Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about a product from LOVE TO DREAM™? Here are some of the questions that we’re asked most often.
TOG stands for ‘Thermal Overall Grade’, which is a unit of measurement used to calculate the thermal insulation of a product, usually in the textile industry. Our sleep garments are given a TOG rating according to the warmth they provide. Basically, the higher the TOG, the warmer the product. To help parents understand which TOG values are right for differing room temperatures, a set of guidelines has been established as per below:
- 0.2 TOG – ideal for room temperatures between 24°C and 27°C
- 1.0 TOG – ideal for room temperatures between 20°C and 24°C
- 2.5 TOG – ideal for room temperatures between 16°C and 20°C
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The table is only a guide. All babies are different. The number of clothing layers may vary according to a baby’s health, their physiology and the room temperature in the room. The care-giver must determine what is suitable.
Note: It is important to check your baby regularly to ensure that they are comfortable and that they do not overheat.
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Our Newborn to Toddler – 3 STAGE SLEEP SYSTEM™ was created to help parents put their babies to sleep around the world
- Stage 1 = the Swaddling Stage. Use our SWADDLE UP™ from birth until your baby shows signs of trying to roll over.
- Stage 2 = the Transitional Stage. Use our SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG or SUIT to transition from swaddling to ‘arms-free’ sleep.
- Stage 3 = the Independent Sleep Stage. Use from 6 months once baby is sleeping independently.
All garments are INPAA approved, as well as certified to the relevant safety standards applicable to those particular garments (AS/NZS 1249:2014)
Our SWADDLE UP™ & SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG/SUIT are certified hip-healthy by the “International Hip Dysplasia Institute”. Their design allows hips & legs to move freely. Our LOVE TO DREAM SLEEP BAG™ and LOVE TO DREAM SLEEP SUIT™ are inherently hip-healthy due to their extra wide shape & garment construction.
All our products are designed in Australia and made in China and Vietnam.
STAGE 1: SWADDLE UP™
Medical research suggests that swaddling is beneficial in helping newborns to sleep better. Swaddling a baby may calm their ‘startle reflex’ which wakes them up & disturbs their sleep. Our patented, award-winning SWADDLE UP™ helps baby to settle quickly & establish a peaceful sleep routine. Importantly, it completely removes the need for loose blankets in the cot/crib, making it a safer option for babies.
Unlike traditional swaddles that keep a baby’s arms by their side or across their chest, the unique ARMS UP™ design of our SWADDLE UP™ has patented wings that allow a baby to sleep in their natural ARMS UP™ position. This means your baby can easily touch their face & suck on their hands & fingers for true SELF-SOOTHING™.
We recommend that you purchase at least two SWADDLE UPs™ in the appropriate size. If you own two then one can be in the wash while your baby is wearing the other one. It might even be helpful to consider having a third on hand to use in case of emergencies!
The SWADDLE UP™ Original 1.0 TOG is made from a single layer of 93% cotton and 7% elastane. The 1.0 TOG material is highly breathable and ideal for moderate temperatures (between 20°C and 24°C).
The SWADDLE UP™ Lite 0.2 TOG is made from a finely woven, ultra-light, single layer of 97% cotton and 3% elastane. The 0.2 TOG material is 30% lighter than the SWADDLE UP™ ORIGINAL 1.0 TOG, highly breathable and ideal for warm temperatures (between 24°C and 27°C).
The SWADDLE UP™ Bamboo 1.0 TOG is made from 95% viscose from bamboo and 5% elastane. Bamboo textiles are naturally hypoallergenic, luxuriously soft, highly breathable and thermo-regulating The 1.0 TOG material is ideal for moderate temperatures (between 20°C and 24°C).
The SWADDLE UP™ Bamboo LITE 0.2 TOG is made from 95% viscose from bamboo and 5% elastane. Bamboo textiles are naturally hypoallergenic, luxuriously soft, highly breathable and thermo-regulating. The 0.2 TOG material is light and ideal for warm temperatures (between 24°C and 27°C).
The SWADDLE UP™ Warm 2.5 TOG is made from: Outer & Lining: 93% cotton, 7% elastane Filling: 100% viscose (from bamboo) The viscose from bamboo built-in quilted blanket is for superior warmth & comfort. The 2.5 TOG material is ideal for cool temperatures (between 16°C and 20°C).
