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NOW CLOSED Tesco Loves Baby bedding tester review thread: non-testers - win £100 cash by sharing your top tips for getting babies to nod off

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AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 18-Apr-13 11:16:41

This thread is for the MNers who are putting the Tesco Loves Baby range of bedding to the test. We'd love to hear what you think of the item you've been trying with your baby. We've provided a few questions to get you started but please feel free to add your own comments - the more detail the better!

Every tester who adds their feedback on this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 cash (to hopefully spend on Tesco Direct's Baby & Toddler range!).

We'd also like testers to add a review of the item they've tried here.

*Please remember to tell us what item(s) you've been testing in your response*

~ What was your overall impression of the product?

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?

~ And how about value for money? You can find out how much the item you've been testing costs here

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others? If so, which one(s)? You can see the whole range here

If you're not a tester, the team at Tesco Direct would still love to hear from you - for a chance to win a separate £100 cash prize please share on this thread any tips or advice you have on the topic of baby bedding, and getting babies off to sleep more generally - what do you find your LO finds most cosy? Any sure fire winners for getting them to nod off? Please share this on the thread and you'll be entered into the prize draw.

Lastly, Tesco Direct are offering a special discount for all MNers - save £10 when you spend £50 on Baby and Toddler ranges for First Time Shoppers when you use code TDX-7GRT - ends 12/05/13 Link here. See T&Cs below*.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draws

MNHQ

* eCoupon code TDX-7GRT entitles you to save £10 when you spend £50 or more on baby & toddler ranges.
This eCoupon applies to first time shoppers only.
This eCoupon is valid on orders placed on or before 23.59 on 12/05/2013.
Normal eCoupon terms and conditions apply.

lottytheladybird Thu 18-Apr-13 20:33:23

Received my blanket & sheets today. Looking forward to trying them out!

MandragoraWurzelstock Thu 18-Apr-13 20:35:46

Hi Alex - your links aren't links iyswim?

km479 Thu 18-Apr-13 20:37:50

Not received anything yet... No crisps either. Do I smell HQ?!

JambalayaCodfishPie Thu 18-Apr-13 20:39:26

Have the people getting things been emailed already? sad

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Apr-13 16:39:19

Thanks MandragoraWurzelstock all sorted now!

JambalayaCodfishPie - I'm afraid the testers have already been notified, sorry you weren't chosen this time. We've got lots of great things coming up though, so make sure to sign up again!

FudgeyCookie Mon 22-Apr-13 17:12:55

So far so good smile beer brought white sheets for Dd as was too worried about nappy explosions and sickyness but they are really good at the moment! DD is 7 months and is really enjoying stroking the sheets (she likes to pat and stroke things at the moment!) when she wakes up/as she falls asleep.

Haven't needed to wash one yet as only been on for 2 nights but will probably wash tomorrow/Wednesday, so will report back! But so far so good!

greathat Mon 22-Apr-13 17:29:36

I've washed one of the 2 cotbed sheets and it seems nice and soft. Fits the cotbed mattress snugly which is good as some sheets don't feel that secure when they go on

Cotbed fleece blanket is being used more in the day as a laying around on mat as its been a bit warmer so he's just in his sleeping bag, but feels nice and is a good size

CuppaSarah Mon 22-Apr-13 19:10:54

I got the white moses basket bedding. Used it for the first time this weekend while we were away in the carrcot. DD has never slept overnight in the carrycot but slept through ike a champ, so all good so far! Only issue on the carrycot and moses masket mattresses is the sheet comes up on the sides a little bit if you dont get it on right at the ends.

Loupee Mon 22-Apr-13 21:36:52

We received the blue cotbed sheets and blue fleece blankets.
Overall impressions are good.
The cotbed sheets are a good fit, I also like the fact you get 2 different shades of blue, not sure why I like this, but I do. They seem soft and snugly enough for my PFB, he has no complaints. Not washed them yet, will report back if there are any issues there. £8 for 2 sheets seems a fair enough price to me.
The fleece blanket seemed quite thin on first impressions, however when you consider the price (£6, I think) you wouldn't really be expecting much else. This has been washed (as the cats also give it a paws up as a cat bed!) and has come out well, still lovely and soft with no bobbling.
If I knew anyone in the market for baby bedding, I would recommend they check out Tesco. I will also be looking at other items in the range, as the need arises.

lottytheladybird Mon 22-Apr-13 22:27:04

What was your overall impression of the product?
Blue fleece blanket: I like the way it was rolled up and tied together with a ribbon. Nice, simple and pretty. I think it's a bit thin though, so I fold it in half to cover my baby with. I think the stars on the blanket are nice, but the long label on it seems a bit tacky.
Blue cotbed sheets: I thought the sheets could have been packaged a bit better. They were very bulky. I would have thought presenting them flat would mean that you could fit more on supermarket shelves and also if you were having them delivered to your home, they might fit through your letter box if they were flat. They fit very well on my son's cotbed and feel nice. I like the fact that they're 100% cotton. I prefer the light blue one.

What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?
Blue fleece blanket: I was initially a little disappointed that you couldn't tumble dry this, but actually, it dried very quickly, so it wasn't a problem. It coped well with being washed, but I think I'll have to wash it a good few times before being able to say quite how well it washes.
Blue cotbed sheets: It said on the packaging to wash the sheets before use, so I did. (I normally wash things before use anyway.) They coped well with being washed, but again I think I'll have to wash them a good few times before being able to say quite how well they wash.

And how about value for money?
Blue fleece blanket: It's quite good value for money, but I bought a similar fleece blanket from Mamas & Papas on special purchase for £5, which is cheaper than the Tesco one. I prefer the M&P one, as it's thicker and has a nicer label.
Blue cotbed sheets: I think they're good value for money

If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?
Blue fleece blanket: Yes
Blue cotbed sheets: Yes

Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others? If so, which one(s)?
The links aren't links, so I can't see the range. I'll post again once the links have been sorted out.

PolkaDotCups Tue 23-Apr-13 07:20:51

Starting to think I have as much chance of winning the lottery as joining a product test! My DD really could use some new bedding as she just moved into her own room this weekend not bitter honest I wonder if MNHQ could feedback how many people apply each time (out of curiosity).

PolkaDotCups Tue 23-Apr-13 07:39:39

Just to be in with the chance of a voucher, the place my DD finds it cosy and is happy to sleep is in our bed. We don't let her stay in with us all night but we do sometimes leave her with us to settle before quickly and smoothly doing a transfer!

ThedementedPenguin Tue 23-Apr-13 10:20:33

I was wondering is there any way we can check to see what we where supposed to get. As my package had been ripped open. It was quite large so I'm afraid that something was maybe taken.

FudgeyCookie Tue 23-Apr-13 11:00:25

Demented, inside mine was a small label and it had t written on the back on it with the (I'm guessing) catalogue number? Did you have one of those?

