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Monday, April 12, 2010

{Koala Kuddles} Review & GIVEAWAY!


You all probably already know by now what a big fan I am of swaddling babies. There is just so much research out there showing how beneficial it is to baby....

Koala Kuddles began when a mother from Australia moved to the USA, and was surprised to learn that her new friends hadn't seen swaddling wraps like they used in Australia! After giving many away to her friends, she decided to create her own here to sell.

So what makes the swaddling blankets from Koala Kuddles a bit different than other more "traditional" swaddling blankets? They are made of muslin instead of the heavier cottons I've seen others made from. Muslin {pronounced muzz-lin} is a very thin, light-weight, "breathable" fabric, and because of this quality, it helps prevent baby from overheating. Another great trait of muslin is that it doesn't pile {essentially, meaning it doesn't become bumpy} as a lot of other cotton swaddling blankets on the market do after being washed.

We received a pair of the muslin swaddling blankets from Koala Kuddles and were quite impressed with them. They provided just enough stretch for baby to comfortably move about within it, yet kept her contained well. We didn't experience the overheating issue we've found with some others, which is absolutely perfect for swaddling in warmer climates. Additionally, the blankets also got softer with each wash. I also love their generous size {39"x39"}, so that you can use them for tummy time or covering up baby in the stroller or for your own coverup while nursing.


The Koala Kuddles swaddling blankets come packaged as 3 in a cute box with an open window, and their prints are quite fitting, as they include some of the most iconic Australian animals, including the kookabura, platypus, turtle, crocodile & kangaroo. The blankets are also available in a simple polka-dot pattern, or you can get their assorted set, which includes both the animals and polka dots. Swaddling instructions {with pictures} are also printed right on the box for your convenience and easy gift-giving, but you can also view a video of the process at KoalaKuddles.com.


BUY IT!
Visit Koala Kuddles to purchase your own set as an adorable {yet practical!} baby shower gift, or for your own baby!

WIN IT! Koala Kuddles is giving one very lucky lucky Haute Tot and Baby Couture reader their own set of swaddling blankets!

Mandatory Entry!
To enter, please visit Koala Kuddles and find a sleeping tip from their site. Then come back here to tell me one (1 entry). Be sure to leave your email address in the entry so that I have a way to contact the winner! If there is NO EMAIL left, another winner will be drawn. Winner will be chosen via random.org and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another winner will be chosen. Entrants can enter through May 9th. Winner to be chosen May 10th, 2010. {Contest open to US, Canadian & Australian residents only}.

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Please note, I was not paid to do this review.
Opinions are strictly my own, and no one or nothing else has influenced me in my review.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.
THANKS FOR ENTERING!
WINNER: EMILY B
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127 comments:

Heather said...

Great tips! I thought this one was very helpful - learn your baby’s signals (some might be crying, twitching, ear pulling, eye rubbing, not eating) which mean they are tired and need some sleep.

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Meredith said...

A little time outside helps children sleep better .

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One tip is to create a consistent sleeping routine so the baby learns the ‘sleep’ signals

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1.Ask your friends what they did!
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learned: I found some time outside, ie. fresh oxygen, really helped my babies sleep – even as little as half an hour.

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i found this tip to be true of my children...6.For some babies, the expression “the more they sleep then the more they will sleep” is true
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I love these swaddling blankets! I learned to set up a sleep schedule so that they can learn the sleep signals. thanks!
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Isi and Jas' mom said...

Keep a constant sleep schedule so the baby learns his/her own sleep cues
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if you can go outside with baby on a good day- get some fresh air to help baby sleep better
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learned this:
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Tip - find some time to go outside - fresh air helps baby relax and sleep!

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subfertilefrugalista said...

I thought the suggestion of taking them outside to help with sleep was great. It's not something that I would have thought of...you always think they need to be inside in the quiet of their crib, but when you think about how relaxing it is to sit outside it makes sense! Great suggestion and one that I will have to remember when I have a newborn in a few months!

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I love tip #2. Routine before nap and bedtime are so important!!
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One suggestion was to get the baby some time outside for fresh air...that's one I hadn't thought of !
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tina reynolds said...

I found out that For some babies, the expression “the more they sleep then the more they will sleep” is true. It certainly was for both of mine. If they took good long naps during the day then they slept even better at night. I knew the days they napped badly meant an unsettled night. It’s counterintuitive I know but it was accurate for mine., my 3rd is due in sept,and with two toddlers we are going to have to work hard on a pattern thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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One tip I found was:
A little time outside helps children sleep better.

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If you create a consistent sleeping routine the baby will learn 'sleep' signals.

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