There is no sound more sweet and sacred than the sound of sleeping child. Yes – you heard me. I love that blessed, golden silence that accompanies nap time or that unveils itself after a long day of play with the children. I love my children with all my heart, but I long for the 7PM hour when I can just kick my feet up, relax with a chilled glass of vino and bask in the glorious silence.

However, bedtime doesn’t come easily around here. Who am I kidding?! Between a 3 year old who wants cup of milk after cup of milk, a 5 year old who wants to play until the wee morning hours and an infant who wants nothing more than to be in Mommy’s arms. Bedtime proves to be a chore at the best of times. My husband and I tend to take it by stride and just roll with the punches.

We have found by introducing a swaddling blanket to the youngest of our munchkins that she is has been a lot easier to settle at night. Too bad we can’t also get away with swaddling the 3 and 5 year old too.


Why ‘Swaddle Up’?

Medical research suggests that babies sleep better if they are swaddled & they can self soothe.

The Genius of ‘Swaddle Up’ Original

  • Arms are positioned UP in wing position. With arms up, the baby can self-soothe, which is proven leads to less wake ups. The arms being placed upwards may also help prevent the baby from rolling on to his or her tummy.
  • The Swaddle Up has an ergonomically designed womb-like fit. This helps calm the startle reflex.
  • The Swaddle Up is made of a single layer of trans-seasonal cotton elastane fabric, which helps reduce the risk of the infant overheating.
  • The Swaddle Up features a smart zip-UP design, which reduces the risk of the swaddle unraveling whilst the baby is sleeping.
  • The Swaddle Up is seam-free on the inside providing that extra smidgen of comfort for baby.
  • The twin zipper design of the Swaddle Up makes diaper changes less of a hassle.

Prior to introducing the Love to Swaddle Up to our nap and bed time routine, I found my infant always had this incessant need to be in my arms. Nursing her to sleep and transitioning her from arms to the bassinet was a nightmare. It was almost as if my infant would laugh at me each time upon trying to place her in her bassinet. Waking up and immediately smiling at me. Quickly she would find her way back into my arms. As much as I love getting in my share of baby snuggles, there comes a point when I love and look forward to a break. Bed time being one of them.

Currently I am in the process of nap training my little bambina. It has proven to be an adventure. Some days she takes to it. Other days not so much. The Love to Swaddle Up has come in quite handy. Itย applies gentle, even pressure around the baby’s body. This can help soothe and settle the baby aiding in them to sleep for longer stretches. With two loud children roaming the house during nap time, I also love that the Swaddle Up offers a womb-like fit. This has helped calm Everly’s startle reflex. Trust me – when I say she can startle quite easily from the constant hustle and bustle of her siblings.

The Swaddle Up has made it possible for me to enjoy a wee bit of freedom over the course of the day. Everly no longer constantly needs to nap in my arms, but rather will transition for 30 minutes at a time to the bassinet after a good nursing session. Much more than I can say about before. The Love to Swaddle Up has been a godsend.


Enter to win a Love to Dream Swaddle Up Blanket. To enter complete the Rafflecopter form below, and leave me a comment telling me one piece of advice you would offer an expectant or new Mom.

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If you are expecting or a new parent, I highly recommend checking out the PTPA awarding winning, Swaddle Up by Love to Dream. To learn more about Love to Swaddle Up visit their website.

Disclosure:ย I received a product sample to help cultivate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are those of my own.

51 Comments on Love to Dream with the Swaddle Up

  1. Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo
    July 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Trust your own instincts and don’t listen to all the advice ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Kids cousin was born last night so this would be perfect for her. Thanks for hosting.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  2. Angie Andrews
    July 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Do what you know is right and don’t worry too much about what everyone else thinks.

  3. Lynda Cook
    July 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm (3 years ago)

    take the help when offered and nap when baby does, don’t worry about cleaning

  4. Tanis
    July 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Do what feels right for you as everyone will offer advice and make you feel you are doing it wrong!

  5. Juliee Fitze
    July 3, 2014 at 2:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Just cuddle them they grow up way to fast.

  6. Chris Stockford
    July 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Stay calm its going to be okay!

  7. Anne Taylor
    July 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Breathe, sleep when baby sleeps and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

  8. Robyn Bellefleur
    July 3, 2014 at 11:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Don’t expect to do it all. You can have a messy house for a while, it’s ok.

  9. Wayne Lecoy
    July 4, 2014 at 4:13 am (3 years ago)

    I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a Love to Dream Swaddle Up Blanket.
    In response to your question of
    If you could offer an expectant Mom or new Mom one piece of advice, what would it be?
    I would tell her to trust her own instincts but don’t be afraid to ask for help
    and try and rest when the baby does.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!

  10. Soozle
    July 4, 2014 at 5:47 am (3 years ago)

    Ask for help – no one will judge if you do ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Victoria Ess
    July 4, 2014 at 7:54 am (3 years ago)

    Ask for help when you need it, sleep when you can, and don’t be hard on yourself.

