WHY BABY SLEEPING BAGS?

WHY BABY SLEEPING BAGS?

Extensive 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 bedcovers.

Most 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.

At 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.

Like 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!  

During 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!

Very 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!

The answer is simple – BABY SLEEP BAGS!

Kiddy 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

Babies naturally generate heat when in their sleep sack however, steady core temperature is maintained by ventilating through their arms and head.

To 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.

Remember no more sheets, blankets, duvets or any other bedcovers.

You will soon get used to using sleeping bags and start to enjoy more sleep for the entire family.

Babies are on the move….

Babies are on the move….

21st 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.

It 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.

Now 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 !

The mysteries of TOG

The mysteries of TOG

Probably 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.

We 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!

The 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?

Many of us therefore accepted that ‘TOG’ was a term which originated in Europe and in particular Scandinavia – Wrong!

It 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.

TOG 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.

The 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.

When 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.

Baby 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.

Kiddy Kaboosh have a simple way of taking the mystery out of togs!

That is to rename the three alternative ‘weights’ as:-

Summer 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

Winter 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.

Here comes Summer………..

Here comes Summer………..

After 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!

What 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 – undisturbed sleep!

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.

Most experts advise that baby and young toddler’s bedrooms should be cool and shaded helping to create a calm, peaceful environment for bedtime.

We have 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 bedtime.

Kiddy Kaboosh have come up with a brilliant solution with their range of temporary and portable Black Out Blinds.

The 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 windows.

The Kiddy Kaboosh blind is prettily printed with adorable little characters which your kids will love.

Each Blackout blind comes with full, easy to follow instructions and is easily folded and slipped into its own portable carrying bag.

The 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 sun.

The smaller sizes are ideal for caravans, static holiday homes and chalets,
Kiddy Kaboosh Blackout Blind is a simple answer to a frustrating problem.

What could be better – baby peacefully asleep while Mum and Dad enjoy a ‘sundowner’ before supper?

The Bedtime Routine

The Bedtime Routine

Like so many pieces of great advice it’s ‘easy to say but difficult to achieve’.

We 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.

Believe me a little time invested now will, in the long term, be good for you, your baby and all the family.

Allow time

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.

Nursery

Try 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.

Bath time

All babies love to bath when they can kick and play freely with no restricting nappy and clothes.

The water should be warm, not hot and shallow, not above the belly button

A few toys are a good idea but make sure baby does not get over excited.

Dry, Dress and Cuddle

As 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.

Now is the time to dress baby in his Kiddy Kaboosh sleeping bag.

They will begin to associate their familiar sleep sack to bed time and sleep time.

Just a tip, it is good to have at least two sleeping bags to allow for washing and hygiene.

Last Feed

Whether 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.

Give baby time to wind and settle his supper – not too much tickling and giggling please!

….and so to bed

Lay baby gently in the cot with one favourite soft toy or comforter. Then a final good night kiss.

Of course it will not be easy but do persevere, it’s worth it.

To cry or not to cry…

To cry or not to cry…

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!

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