FudgeyCookie Tue 23-Apr-13 11:00:47

Not label, sorry, peice if paper

neontetra Tue 23-Apr-13 16:41:22

I'be got the white cotbed sheets and pink cellular blanket. We were impressed with quality and appearance of both on arrival - in fact dh, who opened the packet, emailed to say he was thinking of trying them out himself! Both are nice and soft, and have washed well. The blanket is a good size and weight. Good value too. Would definitely recommend to a friend if asked, and would consider buying more from the range, either for myself or as gifts.

katiewalters Tue 23-Apr-13 16:56:40

I have been testing the pink moses basket fleece blanket and the pink moses basket 100%cotton jersey fitted sheets.
I thought the quality of both were great, the fleece blanket was very soft.
I washed both before use, and had no problems. They washed well and came out soft. Would be good if the blanket could be tumble dried.
I think they are both good value for money, would definately buy them at the prices they cost.
I liked that the moses basket sheets came in 2 different shades of pink, and that the sheets came in a protective plastic packaging.
I would definately recommend these products to friends and family, as they are good quality and good prices.
Id try the baby blankets

mildred37 Tue 23-Apr-13 18:17:30

Oh dear. I'm going to g against the grain here I'm afraid.

I recieved the white Moses basket mattress covers and a white fleece blanket. I haven't had a chance to use them yet as DC1 is being lazy and has gone overdue, but I have washed both items ready for use.

The main problem I have with the sheets is that they don't fit my mattress! They are too short length wise and therefore won't be able to use then. However, the quality seems fine, not sure how durable they are but as they don't fit I can't really test them.

My main gripe is with the fleece blanket. Whilst soft, after 1 wash (40deg. with fairy, as recommended) it has bobbled quite significantly on 1 side. It's also quite thin, and I doubt it would be very durable.

As stated above, these are just my thoughts after 1 wash, no use as of yet. Hopefully DC1 will decide to make an appearance ASAP and I will get the chance to test, and will add my thoughts again afterwards.

weenwee Wed 24-Apr-13 15:40:48

I tested the 2 pack of cellular blankies (white) and moses basket sheets (white).

~ What was your overall impression of the product?

I was impressed with both products. Nice packaging, good quality, and seems sturdy!

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?

The cellular blankets were of median quality to every other cellular blanket I've owned (and we've been through a bunch!). Good quality.

I was really surprised at the softness of the moses basket sheets - I was NOT expecting that kind of softness for that price! Passed the touch test with flying colours!

Both were washed, and while they lost a bit of softness (I lined dried, not tumble dried).

~ And how about value for money? You can find out how much the item you've been testing costs here

In my mind, it was a much higher value for money than I would have guessed. And I must say I loved the cute rolling and ribbon wrap of the cell blankets, very Mamas and Papas! smile

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?

I already recommended it to two of my sister in laws!

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others? If so, which one(s)? You can see the whole range here

I'd be interested in testing the popcorn blankies, as they look so lush!

greathat Thu 25-Apr-13 08:24:09

Oh yes I also liked the packaging of the fleece blanket but thought there was too much packaging on the sheets.

The 2 shades of blue in the sheets is nice too smile

Mrdarcyswife Thu 25-Apr-13 10:34:52

Hi.

Thanks for sending me the pink cellular blanket and hearts fleece blanket in cot bed size

~ What was your overall impression of the product?
The celular blanket is lovely, really soft and loved the simple cord packaging
The heart blanket is lovely too, now I've unwrapped it. I have to say I hated the silver ribbon it was tied up with. I thought it made the blanket look really synthetic and cheap, put me right off

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?
Again really impressed ith the cellular blanket. We don't use fabric conditioner due to allergies and sometimes this means things go a bit "crunchy"', but this washed beautifully and has stayed soft
The fleece washed fine too

They both arrived as the weather got warmer so havent been used loads yet

~ And how about value for money? You can find out how much the item you've been testing costs here
Both great value

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes, especially the cellular one

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others? If so, which one(s)? You can see the whole range here
probably not at the moment we have most things we need, although I'm keeping an eye on the sheet reviews.....

LondonLancashireRose Thu 25-Apr-13 21:00:17

We are testing the white cellular blankets for our moses basket/carrycot

What was your overall impression of the product?

Good quality, nicely presented. Soft enough to give to our baby.

What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?

Good quality. Not washed and dried yet but will post again when I have.

And how about value for money? You can find out how much the item you've been testing costs here

I think £7 for the two blankets is excellent value. The quality is certainly comparable to a similar product from a specialist baby shop.

If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?

Yes, absolutely.

orangeshortbread Sun 28-Apr-13 15:41:17

I have been testing the white cotton jersey fitted sheets for moses basket.

~ What was your overall impression of the product?
Good first impression in attractive packaging and the material appears soft and of good quality. The elastic does seem a bit thick - it reminded me of boys' underpants! The thick elastic did actually become an issue when I tested the fitted sheets and the pull from it was so strong it made the edges of the mattress curl up. Given that moses basket mattresses tend to be quite flimsy I would suggest a good improvement would be to use a more delicate elastic without so much pull.

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?
Nice, soft material that washed and dried well at 40. Other sheets I own do wash at 50 though which is useful when they become soiled.

~ And how about value for money? You can find out how much the item you've been testing costs here
Yes, I would definitely pay for these at £5 for a pack of two if the elastic issue was corrected or they were made to be a little bigger to compensate. They are much better value than leading competitors.

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?
Not unless the elastic was changed as I am not happy that it makes the edges of a standard sized moses basket mattress curl up.

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others? If so, which one(s)? You can see the whole range here
I would like to try the cellular blankets.

orangeshortbread Sun 28-Apr-13 15:43:11

Sorry I can't work out where to add the review.

FudgeyCookie Mon 29-Apr-13 07:14:46

I've been testing the white fitted jersey cot bed sheets smile

~ What was your overall impression of the product?

I thought the product was very nice, before being sent these DD had pink sheets, however i found the white sheets didn't stain as much as the pink ones I have.

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?

I thought the quality was very nice, the sheets are soft and haven't stretched like some others we own. They washed well, DD bought up milk on the sheets a couple of time and I've found on other sheets its stained yellow, where as this time they have stayed lovely and white. DD also likes the sheets, as she likes to rub her face and head into her sheets/soft things, and she loved doing it on the sheets, as wel as stroking them with her hand hmm

~ And how about value for money?

Value for money is good, I would definately buy more when I need them, as they have washed well and kept their shape and colour.

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?

Yes I would, infact I already have!

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others?

Yes I would.

Thanks!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 29-Apr-13 10:30:06

orangeshortbread - if you go to this page - www.mumsnet.com/reviews/nursery/cots-cribs-cotbeds and click 'add a review' that should work. Thanks!

Ramblings Mon 29-Apr-13 13:36:48

My top tip for getting babies to sleep is consistency. Use the same covers, sheets etc so babies get used to their environment and feel comfortable and safe.

