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What is a safe sleeping bag?

Your baby or toddler might be alone in their sleeping bag for up to 12 hours at night so it needs to be as safe as possible. So I am putting this Blog up to help you choose a safe sleeping bag for your baby or toddler. In the years of working with sleeping bags I’ve seen zips and poppers that come off, necks and arm holes that are too big (allowing babies to fall into them and climb out), sleeping bags with Velcro on them (allowing them to become attached to mattresses) — these are just a few unsafe examples. I have experienced none of these problems with the safe sleeping bags I currently recommend. Tips: · Never use a baby sleeping bag made from a stretch material such as jersey. · Never use a baby sleeping bag with a zip down the side. · Never use a sleeping bag with poppers or buttons on the shoulders. · Never tuck the sleeping bag in under the cot mattress. · Before using a sleeping bag make sure it has fitted neck and arm holes and check that your toddler cannot not slip into the bag. · Make sure the sleeping bag has a front zips that zips downwards to close. There a few reasons why a baby sleeping bag should always have a zip down the front, one is it helps parents and careers remember to put the baby on their back to sleep safely. If a career is putting a baby to bed lets say for example a grandmother rocks a baby to sleep and then tried to pop the baby to bed in a front Zip sleeping baby research shows she she will put the baby on its back but if the zip is at the side the grand mother might put the baby on its tummy and then zip the sleeping bag up. With a side zip parents and careers often forget to zip the sleeping bag up fully and then the neck is too big and the baby can slip inside the sleeping bag if the sleeping bag zips down or is a double ended zip this is not going to be a risk. Why no shoulder poppers also know as press studs? This is because they can pop open or be left open again resulting in the baby slipping into the sleeping bag. Side zips and older toddlers parents and careers often open the bottom of the zip so the child can walk and this can result in the child tripping and falling which is dangerous and opening the sleeping bag can also make it a risk if around open fires. Why no stretch material such as jersey? This is because at first or after some use the neck can stretch and the baby can slip into the sleeping bag but some babies and toddler climb out of the neck as well and this means they are in the cot with a quilt like loose peace of bedding and this is unsafe.

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  1. October 16th, 2010 at 5:10 pm Tanya says:

    Thanks Tizzie. As usual your advice is invaluable. I was wondering if you could be more specific about what blankets you use as they vary so much in thickness. I can’t imagine dressing my baby in his bodysuit, babygro and sleeping bag and then putting a sheet folded in two and then 6 blankets (assuming his room is 20 degrees) . It sounds like so much taking into account what I think of as a blanket. Taking the examples in your shop, would you put on 6 Wegoamigo blankets? I would love some clarification. Thanks again for all your advice. XXOO

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  3. October 16th, 2010 at 7:19 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Tanya:
    I am getting back to you straight away in case you need this advice for tonight, this video might help you. http://blog.saveoursleep.com/2010/02/04/how-to-put-your-baby-to-bed/ I would class a Wegoamigo blanket as two cotton blankets because it is actually two blankets seemed together. This Blog might also help you http://blog.saveoursleep.com/2010/04/05/113/ . I think you will be surprise at how many blankets a baby need to sleep on their back which is the safest sleeping position.
    Tahnk you from Tizzie

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  5. October 17th, 2010 at 12:48 am Tanya says:

    Thankyou so much. It is so kind of you to be thinking of us. I was just going to bed and thought I would just check the amount of blankets my bubby boy 8mths needed given it is 24 degrees in his room. (We are in WA and its starting to get warm already!) He has 1 sheet folded in two and two flannelette sheets folded in two which I have classed as the four blanket layers but now I am thinking these should be counted as sheets. It just seems so warm, it is hard to think they need so many layers.
    Two days ago though he had no layers on him and we were getting no sleep. SInce starting your routines he is now sleeping from 7pm-6am and going from naps of half an hour to two sleeps of 45mins and 1 1/2 hrs. I have a different child. He is so happy and content now. I wished I had known about your book earlier. I think that you and your team are so wonderful! Thankyou so much again for your time. You have made my day…. and night! xxoo

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  7. October 18th, 2010 at 3:53 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Tanya:

