research has proven that babies usually wake during the night because they are
uncomfortable because they are either too hot, too cold or tangled in their
families try to develop a regular bedtime routine; this usually happens in the
early evening. Following a fun bath, goodnight feed and story, the traditional
way is to tuck baby in their cot with either sheets and blankets or duvets.
this time of the day the nursery is still warm in the summertime and in the
winter the heating is keeping the house and nursery cosy and comfortable.
the rest of us, when asleep babies move, kick, wriggle and turn; if too warm
and uncomfortable they become distressed and inevitably begin to either kick
off or slip further down the blankets or duvet……they cry with frustration!
Of course Mum or Dad soon come to the rescue,
pick baby up and calm the situation with a nappy change, another feed and a
reassuring cuddle before tucking baby back into bed………..and so the routine
starts all over again!
the night when Mum and Dad are now catching up on their well-earned rest; the
sun has now gone and the heating is off; baby moves, wriggles and kicks off the
bedcovers and now becomes too cool!
tired and anxious Mum or Dad goes through the same old routine making sure baby
is well covered……….an hour or two later the same problem ensues!
Kaboosh sleeping bags are designed to ‘enclose’ your baby in their own pod or
sack. The design of the bag allows baby to move, kick and wriggle when asleep,
without kicking off or slipping down loose and cumbersome covers while always retaining
a comfortable, constant, body temperature
naturally generate heat when in their sleep sack however, steady core
temperature is maintained by ventilating through their arms and head.
ensure the correct sleeping temperature simply adjust your baby’s nightwear. In
the summer short sleeve body suit might suffice or in the cooler weather an
additional top would be fine.
no more sheets, blankets, duvets or any other bedcovers.
will soon get used to using sleeping bags and start to enjoy more sleep for the
Century families are certainly more mobile than at any time in history and, of
course, whenever we travel, baby comes too!
Whether it’s sleepovers, visits to grandparents, holidays, days out, shopping, nursey school or the daily trip with siblings to ‘big’ school, baby MUST be considered and kept safe and secure.
Kiddy Kaboosh TRAVEL sleeping bags are the perfect solution. The bag has a clever opening at the back. The usual car and buggy harness simply passes through this ‘slot’ – under baby’s legs, and is fastened at the front in the usual way. Each bag has a two way zip to snuggly close the bag at the front; now you are ready to go. When you are not travelling the harness slot is easily closed with soft Velcro and can used as a conventional sleep sack.
is a mysterious fact that even the most difficult sleepers seem nod off
instantly on a car journey. However, when that journey is over, we have to take
a peacefully sleeping baby out of the car, undress them and try to get, a now
distressed, miserable child back to sleep.
wouldn’t it be a good idea to prepare your baby for bed before the
journey? Dress your baby in his usual night clothes and slip on a Kiddy Kaboosh
Travel Sleeping Bag. When you reach home baby is simply transferred to its cot
or bed with the minimum amount of disturbance, warm, cosy and secure
The Kiddy Kaboosh travel bag is made in all
three sizes from 3 month up to 6 years…………………sweet dreams !
our grandparents had never heard of the word TOG. It is also a pretty good
chance that most of us do not really understand what it means or how it works.
have certainly got used to seeing the numbers on duvets and bedding and we do
perhaps understand that 13.5 tog is heavier and warmer than 10.5 tog!
term began to appear on duvets and continental quilts in the 1970s. Quilts and
duvets were not too common in the UK at that time; most of us slept under good
old sheets and blankets with possibly an eiderdown
as extra weight in the depths of winter. Who remembers electric blankets and
hot water bottles?
of us therefore accepted that ‘TOG’ was a term which originated in Europe and
in particular Scandinavia – Wrong!
might come as a surprise to learn that it is a very British idea developed in a
Manchester institute, as early as the 1940s and is still not widely understood
in Europe even today.
is a measuring method of ‘thermal resistance’ or a simple scale of how quickly
heat passes through fabrics and clothing. The name, it is thought, comes from
the informal word TOGS for clothing.