My children both love old fashioned flannelette sheets and soft blankets and as babies I always combined those with baby sleeping bags to help keep them warm and safe.

Kveta Mon 29-Apr-13 14:26:02

not a tester, but my only tip for getting babies to sleep is 'boobs'. I have fed both of mine to sleep until they were old enough to self settle (not happened yet with DD).

Also, baby in a sling almost always = baby falling asleep, so slings are another handy invention!

lagoonhaze Mon 29-Apr-13 14:26:29

Co sleeping is my tip. The only way to try and maintain sanity.

TeamEdward Mon 29-Apr-13 14:30:31

Non-tester here. Best thing I used for getting my DC off to sleep was a small radio, tuned to static and on at a low volume. We'd put the radio under the crib, or on the cotside table (out of arms reach).
When the DC were a bit older I'd play a Debussey CD to settle them.

ThePskettiIncident Mon 29-Apr-13 14:36:03

My top tip is co-sleeping. I got so much more sleep by breast feeding and co-sleeping. Night waking was very brief because of it. It's cosy, safe and really helped me to tune in to my baby's needs more.

For daytime sleeping, white noise clips from you tube were brilliant.

prakattack Mon 29-Apr-13 16:05:51

My top tip, once they're big enough, would definitely be baby sleeping bags.
My two have both been real wrigglers and sleeping bags have saved my sanity by avoiding the numerous wakings when blankets and sheets get kicked or wriggled off! They both had a propensity for sleeping horizontally across the bed rather than the normal way round...

MadMonkeys Mon 29-Apr-13 18:02:09

Non tester here. Top tips for a tiny baby - swaddle at night, feed then put in Moby wrap in the day. Prop up head end of crib if baby is troubled by wind at night. For older babies use sleeping bags and stick to a consistent bedtime routine. Put baby down for first nap after 2 hours of being awake. But all babies are different, try any suggestions you like but dint let anyone bully you into trying something you don't like, controlled crying for example if that first suit your approach to parenthood.

florencebabyjo Mon 29-Apr-13 21:02:51

I'm not a tester for this one but would love a voucher. My top tip for getting little one off to sleep is a warm bath followed by a bit of baby massage with a little almond oil and 1 drop of lavender oil. I make the room nice and warm and put baby onto a soft towel. I massage her little arms and legs one at a time and even tiny fingers and toes. She can hardly keep her eyes open after this and it works every time!

CuppaSarah Tue 30-Apr-13 07:23:07

~ What was your overall impression of the product?
I got the white Jersey Moses Basket Sheets and Fleece Banket. Overall I was really impressed, they do the job they are meant for perfectly. They feel lovely and soft and come out really well from the wash. DD has been sleeping really well with them and seems to prefer the fleece to her old cellular blankets, which surprised me. I also thought DD might overheat in a fleece blanket, which worried me, so the first couple nights I kept checking her to feel if she was too hot, but she was just about right each time.

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?
Theres no issues with the quality, stichings fine and the elastic on the sheets is holding up fine. It's all been through the wash a few times and it's made the sheets a little softer, the fleece hasn't gone bobbly either, which it often does!

~ And how about value for money?
Really good value for money! Bedding seems to be overpriced quite alot of the time. Even though the products are cheap to buy they don't feel like cheap fabric, I was surprised how lovely the fleece felt for how much it costs.

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?
Deffinatly, I've already been singing their praises to friends.

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others? If so, which one(s)?*
The cot bed bales are really reasonably priced, so when DD is a bit bigger and moves into her cot bed I'll probably buy a few of them. The hearts fleece blanket is adorable too and since I know the fleece is lovely and snug I might get it for her buggy in the winter.

greathat Tue 30-Apr-13 19:59:13

I tested the blue cotbed sheets and fleece blanket
What was your overall impression of the product?
Sheets - Nice and soft. Good quality and a nice size for the cot bed. They stayed in place well.
Blanket - Again good size, nice and soft, but don't use them at night as I like to use blankets with air holes as I worry about risk of overheating/suffocation

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?
Washed well, and have stayed soft. Material seems to be good quality

~ And how about value for money? You can find out how much the item you've been testing costs here
Blanket was nicely packaged you could give as a gift. Too much packaging on sheets. Liked the two different colours of sheets. Happy with value for money - would have been pleased if I'd bought them

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?
Yes I would

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others?
Might get some more sheets when needed. Would consider purchasing them as gifts if I knew someone expecting a baby

greathat Tue 30-Apr-13 20:05:58

What category would you like us to add reviews under? The closest I can see is baby sleeping bags

Huffpot Tue 30-Apr-13 20:08:41

Not a tester but with my little ones (11 months age difference and both very very active boys) I find a solid bedtime routine works wonders. A warm bath, pj's on, story, hugs and kisses and lights out.
In terms of bedding they are both new in big boy beds and over their duvets I tuck a large blanket and put in under the mattress so they feel secure and don't fall out of their beds.
And now its light longer I wouldn't be without my blackout blind!

ThedementedPenguin Tue 30-Apr-13 20:18:48

~ What was your overall impression of the product?

I thought the product looked great. Felt very soft and seemed like great quality. Unfortunately the sheets are actually too small for my cotbed. I loved the darker blue sheet. Product came packaged very big compared to other brands.

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?

I washed the item before use. It seemed to wash well, however it would need more washes to see how it would stand after a couple of uses.

~ And how about value for money?

I thought if was great value for money.

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?

I would def tell a friend about the products but I am a bit gutted I couldn't try it out properly.

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others? If so, which one(s)?

Yes I would try other products. Including:

Blankets
Duvets
Cellular blankets

ThedementedPenguin Tue 30-Apr-13 20:20:06

Ooopppsss sorry I was testing

Tesco Loves Baby Cotbed Jersey Fitted sheet 2 pack blue

TiredFeet Tue 30-Apr-13 20:28:15

for a chance to win a separate £100 cash prize please share on this thread any tips or advice you have on the topic of baby bedding, and getting babies off to sleep more generally - what do you find your LO finds most cosy? Any sure fire winners for getting them to nod off?

I 'cheated' and just breastfed my son to sleep until he was 14 months old. we would have a bath and story routine and then a feed. He had bad eczema so found it hard to settle and it was just the easiest way. Then all of a sudden he just started not nodding off whilst feeding, so I did a bit of patting/ holding his hand and then eased him off that. He has always been easy to get down every since. so feed to sleep - that's my sure fire winner! it wasn't a rod for my own back he just stopped in his own time.

on bedding - we used baby sleeping bags and found these really good as he would always lose his blankets if we used them. he also slept with a pillow under his mattress as he got congested a lot, so I think that helped mean the blankets would just fall off.

lottytheladybird Tue 30-Apr-13 21:30:01

I've now had a look at the range, now that the links work. I think I would definitely buy more bedding, as it does seem to be great value for money.