    You are welcome, it sounds like you are doing well with his sleep now well done. I believe you would be better using cotton or bamboo blankets rather than lots of sheets, it might be the weight of the blankets not the warmth helping babies to stay on their backs while asleep.
    Le gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  9. October 20th, 2010 at 11:31 am Belinda says:

    Hi Tizzie,
    I was wondering why you don’t use (or recommend) sleepingbags with long sleeves?
    Also when I go to be at around 10pm the babies room is at 23 degrees so I add the correct amount of blankets, however at around 5am the temperature in the room has dropped by about 2 degrees sometimes more, would you add blankets keeping in mind what the temperature would be in the morning or what the temperature is in the room at the time of putting babies to bed? (I have twins 12 months old), been on your routine from 7 months and so far so good (thank you sooo much, even Tresillian couldn’t help!), just having trouble keeping them on their backs now that they aren’t swaddled, but they do sleep 7pm to around 6am.
    Thanks heaps!

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  11. October 26th, 2010 at 10:59 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Belinda:

    Thank you for your question. There are a couple of reasons I don’t recommend long sleeve sleeping bags and the first is that there is a restricted airflow around the body when using a long sleeve sleeping bag. The second is that babies once unswaddled will naturally sleep with their arms bent and hands pointing up towards their heads. When using a long sleeve sleeping bag with clothing underneath the amount of bunching of material at the babies bent elbow can restrict the blood flow and circulation to their hands causing discomfort.

    In regards to the bedding, I would encourage you to add an extra couple of layers just before you go to bed to help keep your babies warm and encourage them to stay in the safe back sleeping position. Also please note that I recommend changing to a long sleeve bodysuit under the babygro once a baby is no longer swaddled.

    Thank you for your feedback and I am so pleased to hear that by following my routines and advice you have a settled well sleeping little family. Keep up the great parenting ?

    Le gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  13. October 29th, 2010 at 10:45 am Hayley Warner says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    I was wondering if I could have some advice. I am having trouble getting my 12 week old son to resettle. I have read your book over and over and have bought the sleeping bags, bamboo blankets and also the comforters. I am just a bit unclear about the strategy on resettling. He self settles quite quickly – usually about 10 minutes – but always wakes after the 40 minute mark. He does resttle himself on the odd occassion, but other times cries for the rest of the allocated sleep time. If I do get him up, like you advise in the book, he cries till the next feed and then after that feed wants to fall asleep rather then stay awake till the 1pm sleep. Do you have any advice? Should I just keep getting him up every time he wakes and have him cry till the next feed?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated
    Hayley

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  15. October 29th, 2010 at 12:50 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Hayley:

    Thank you for your questions. It is very difficult to guide you without further information however the main reasons for catnapping are too cold in bed – you could try adding a couple of extra blankets at the bedding guide is just a ‘guide’ and many babies acutually need more blankets than the guide says. The second reason is aiding your baby to sleep – it is very important to make sure your baby is wide awake and self settling at the beginning of each sleep (which it sounds like you are doing). The next reason is hunger – it is very important to make sure your baby is full and you are not restricting the amount you are feeding him. If you are breast feeding it is important you are offering both breasts until your baby is full and if you are formula feeding it is important that there is always milk left in the bottle at the end of a feed, if your baby is draining the bottle you should make and offer more. the last reason is not tired enough to sleep well – some babies need more awake time before there sleeps as they may only be tired enough to nap and not to sleep well. We only suggest more awake time before the sleep though once we have ruled out all the other factors. In my book I give you guidelines on what to do if your baby catnaps and how to work out which reason may be the cause for your baby. Please see page 175 to 178. Without further information it is very difficult to guide you. If you continue to have catnapping problems after following the advice on pages 175 to 178 please consider joining the online advice area or email the website for information on the other support options we offer.
    Le gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  17. October 29th, 2010 at 8:00 pm Sarah says:

    Hi Tizzie, love the book and the bedding guide. Ava (14 weeks, not swaddled, north WA, room @ 22C) settles brilliantly at 7 every night but I am having a little trouble getting her to sleep past 5am which on re-reading your guide I am convinced she is too cold. I am off to buy long sleeved body suits asap. I bought 0.5 tog sleeping bags before reading your guide but dont really want to now buy 2.5 tog bags. Can you please tell me how many tog a waffle weave cotton blanket is, so I can ‘top up’ to the correct number of layers? And can there be too many layers? Thank you for all your help. Sarah

