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Poor quality fabric for the price
While the arms up design is good, I would not have expected that after one week the swaddle would have pilling from a wriggly baby. I have some cheaper zip swaddles which have been used for well over a month which are in better condition. Disappointed given the price of these swaddles.
Saves my sanity !
I purchased one of these swaddles anticipating the arrival of our second child (and after sleepless grief I had with the first!) on way home from hospital I brought another! It's definitely a comfort for our new baby (2 weeks old) he cat naps and stirs a lot without it, sleeps a good 2.5-5hrs with it on ! it has been a saviour for my sanity. looking forward to trying stage two ! I've recommended this swaddle to my friends and family.
Not for a strong baby
I have a Houdini baby and at 2 months I was constantly having to try and secure his arms which were waking him up. I had a medium one if these from my previous baby who loved it. He is a big boy so I tried it. He loved his arms up but he has too much room, he could stretch the wrap easily and we were up every hour resettling. So not for a strong, large baby with big startle reflex.
Best thing ever
My girl refused to keep her arms in a swaddle. She would always find a way to get her arm out. I did lots of research and thought I woule give this one a go. Omg it was great. Her hands were kept covered and she couldnt scare herseld or scratch herself during the night. We were given an ergopouch (i think thays what it was called) and it didnt have the right arm room and very restricting as it was press studs on the arms.
The LTD was just fantastic for my newborn. I have given it to so many friends to use and they found it a life saver too.
Beat invention ever!!
Love them - total sanity saver!
My babies loved to be swaddled and this was the perfect way to transfer them out of the traditional wraps without going cold turkey. I could see they felt secure and snuggled without being overly restrained. My little ones used these until about 10 months, along with a safety sleeper to stop them rolling over in them. I love that they can be used in a car seat, as they have a hole at the back and a double zipper at the front - handy for midnight nappy changes too. Couldn't have done without them - an absolute sanity saver!
My sister in law gave me my nephew's swaddles to use for my son and he loves them as he loves being swaddled this way.. he still sleeps in the winter warm one (which i ended up buying the bigger size) and his 7 months. It gives him room to move his hands without waking him.. we need too soon buy the 50/50 one!
My daughter has ONLY wanted to sleep in these since Week 2. She hated being traditionally swaddled for the first week and would always get out of them and would scream. She loves having her hands up, so these were perfect. Now at nearly 5 months, that has been all she has slept in, we are now in the 50/50 suit, for when she is ready to roll over. They are very handy at night, one zip and no wrapping required. She also likes rubbing her face and being able to suck her hands through the material if she needs to self sooth. Due to this though (and...other unfortunate nappy accidents we can't control), I am running two of the same size at the same time - one being washed, one on her and rotate. The thicker TOG (material weight) does take a while to dry if you don't have a dryer. Highly recommended, but maybe try and borrow one first before buying one if you have doubts.
Comparing it to ErgoCocoon Swaddle and Grobag Swaddle
I have used ErgoCocoon Swaddle and Sleep Bag (1.0 tog), Love to dream Original swaddle (older design without the new hip design) and the Grobag Cosy swaddle. Hence the below comparison which I will post on the Grobag and ErgoCocoon review as well.
Grobag swaddle is good as it allows smaller size babies to a decent 5.5kgs before I need to swap to the normal grobag sleep bag. ErgoCocoon allows up to 7kgs. Love to dream has a range of weights but it means you have to keep buying for the right weight range.
Both Grobag swaddle and ErgoCocoon...swaddle allows transition from arms in to arms out without a hefty price tag (Love to dream isn't that cheap!) The neck area (ergoCocoon as well) is also generous enough for my 3kg baby. Love to dream neck (Small size) seems a little snug on my 3kg baby. Don't think Love to dream will be comfortable for a bigger size baby (small size supposedly can accommodate up to 6kg!) Grobag swaddle (and ergoCocoon) does not allow the hand to be "UP" like the Love to dream swaddle. There are pros and cons. Some babies love to bite or lick on the "wings" of the love to dream swaddle which comforts them but I hate it as it means washing the swaddle everyday and having spare swaddle! Grobag swaddle does not do that However... Grobag swaddle do "bunch/ride up" to the baby chin when baby moves a lot and the baby can still lick on the "bunch/ride up" portion. Read some reviews that users find the bunched/ride up portion may suffocate baby?!? My baby is only 2 weeks old so I can't comment on it since my baby wouldn't be that strong to "bunch/ride" up that much of the swaddle.
Love it! one of the best buys for our daughter. We did use this followed by the Love to Dream 50/50 till almost 8.5 months. My daughter looked comfortable and cosy in it. They do cost a bit( and never seen it at a sale) but definitely worth it. I would highly recommend it.
Too tight around legs and chest
I have two of these swaddles. The first is an older design (did not realise as I bought it second hand) and it really does not provide enough room for good hip development. The second was a new one and it looks like they changed the design to enable more hip room, but then we found the chest size to be so tight that the swaddle would twist around him during the night and it all bunched up under his neck. Our Bub was at the bottom end of the small size so I hate to imagine how awful this would be on him as he got a little bigger. Not good designs in my opinion. They are also made of quite thin stretchy cotton and are very expensive for what they are. I would not buy these again.
Napisan bleached it
Pretty much the first time we used it we needed to use napisan on it. It left big white patches. We only put it on for 15 minutes before putting in the washing machine. A product for babies should really be colorfast. Otherwise it helps him sleep. But watchout, our newborn can move around quite a lot by kicking with this product on.