Chot Tue 30-Apr-13 22:06:15

Not a tester, but a mum of four and would say that the 'classic bedtime routine' - nice, warm bath then a brief massage (baby no. 4's massage is significantly more brief than baby no. 1's used to be!!!!!) before a milk feed / story and a nice, cosy cuddle - when done consistently each day at around the same time ish (as far as is possible) really does help babies to settle more readily at bedtime. Once they've gone to sleep, I also put a soft, quietly jingly toy in the cot so that when my baby wakes up in the morning, he is happy to play for a little while, giving me a very welcome extra 5 or 10 minutes of snooze time first thing!

Jojobump1986 Wed 01-May-13 08:14:25

DS1 was a really good sleeper but I'm not sure how much of that was down to anything we did! We sort of co-slept by having the cotbed with one side off wedged between our bed & the wall. It meant that I could reach him easily but also that he had his own space. We swaddled him for the first few months until he discovered his thumb. After that we gradually went from one-arm-free swaddling to a sleeping bag.

DS1 was an unusual baby though - he was far more likely to go to sleep if he was just put down & left alone when tired than if we held/rocked him! It did make me feel a little rejected that my baby didn't seem to want to be cuddled all the time but I guess the extra sleep I got did help keep me sane!

whattodoo Wed 01-May-13 08:26:00

Not a tester.
My best tip for getting baby to sleep is a consistent routine.
Same time each evening, bath, singing, bottle, story, cuddles and bed with dimmed light.
Once the pattern was established, we were able to ocassionally change it slightly if we were out late or in a different bedroom etc - we weren't slaves to the bedtime routine!

ilovepicnmix Wed 01-May-13 09:06:28

Im not a tester. My baby has been a pretty poor sleeper but we've always stuck to a routine of bath, feed and bed. He knows this routine now and knows it's bedtime. While getting dressed after bed he can get upset but a song (usually a pop song in a chilled out styleeee as I don't know lullabies) always calms and quietens him. A forehead stroke sends him off if he's struggling once he's in his cot.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-May-13 09:53:59

greathat - please add your review under this category. Thank you!

dahville Wed 01-May-13 10:26:58

Non-tester - What do you find your LO finds most cosy?
Sleeping with a sleeping bag instead of blankets has been a winner for us. He moves around so much during the night that blankets just fall away but a sleeping bag moves with him.

Any sure fire winners for getting them to nod off?
I think the work we did when he was a newborn has paid dividends at his bedtime now - during the first three months we always picked him up when he cried and gave him a great sense of security. Since about 4/5 months we haven't had any bedtime problems (unless he's under the weather) - he doesn't fear or fight sleep time.

WowOoo Wed 01-May-13 10:28:46

Non tester:

Tip for getting babies to sleep is to have relaxing music playing in their room.
Along with the normal routine once they've heard 'Chill with Bach' is on I think it acts as a cue for sleep.
Both my 7 and 3 year old still listen to relaxing classical music now.

For soft, cosy bedding they seem to like flananette (sp?), especially in the cold winter months.

Puppypoppet Wed 01-May-13 11:27:46

Non tester here.

My top tip would be professionally installed black out blinds - great for both daytime naps and night time now it is getting lighter. If you have a good installer they can minimise light coming through around the edges.

Also agree with grobags / sleeping bags my daughter always seemed to sleep better when we used them.

Non-tester:
My top tip is to have at least 3 of any comfort object, and swap (and wash) them regularly. You can guarantee that the time your DC needs their comfort object most will be when they have just spewed all over it, and being able to magically produce another, clean and dry, will raise your status as a parentgrin.

firawla Wed 01-May-13 12:32:28

non tester - i find they sleep better if i really tire them out in the day! but on topic of bedding, going to get mine a slightly thicker duvet as they have very low tog and wondering if thats why they always prefer coming to our bed - warmer and cosier?

nextphase Wed 01-May-13 12:37:44

non tester: top tip Never listen to anyone who says their baby sleep through. It will just make you demoralised at 2am when your doing the 5th feed of the night.
Or, I guess another way to word it: Baby doesn't have a sleep problem, its doing what it wants. its you that has the problem with babies sleep.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Wed 01-May-13 13:59:12

Non tester. Wish I had a magic wand to make my DD sleep! Top tip: cuddle her to sleep and enjoy the lovely soft warm snuggles and baby smell while you can. Plenty of time for catching up on lost sleep when she grows up and moves out is a bit older...! smile

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Wed 01-May-13 14:01:21

Also and maybe more helpfully - brushed cotton / flannelette sheets in winter! Sooo soft and cosy, dd loves stroking them and I love them too. They feel warmer somehow than the smooth cotton ones. Sorry for posting twice!

JimmyCorkhill Wed 01-May-13 14:14:59

I tested the pink cellular blanket and the fitted jersey cot sheets.

~ What was your overall impression of the product?
Very impressed. The blanket was beautifully wrapped. If you gave it as a present it would look like you'd spent a lot more money! The sheets came in a rather large packet. I've seen them sold like this in other shops so I suppose it's the norm for fitted sheets.

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?
When I first unrolled the blanket I thought it was very thin but realised that this was a good thing as I would be able to fold without adding bulk (still have a tiny DD2 so only use a section of the cotbed). Also it would make a good light summer blanket or an extra layer for winter without being too heavy. The sheets were unbelievably soft! I washed everything before use and it all washed and tumble dryed well. The sheets maintained their softness.

~ And how about value for money?
Brilliant. I wish I had got these before my first DD was born. I spent a fortune buying bedding bales from specific baby shops but this stuff is just as good, if not better.

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?
Definitely.

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others?
I'm going to buy the fitted sheets in cotbed size (realised the ones I was sent to test were for a cot, doh. A friend will be benefiting from them now!) I've seen that they come in pink as well so will get those ones.

PiHigh Wed 01-May-13 15:16:21

Non tester

When my two were little we found grobags to be fantastic for them as they didn't kick them off or get tangled up. Best tip I have for getting them to sleep is to just go with the flow and let them settle into their own routine. Don't stress about X down the road who had her kids sleeping through from 7-7 when they were a day old wink.

katiewalters Wed 01-May-13 15:29:27

to get my little one to sleep we have a routine, which happens at the same time everyday. we have quiet time, so no tv, loud noises, or bright lights. then its bath time, and straight after its story time, then bed

Ida3456 Wed 01-May-13 16:03:19

Non tester

I use cellular blankets because mine is still v little. My tip would be to use flat sheet as well, tucked in as tightly as is reasonable.

I try to put her down before she is completely asleep in my arms - she is learning to self settle in the basket.

TheBreastmilksOnMe Wed 01-May-13 16:04:56

Non-Tester-
My top tip for when they are very young would be to place them near anything with a rhythmic sound. My daughter had colic for her first 12 weeks and rocking her whilst standing below the cooker extractor, the tumble drier or the hair drier would calm her. Beware of over using the hair drier though as we went through 3 in those first few months as I wore the motors out!

rootypig Wed 01-May-13 16:13:20

Non tester here -

my DD is a VERY kicky baby and I couldn't live without baby sleeping bags. Whenever I use sheets and blankets she kicks them off when she stirs, then wakes completely.