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  19. November 1st, 2010 at 8:52 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Sarah:
    It sounds to me like she is cold as well, I would suggest a 1 tog sleeping bag that you use under the DOUBLEWRAP and then just before you go to bed add two extra cotton or Bamboo blankets, if this don’t make a change ass another two the next night but make sure they are cotton or Bamboo. An average waffle weave blanket is 1 TOG. You can not use too many layers of cotton or bamboo bedding if your baby sleeps on her back with her face and head uncovered.
    SIDS and KIDS information sheet 6 September 2007 http://www.sidsandkids.org/pdf/InformationStatement-RoomTemperatureSept2007.pdf please go to the 3rd page second paragraph in the conclusion box and read what it states. “However there is no evidence to show that extra thermal insulation increases the risk of SIDS in infants who sleep on the back with the head and face uncovered.”
    La gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  21. November 15th, 2010 at 8:31 pm Fiona says:

    Hi 🙂
    Thanks for all your great advice in your book and on your website.
    I’ve just been reading the safe bedding guide and its veryhelpful. Was just wondering why a baby older than 8 weeks seems to have an extra layer than a baby younger than 8 weeks as the older ones have a sleeping bag as well as the same amount of blankets as the younger ones.? (hopefully that makes sense)
    Thanks,
    Fiona.
    ps. your two little ones are gorgeous 🙂

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  23. November 16th, 2010 at 10:42 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Nat:

    In this age group you can tuck the sheet and blankets in around all sides. Once your baby is a little older I then recommend just lying the blankets overtop of your baby and cocooning them around them by running your hands down their sides. I have on my ‘to do’ list to get a new video made of putting an older baby to bed and this cocooning method. At 9 weeks it is still very normal to have one overnight wake after the dreamfeed. What you should notice over the coming weeks is this wake gets later and later and closer to 7am.

    Thank you so much for your lovely words and they did bring tears to my eyes. I like nothing more to hear that by following my routines I am helping mothers and fathers enjoy their children and parenthood more. Being a parent is the most difficult and demanding job in the world and if I can help make it more predictable and help parents to enjoy their children more that is my ultimate goal so I am so happy I have helped you achieve this. Thank you so much again for your lovely words – just the pick me up I need when I’m having a difficult day.

    Keep up the great parenting 🙂

    Le gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  25. November 16th, 2010 at 10:42 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Fiona:

    Thank you for your questions. You are correct in saying that once a baby reaches 8 weeks we introduce an extra layer being the 1.0 tog sleeping bag. I have found that once a baby reaches 8 weeks they seem to get colder and have more trouble regulating their body temperature. I am not 100% sure why this is but it is just what I have noticed with working with babies for many years. The introduction of the safe sleeping bag and swaddling overtop also helps to keep older more active babies in the safe back sleeping position.

    Le gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  27. December 2nd, 2010 at 4:14 am Hayley Warner says:

    Hi Tizzie was just reading your response to Nat (above) and noticed that you said older babies don’t need the blankets tucked in but rather just cocooned around them. Why is this ?and is it still ok to be tucking older babies in?

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  29. December 4th, 2010 at 10:26 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Hayley:
    With tucking an older moving baby in I do not believe this is a good idea, I do not recommend my clients tuck their babies in once they are moving because they could get stuck under the bedding if it is tucked in. If the baby goes under the bedding that is loose and gets onto their tummy and tries to lift their head up they can but if the bedding is tucked in they can’t lift their head up and might become trapped face down. So I suggest you just put the bedding over your little one and you do not tuck it in, as I said I believe tucking it in can cause a problem. But if your baby is happily sleeping tucked in and is showing no signs of trying to get to his or her tummy keep doing what you are.