TOG ratings we are familiar seeing on bedding, range from around 4 tog for summer
lightweight up to perhaps 13 or 14 tog for cold winter nights.
When it comes to Baby Sleeping Bags we have to be much more precise with our togs and weights.
an adult gets too hot or cold during the night we can stick out a leg or arm;
throw part of the duvet off for a time or even open a window. If we are too
chilly we can pull the duvet closer and snuggle down…………babies cannot do any of
these heat adjusting antics.
Sleeping Bags are designed to enclose the child in a pod or cocoon. The size
and shape of the sleeping bag allows the baby to wriggle, move and turn while
still maintaining comfortable and safe body heat. To keep the constant core
temperature baby ventilates and cools through their exposed arms and head.
Kaboosh have a simple way of taking the mystery out of togs!
is to rename the three alternative ‘weights’ as:-
Weight – these bags are approx. 1
tog and should be used when the room temperature is above around 20℃
This weight is also a great idea for daytime naps or
longer journeys in the car.
Standard or Medium
Weight – these bags are approx. 2.5
tog and can be used all year but as a guide when the temperature is around
15 – 20℃
This weight of sleeping bag is by far the most practical
and can be used in all but extreme temperatures
Weight – is approx. 3.5 tog
and should be used when the nursery temperature drops below 15℃
Please remember normal night wear and a sleeping bag
is all your baby need – DO NOT USE ANY FURTHER COVERS.
a long dark winter, Spring is finally here; the clocks have changed, lambs are
frisking in the fields and we are looking forward to a beautiful sunny summer!
That’s all very well but the sun will still be high in the sky in the early evening just when you are desperately trying to convince your little ones it’s time for bed and it is still bright and sunny until around 9 o’clock!
is more the sun now rises at an unearthly hour in the morning just when you and
the family are in your cosy beds trying to make the most of that elusive gift –
Although we all love the sun it can be a real problem when it comes to nursery routine especially when the children’s rooms face South, West or East. Bright sunshine makes the nursery not only too bright but also too warm for a quiet relaxed bedtime routine. In the morning the sun rises in the West toddlers understandably believe it is daytime and they are ready for fun, food and frolics.
experts advise that baby and young toddler’s bedrooms should be cool and shaded
helping to create a calm, peaceful environment for bedtime.
even found too much light a problem in the winter; living in a built up urban
area we have bright street lights and traffic to contend with at baby’s
Kiddy Kaboosh have come up with a brilliant solution with their range of temporary and portable Black Out Blinds.
blind affixes to glass windows with a simple rubber sucker and each blind is
adjusted to the window size with a series of snaps which create a ruched effect
Blackout Blinds come in three sizes to satisfy
most window sizes. The smallest size is sold in a pack of two for smaller
Kiddy Kaboosh blind is prettily printed with adorable little characters which
your kids will love.
Blackout blind comes with full, easy to follow instructions and is easily
folded and slipped into its own portable carrying bag.
great news is you can now take your blackout blind whenever you are away for
the night or on holiday and you will be ready to face the unexpected glare of
The smaller sizes are ideal for caravans, static holiday homes and chalets, Kiddy Kaboosh Blackout Blind is a simple answer to a frustrating problem.
could be better – baby peacefully asleep while Mum and Dad enjoy a ‘sundowner’
Like so many pieces of great advice it’s ‘easy to say but difficult to achieve’.
all lead busy lives and there is so much going on. Just when you are trying to
get baby settled there is – noisy siblings, doting daddy, supper to prepare,
television, social media and so on; and many other reasons to delay or rush
this, the most important, part of the day.
me a little time invested now will, in the long term, be good for you, your
baby and all the family.
The pre-bedtime routine can take over an hour so make sure you have allocated time. Prepare the last feed in advance and run the bath to save doing these jobs ‘one handed’ with baby in a state of undress.
to ensure the room where baby is to sleep is at a good comfortable temperature;
around 18 to 20 degrees is about right.
Kiddy Kaboosh supply a room thermometer with every sleeping bag. Keep the thermometer away from any sunny windows or heaters as this might give you an incorrect reading.
