Love to Swaddle UP 50/50 Review & GIVEAWAY

Thursday, December 19, 2013

*The Love to Swaddle UP 50/50 was given to me for the purpose of a review, but all opinions, as always are my own.

Well, it's not really a secret that I am a big advocate for the awesome products made by Love To Dream, I've already written rave reviews for their Love To Swaddle UP Organic and their Love To Dream inVENTA Sleep Bag. So once again I jumped at the chance to try this one too!

Willow is a great sleeper, and I honestly think it has a lot to do with the Love To Swaddle UP, and of course the love she has for her dummy. But, to get her to sleep she ALWAYS has to have her hands covered up, if those little fingers are free, she immediately pops that dummy out, throws it across the room, plays with whatever she can and then screams bloody murder. So, usually either I put her in the love to Swaddle UP or I put her in a sleep bag with a wonder suit on with the bits that fold over her hands. But, with the warmer weather the long sleeve suit isn't really an option, and now that she is rolling she should be transitioning out of the Swaddle. I've been avoiding it though, because I really don't want to loose my great sleeper, and I am not prepared for bedtime battles!

This is where the Love To Swaddle UP 50/50 comes in handy. It helps to gently transition the baby from being swaddled to having their arms free ranging! The wings zip off to help with the move to the sleep bag.  I love that I have the option to just release one of her arms (or more specifically it is the hands that are the problem in her case), rather than having two arms flailing about grabbing onto things and flinging dummies! So far it's going well. I've only removed one of the arm covers thus far. Her first nap with the free hand took a little more work than usual, but eventually with some gentle encouragement she fell asleep. YAY!! The next sleep was a little easier, and they have become consecutively easier since. Soon I will take off the second arm and hopefully it will all go to plan. 

I'm so glad that I don't have to just transition her the whole way all at once, I love the idea of easing her into it, and so far it hasn't been a bunch of stress and drama for me, or for her! I've rarely used a muslin swaddle with her, but I know you can use them to just wrap one arm, but I feel like with her strength and the way she moves around she could so easily get all tangled up in it, and I really don't trust myself, or have the patience for it, so the 50/50 transitional swaddle definitely gives me the peace of mind that she is safe even if she isn't asleep!

Once both of the arms are unzipped, then the swaddle can be used as a nice light sleep bag, which will be perfect for our approaching summer camping trip! 

To understand the way the Love To Swaddle UP 50/50 works, check out this great video.  

There are more Love To Dream videos HERE on Youtube or on their website

The videos range between one to two minutes in duration and include:
1.       A Swaddling and Self-Soothing Educational Animation
2.       Love To Swaddle UP™ Demonstration Video
3.       Love To Swaddle UP™ 50/50 Transition Demonstration Video
4.       Love To INVENTA Sleep Bag™ Demonstration Video
Once again the lovely folk at Love To Dream have offered to GIVEAWAY a Love To Swaddle UP 50/50 worth $49.95 to a lucky Yellow Dandy reader!  YAY!!! 

To enter, check out the rafflecopter options below!

(ps. make sure you check out the T & C's before entering!)

8 comments on "Love to Swaddle UP 50/50 Review & GIVEAWAY"
  1. My gorgeous sister-in-law is having a baby in February! One of these would be a beautiful gift to the baby, and would also give the gift of sleep to my sister-in-law! :)

  2. My little girl is similar to yours...she doesn't have a dummy but does have a huge startle reflex & the swaddle is basically the only way she goes to sleep without being on me. However she has just started rolling & I know she can't be in the swaddle for much longer so this may be our answer!

  3. We used Swaddle UPs when the twinions were itty bitty babies. Bring back such wonderful memories!

  4. I think I'll hang onto it until we have a baby!

  5. Just in time for me! Charlie is 6 months old today! Time to transition!

  6. Time for my son to become more of a man and ditch his swaddle!

  7. I was hoping to be able to keep my baby girl swaddled until 6 months, but she has already learnt to roll from her back to tummy and shes not even 5 months old yet. I also have to transfer her to the cot next week as shes too big for the bassinet so I'm super paranoid she will start rolling and get stuck in the middle of the night because of the swaddle. Like your daughter she is a really good night sleeper, but I'm scared if I go cold turkey to a sleep bag she will freak and we will lose our good night sleeper. This would be great because I could slowly transition her into it and hopefully make the change less dramatic for her (and me).

  8. I'm due in August so I would use this for my bebe ;)