    Le gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  31. December 8th, 2010 at 11:34 pm Brooke Rowntree says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    absolutely love love love your book! I have followed a routine with my son Ted since day 3 (unfortunately not your one at the start) which he took to right away. It was fantastic for my milk and Ted seemed to thrive on it… up until 8 weeks, where the routine we were following severely cuts back sleep in the morning. He then started catnapping and became irritable and overtired. So upsetting as he is such a bubbly little man usually! I went out and bought your book immediately and started him on the 8 week routine and must admit I laughed at the idea of 2 x 2 hour sleeps… but within a week or 2 he was doing 1.5 hours at each.

    I would definetely agree that he was cold. I bought the bubbaroo sleeping bag and think it is without a doubt the best purchase we have made. I had been swaddling him in a swaddle that zips up and has his arms above his head so he can self soothe and the sleeping bag fits over this ok…

    The fear of god is put into us mothers by the hospitals and MHNs on overheating our babies… poor Teddy was put to bed with just a sheet and a thin cotton blanket for the first 8 weeks… I still feel mothers guilt about that!

    I saw you at Hawthorn Town Hall also, and picked up many more tips! I have told EVERYONE about your book and advice… I know you have many fans, but I can honestly say that I am so grateful to you for giving me the confidence and tools to be a great mother and therefore having a wonderful joyful baby Ted!.

    P.S. I have only one issue that isnt covered in the book that you may consider writing an article on… getting your baby to sleep in the pram! Yep, I have a bubs that just wont sleep in it.. hard if i want to go out during sleep time… unfortunately he is not just not sleeping but screams non-stop for the whole journey! Have been putting him in the sleeping bag with his comforter at all times. I also ignore his protests and crying the whole time… any advice???

    Love love love your book and routine and advice…
    Big thanks from Brooke and Ted 🙂

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  33. December 9th, 2010 at 9:59 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Brooke and Ted:
    Thank you for the feedback its great to hear you followed a rotuine from the start. I do find with some rotuines where it is suggested to wake a baby up in the morning it teaches the baby to catnap. Babies are very fast learners and you theace them to wake up after a sleep cycle by waking them in the morning. But there are good and bad points to most rotuines and if you read the book I am thinking of you would have got a lot of good advice from it as well.
    I think you are saying you are swaddling your little one under the sae sleeping bag, this is not a good idea please use the swaddle over the sleeping bag which is safer. If you swaddle him under it he might slip into the bag. Here is a video on how to swaddle him over the safe sleeping bag. http://blog.saveoursleep.com/2010/02/04/how-to-put-your-baby-to-bed/
    I just can’t work out why you are told in Australia to not use the correct amount of bedding with your babies. A friend from home had two babies in Ireland and they slept perfectly she had a little boy here 8 weeks ago and he was sleeping fine until she went to the MCHN and had the fear of GOD put in her and she stopped wrapping and using as much bedding with her baby, he went from settling at 7 pm and sleeping until 5ish to not settling until 10 ish and getting up a few times a night. Yesterday over a coffee she told me how things had gone pear shaped and we worked out it was when she dropped the wrap and bedding. Last night he settled perfectly at 7 pm and slept again until 5ish, I guess I shouldn’t complain it keeps me in a job!!
    Thank you for coming to the talk in Hawthorn and for telling people about my book and advice.
    Here are a few tips on pram sleeping for you in a video. http://blog.saveoursleep.com/2010/02/04/more-on-the-1pm-sleep-and-mummy-time/#comments
    La gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  35. December 10th, 2010 at 5:23 am Brooke Rowntree says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    absolutely love love love your book! I have followed a routine with my son Ted since day 3 (unfortunately not your one at the start) which he took to right away. It was fantastic for my milk and Ted seemed to thrive on it… up until 8 weeks, where the routine we were following severely cuts back sleep in the morning. He then started catnapping and became irritable and overtired. So upsetting as he is such a bubbly little man usually! I went out and bought your book immediately and started him on the 8 week routine and must admit I laughed at the idea of 2 x 2 hour sleeps… but within a week or 2 he was doing 1.5 hours at each.

    I would definetely agree that he was cold. I bought the bubbaroo sleeping bag and think it is without a doubt the best purchase we have made. I had been swaddling him in a swaddle that zips up and has his arms above his head so he can self soothe and the sleeping bag fits over this ok…

    The fear of god is put into us mothers by the hospitals and MHNs on overheating our babies… poor Teddy was put to bed with just a sheet and a thin cotton blanket for the first 8 weeks… I still feel mothers guilt about that!