As for getting her to sleep, in the 6 months of being a mother probably the sum total of my wisdom is, never let your baby get overtired! it took a few months for me to realise, but now I watch like a hawk for the signs of tiredness and whisk her off for a nap (in cot or pram) asap. She's always ready for her first nap 90 minutes after waking up. And the more she naps in the day, the more readily she sleeps at night!

Non tester here.

When very young we used a sleepsuit with fold over scratch mitts + swaddling blanket. The scratch mitts saved a lot of tears (mine!). The swaddling blanket needs to be nice and thin, and lovely soft natural fabric. We used gorgeous soft large muslin swaddles in the summer, and fantastic thin merino wool swaddles in the winter. (When I say, swaddles, I mean a large square - never could get with the expensive specially designed things.)

So my top tip is learn to swaddle!

likesnowflakesinanocean Wed 01-May-13 16:27:17

non tester, i lived at home with my mum, brothers and sister when ds was small. my tip would be invest in a lock so noone decides its time to come and sing,dance, chat to baby for the third time since you tried to settle him grin they loved him being there

M0naLisa Wed 01-May-13 16:34:58

Non tester here.

My top tip for getting kids off to sleep is a nice relaxing cuddles, tapping their bum in rythum to heartbeat. (Mainly on babies)

For toddlers. A nice cuddle and quiet time before nap time.

JS06 Wed 01-May-13 16:49:33

I used to get my daughter off to sleep for her day time nap in her pram in the utility room just as I set the washing machine off on a new cycle. She loved the hum and the noise and it seemed to soothe her. It also meant I felt able to get on with noisy jobs too like vacuuming and unloading dishwasher.

newfashionedmum Wed 01-May-13 17:11:45

non tester - regularish time, bath and bed routine, story from an early age, back rub before then. Our DD has always been a good sleeper lucky for us..

TheTempest Wed 01-May-13 17:22:17

My best tip for getting DD's to sleep when they were little was a long sleeve sleep suit under a sleeping bag. DD1 used to she'd her bedding within seconds and then wake up because she was cold! DD2 loved to be swaddled in a comfy sheet.

Now they are 3 and 2, my only advice is a set bed routine and crossing your fingers!

BumpyS Wed 01-May-13 17:52:40

fire winners for getting LO to nod off?
- a warm bottle of milk and a confy sleeping bag. Always works smile

Non-tester - a consistent bedtime routine of bath, milk and bedtime story in a quiet darkened room. Always used sleeping bags instead of blankets and of course, the little one 's favourite cuddly toy to snuggle up to

lottietiger Wed 01-May-13 18:33:51

Tips for getting my little one to nod off.. read a book! ive been reading to my ds every night from week one and he drops off like a light where ever he is and normally by page 10 smile

malachite Wed 01-May-13 20:30:58

I always put my little one in a sleeping bag for naps and night time and he settles much better in it than under blankets. We have a routine that we stick to: bath, book, cuddles, sleep for the older toddler followed by a breastfeed and then sleep for the little one. Consistency is key imo!

Wibblytummy Wed 01-May-13 20:58:07

Non tester here.

Think my top tip for nodding off would be to try lots of things. At 9 weeks I used to sit there for hours on end trying to get my baby to sleep and creep away, failing each time. One night when my DH took over and I had gone for a bath, he just fed, burped, briefly cuddled and then popped him in his moses and let him be, something I would never have dared. He was fast asleep in 10minutes and has been the same ever since for the last 2 years... Not that he did this for me at nap times at all. He was 14months before he would nap anywhere but in my arms...

eteo Wed 01-May-13 21:14:35

i always put white noise and soft light after 7pm. bath and a bit of books. and send them straight to bed.

twotrackmind Wed 01-May-13 21:42:29

When DD was a bit younger the best way to get her to sleep was cuddling up breastfeeding. We'd lay her on top of our bedding in a light sleeping bag.

Now she's a bit older (22 months) we recently used gradual retreat to persuade her into the cot. It went easier than expected and now she sleeps through most nights. She used to take ages to go down but now she even switches her nightlight and says "night" before snuggling up for a pre-sleep feed.

Hopezibah Wed 01-May-13 22:13:55

Not a tester but here are my thoughts / tips for sleep.

We actually swear by sleeping bags rather than blankets. I can check room temperature and then layer up or layer down vest / sleepsuit and combine with either 1 tog or 2.5 tog sleeping bag and that way I feel it gives me more peace of mind than using blankets. However, I like the idea that the cot / cotbed sheets come in pink and blue from Tesco because we've always only had white so it would definitely tempt me to buy some pink sheets!

Top sleep tip is to let them fall asleep in their own cot from a very early age (ie from a few weeks / few months old). I have three children and my first ONLY fell asleep whilst breastfeeding and he still struggles with sleep (9 years later!), so I learnt my lesson for the next two and they are both brilliant at settling themselves to sleep both for day naps and nighttimes.

We had a little musical pull toy that also helps signal sleeptime and whilst some experts would say this would over-stimulate, we found that it is a perfect cue to fall asleep.

Combined with two favourite cuddle toys (we have safedreams Hoppy and Patch) and they stay in the cot, again as a cue for sleeptime.

I also think dummies are fine at sleeptime (baby 2 had dummies and it helped him sleep within seconds of being given the dummy), but baby 3 prefers her thumb which is also fine by us.

Basically having cues for sleep has been the main thing that helped such as the music, the same toys, and the dummy.

jennyn8545 Thu 02-May-13 07:41:40

My best tip for getting babies to sleep (without being still attached to mummy or daddy)
Ever so gently stroke baby's face in swirly movements, Also face baby's pram in the direction of the sun (not for long obviously)
All tried and tested methods on my 3 boys :-)

Littleorangetree Thu 02-May-13 11:46:40

I found that for children under two years old a sleeping bag was definitely the easiest way of making sure they stay cosy. They can't wriggle out of it and you can change the number of layers you put on under it depending on the temperature.

My son was an awful sleeper when he was younger and I found that the best way of helping him settle was to have a very consistent bedtime routine: pjs on, teeth brushed, into bed, two stories then light out (then lie with him until he drops off). As long as the routine was there it really helped him get into the frame of mind for sleeping, and it still does now he's 4.

Littlecherublegs Thu 02-May-13 12:57:14

Non-tester:

My LO has always been a bit of a rubbish sleeper!!
However, we do find that a regular bedtime routine definitely helps. He has the '4 B's - bath, book, boob, bed!!

He also sleeps in a GroBag which we find better than alot of sheets / blankets which tend to come off / end up on the floor!

ShatnersBassoon Thu 02-May-13 14:06:36

Sleeping bags were the best bedding for a cosy, comfy baby here.

