My little ones LOVE their sleep. We have been blessed with two good sleepers: both of them slept through the night by three months and still both of them sleep 10-12 hours a night with no nightly wake-ups. Partly we thank God, their genes, the flexible but scheduled naps and bedtime routines we instilled but also I partially thank their swaddles and sleepsacks for providing them with a good nights sleep. I swaddled both of them until their arms wanted to stray free and then I moved them both to sleep sacks.
Why swaddles and sleep sacks? For the longest time I’ve had a huge fear of SIDS and would look over into the crib and check if my kids were breathing. Knowing that they were in safe made me feel a little better. According to the American SIDS institute, the best way to reduce SIDS is ” a bare bed, meaning absolutely nothing in the bed but the baby, the clothing he’s wearing and a fitted sheet.” So if they are to have practically nothing in their bed, how do we keep our child warm and asleep? Enter the swaddles and sleep sacks. “Sleep sacks are really the first product that has come along that allows us to accomplish our goal of reducing SIDS rates,” says Laura Reno, director of public affairs for First Candle/SIDS Alliance. ”We very strongly recommend sleep sacks.”
In steps Ali Foreman, a local (actually in my neighbouring suburb so very local!) Mom-entrepreneur who, like me was fearful of SIDS and wanted the best sleep safety for her son, so she started Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines, a proudly Canadian company that designs and manufactures swaddles and sleepsacks for children. Her products promise to be the “perfect blend of safety, comfort, style and convenience” and are designed with more features then any other sleep sack.
I put these promises to test in my laboratory: aka #2′s nursery and I was really impressed. Sleepsacks I’ve had have either been made of thicker fabrics and I’ve been concerned about my son overheating or have been too easy for my son to kick off or escape from which has thus been less safe.
What I love about the sleep sack is that it is made of a super stretchy fabric so #2 was able to kick himself silly but not kick himself loose! The sack is also laden with zippers and snaps which may look complicated but in fact is designed to make our lives easier – for the late nights at friend’s places we can transfer him to his carseat still in his sleep sack and for the odd times he poops in the night, we can change his diaper, again, keeping him in his sleep sack. And of course, they meet my simply stylish requirements! Priced at $80CAD they are on the pricey side but for three years of sleep per child it is a good investment! It’s also an absolutely essential shower gift.
Today I’m giving away one of Sweet Dreams and Flying Machine’s swaddles that works as both a swaddle for young babies and a sleep sack for older babies. It’s priced at $40CAD and is a perfect item for your baby or a gift for a family or friend.
To win simply post a comment or for an extra entry “like” Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines on Facebook (tell me you did that!)