On Sunday the 30th of September the clock will 'Spring' one hour forward. This means your little one will go to bed one hour earlier than usual. Newborns are generally not affected by Daylight Savings but older babies & toddlers might have a difficult time adjusting. We have some handy tips and tricks to make the transition smooth and easy.
Good luck helping your little ones adjust. We would love to hear how you get on x
Not sure which sleeping bag is best for your little one? Use our online SnugBag Selector Tool here x
In the last 2 years we have won more awards than any other brand and not only in New Zealand. We have snapped up awards all over the world, from the UK, to the USA to Australia.
We are the #1 most recommended NZ made brand by Australian and New Zealand parents and VOGUE refers our SnugBags as the 'creme-de-la-creme' of baby sleeping bags.
And right now we are incredibly proud to add another GOLD and SILVER award to our list - snapped up at the prestigious Mumii Family Awards in the UK. We took out GOLD for the category 'Best Travel Product for Baby' and SILVER in the category 'Best Sleep Brand'.
Thank you so much for all your support and votes. We couldn't have done this without you x
About Mumii Family Awards:
‘The Mumii Family Awards encompass everything you need to know about being a Family. We took the best of the best and parents spent a month deliberating and voting for their favourite brands and products. With over 10,000 votes cast across numerous categories, winners should be incredibly proud of their awards.’
Jo – Editor of Mumii
We know how difficult it can be to know if your little one is warm enough at night so we thought we would help you out!
We have created a little questionnaire and when you fill it out, we will be emailing you with a personalized recommendation for your baby.
We take into consideration your babies age, where you live, how warm or cold your home is and what type of heating that you use.
The recommendation is like a mini-consultation and completely free of charge and without any obligation. It takes about 1 minute to fill out the questionnaire.
Please click on the link below to get your personalized recommendation today xx
>>> SNUGBAGS SELECTOR TOOL
HEALTHY BABY BLOG. In our HEALTHY BABY BLOG we focus on a different topic each time and have experts talk about their role in keeping little ones happy and healthy. Today we speak with Wal Herring, Nutritionist, Author and Personal Health Coach and we talk about pregnancy and tips to keep you (and baby) happy and healthy x
Who are you and tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi I’m Wal. I am a mother of three, soon to be four children, author of Healthy Little Eaters – How to help your children develop a healthy relationship with food and personal health coach to expecting mothers and mothers wanting not only to be healthy, but thrive.
I was one of the lucky ones and knew when I was in high school that I wanted to be in the health industry. Starting out in Physical Education I was soon drawn to Nutrition and ended my time in Otago with a Master of Science in Nutrition as well as a Bachelor of Physical Education.
I have since lived and travelled the world, having all three of my children in different countries and currently about to move back to New Zealand from Japan. Travelling and completing my Diploma of Homeopathy has been a huge influence in my practise as it has given me a deep understanding and appreciation of an individual’s nuances. Understanding the person in front of me as an individual with their bigger picture in mind is paramount to helping people make changes that last. I like the analogy that when I work with clients I aim to teach them to fish rather than giving them the fish. This I have found to be paramount in clients attaining satisfying long lasting changes.
I love to learn and sharing that knowledge on my blog is hugely satisfying. I also love working with mothers, either expecting, during pre-pregnancy or mothers who have lost their mojo, I feel it is my calling in life and gives me a profound sense of appreciation for life.
What are some tips you could give expecting mothers?
I am sure most will know that they should ‘stay healthy’ and to be taking Folic acid. Below are three tips to help you Be healthy as well as two extra supplements I recommend and personally take during pregnancy.
Three tips to stay healthy:
1. Take care of your Gut Health
If you have not already heard about gut health, microbiome or foods such as pre and pro-biotics then you will. Research is relatively new in this area but very exciting.
Your gut needs special attention during pregnancy as our gut health as mothers not only impacts our health during pregnancy but it directly influences our babies gut health, which has an impact on not only their future immune system but food allergies, eczema and more. If you are going to try ‘be healthier’ when you are pregnant start by eating pre-botic and pro-biotic rich foods. If you have never eaten these foods, it may require you to ‘train your taste-buds’, which is great practice to help your future toddlers train theirs! For more information go to (http://www.walherring.com/email-sign-up.html ) for a free audio download and accompanying PDF of mazing microbiome foods.