My unique method of getting screeching babies off the sleep is to hold them tight to my chest, their head on my shoulder, and march around singing The Grand Old Duke of York. My monotonous singing and the marching motion makes the drop off in no time grin

Fazerina Thu 02-May-13 14:17:34

Non tester

MY almost 2-year-old DS is not the best sleeper in the world, but he always sleeps best when he's had lots of fresh air and eaten healthy meals and snacks. He has a good routine of bath, massage, nighttime nappy and pjs and then breastfeed and cuddling to sleep. We co-sleep and at least that way we all get some sound sleep, but I work on my laptop in the night and he still wakes up every now and then, because I'm not there next to him.. But hey, that's life with kids I guess..

janekirk Thu 02-May-13 16:17:13

Low lighting and gently massage between the eyebrows

noo1985 Thu 02-May-13 19:35:52

~ What was your overall impression of the product?
I liked the look of the BLUE FLEECE BLANKET it was good quality and the thickness meant it could be doubled over as the size abled you to do this.
I was really impressed with the BLUE COT SHEETS as they were really good quality they washed well and it was good that they were in different colours

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?
Both items washed up fine, even after several washes the cot blankets stayed fine with no bobbles.

~ And how about value for money? You can find out how much the item you've been testing costs here
Excellent value for money on both items, I would definitely recommend as you tend to find baby bedding that is good quality can be quite expensive.

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?
Definitely, I have used the Tesco baby range before because I believe it is good quality and good value for money so I would definitely recommend

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others? If so, which one(s)? You can see the whole range here
I would consider trying others like the cotbed sheets for my older daughters cot.

youmaycallmeSSP Thu 02-May-13 20:02:13

Non-tester here. My top sleep tips are:

- use travel-style grobags if you're into sleeping bags. They are brilliant for long car journeys and holidays and both my DC have found them really comfy;
- if you can possibly fit one in your room, get a cosleeper cot or crib; and
- do whatever you need to do to get enough sleep with a tiny baby. You can do sleep training later but it's important to maintain your sanity now.

Wheresthecoffee Thu 02-May-13 22:19:31

Non tester....
I've found sticking to a routine the most helpful for encouraging sleep, coupled with cellular blankets to help keep baby cosy without overheating smile

My top tip for getting your little ones to nod off...... Rub a little Badger Sleep Balm on their temples and forehead. My daughter loves it and she drops off relaxed and calm.

daisybrown Thu 02-May-13 23:17:15

Warm bath, cuddles, nursery rhymes, lavendar room freshener.

MyMillsBaby Fri 03-May-13 16:33:55

I'm not a tester. My ULTIMATE tip though is to roll up a blanket and place it inside a pillow case so it frames the edges. This creates a nest that simulates the womb. Works everytime...

Lamazeroo Fri 03-May-13 19:47:57

Hmm, I'm afraid my only 'tip' (ie. the only thing that works for me) is breastfeeding to sleep.

HellcatMomma Fri 03-May-13 20:41:02

Non-tester:

A stretchy swaddle and a cradle hold cuddle work wonders for our LO. DS is a very sicky baby, so we use a soft moses blanket sheet on the mattress, with a small flat sheet folded under his head to catch any reflux. I find the flat sheet can be washed at a much higher temperature than most muslins and comes out much softer for sleeping on. I'm not sure what we will do in a few weeks when DS has outgrown all our swaddles!

LondonLancashireRose Sat 04-May-13 08:11:03

Back again after having washed the moses basket cellular blankets.

Am slightly disappointed as they have come out a bit bobbly, despite being washed on a gentle baby wash cycle. That being said, they have stayed lovely and soft.

Rosehassometoes Sat 04-May-13 11:31:31

Non-tester

If your baby has a runny nose they'll sleep better a little upright, either in their push chair, a padded baby seat or with the matters raised at one end.

We put DS in his padded chair inside his cot.

delasi Sat 04-May-13 13:32:13

Non-tester here.

Top tips on sleep and bedding - we have a few! But they all work for us really well.

- #1 for bedding is sleeping bags. DS seems to thoroughly dislike having his arms wrapped up (never liked being swaddled) plus he likes to wriggle and wave his legs in the air whilst he sleeps. Sleeping bags stay on, keep arms free and can't be pulled over the head.
- #1 for sleep is hushing and rocking. Started in order to calm a refluxy DS in the night and discovered that he loves it. I never considered doing either pre-DS as I didn't want to get into 'bad habits'. Then I decided that there is no such thing as a bad habit if it means we all get a good night's sleep smile

Some others...
- lullabies and vibrations. We've had a Graco Pack 'n Play as the main sleeping area since birth; it plays music and the mattress can vibrate. These really help to calm DS when refluxy.
- tilt the mattress: if your baby is congested or has reflux then just roll a towel up and place under the head of the mattress.
- co-sleeping: if you're all happy together, then just do it. On the worst refluxy nights co-sleeping has helped us all to sleep.

Doogle2 Sat 04-May-13 18:37:34

Non tester here. My top tip is to buy a travel black out blind. This uses suckers and can be fitted to any window. It's a life saver when you go away on holiday or visit family.

~ What was your overall impression of the product?
Cot bed sheets (blue) - very nice, good fit and nice feel to them, good having the slightly different colours although I prefer the paler one. DS1 (age 3) has tested these since DS2 has not yet turned up grin
Popcorn pram blanket (blue) - lovely texture to it, slightly annoying that it can't be tumble dried as I don't have a washing line and leaving it on the radiator makes it slightly crispy feeling although that did wear off quickly.

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?
I've washed both items. The colour on the pram blanket did run, but didn't (thankfully!) affect anything else in the wash. The sheet (have only washed the lighter one so far) washed well and seemed to be the same colour coming out as it was going in.
DS1 tells me he likes the pram blanket because it's snuggly. It certainly feels lovely and soft, although it also seems to shed fibres slightly so I'm not too sure about using it with a newborn too often - which will please DS1 no end.

~ And how about value for money? You can find out how much the item you've been testing costs here
Both are good value for money I think, I'd happily pay that price for them myself (if I hadn't already been sent them to test grin).

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?
Yes, I would - decent value and decent product.

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others? If so, which one(s)? You can see the whole range here
I've looked at some of the other things Tesco sell for baby bedding, and I have my eye on the sleeping bags - I've used those with both my older children and really like them. If I need any more sheets etc then I will definitely look at the Tesco ones too, but I probably have enough already.

stephgr Sun 05-May-13 00:41:34

my best tips are consistent routines and if they can't get to sleep then some sort of motion whether it be rocking in a pram or being driven in the car.

ataraxia Sun 05-May-13 14:26:05

Non tester.

I once read that if you play music while relaxed and rubbing your bump, the child will later find that same music comforting and help her/him get to sleep. Not sure if it's true but seems no harm in trying!

PetiteRaleuse Sun 05-May-13 16:32:54

My top tip is fresh air. My baby always sleeps better when she has spent as much of the day as possible outside. Now the evenings are getting warmer (ha) I wrap her up and take her outside for a short time before bedtime and it seems to help too.

