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  • Sleep Stories: With Poppy Lee

    Meet Poppy Lee, momma of two little girls, Seren, 3 and Addy, 19 months old, from Brisbane. There's not much of an age gap between Poppy’s babes, only 16 months! Her hubby is from the UK so it's just the four of them in Brisbane and a full-time juggling-act to keep everything and everyone moving! If the girls didn't keep her busy enough, Poppy also works as a blogger (mainly in the late evenings when she has a moment to herself) and they’re currently undertaking a big house extension and renovation! All of which they're vlogging...exciting!

    What were your first thoughts and feelings after your baby was born?

    I felt stunned to be perfectly honest! I couldn't believe I'd made a little person.... It's instant love and the feeling of protectiveness for your little one is overwhelming.

    Did you settle quickly into a routine with your baby? If so, do you think it worked well for you?

    We had to put a routine in place very quickly with Seren, she wasn't the easiest of babies as it turns out. It's funny, I had one of each in my girls... Seren was a very fussy and hard work baby, and Addy was cruisey as! She was the calmest little baby, I don't think it would've mattered much whether or not Addy had a routine, she would've been relaxed either way. But having a routine with Seren helped all of us. I knew a lot of mums that didn't need to have a routine in place, and at the end of the day you just do what works best for all of you.

    How soon after your baby was born did you begin to swaddle your baby?

    I tried swaddling Seren about 4 weeks after she was born, and she hated any kind of swaddling! But Addy absolutely loved it. Again, my girls are chalk and cheese! I adored using the Love To Dream SWADDLE UP™ with Addy, she settled so well in them.

    How did you come to know about Love To Dream™?

    My best friend who has kiddies a few years older than my girls gave me some Love To Dream SWADDLE UP™ because she swore by them. Both of her babies loved them!

    Do you feel like using the Love To Dream™ range of products has made a positive impact on you and your baby's sleep?

    They definitely made a positive impact on Addy, she loved them. She would have the best sleeps when she was in her SWADDLE UP™! Seren was a different story though... The only place she would settle was lying on my tummy and that was that!

    What is the one thing you wish you'd known before you became a parent?

    Expect the unexpected with kids. No two babies are born the same.

    Three words to describe life before parenthood and three to describe life after becoming a parent?

    Before: Freedom, Less Cleaning, Time.

    After: No Time, Lots of Love, Lots of Cleaning.

    What is the one piece of advice you’d offer new parents or parents-to-be?

    Don't put pressure on yourselves to be something you thought you were going to be before you had children. I had an idea in my head of exactly what it/I was going to be like before children, then your babies come along and you have many a "Oooooh I get it now" moments. It's quite a humbling experience becoming a parent...

    What are your top 5 essential items to have ready to go when baby arrives?

    1. Lots of clothes! It's insane how many milk messes etc you clean up when you have a little bubby.
    2. The Love To Dream SWADDLE UP™ of course!
    3. A soothing baby swing, they are life savers if you just want a 5 minutes to yourself to do something crazy like eat dinner.
    4. Breathing sensor mat for under bubs cot, some people hate breathing sensors but I've found them nothing but brilliant for peace of mind.
    5. White noise machine! They work SO well! And still do for my girls even to this day...

    Follow Poppy and her sweet little family's house renos on their  YouTube channel, or check out their feed on Instagram - our favourite Stories are Seren and Addy shouting “MORNING!” at the top of their little lungs every day! 

  • Sleep Stories: With Lauren

    Meet Lauren Brant, a media personality based in Queensland. Lauren was part of the award-winning kids show ‘Hi-5’ for almost six years and then went on to be part of the cast of Australia’s first ever season of ‘I’m a celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.’ That’s where Lauren met [...]

  • Sleep Stories: With Laura

    Meet Laura, a single mum from the Sutherland Shire. Laura’s little man Henry has just turned two and, according to mum, going on twenty! What were your first thoughts and feelings after your baby was born? I had an emergency c section so I was very distressed and absolutely exhausted. I [...]

  • Sleep Stories: With Kara

    Meet Kara, a Science (Geology) Teacher, who lives on the absolute outskirts of Sydney, at the base of the Blue Mountains, and across the Hawkesbury River, in a suburb called North Richmond. It’s a small, and country like suburb. Kara’s little one, Arlo, is 9 months old and, according to his mum, very cheeky! What [...]

  • Sleep Stories: With Jess

    Jess Dempsey is a Visual Merchandiser turned stylist turned fashion blogger turned fashion and motherhood blogger.  Jess started her blog, WHAT WOULD KARL DO? (Karl as in Karl Lagerfeld, designer for CHANEL) back in 2010 before Instagram and before she had children. At the time she was 27 and [...]

  • Sleep Stories: With Kevin

    Meet Kevin, first-time dad currently residing in the Gold Coast. Kevin is originally from the UK but has lived in Australia for the last 6 years and believes it’s a great country to have a family. His little one, Henry, is 16 weeks old. What were your first thoughts and feelings after your baby was born? [...]

  • Sleep Stories: With Azra

    Meet Azra, working mama to two beautiful little girls, Nadia (almost 7) and Amina who just turned 2. Azra was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and now lives and works in Chicago as a case manager for residents with mental and physical disabilities. What were your first thoughts and feelings after your baby was born? [...]

  • Sleep Stories: With Courtney

    Meet Courtney, a very proud and happy fiancé to Zared. Together they have two gorgeous children, Indigo who is 4 and Beckett who is 6 months. Courtney and Zared are getting married next August and live in the beautiful seaside town of Yeppoon, in the very and mostly sunny, Central Queensland. [...]

  • Sleep Stories: With Ash

    Meet Ash, a content producer, makeup artist and blogger from Sydney. She’s mum to a childhood heart condition survivor, Harry, who is 5 months old. What were your first thoughts and feelings after your baby was born? Our experience was a little different to most peoples. We found out at our 20 [...]

  • Sleep Stories: With Nikki

    Meet Nikki Clarke, from Northland New Zealand. Nikki is (super)mum to 4 babes: Caden (4 years), Ryan (3 years), Kace (21 months) and Jackson (2 months) and is the owner of  Cadenshae. What were your first thoughts and feelings after your baby was born? [...]

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