2. Checking-In – Be mindful of how food makes you feel
spend a lot of time with clients teaching them how they can recognise their own personal triggers. Checking-in to see how food affects you not only in that moment but 2 hours after is a really profound way to create self-awareness around food.
When I was pregnant with my first child 9 years ago, I felt quite sick in the first trimester and craved some crappy food. Even though I knew it was not so great for my future baby, sometimes the moment takes over. Fast forward to the present and I have just come out of the first trimester with my fourth. I stilled craved crappy food, but because I checked-in I quickly realised that, that crappy food made me feel ten times worse than if I had eaten something healthier. When I felt that urge to eat salty chip’s or have a sweet something, my mind would jump forward to how I would feel after I had eaten it and that feeling alone was enough for me to get my A into G and make a healthier alternative.
Creating self-awareness through checking-in, won’t make you magically want to eat healthier foods, but keep working on it and you will be amazed at your relationship with food changes.
3. Check your stress levels
Being healthy is not just about your physical health but it includes your mental/emotional health. It can be like a loaded gun bringing up this topic as if we were to fully understand how our stress levels can influence you and your developing babies health, it may leave you more stressed! Keep in mind though, we will all experience stress, the goal is not to be in some Zen like state throughout pregnancy and motherhood but to be less stressful that you currently are. Everybody releases stress differently – find out what works for you from meditation, mindfulness to exercise, fresh air or even singing and dancing. There is no ‘right’ way, experiment what makes you feel calmer and centred.
Two Supplements I Recommend During Pregnancy:
Click here to find out more about Wal's Pregnancy Health Course >>>
HEALTHY BABY BLOG. In our HEALTHY BABY BLOG we focus on a different topic each time and have experts talk about their role in keeping little ones happy and healthy. Today we speak with Michele, founder of Frankie Apothecary and creator of Frankie Kawakawa Eczema Balm.
Michele has been so kind to offer us a special 15% discount code!! You will find this at the bottom of the article xx
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you started Frankie Apothecary.
Hi I’m Michele, Kiwi, Maori mother to two girls Eva and Frankie, and creator of the award winning skin healing balm - Kawakawa Repair by Frankie Apothecary.
My journey in starting organic skincare Company, Frankie Apothecary, began at a real turning point in my life which I have no doubt was part of the universes bigger plan for me. I was questioning my career as a corporate Lawyer, embarking on a journey of learning Rongoa Maori (Maori plant based medicine) struggling with sleepless nights with a new born and trying to deal with my eldest daughters severely Eczema inflamed skin, all at the same time.
Eva was 18 months old. Her skin was terrible – dry, itchy, inflamed and raw, keeping her awake most nights. She would wake in the morning with blood-stained sheets from scratching her skin to pieces.
Finding a moisturiser that did what it claimed (soothed, stopped the itch and repaired the skin) proved impossible: I tried absolutely every product on the market. All had little or no effect.
Being trained in research, I had a natural tendency to want to know how all things worked and why others didn’t. The market didn’t have a product that worked for us, so sheer determination and a heck of a lot of research combined with my knowledge of how skin troubles were treated by my ancestors in the past, gave me a reason to ultimately create my own product.
Why did other creams on the market not work?
Synthetic chemically loaded moisturisers can cause the skin to become more irritated and worsen flare ups for those with sensitive skin. But interestingly I discovered that all moisturisers contain a very simple ingredient that required these synthetic chemicals to be added to prevent mould, bacteria growth, to preserve the product and to ensure the oils and water did not split apart - water! Lesson 1 - create a product that had zero water so that synthetic chemicals are not required.
When an eczema flare is triggered - trans epidermal water loss begins. Think, rapid moisture loss from the skin, leading to the shredding of the outer epidermal layers and the exposure of the inner layers of the skin. These inner layers should not be exposed to the environment. When they are, the skins pH alters causing the skin to become itchy, inflamed and if not controlled, infected. - Lesson 2 - water based moisturisers do not create enough of a barrier to stop trans epidermal water loss or to protect the inner skin layers.
What makes your natural Kawakawa balm so unique?