PurplePidjin Sun 05-May-13 21:20:55

Getting baby to sleep? Don't stress about it. They get there in their own time.

Sleep "hygiene" is important: stress-free environment, clean and warm, make them feel safe and snug. If that means feeding to sleep or co-sleeping to make your baby feel safe then you're doing a good job no matter what well-meaning older people might think.

Oh, and if anybody gives you the cats bum mouth because your 5mo still wakes twice a night, ask them when the last time they went 12 hours without so much as a sip of drink was hmm

HappyAsEyeAm Tue 07-May-13 13:21:37

Please remember to tell us what item(s) you've been testing in your response

I was testing the cot bed fitted sheets and the cot bed fleece blanket (both in cream)

~ What was your overall impression of the product?

Packaging of the fleece balnket was lovely, tied with a ribbon, looked quite luxurious, and something that I would buy for my own child and also buy as a gift. Packaging of the cot bed blankets was less appealing, as they looked like they had fallen out of their wrapper (maybe due to being posted). They looked good colours, and that they woudl do the job well.

~ What did you think of the quality? Have you washed the item? How did it cope with being washed?

Cot bed fitted sheets - they felt a little thin, but nothing to be overly concerned about. The only other cot bed fitted sheets I have to compare them to are from mamas and papas, and I would imagine the tesco ones cost much less then those, so I would expect a reduction in quality. But the problem with them is that they are too short for my cot bed mattress, so I have no use for them. I haven't washed them, as they weren't even used.

Fleece blanket - looks to be lovely quality, very soft and cuddly. It hasn't had much use, as the weather has been pretty good since I received it, so I expect it will have more use in the winter.

~ And how about value for money? You can find out how much the item you've been testing costs here

Both items - fantastic value for money. That said, I am not comparing these items to other items which I already have of a similar price. I am comparing them to mamas and papas items, which I have had for 4+ years (I am using them on my youngest son after my eldest has long outgrown them). Despite being washed what must be over a hundred times, the mamas and papas ones are still as new. I would not expect that with the Tesco ones (who would for the price?). As such, I would probably prefer to buy these items from mamas and papas when it comes to buying them again, as I have had such a good experience of their products.

~ If it came up in conversation, would you recommend this product to a friend?

Yes.

~ Now that you've tried a product from the Tesco Loves Baby range, do you think you'd try any others? If so, which one(s)?

Yes - mattress protector and/or cuddle robe.

MumbleBag Tue 07-May-13 20:28:56

I was testing the popcorn pram blanket in pink and cot bed sheets in white.

First impressions of the blanket were good. Lovely soft feel and nice popcorn/bubble effect to add some interest. Agree with whoever posted up thread to say the cot bed sheet packaging was very bulky. I'd expect to see them packed flatter. The sheets themselves though were soft and was very happy with them.

Quality of the blanket was generally good. Not quite as nice as some more expensive blankets but has washed very well and have been using it as a blanket for baby to lie on happily. The cot bed sheets are excellent. Lovely fit and washed very well. Really pleased with these.

I think both products are excellent value for money. There are nicer blankets out there but for 3 times the cost. The cot bed sheets are brilliant value.

I would definitely recommend these to a friend if we were discussing baby bedding. Great value and quality.

I would definitely buy fitted sheets from the Tesco Loves Baby range now I have tested these.

goldenretriever Wed 08-May-13 09:14:30

This range is great and definitely as good as the more expensive top brand name.

GetKnitted Wed 08-May-13 22:22:54

Non-tester here, and I know this is not going to be popular, but my babies have been rocked to sleep since birth and we only changed to ds1 going to sleep by himself when he was old enough for me to talk to him about it properly. No crying it out in our house, thanks.

Lamazeroo Thu 09-May-13 18:34:09

GetKnitted that's popular with me!

ritagcabrita Thu 09-May-13 22:04:25

I cuddle my 10 week old baby boy and we bounce together on a gymnastics ball. It's great for my tights and he nods off to sleep quickly and peacefully smile smile

HannahLI Sun 12-May-13 15:47:47

Im not a tester, but what we find works really well is:
- For naps I sleep my baby in a different place to at night so that they can see the difference, I find this helps them to sleep better at night.
- A good pattern is great for bedtime, I say pattern rather than routine as I think its things you always do that transfer to different places to that they understand to be bedtime. They run around whilst I am running the bath then after that we do much quieter activities. Calm is really important at bedtime. We usually do bath, quieter play, Pj's, storytime then bed.
- A nice familiar toy is always good too and there are lots that are suitable from birth.
-I still do a feed before bed and I do this in their bedroom so that once they are in they stay there. I think it helps to darken the room and keep the environment the same from this point on.
-if they wake up or are woken up we never take them out of their room just comfort them in place to keep the quiet up.

Belmo Mon 13-May-13 13:13:08

I'm not a tester.
Bedding wise it's definitely all about sleeping bags I think. Nice and cosy and so easy, especially for night feeds.
When my dd was a little baby white noise was great at getting her to sleep - I had a white noise app on my phone or sometimes I'd put her in the sling and push the Hoover about.
At 20 months it seems the only way to get her to sleep is breastfeeding while singing Twinkle Twinkle over and over and over and over hmm
I do find having the room as dark as possible helps though.

RachelHRD Mon 13-May-13 13:34:30

Not a tester.

For me grobags were an absolute godsend with my two DC's from 6 months old up to the age of 2. I could relax knowing that they would be warm enough all night long and not have to worry about them either kicking off blankets or ending up with them over their faces. I found the combination of a global and a long sleeved sleepsuit kept them warm enough in winter and in summer I could put them in short sleeves or in just a nappy and grobag if it was very warm. The different tog ratings also meant that I could change them according to the air temperature so they were neither too warm or too cold.

sharond101 Tue 14-May-13 21:10:17

Non tester and for us it's encouraging LO to fall asleep in his cot on his own, easier said than done though.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 15-May-13 15:57:39

Thanks to all testers who posted their feedback and all non-testers who posted their top tips. I'm pleased to announce the winners of the prize draw are:

cuppasarah and
chot

Congratulations - you've both won £100 cash!

I'll PM you to get your details

I have 3 little girls 4, 3 and 6 mths. I can swear by putting them down in cot and gently patting their chests in a rhythmic fashion for a couple of minutes. gently singing or soothing tones. Always gets mine to sleep!

CalamityJ Tue 04-Jun-13 17:47:26

Non tester who uses a muslin which I've slept with for a few nights to stroke her face and cover her eyes to stop her looking around and get distracted. It's like she's been drugged! Who knew Mummy smells were so soporific?

florencebabyjo Mon 22-Jul-13 11:51:20

I am a non tester! I used to put my baby in his basket right next to the washing machine. The spin cycle used to send him off every time!

I prefer to use a baby sleeping bag for my 13 month old son as he then doesn't wake up because he has kicked his covers off.

ratbagcatbag Mon 22-Jul-13 18:18:26

None tester.