    I saw you at Hawthorn Town Hall also, and picked up many more tips! I have told EVERYONE about your book and advice… I know you have many fans, but I can honestly say that I am so grateful to you for giving me the confidence and tools to be a great mother and therefore having a wonderful joyful baby Ted!.

    P.S. I have only one issue that isnt covered in the book that you may consider writing an article on… getting your baby to sleep in the pram! Yep, I have a bubs that just wont sleep in it.. hard if i want to go out during sleep time… unfortunately he is not just not sleeping but screams non-stop for the whole journey! Have been putting him in the sleeping bag with his comforter at all times. I also ignore his protests and crying the whole time… any advice???

    Love love love your book and routine and advice…
    Big thanks from Brooke and Ted

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  37. December 10th, 2010 at 5:26 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Brooke and Ted:
    Thank you for the feedback its great to hear you followed a rotuine from the start. I do find with some rotuines where it is suggested to wake a baby up in the morning it teaches the baby to catnap. Babies are very fast learners and you theace them to wake up after a sleep cycle by waking them in the morning. But there are good and bad points to most rotuines and if you read the book I am thinking of you would have got a lot of good advice from it as well.
    I think you are saying you are swaddling your little one under the sae sleeping bag, this is not a good idea please use the swaddle over the sleeping bag which is safer. If you swaddle him under it he might slip into the bag. Here is a video on how to swaddle him over the safe sleeping bag. http://blog.saveoursleep.com/2010/02/04/how-to-put-your-baby-to-bed/
    I just can’t work out why you are told in Australia to not use the correct amount of bedding with your babies. A friend from home had two babies in Ireland and they slept perfectly she had a little boy here 8 weeks ago and he was sleeping fine until she went to the MCHN and had the fear of GOD put in her and she stopped wrapping and using as much bedding with her baby, he went from settling at 7 pm and sleeping until 5ish to not settling until 10 ish and getting up a few times a night. Yesterday over a coffee she told me how things had gone pear shaped and we worked out it was when she dropped the wrap and bedding. Last night he settled perfectly at 7 pm and slept again until 5ish, I guess I shouldn’t complain it keeps me in a job!!
    Thank you for coming to the talk in Hawthorn and for telling people about my book and advice.
    Here are a few tips on pram sleeping for you in a video. http://blog.saveoursleep.com/2010/02/04/more-on-the-1pm-sleep-and-mummy-time/#comments
    La gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  39. December 12th, 2010 at 7:30 am Brooke rowntree says:

    Hi tizzie
    Thanks for your reply! I agree with you that waking babies teach them to Catnap! Thankfully we don’t have that problem anymore thanks to you!
    I am currently swaddling under the sleeping bag! I have tried stopping this but Ted uses this swaddle as a comforter despite me buying 2 of your omforters! He reminds me of Luke and his winer pjs! Not sure how to break the connection with the swaddle and sleep! I have tried leaving a hand out but he screams and screams and won’t settle to sleep at all??!!
    Thanks for the link to hints for pram time! He is definetely calmer when I put him in his sleeping bag! Perhaps he screams as he isn’t in his precious swaddle! I am kicking myself I hadn’t read your sleeping guide from day 1!
    Thanks again Tizzie! They are funny little creatures aren’t they!

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  41. December 12th, 2010 at 11:21 am Tizzie says:

    Hi again Brooke:

    I really would try and swaddle him over the safe sleeping bag it is much safer. You can swaddle him over his sleeping bag until he is about 11 months so you don’t need to break the conection.

    Yes they re funny little people!

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  43. February 8th, 2011 at 11:43 pm Trinity says:

    Hi Tizzie

    My bubba is almost 9 weeks and we have been following the safe sleeping guide. I was wondering if I could hold off buying a 1 tog bag for a few weeks and just use an extra blanket layer? Thank you so much for your sleeping advice it got us through that horrid heatwave last week.