Armed with this information, I created an all organic oil-based formula more suitable for Eva’s dry skin, primarily infused with a native NZ plant called Kawakawa which has been used for generations by Maori. Kawakawa, also known as Macropiper excelsium or the Maori Pepper Tree, is endemic to New Zealand and long known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. The leaves and bark can be used to heal wounds, ulcers, skin disorders, burns and more. Drinking an infusion of the leaves can treat colds and flus, digestive troubles, chest problems like asthma and even blood pressure. Healing Calendula was also added and the benefits to Eva’s skin were almost instantly apparent and her skin healing within days.
Further clinical based research, led me on the path of finding the best way to extract the chemical properties of Kawakawa so that every pot of Kawakawa Repair was loaded with the highest healing properties possible. An anti oxidant was also added in the form of vitamin e to ensure every pot was not susceptible to microbes and to ensure the Kawakawa’s healing abilities were still strong a year on. - Something many other oil based ranges fail to ensure.
Since then, my Kawakawa Repair has won a place in the top 10 most recommended products for babies in the OHBaby awards, has sold thousands all over the world and is sold in over 60 retailers across NZ. We have a sustainable Kawakawa farm in Mangawhai where Kawakawa is harvested and extracted applying principles of tikanga Maori.
Do you have any tips for dealing with Eczema?
My top tips for targeting Eczema:
1 - See your GP first to test for any allergies.
2 - If this doesn’t help, undertake a food elimination diet – you can find steps on how to do this on my website.
3 - Eliminate any common chemicals in the home to see if these are triggers (washing powders, soaps, cleaning products).
4 - Switch clothing to eczema friendly fibres like 100% cotton or bamboo like the new Snugbags Eczema Bamboo & Organic Cotton Sleeping Bag.
5- Eliminate mould and keep your home as dust-free as possible.
6 - Take a really good probiotic for the whole family to ensure the gut is functioning as it should.
These steps take time. In the meantime you will no doubt have an upset irritated child, so soaking in our Colloidal Oat powdered mix will help to stop the itch and applying the Kawakawa Balm will soothe and support the skin’s healing.
Michele has been so kind to offer Snugbags customers a generous 15% discount! Please use the code 'snugbagsfrankie' to redeem the discount at checkout.
Click here to purchase Frankie Apothecary's wonderful products.
HEALTHY BABY BLOG. In our HEALTHY BABY BLOG we focus on a different topic each time and have experts talk about their role in keeping little ones happy and healthy. Today we speak with Dr Ainslee Roughan, owner at Live Chiropractic.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Dr Ainslee Roughan, the founder of Live, which is a gentle holistic chiropractic health and wellness centre based in Kumeu and Henderson, Auckland. I am a registered qualified Chiropractor and like to categorise myself as a wellness extraordinaire. At Live we look at multiple aspects of health to enable you to be more awesome. My passion for health and wellness leads me to a mission of educating and empowering as many humans as possible. Health can be confusing with the latest fads flying around, it can be hard to keep up and know what is right. At Live we keep health simple, like it should be.
We all know how adults can accumulate stress in their bodies, but how do younger children experience this and how can they benefit from Chiropractic care?
Younger children may have stress on their bodies from sources such as postural stress, chemical stress or mental stress.
Postural stressors come in the form of birth (if it doesn’t quite go to plan), falling regularly or other physical challenges. Emotional stressors come from being in a new environment or being unsure of what is happening around them. Chemical stress may come from not being able to feed or sleep well or many other sources.
Children are like sponges absorbing information from birth and sometimes this can be A LOT for a small body to manage. At Live we offer gentle Chiropractic care that allows humans of all ages (even babies) to function to the best of their ability. Chiropractic care allows humans to integrate information optimally, and for growing minds and bodies this may allow them to feel better in themselves physically, mentally and emotionally.
What do signs of stress on the nervous system look like in little ones?
Young children can’t tell you they are getting symptoms like reflux from stress on their nervous systems, so they have to show you in the forms of skin rashes, colic, irritability, feeding difficulties, sleeping disturbances and many other symptoms.
Chiropractic does not fix any of these symptoms, but it does take the extra stress off the nervous system which allows your body to tend to those problem areas itself. It makes sense right? Take pressure off areas where too much pressure has built up and it allows the body to be more at ease.
The body is a complex organism and health is a multifaceted domain, at Live we approach it holistically, gently and naturally. How awesome is that?