For us it's all about routine, getting her bathed then bottle and then sleep works.
Keeping dd cosy she definitely prefers sleeping bags, she throws herself around at night so the sleeping bag doesn't get tangled around her.
Finally a lullaby vtech projector works if all else fails.

littlemonkeychops Tue 23-Jul-13 17:18:24

I'm a non-tester.

What does your LO find cosy?
Bith my Dds have been summer babies and we co-sleep, in summer they just have a sheet and in winter they have sleeping bags.

Any sure fire tips to send them off?
Breastfeeding to sleep for 18 months, then snuggling down to bed with a couple of stories. Co-sleeping is also great for getting a lot of sleep.

Maggietess Wed 24-Jul-13 11:38:18

Tip for getting babies off to sleep- my 10 month old has really taken to his Eric Elephant cuddly toy this last month. He will now go happily to sleep as long as he can snuggle down with Eric under one arm and the corner of his blanket under the other. So try a teddy or comforter for older babies, they like snuggling up with something.

MoogDroog Thu 25-Jul-13 19:56:18

Not a tester, but my top tip for getting babies to nod off is white noise. Magic! We downloaded a few mp3s of hoovers and washing machines and bam! sleeping baby!

manfalou Fri 26-Jul-13 22:10:15

A Non tester but for us swaddling baby was a MUST. He loved it and knew it was sleep time as soon as the was wrapped up. He then moved onto the 'Swaddle up 50/50' which let us wean him off of swaddling by unzipping one arm free and then another a couple of nights later. Its a great shape and whilst its still quite snug around the torso the legs have lots of wriggle room. Would recommend to anyone as they're not based on age either, they're based on weight so you know you're getting the right size for YOUR baby.

nicholab85 Mon 29-Jul-13 17:39:11

Non tester

My bedtime tip is ROUTINE! I have never had a problem with my kids..from birth i did bath and pjs at 7 bed at 8..now they both go to bed at 8 and wake up as late as 9-30 if i let them!

Crazybit Tue 30-Jul-13 21:12:47

My tip. Start from a very young age at getting them used to nodding off themselves, instill a bedtime routine with something familiar ( maybe a blanket, have a stash of these in case they get lost) but try them in different places, such as a travel cot sometimes etc so you will not have problems with them sleeping in unfamiliar places.

ThePearShapedToad Thu 01-Aug-13 13:54:32

None tester. Best things I've found are storing all the bed linens with scented soaps (eg lavender) so they have a subtle scent when it comes to making up the cots / beds, and then also scented lavender pounches in the bedroom only. Therefore the scent is associated with sleeping only and rest

Bubbles85 Thu 29-Aug-13 23:20:11

Soft cuddly freshly washed bedding for a much better sleep smile

kateandme Sat 31-Aug-13 19:34:03

baby loves settling with us on the sofa before bed.like us we adults sit down for a relaxing session in front of the tv or just together with some soft music.the baby loves doing that too.just getting more settle for the night.this is usualy after a lovely bathtime session.
when they go to bed i always think if you can get them off with silence first then thats great but equally that can come later if needs be and some soft music can often help.if they have been unhappy or restless just sitting by and stroking them foe a little while can stop them screaming as soon as you leave the room like you usually do,this few minutes sitting by them can help them feel comforted.

kateandme Sat 31-Aug-13 19:36:59

on the baby bedding front i think it helps to go by the weather and the warmth and comfort of the baby.being too hot is always a no no and too cold also as bed.gage it by yourself and the knowledge you have of your baby,be confidient in knowing whats right.
just aways remeber on the comfort front or on the going to sleep front they need to no they are safe,when you feel it they often always feel it too.whether that being relaxed,contented,safe.your teaching them all the time,how to feel how to react so at night this is especially true as darkness and the silence brings feelings up in most of us never mind tiny babes.

wibblyjelly Sun 01-Sep-13 00:15:41

We are quite lucky with ds. I give him his bottle just before bed. If he is still awake when its done, I just put him I to his cot. We aren't quite when dh and I are downstairs, making dinner, so maybe he finds the noise soothing smile

RubySparks Wed 11-Sep-13 15:31:03

First child was an easy baby, put down to sleep and he went to sleep, second child not so much! She always used to fall asleep in the car so would sometimes do that. Otherwise it was cuddling, walking, singing, playing familiar music soundtrack of 'brother where art thou' and later sitting by the bed, rubbing her temples going 'wobble' 'wobble'....

Finally stopped night feeding at two and a half and she settled better after that! Main tip is be lucky with the baby you get as clearly we had no dea what really worked!

BadlyWrittenPoem Wed 18-Sep-13 12:47:40

My tip is to use sleeping bags because then they don't kick their covers off plus you don't have the worrk of them getting under the covers by accident.

BadMissM Sat 28-Sep-13 22:26:35

A nice relaxing bath with baby bedtime bath, or lavender oil in the bath, then wrap them up in a warm towel, massage with bedtime lotion or baby cream with a little lavender oil... a nice feed in a dimly lit room, a story, and a cuddle!

mumsbe Wed 02-Oct-13 23:20:09

The best way to get baby to sleep is to develop a good routine from day one a nice relaxing bath story and then bed. Always speak in a soft voice keep the ights low and baby will soon realise that this is bedtime. My daughter also liked a song to help her sleep if she was struggling to sleep

AndHarry Thu 03-Oct-13 12:37:45

Non-tester.

I've always used sleeping bags for my children and they're so useful - we have travel ones for when we're travelling at bed time so they go straight from the car seat into bed and stay warm.

Both my babies have been fed to sleep so I'm no expert grin but I would say that a simple routine is important. Ours is tea, bath, story, bed.

amazinggrace2001 Fri 04-Oct-13 10:32:32

Sounds crazy but I found the sound of hoovering was always a good way to get my babes to sleep. I just left it on rather than doing any actual hoovering though!

hunhun007 Sat 05-Oct-13 17:35:36

non-testers - top tips for getting babies to nod off

We use natural music for calming down, the favorite seems to be the sounds of the ocean
Also black out blinds are the must during day time, the best are the one portable which can be fitted everywhere

SmokedMackerel Sat 05-Oct-13 18:38:52

Non tester - I always found my baby slept best in a cosy sleeping bag.
Dh used to play music and dance with them in a darkened room when they were tiny babies. I was dubious of his choice of lullaby music (usually something with a thumping beat) but they would drop straight off. He has been in charge of bedtime ever since (though now he reads a story, and there is no dancing!)

stephgr Tue 08-Oct-13 00:49:49

Non- tester
When my children were babies, I tended to wait until they looked really drowsy before putting them down and I never left any lights on. I think darkness really helps. We dimmed the lights in all the rooms before turning the light off in the baby's room.
With regard to bedding, make sure that your baby's mattress is firm and is flat against the sides of the cot. My babies had blankets which we
tucked around the cot mattress but the blankets only ever went up as far as their chests.

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