Wash before first use. Close zipper before washing. Warm gentle machine wash in wash bag with similar colors. Do not soak. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low (for warm garments: for quicker drying tumble dry inside out on second cycle). Warm iron if necessary. Do not iron zipper. Do not dry clean.
The SWADDLE UP™ Original & Bamboo are equivalent to approximately 1.0 TOG. The SWADDLE UP™ Lite, Bamboo Lite are is equivalent to approximately 0.2 TOG. The SWADDLE UP™ Warm is equivalent to approximately 2.5 TOG.
For best fit result please select your SWADDLE UP™ sizing according to your child’s weight not their age. The SWADDLE UP™ range is available in four sizes: Newborn (suitable for 2.2-3.8kg), Small (suitable for 3.5-6kg), Medium (suitable for 6-8.5kg) & Large (suitable for 8.5-11kg).
As tempting as it might be to buy a bigger size, unfortunately the answer is no. It is very important that you always purchase the correct size SWADDLE UP™ for your baby, based on their current weight. If you use a SWADDLE UP™ that is too big for your baby the neckline could be too loose, which can potentially be dangerous.
If your baby’s legs touch the bottom of the SWADDLE UP™ but the fit across the body is correct, then keep using this Swaddle UP™ it is not too short! The length of the bag has been specially designed to be a little shorter so that – as your baby grows – they can push against the bottom of the bag. This pushing action and feeling ’the ends’ of the bag contribute to further SELF-SOOTHING™.
A natural way babies settle themselves to sleep is by sucking on their hands or gently rubbing their cheeks. This is called SELF-SOOTHING™. This hand sucking can also help develop mouth muscles which aid in feeding, speech development & their natural rooting reflex. SWADDLE UP™ has been designed to allow babies to safely suck on their hands for SELF-SOOTHING™. SELF-SOOTHING = MORE SLEEP
SWADDLE UP™ is specifically designed to let your baby sleep in a natural ARMS UP™ position. This allows them to bring their hands to mouth for SELF-SOOTHING™ during sleep time, resulting in more sleep for everyone.
The SWADDLE UP™ is unique because it allows your baby access his or her hands for self-soothing. Some babies love to suck on their hands as they fall asleep – unfortunately this does mean that the ‘wings’ of the garment can get a little wet. Parents should wash any garment – swaddle or wrap – after use, if it is soiled. The same applies to the LOVE TO DREAM SWADDLE UP™. We recommend purchasing more than one so that you always have a clean SWADDLE UP™ while one is in the wash.
The travel slot was always intended for use in a stroller. It was not intended for use with car seats, baby capsules or infant seats, as it is not safe to swaddle your child in any way while using these. We take safety very seriously, and as we’ve been made aware that a number of parents unknowingly use the travel slot in an unsafe manner, we have made the decision to remove it completely from the SWADDLE UP™ products to prevent any confusion.
Our SWADDLE UP™ and SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG/SUIT are certified and approved by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. Your baby’s natural, safe sleep position is with their legs splayed in a frog-like position. The SWADDLE UP™ allows your baby to sleep in this position without restriction.
Yes, this is actually the best time to start. If your baby weighs between 2.2-3.8kg at birth please choose the SWADDLE UP™ in size Newborn. If your baby weighs between 3.5-6kg at birth, please choose the SWADDLE UP™ in size Small. While there is some crossover in size, we highly recommend you do not move into size Small unless or until your baby is at the upper limit of size Newborn. Using a SWADDLE UP™ or any garment that is too big for your baby can be dangerous for your baby as excess fabric can be a hazard.
We recommend that it is safest to avoid all loose blankets in the cot and instead add extra layers underneath your SWADDLE UP™. Please refer to our guide on how to dress your baby.
If you do choose to use a blanket it is crucial that you follow Red Nose’s guidelines in relation to using blankets in the cot: https://rednose.org.au/article/what-is-a-safe-sleeping-environment.
It is not recommended to use a sleeping bag over a wrap or swaddle.