For more information on how we may be able to help you and your family contact Dr Ainslee at email@example.com or 0274246770
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or visit www.livechiropractic.co.nz
On Sunday the 24th of September the clock will 'Spring' one hour forward. This means your little one will go to bed one hour earlier than usual. Newborns are generally not affected by Daylight Savings but older babies & toddlers might have a difficult time adjusting. We have some handy tips and tricks to make the transition smooth and easy.
Good luck helping your little ones adjust. We would love to hear how you get on x
For more info on sleeping bags and how to keep your little one warm at night click here
We are beyond proud to have won GOLD in the JUNIOR DESIGN AWARDS in the UK. We took out the category 'Best UK Children's Sleep Wear (Baby)' and this is what the judges said about SNUGBAGS:
THE GOLD AWARD FOR BEST UK CHILDREN'S SLEEPWEAR (BABY) IS... SNUGBAGS
"If you’re a snoozy baby and it’s chilly outside you'll want to be snug as a bug in one of Snugbags' Merino Sleep Bags.
Made from a unique 3-layer system to provide the ultimate sleeping experience, these sleeping bags combine layers of soft New Zealand Merino, a cloud-like bamboo and cotton duvet layer all wrapped up in soft organic cotton fleece.
As well as being super cosy Snugbags look extremely appealing, featuring gorgeous motifs that are woven into the fabric to avoid any printing with chemical inks.
Entirely made in New Zealand, this company’s green credentials are impeccable and their attention to detail and passion for their product was obvious to our judges."
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Junior and we have had an unprecedented amount of entires in this years - the shortlisting was tough and saw the Junior editorial team read, review and deliberate over the hundreds and hundreds of entries over a three-day period.
The judging itself was done by an exciting line-up of esteemed judges who are not only experts in their field, highly respected social influencers and of course, stylish parents themselves - but each one has been hand selected to ensure that Junior continues to showcase the best-of-the-best.
As the Junior Design Awards are a unique opportunity to win a luxury award that is - and will continue to be - the most esteemed accolade in the family lifestyle award arena, recognised by brands, clients and consumers alike.
We have all heard the expression ‘sleeping like a baby’ and most of us have never given this much thought, until we become parents. All of a sudden this phrase gets a completely different meaning as we realise our babies don’t "sleep like babies" at all! Or do they?
To help sleep deprived parents and to normalise infant & toddler sleep patterns we have compiled some tips and tricks and we hope they are helpful. The best thing to keep in mind is there is no ‘fit-for-all’ solution and to go with the flow and do what works for you and your little one.
1. Calming Bedtime Routine.
Children need time to calm down and prepare for sleep. Having a consistent bedtime routine can be useful in giving your child cues that sleep time is coming. There are likely things that you do each night before bed, such as bath, massage, putting on pyjamas, brushing teeth, reading bedtime story, nursing or rocking, and so on. Try to do those things in the same order to help your child understand what is coming next and lean to wind down through that process.
Also, create a calming environment during the bedtime routine. For example, turn off any bright lights (dimmers are great), television, and loud noises or exciting play at least an hour before bedtime.
2. Use a sleeping bag/swaddle
Using a sleeping bag or a zip up swaddle in your bedtime routine provides a strong sleep cue. Your little one will soon start associating their comfy sleeping bag with sleep time! Another great benefit is familiarity. When going on holiday or staying with grandparents or even for daytime sleeps at day-care centres – using your babies sleeping bag will give them a sense of familiarity and will result in settling faster and better sleep. Studies have shown that babies sleeping in merino have more restful, longer sleeps and gain weight faster. Sleeping bags also promote safe sleep as there is no need for dangerous loose bedding.
Using a ‘Hip-Healthy’ approved swaddle is a great and safe way to settle your little one and because swaddling your baby reduces the startle reflex and it will result in better sleep.
3. Lots of Fresh Air and Exercise
This is one of the most important factors in determining how well your child sleeps at night. Aim for at least a couple of hours each day, even in cold climates, we recommend finding a way to get outside with your kids every day (bundle them up and go for several short trips outside if need be) and finding places for them to get exercise (playgrounds or parks are great for this, but other options include going for a walk around a museum or even the mall!). For babies it is great to spend time outside too – in pram, backpack or wrap – it is really beneficial for their sleep to get a daily dose of fresh air.