  12. Aneta Alaei
    July 4, 2014 at 10:55 am (3 years ago)

    I would tell her to relax, not buy all of those things you think you need, you don’t

  13. Courtney
    July 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm (3 years ago)

    I would tell her to trust her instincts and not to take advice

  14. Athena
    July 4, 2014 at 9:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Don’t get overwhelmed with all the well meant advice, you will find your way, through trial and error.

    July 4, 2014 at 11:13 pm (3 years ago)


  16. Erica Seaman
    July 5, 2014 at 9:14 am (3 years ago)

    Always remember ” This too shall pass ” ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. angela m
    July 5, 2014 at 11:59 am (3 years ago)

    My advice would be to except any help that is offered

  18. Jenny
    July 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm (3 years ago)

    Enjoy every moment because time flies by

  19. Eldon
    July 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Ask for help and advice when you need to!

  20. lori b
    July 6, 2014 at 10:58 am (3 years ago)

    if you need help, ask for it.. sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed

  21. krystyl olson
    July 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm (3 years ago)

    to just breathe.

  22. Lucy
    July 7, 2014 at 10:09 am (3 years ago)

    ask for help if you need it

  23. Jennifer P.
    July 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm (3 years ago)

    My advice to an expecting mom would be to prepare some meals ahead of time and freeze them to use when the baby is born. We did that when we had our second child, and it sure took the pressure off at dinner time each night. Plus, make them big enough so that there will be leftovers for lunch each day – it so important to eat, but it is often hard to find time when you have a new baby. If there is food readily available you will be able to ensure you are getting the nutrients you need, without having to work too hard at it!

  24. Stephanie LaPlante
    July 9, 2014 at 7:50 am (3 years ago)

    Take help when offered. Mums need rest too.

  25. Bev
    July 9, 2014 at 11:12 am (3 years ago)

    My advice would be to be smart about visitors!

  26. Silvia D
    July 9, 2014 at 11:35 am (3 years ago)

    rest when baby rests and trust your instincts!

  27. Kayla Gilbert
    July 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm (3 years ago)

    My advice would be to take it one day at a time and do what you feel is right.

  28. Yuen C
    July 10, 2014 at 3:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Ask for help whenever you need to.

  29. lisa bolduc
    July 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm (3 years ago)

    don’t forget to breathe, and it takes a while for you hormones to get back in order. I am 5 months post partum and they are still getting back in order

  30. Bree
    July 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm (3 years ago)

    You can ask for advice but you don’t have to take it – trust your instincts!

    July 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Take advice with a grain of salt, go with what your heart tells you

  32. eleanor
    July 13, 2014 at 5:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Sleep when the baby sleeps and ask for help and advice whenever possible.

  33. jan
    July 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm (3 years ago)

    I totally agree with taking assistance when it is offered.

  34. marla
    July 15, 2014 at 3:04 am (3 years ago)

    follow your instincts

    and take naps

  35. Pam
    July 15, 2014 at 10:23 am (3 years ago)

    I would tell her to accept help even when she feels she doesn’t need it.

  36. Kristine Ewald
    July 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Relax and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Angela Mitchell
    July 16, 2014 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

    My best advice is to trust your instincts and not be afraid to ask for help.

  38. Debbie W
    July 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Accept help when people offer.

  39. Brandee H
    July 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Dont compare! Trust yourself. Do whats best for you and your child. And ask for help if you need it!!!

  40. Tannis W
    July 26, 2014 at 1:25 am (3 years ago)

    Make freezer meals before baby arrives. Housecleaning can wait. Try to avoid visitors in your home for a couple days after taking baby home and just rest and enjoy the time with your baby!

  41. Suzanne G
    July 26, 2014 at 11:39 am (3 years ago)

    Try to relax and filter all advice you will be getting even when not asked for. Also nap when baby sleeps and do not worry about house cleaning.

  42. Florence c
    July 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Sleep when the baby sleeps. Take help if offered and enjoy a few hours for yourself.

  43. Terri-Lynne Macdonald
    July 30, 2014 at 10:06 am (3 years ago)

    follow your gut, breath and sleep when baby sleeps

  44. Cameo Borges
    July 30, 2014 at 10:35 am (3 years ago)

    Don’t stress about a messy house after the baby is born. You have just met a new person in your life and you’re nurturing a lifelong relationship. There will be ups and downs, as there are in any new relationship. Focus your time on that. The house will still be there later.

  45. Jolan Holmes
    July 30, 2014 at 11:24 am (3 years ago)

    Every baby is different. Do what works for you and your family

  46. Brianne
    July 30, 2014 at 12:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Well I’m a ftm due in 6 days so I don’t really have any advice yet!

  47. Bailey Dexter
    July 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm (3 years ago)

    You don’t have to be super mom, ask for advice and help when you need it!

  48. Judy Cowan
    July 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Nap when baby naps and enjoy it, they grow up too quick!

  49. anne stewart
    July 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Relax, breathe, and snuggle that baby!

  50. Stephanie O'Day
    July 30, 2014 at 10:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Do things YOUR way, not the way everyone else wants you to do them.


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