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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

(135 Posts)
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


* 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.

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

Congratulations - you've both won £100 cash!

I'll PM you to get your details

lancasterkaren Fri 24-May-13 14:38:37

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!

MummyBtothree Mon 22-Jul-13 15:30:37

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.

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