If you find that your child has trouble sleeping – try and increase outside play time and see how well it translates into night time sleeping!
4. Check your little ones diet
It is possible that something the baby is eating could be contributing to sleep problems. Some babies that are on formula have sensitivities to certain types and breastfed babies might react to what you are eating (more about this next). For babies that have started solids, food allergies or sensitivities can impact sleep – most common being dairy and gluten. Also, certain types of food (watch out for sugar loaded yoghurts!) consumed too close to bedtime can prevent good sleep. We recommend no sugary foods (like yoghurt, sweets or treats) after lunchtime and we suggest vegetables, fruit, good fats (think avocados), protein, grains and nuts instead.
5. Watch for irritants in mums diet
If you are breastfeeding, then it is also worth considering whether something in your diet could be contributing to poor night time sleep. Usually breastfeeding mothers can eat whatever they like, but some infants are sensitive to certain things in Mums diet. Dairy is a frequent culprit and more obvious is your caffeine intake.
6. Consistent Napping
Good sleep promotes good sleep. A lot of parents whose children do not sleep well at night mistakenly think it would be a good idea for them to give up naps. Instead it is better to institute a consistent nap routine. Make sure that babies last nap isn’t too late in the day to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with night time sleep.
7. Comfortable Sleep Environment
Wherever your baby sleeps, ensure that it is comfortable. Make sure the room is dark (invest in some block out blinds!) and ideally the temperature should be between 18-20 degrees. Make sure your baby is dressed appropriately and you are using the right weight sleeping bag to eliminate the use of blankets which can be dangerous.
Your babies sleep space should be a calm and inviting space that promotes relaxation and rest. Natural, breathable materials like merino, organic cotton and bamboo help keeping your little one at a comfortable temperature all through the night and reduce the risk of overheating.
8. Adjust your Expectations
Babies and toddlers don’t sleep like adults – they wake – lots- and this is perfectly normal.
Babies sleep cycles (and this lasts until after 2 years) is at about half the length of an adult sleep state. Now this makes perfect biological sense – it keeps our young offspring more alert should a predator threaten their life. What predator you might think? Unfortunately for now we still possess the same innate responses that kept our hunter gatherer predecessors safe even though circumstances have changed.
Unfortunately our society puts an enormous amount of pressure on parents to have their little ones sleeping through the night and it completely discounts information on what normal infant sleep is.
Instead of trying to fix your babies ‘sleep problems’ try and be patient and go with the flow. Understand that not every child is the same and also that a child that did once sleep well, might not always sleep well – and that’s ok and perfectly normal. Teething, growth spurts, sickness, milestones, hunger, a scary situation during the day and not enough exercise or fresh air or any list of other things, can wreak havoc on your little ones sleep.
9. Recognize that this too shall pass
Our kids are only little for such a short period of time. It isn’t always easy dealing with the night waking or sleep deprivation and we know how frustrating it can be at times. It is important to realise that this too shall pass and things will get better. With age your child will start sleeping through the night and this is a skill that they will learn with time on their own.
10. Find Your Tribe
Surround yourself with family and friends that are supportive, understanding and who can help you out when you are very tired. Accept help, meals and support. Even things like Mum-groups on Facebook can be very helpful for support!
When you feel like there might be something else underlying that could interfere with your little ones sleep – visit a Cranial Osteopath and get them to do an assessment and a treatment. Quite often babies hugely benefit from this.
And last but not least we advise to try and sleep when your baby or toddler sleeps. When you are very sleep deprived and you feel like things are getting too much – nap when your child naps - other things can wait!! It’s not the end of the world if your house is not as clean & tidy as it used to be. We have all been there and it’s totally ok.
Helpful Gentle Sleep Books
We hope our tips were helpful and we understand that you would love to read more about the fascinating topic of infant sleep!
We highly recommend the range of Elizabeth Pantley’s “No-Cry” series and also The Gentle Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith. These books offer valuable tips and information. And most importantly they normalise and help you understand what baby and toddler sleep is.
For more info on how to keep your little one warm and snug at night click here.
Kim is the owner of SNUGBAGS - Merino for Kids. Together with her partner James and their little girl Neeva Rose, she lives in a little beach town called Piha on the West Coast in New Zealand. They love surfing, building sandcastles and all things natural and organic.