23 November 2018

Six steps to more sleep for baby (and you!) 

by The Kippins Team 

It's the word that can divide a Mother's Group. Some swear by it, others recoil in horror. So just what is the deal with baby sleep routines, and is everybody getting it wrong?
Sleep expert Erika Lamour from The Sleep Dept. breaks it down for us.
Us humans are creatures of habit. We tend to sleep on the same side of the bed, go to the same coffee shop and take the same route to work every day. While we may occasionally make a conscious effort to shake things up to avoid falling into a rut, our routines are quite deeply ingrained. So much so that when there’s a drastic change to our daily rituals, we can feel quite disoriented and unsettled. Ever noticed how you can’t get to sleep the first night you’re in a different bed or when your partner isn’t there? It’s no coincidence. Humans thrive on familiarity, especially when it comes to sleep. And your little one is no exception.
Establishing a baby sleep routine is absolutely essential when it comes to getting your bub to fall asleep and stay asleep. While during the day, you want to constantly be introducing new toys and activities to keep your bub’s brain active, consistency is key at bedtime. By putting your baby to bed the same way every day, you’re sending the message that it’s time for them to drift off to the land of nod. Here are some things to consider when it comes to creating a solid baby sleep routine.
Whether it’s putting your bub down for naps during the day or their bigger sleep at night, timing is everything. Newborns don’t have the ability to tell night from day, so establishing a sleep schedule can be helpful in establishing their circadian rhythm. Of course, you don’t have to put them to bed at the exact same time to the minute. Personally, I prefer to base my baby sleep timings off awake times, rather than a strict timing schedule.  The amount of naps and their duration depends on the age of your baby.
Objects can be extremely useful in instilling a sense of comfort and familiarity into bedtime for your babe. This could be a toy that you play with before you put them to bed, or a specific blanket they sleep with. When your baby gets a bit older (from about six months onward) you can also put them to bed with a soft comfort toy. Just be mindful of avoiding anything that has attachments that could potentially be a choke hazard.
Creating bedtime rituals can not only help your baby build positive sleep habits, they can also be a great bonding experience between parents and bubs. This could be anything from giving them a bath before bedtime, playing a certain game with them, reading them a book or singing them a lullaby. Just make sure it’s going to be something you can maintain — you don’t want to have to sing them the entire Frozen soundtrack every night until they’re three!
Just like us, babies sleep best when they’re not too cold, not too warm (just like Goldilocks!) and in a quiet, dark surroundings. By ensuring they have these conditions each and every night, you can put them on the path to being a champion sleeper. It’s also best to avoid allowing your bub to sleep in unfamiliar surroundings, like in the car or when you’re out and about, as this can create unhelpful sleep associations.
Food is the final piece of the sleep routine puzzle. Feeding your bub at irregular times, too close to bedtime or giving them midnight snacks can work against you when it comes to building strong sleep habits. A good rule of thumb is to allow at least an hour between their last meal and putting them down to sleep. What they eat is equally important, too. .
Kippins are the experts when it comes to nighttime routines and natural, positive sleep associations. 
Shop our range of Cuddle Blankies that can be used as a positive sleep association.




Baby waking up every 40 minutes? Rocking, feeding or singing to sleep. Every. Single. Night? There's a simple way to get more sleep and it's called a Kippin Cuddle Blankie.  A comforter isn't a replacement for love and cuddles, it's a friend that reminds babe you're never far away (and ya know, you're the kind of person that likes sleeping and showering and stuff), and teaches them to fall asleep on their own - happily! Non-toxic, natural, safe, breathable and nasties free.
The KippinTales book makes the perfect nighttime story that links your child's toy with their favourite friend. 
Kippins Story-Print Muslin Wraps are huge and perfect as lightweight blankets to help regulate baby's temperature, and feature scenes from The KippinTales. 



12 November 2018

Tips for Travelling at Christmas

7 November 2018  by Cuddledry

Where will you be spending Christmas this year? Some of us may opt to either get away from it all with a spot of winter sun ( are we jealous? YES!) but many tend to stay a little closer to home, with a few overnight breaks dotted in here and there to accommodate family. Whether you're headed far and wide, or whether you're booked in at the in-laws this year, there's no denying you're going to need to get organised. Here are our top three tips for travelling at Christmas.

Make a list, and check it twice...

This time of year, there's SO MUCH to remember. If you don't write it down, you're going to forget, so make this the first and most important tip you take away from this post. When you go away at Christmas, even if only for just one night, you need to remember at least the following:
  • Clothes for you 
  • Clothes for baby
  • Toiletries for you
  • Toiletries for baby
  • Nappies, wipes and feeding equipment
  • First aid kit
  • Sterlising equipment
  • Comforters and blankets
  • Christmas presents
  • Christmas cards
  • Letters to Santa/ mince pies and carrots for Christmas Eve
  • Sellotape and wrapping paper (unless you're super organised and have already wrapped...)
And this list may go on and on. You travel with more stuff than ever when kids are involved, so get used to it.  
Take some home comforts with you
Lots of kids can find it hard to settle down  for sleep at Christmas, and especially if you're in a strange place. Likewise, younger babies can pick up on changes in atmosphere, so its a really good idea to make this as 'homely' as you can. Make sure you bring along your little one's favourite toys, blankets and comforters so that when it comes to settling down for the night, things are as calm and relaxed as possible. Don't forget your *NEW* 'The Cuddle'  hands-free bath towel for peaceful, more relaxed baby bathtimes. (available now in South Africa) www.cinnamonsue.co.za

Shop smart for gifts

Ditch the plastic. Our beautiful towels are 100% plastic free with recyclable packaging and they're truly gifts that last too. 
For gifts such as books, clothing and smaller toys that are going to last the trip away- wooden toys, cuddle toys & soft toys always trump over plastic for longevity and are more likely to make journey in one piece.
'The Cuddle' is the sister product to Cuddledry's multi-award winning handsfree towel. The Cuddle has all the same features, but with a lighter finish for more compact packing and makes a great travel companion any time of the year.

So, are you ready? Get your list written, and start planning now!