Keep the nursery shaded as this helps to relax baby. If you have a room which in the summer has direct sunlight then the Kiddy Kaboosh blackout blind will be a help.
babies love to bath when they can kick and play freely with no restricting
nappy and clothes.
water should be warm, not hot and shallow, not above the belly button
few toys are a good idea but make sure baby does not get over excited.
Dry, Dress and Cuddle
well as drying baby after bath now is a good time to give some real tactile TLC.
Perhaps a little quiet music (no ‘phones or devices please) and a nursery rhyme
will help create calm and relaxed environment. Try to complete this in baby’s
room when the light is low and the room is quiet.
is the time to dress baby in his Kiddy Kaboosh sleeping bag.
will begin to associate their familiar sleep sack to bed time and sleep time.
a tip, it is good to have at least two sleeping bags to allow for washing and
breast or bottle, this must be a relaxed time when baby gets to know it’s now time
to sleep. This is a great opportunity to tell a ‘good night’ story. The same story or lullaby each night helps to
associate baby with sleep.
baby time to wind and settle his supper – not too much tickling and giggling
….and so to bed
baby gently in the cot with one favourite soft toy or comforter. Then a final
good night kiss.
course it will not be easy but do persevere, it’s worth it.
There appear to be two battlefields that divide parents and baby ‘experts’ more than any other. One is the breast vs bottle debate, the other is “should I let my baby cry it out at bedtime?”
Firstly, let’s start by explaining what we mean by “crying it out” or “controlled crying”. Here we are talking about leaving your baby to cry for a short period of time, checking back regularly and reassuring your baby if needed. We are not talking about leaving the baby alone and crying, unattended, for indefinite periods of time.
Now that’s cleared up, how does “Controlled Crying” actually work? What do you DO? Well, there’s even disagreement between those who advocate Controlled Crying about exactly how it works (I did warn you it was controversial!). Between Dr Spock (that’s the childcare guru, not the Vulcan), Penelope Leach, and others the age when you should start Controlled Crying is anywhere from 3 months to 2 years (although most people now agree it shouldn’t be done before 6 months) and you should return to them either almost as soon as they start crying, or leave it 30 minutes.
Fuller explanations of the four expert’s guides are detailed on the BabyCentre website. In general though, the idea is to follow your normal bedtime routine, obviously including making sure that your little one is nice and snuggled up in their Kiddy Kaboosh baby sleeping bag, pop them into their cot and then leave the room. If they start crying you leave them a reasonable length of time before heading back, reassuring them and then leaving again. Jo Frost (aka Supernanny) gives a more detailed version of this basic approach on her website.
A few things to remember are:
You know your baby and know what a reasonable length of time is for them, so trust your instincts.
Chances are you AND the baby may end up crying. It’s horrible hearing them upset. If you can have a partner, friend or relative on hand to help and support then it’ll be easier.
When you go back into the room, keep everything very low key and muted. You are trying to instil the idea that this is quiet sleep time.
If your baby is getting extremely distressed, or is ill then stop the Controlled Crying and see to them. You can try again another day or try one of the other techniques we’ll look at in a future blog post.
Anecdotally, most parents say that the first night is the worst, but that within a few days their babies are settling themselves much better.
Of course, not everyone agrees with Controlled Crying as a way to help young children settle themselves to sleep. Some people are uncomfortable with a method that appears to cause their baby distress, feel it teaches babies that love and comfort is withheld if you are upset and, they believe, does emotional harm to young minds. If Controlled Crying isn’t for you or your family then there’s no shame in admitting that and looking at alternative ways of helping your baby settle themselves to sleep – it is a difficult process to go through and if you aren’t committed it will make it even harder. In terms of whether it does long term damage to your baby’s emotional development, this article in the Guardian gives an overview of research into the issue.
Finally, a word of warning. Just remember that all children are different. My eldest (a girl) just needed to shout before going to sleep and Controlled Crying worked a treat. Her younger brother didn’t need help settling until he was older. He HATED to be left alone and all Controlled Crying achieved for him was teaching him how to escape from his cot unaided, leaving us to also tackle the transition from cot to bed, which is a whole future blog post!