less than his normal pyjamas. My favourite feature of the product has to be the adjustable sleeves, which are completely enclosed. I did have a little trouble with trying to get the sizing once baby was in the bubby bag, so I suggest trying to sort that out before putting your child inside. The bamboo seems like a great option for the product, as it is breathable and reduced scratching and waking in my baby. The fabric, which is soft to the touch, is also cool and my bub had no issues with overheating inside of this product. My baby wasn’t a fan of the sleeping bag style, as he likes to stand and get around, yet isn’t fully stable to try and do this in a sleeping bag without getting tangled. There is a pyjama set just for babies that would prefer legs over the bag, though, so there is an option that would sort that out.

Overview:

The Material~ Bamboo-Cotton which is soft, breatheable and has an approximate tog rating of 1 to 1.5. It’s very smooth and feels soft and cool.

The Design~ The simple colours are great, and the green is unisex for boys or girls.

The Zippers~ The two Zippers allow for middle of the night changing, so great overall for that concept! It makes it so much easier! It does have a cover for the top, so the zipper isn’t in baby’s face.

Enclosed/Long Sleeve Design~ Just amazing! For an eczema prone child, these sleeves are the best! Not just a flip over sleeve which my baby can slip his little fingers out of and still manage to scratch, but the sleeves are fully enclosed with no escape for the pointy little nails! It also adjusts three different sizes, so it can be used for longer! My baby tried pulling them off, but couldn’t, so a big plus for me!

Adjustable Sleeves and Button Adjustment~ Since this product goes from 000 (0-3 months) to 2+, it adjusts in the sleeves to shorten or lengthen to size. There is a button inside the sleeve to make the arm hole smaller for smaller babies.


Sizing~ The Bamboo Bubby Bag is in one size that suits size 000-2+ (recommended for 6 months through age 2). The sleeves adjust to three different sizes, and offer a button to size the sleeves smaller for smaller babies. For bigger sizes, look into the Bamboo Buddy Soothe PJs! I found my child who is in 12-18 month sizes a time the moment had s bit of room, and the sleeves were right in the middle.

Cost&Where to buy~ $83.95 or $149.95 for twin packAUD on Bamboo Bubby’s Website

–Worldwide Delivery Available!–

Other Products~ Bamboo Bubby Bags, Bamboo Buddy Soothe Pjs,  ScratchMeNot, Bamboo Bubby Blankets, Bamboo Bubby Sheets, and Bamboo Bubby Towels.

Social Media~ Follow Bamboo Bubby on: Bamboo Bubby Website

Facebook: Bamboo Bubby

Instagram: @bamboobubby

Twitter: @bamboobubby

Mummy Confessions Scale for Winter Sleep Wear-
Easy to put on: 4/5
– Simple to put on, just make sure to adjust the sleeves, as a squirmy baby makes it hard to adjust once they are on!
Stays on: 5/5– My middle of the range sized baby who wants to just go got a little twisted in the material, but the bubby bag stayed on. He couldn’t remove the sleeves if he tried (which he did).
Easy to change baby in: 4.5/5 – Relatively simple to change baby with the two zippers
Easy to take off: 5/5- Simple to remove because of the room allowed to baby inside the sleeping bag.
Keeps baby warm in winter: 4/5- It isn’t necessarily for keeping warm, but everything is covered, and you can layer clothing underneath for winter time.
Baby likes it? Baby wasn’t a huge fan of the no legs and wants to go all of the time, and he didn’t like not being able to scratch himself. I will call it a win though for mum, because he can’t scratch himself or get out, and it helps sleep better that way!
Material: 5/5 – The bamboo cotton is perfect for my eczema baby and kept his skin cool (yet warm enough for winter) and reduced his scratching, therefore created better sleep for everyone.
Sizing: 4/5 – I don’t know how this would work for the littlest of babies, but I assume they don’t try to get everywhere, so the adjustable size would be great for them, and for the bigger kids. My middle of the range sized bub got a bit fussy about the extra material, but I think it’s brilliant to cover so many sizes with one product. Less money spent as the years go by and it suits so many ages.

Overall Rating of Bamboo Bubby Sleeping Bag: 4/5
Overall, I really love the concept of the Bamboo Bubby Bag as a sleeping bag and eczema solution. For mums who are always after clothing that helps their poor little with scratching, waking and discomfort, this is something to look into! The bamboo is soft and cooling for the skin, and it keeps everything covered and protected from the little nails. If your little one isn’t keen on sleeping bags, they have pyjamas for toddlers, children and adults as well. This is a brilliant solution for the scratching for both mums and bubs.

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Meal Plan Monday: Week # 17

Another week with some great inspiration! Check out these recipes from Gluten Free Homestead, The Olive Blogger, Food Pleasure and Health with Soup, Salad, and Dessert from Good Food Week.

Please enjoy these, and if you do wind up cooking one of these tasty meals, use the hashtag #CookingwithMPM

Have a lovely week ahead!

Monday: Eggplant Rollatini Bolognese from The Gluten Free Homestead

Eggplant Rollatini Bolognese; Photo Credit: The Gluten Free Homestead

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs from The Gluten Free Homestead

Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs ; Photo Credit: The Gluten Free Homestead

Wednesday: Beef Stroganoff from The Olive Blogger

Beef Stroganoff; Photo Credit: The Olive Blogger

Thursday: Chicken Curry from Food Pleasure and Health

Chicken Curry; Photo Credit: Food, Pleasure, and Health

Friday: Lamb Chops with Chermoula Sauce from The Gluten Free Homestead

Lamb Chops with Chermoula Sauce; Photo Credit: The Gluten Free Homestead

Saturday: Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloins from The Olive Blogger

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloins; Photo Credit: The Olive Blogger

Sunday: Classic Shepherd’s Pie  from The Gluten Free Homestead

Classic Shepherd’s Pie; Photo Credit: The Gluten Free Homestead

Soup, Salad& Dessert

Soup: My Cupboard Miso Soup from Good Food Week

My Cupboard Miso Soup; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Salad: Pulled Pork and Barley Salad from Good Food Week

Pulled Pork and Barley Salad; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Dessert: Vanilla and Coconut Kisses from Good Food Week

Vanilla and Coconut Kisses; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

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