Expensive, but worth it for a Houdini
My Bub is a Houdini. No matter how tightly or with what kind if wrap we swaddled him in, he ALWAYS got out! The Love to
Dream is perfect for this. He's sufficiently snug, wrapped up safely and can still use his hands to self soothe. He's not constantly wriggling and squirming to unwrap himself.
This is not a cheap swaddle though and the fabric around the top (the wings) wears and stains far too easily. Do yourself a favour and find one in decent condition second hand (if you can nab one!) on eBay. They're worth giving a go if your Bub doesn't have a strong startle reflex.
As soon as the zip closes, our Bub settles some of his fussing and seems much more content.
Not good for strong reflex babies
My 15wk old has had the summer lite since about 7 wks. I have never been able to resettle him when he is in it! He does love to have his arms up and I guess he likes it when he goes to sleep initially, but he flaps his arms around like a maniac and because it's not constrictive he wakes himself up constantly. I wouldn't buy this product if you have a strong baby/restless sleeper/strong startle reflex. Another con is that the cotton is already starting to get holes after maybe 10-15 gentle cycle washes with sensitive fabric wash, but I believe t...hat's due to the him fabric for the summer weight. Edited to add - my son is now 8 months and we used the transitional swaddle which was amazing - loved it. Was easy to transition him out of the swaddle and into a sleeping bag when he was around 4.5 months.
No good with strong startle reflex
This product did not work for my son. We tried using this at 3 months, 4 and 5 months but his startle reflex was too strong. The swaddle was not restrictive enough and his arms moved around too much. Do not waste your money if your child is a fussy sleeper.
Couldn't live without it! Our bub sleeps so well in them every time. We have both the normal and the summer lite versions. He can easily get out of muslin wraps and loves to sleep with his arms up. Perfect solution for us! Just wish they were just a little bit cheaper.
Didn't work for us
My daughter is 8 weeks old and I have tried to use the swaddle up on her several times since she was born. She loves to sleep with her hands up just not restricted up, if her hands are going to be restricted she prefers down in the traditional swaddle way.
Each time I have tried the swaddle up she has been extremely restless in her sleep. Using traditional swaddling or the Ergococoon she has been sleeping up to 7 hours peacefully most nights with a minimum of 5 hours. Tonight I tried the swaddle up again and she only made 3 hours before be...coming extremely restless and noisy. I ended up switching her out to the Ergococoon and got a few more hours peaceful sleep. These do appear to be fantastic for a lot of babies, but like everything it won't work for everyone.
love these swaddles
I love these swaddles, bought 2 small second hand and 2 medium transitions new, my bub was 8pound, i started useing the swaddle at 2wks and he fit the smalls for about 2 months before moving up, i planned to transition him out but he still likes to be wrapped at 4.5months and isnt rolling from back to tummy confidently yet... I love the arms up style and my bub loves to suck on his wings to settle himself at night, they also make feed times and nappy changes a breeze with the two way zip and snuggly design.
I would say that they dont quite last as long as id like for the price, the small only lasting 2 months and the same with the medium but thats the only con i have.
Overall I would definately reccomend.
Ineffective on strong babies. Poor quality cotton
We were given several hand-me-down Love To Dream swaddles in all three sizes for our newborn (most were only used for one baby and some were unused). We found the arm wings to be either way too loose or our son was too strong for them to effectively restrain his arm movement. He can stretch his arms completely above his head and forwards, and almost all the way out the sides. As he is yet to outgrow his startle reflex he wakes himself up constantly. The swaddles are made of a thin, stretchy cotton (we have them in both weights, lite and regular...) which is completely useless for restricting movement when stretched. I realise there are plenty of rave reviews on this product but if your baby is strong or large they won't achieve the desired effect. On another note the cotton fabric used seems to be of poor quality. The lite ones have holes in them where the hands and little sharp fingernails have worn them down. Even the thicker ones are starting to get very stretched out and worn. Definitely won't last you for more than one child. NB: Our child is 4 months old and weighs 10 kilos. We constistently tried the Love To Dreams in every size and weight because of the rave reviews.
Not ideal for X-Small Size Baby
After reading great reviews on this product I purchased 2 Small sizes, but when my baby was born she was too petite for that size.
I purchased the X-Small but inevitably her nappy would always leak through the whole swaddle. This also happened at night and required bedding changes, which is not ideal in the early hours of the morning. I persevered with the swaddle suit but noticed that this never happened when I swaddle her in a wrap. I think it has something to do with newborns not having limb control/coordination as her legs kick around and ...
These make your baby sleep!
Used these on my daughter until 8 months. These without a doubt I think made her such a sleepy baby and have never had a sleep problem. The minute she is in this she falls asleep. She has slept throiugh the night since 9 weeks and I started using this from 6 weeks - my only regret is not using these from day 1!! Will make sure this is packed in my hospital bag next time. And great for a first time mum.
Questions & Answers
We are based in Melbourne with the weather being freezing and having the thermostat set to a constant 19 degrees. What tog rating would I use and what clothes underneath?
They are thin. Probably around 2 tog thinking of my other bags. In Sydney we also have the house around 18 in winter, I put them in long sleeve arms onesie, a thick Bonds onesie and socks.
I have the swaddle up in size small for my 6 week old baby, he weighs 4kg. I have noticed that the material under the zipper is bunching up and almost pushes towards his chin. I'm worried this could be a potential hazard. Has anyone else had this problem? Is it because the swaddle is too big/small?
I noticed with my little guy when he was first born I got him the small and the back of the neck used to dig into his skin and leave red marks, he would pull his arms forward and do it worse.. it wasn’t to small either.
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