Overheating has been linked to SIDS so it is very important to ensure your baby does not overheat. The SWADDLE UP™ has been designed to eliminate multiple layers of wrapping. The table below provides you with guidelines around how to dress your baby based on the room temperature.
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Please note: It is really important that you take into account all external factors when determining how to dress your baby, including the type of clothing that the baby has on, the baby’s general health and well-being, the temperature of the baby’s bedroom and if this may change throughout the night or day. All these factors may vary in the same way as it does for adults.
The table provided should be used as a guide only & the care needs to use their own discretion when dressing their baby for sleep time.
STAGE 2: TRANSITIONAL
As soon as a baby shows signs of rolling, parents must stop swaddling & transition their baby to ‘arms-free’ sleep. Our TRANSITION BAG or SUIT is the simplest solution to transition a baby from being swaddled to ‘arms-free’ – all while preserving their cherished sleep routine.
Irrespective of which swaddling method you use, you must stop swaddling your baby as soon as he or she starts to show signs of being able to roll over independently. At this time, you must transition your baby out of swaddling into ‘arms-free’ sleeping.
Your baby’s arms should not be restricted when they are able to roll over – this advice is the same for any form of swaddling you may be using. Around this time, you baby’s startle reflex should have diminished.
The SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG/SUIT is a great way to prepare your baby for the transition from being swaddled to ‘arms-free’ independent sleep.
Every baby is different – some only take a couple of days to transition; some may take a little longer. It can be helpful to try starting your baby’s transition during his or her day sleeps. Or perhaps try waiting until your baby is asleep before removing a ‘wing’ from your SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG/SUIT for the first time.
You can choose either! The SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION SUIT is a ‘5-in-1’ transition suit and has a lot of extra value. It’s a Swaddle Suit, Transition Suit, Sleep Suit, Play Suit and Travel Suit all in ONE. It’s the most versatile transition suit you can buy today.
You can try either! The SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG (previously called SWADDLE UP™ 50/50), is a ‘3-in-1’, converting from Swaddle to Transition Bag to Sleep Bag once both wings are off.
The SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION SUIT is a ‘5-in-1’ solution that can be used as a Swaddle Suit, Transition Suit, Sleep Suit, Play Suit and Travel Suit all in ONE.
Absolutely. The SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION SUIT was specially created to help all babies transition to arms-free sleep easily, whether they have been swaddled with arms up or arms down. As a ‘5-in-1’ transition suit, it has been designed to be the most versatile transition suit available today.
If your baby has not shown signs of rolling yet, you can simply allow them to sleep in the SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION SUIT until they show signs of trying to roll. Once they show signs of trying to roll over, you must stop swaddling your baby and transition them. Start with one ARMS UP™ wing and one SELF-SOOTHING™ SLEEVE on (cuff folded over).
After several nights of your baby settling into this routine, remove the ARMS UP™ wing and start bedtime off with both SELF-SOOTHING™ SLEEVES zipped on (cuffs folded over). Once your baby has settled into a routine, you can open the cuffs for true arms-free sleep.
Some babies transition in a few nights, others can take a few weeks. The SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION SUIT with SELF-SOOTHING™ SLEEVES is especially helpful for any baby who is having a harder time going from being swaddled to arms-free sleep.
Wash before first use. Close zippers before washing. Warm gentle machine wash in wash bag with similar colors. Do not soak. Do not bleach. Tumble dry on low (for warm garments: for quicker drying tumble dry inside out on second cycle). Warm iron if necessary. Do not iron zipper. Do not dry clean. Wash immediately after every use.
The SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG/SUIT Original, Organic, Bamboo are equivalent to approximately 1.0 TOG.
The SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG/SUIT Lite & Organic Lite are equivalent to approximately 0.2 TOG.
The SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG/SUIT Warm is equivalent to approximately 2.5 TOG.
For best fit result please select your SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG/SUIT sizing according to your child’s weight not their age.
The SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG/SUIT range is available in three sizes: Medium (suitable for 6-8.5kg), Large (suitable for 8.5-11kg) & XL (suitable for 11-14kg).
The SELF-SOOTHING™ SLEEVES on the SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION SUIT have been specially designed to be slightly short for your baby’s arms so that when the cuffs are folded over and they try to straighten their arms completely, they feel the edges of the fabric and can push against it. This provides sensory input and a feeling of safety and comfort while still allowing them to self-soothe safely without scratching their delicate skin.
*Sleeves are not compatible with SWADDLE UP™ TRANSITION BAG
STAGE 3: INDEPENDENT
It is well known that blankets can be dangerous as they can cover a child’s face obstructing their breathing, or fall off in the night leaving them very cold. The LOVE TO DREAM SLEEP BAG™ is a wearable blanket that completely eliminates the need for loose blankets in the cot/crib, ensuring a more comfortable sleep, all night long.
It is designed especially for children who like the feeling of a roomy blanket. It’s long, wide & has plenty of room inside for legs to move around.
The LOVE TO DREAM SLEEP SUIT™ is an ‘all-in-one’ style wearable blanket that completely eliminates the need for loose blankets in the cot/crib, ensuring a more comfortable sleep, all night long.
It is designed especially for active children who like to move around their cot/crib a lot & who also like to play while still in their sleep garment.
You should choose the correct size sleep bag/sleep suit based on your baby’s height, not their age.
The LOVE TO DREAM SLEEP BAG™ is available in 2 sizes:
Size 0 – 6-18 months (suitable for maximum child height of 88cm)
Size 1 – 18-36 months (suitable for maximum child height of 108cm).
The LOVE TO DREAM SLEEP SUIT™ is available in 5 sizes:
Size 0 – 6-12 months (suitable for maximum child height of 84cm)
Size 1 – 12-24 months (suitable for maximum child height of 92cm).
Size 2 – 24-36 months (suitable for maximum child height of 100cm).
SLEEP SERIES FAQS
The Love To Dream™ Sleep Series is a collection of videos, lessons & downloadable guides filled with insights into how babies sleep, tips to settle your baby and practical information on laying the foundations for healthy sleep patterns, developed in conjunction with a range of pediatric experts. It’s a comprehensive resource on baby sleep and daytime routines, available, at no cost, for anyone who needs it.
No, the Love To Dream™ Sleep Series is not a sleep training program or a rigid set of techniques and schedules to master. It covers information parents need to help their babies sleep, such as:
• The 4 Foundations to healthy sleep
• Guides to safe sleeping and feeding
• Guides for dressing your baby for sleep
• What to do on days when things can’t or are not going to plan
• Tips to get your baby’s sleep back on track
No, the Love To Dream™ Sleep Series is FREE to access, no strings attached. It’s our gift to you!
You can start the Sleep Series whenever you’re ready:
• During your pregnancy
• In your last trimester
• From the day your newborn arrives
• Anytime you’re struggling to get your baby to sleep
• When you want to get your baby’s sleep back on track
• When you need a refresher
No. We know there’s never enough time in your day, so the lessons are available to access and work through at your own pace. And you can come back as often as you like.
No. Although juggling a new baby with other kids at home can be challenging, the foundations for healthy sleep are the same so the Sleep Series will be helpful for anyone with a newborn or young baby.
The Love To Dream™ Sleep Series is not a sleep training program or a rigid set of techniques and schedules for you and your baby to master, so we can’t guarantee results.
What we can guarantee is that the Sleep Series is filled with the knowledge and tools you need to help you through the ups and downs of baby sleep. The Sleep Series will help you:
• Understand your baby’s sleep needs from day one
• Lay the foundations for healthy sleep patterns and longer, better, safer sleep
• Establish a rhythm to your baby’s day
• Have confidence to read and respond to your baby’s cues
• Answer your baby sleep questions like how long should bub sleep for? How many layers should I dress them in? How long should my baby be awake for?
• Learn how to get your baby’s sleep back on track
We recommend seeking professional advice if you ever have questions about your child’s individual needs. This may be your doctor, baby health nurse, parenting support organization or engaging a certified sleep consultant to provide individualized assistance.
We recommend seeking professional advice if you ever have questions about your child’s individual needs. This may be your doctor, baby health nurse or parenting support organization. To build on the foundation laid by the Sleep Series, some families may choose to engage a sleep consultant for a personalized plan tailored for their specific circumstances.