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  45. February 9th, 2011 at 11:20 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Trinity:

    Yes you could you extra cotton or bamboo blankets rather than the 1 TOG for now. If they are the cotton or Bamboo blankets from my website you will need two layers.

    Be sure to introduce the safe sleeping bag before 4 months so your baby gets used to it before rolling becomes a risk.

    Tizzie

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  47. March 5th, 2011 at 8:36 am Michelle says:

    Hi Tizzie,
    Thank you so very much for your book, our little girl is almost 7 months and took to the routines smoothly when she was 3 months old. We had gone to Tresillian with sleeping/settling issues and a mother I met there suggested your book… I wish I had met her first!! Your book just about saved our family 🙂

    I’m a bit confused, in your reply to Brook & Ted you stated “I do find with some rotuines where it is suggested to wake a baby up in the morning it teaches the baby to catnap.” Don’t you suggest waking babies for feeds e.g. 7am?

    Many thanks,
    Michelle

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  49. March 6th, 2011 at 8:43 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Michelle:

    Thank you for the thank you, it always great to hear how people hear of myself the book and my team in your case I wonder if the mum who suggested the book to you used it herself I hope she did and I hope it worked for her as well.

    In the reply what I am talking about is in another book the routine suggests walking the baby up each morning after a 40 minute nap which means the baby doesn’t get a chance to sleep in the morning and only naps this can cause a catnapping problem it is not the same as waking a baby up at 7 am to start the day or waking a baby up after a big sleep.

    Regards from Tizzie

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  51. March 14th, 2011 at 1:11 am Sascha says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    Have only started to use your routines in the last week (from many recommendations from friends) and i am loving it. I have downloaded your bedding guide and have used it as a guide for my baby (my boy is 12 weeks old and as you have said in many areas waking between 4am-5am from being cold – I would find him with his legs tangled in the cot bars from moving around so much).

    Just wanted to ask a question – last night it was 24 degrees in his room, we had the air con on in the house, so it was 24 in all rooms. He didnt quite have exactly what you recommended on for that temp but he had the following : long sleeve/leg bodysuit, one zip up wrap, one folded into two bamboo sheet, one bamboo cellular blanket folded in two and two organic cotton blankets (which is actually a little less than your recommendations – no sleeping bag and one less blanket). What i couldnt get my head around is that i was laying in my bed boiling hot (i think breast feeding mothers feel the heat more) with only a sheet on and singlet top, yet he had all of these layers on. Could you please put my mind at ease on why they need all of these layers? I live in NSW, maybe the humidity was a little high last night, but i was keeping myself awake worrying about how warm he might be.

    Thanks
    Sascha

    PS He woke once at 2.00am which is pretty normal for him as i am not using the dreamfeed at the moment, but he was very sleepy which i kept thinking is this because he is too hot and groggy (he wasnt wet with sweat like your bedding guide says to look out for if they are hot). He also fell asleep at the breast which i know is bad and he never usually does at night. So I took one blanket off and he woke up this morning at 6.30am and he was completely out of his blankets lying across his cot. My husband said “Are you sure they cant kick their blankets off if they are too hot?”

    Sorry maybe i am just being paranoid!

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  53. March 14th, 2011 at 10:43 pm Michelle says:

    Hi Tizzie,
    Thank you for your reply, that makes sense. 🙂
    I do have another question. When I put my baby to sleep, she has the appropriate bedding for the temp suggested in the Safe Bedding Guide. However, as her bedroom in on our second storey, the temp in her room always increases during her sleep. My question is, do I put her to bed with the correct layers, then remove them as it warms up, or put a layer or two less in anticipation of the temp increase, or just leave the bedding as is until she wakes?
    Thank you so much for your valuable advice!
    Michelle

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  55. March 15th, 2011 at 9:47 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Sasha:

    Congratulations on the birth of your little boy. It really sounds to me like your wee man is cold I would advise you use one of my safe sleeping bags, the Save Our Sleep® wrap over the top and the correct bedding for the temperature. If you are cooling the house to 24 degrees with AC then you need to follow the bedding guide for NSW at 26 degrees because babies get colder in AC.

    I do not know exactly why they need so much bedding but I can tell you they do or they wake up in the night kick there blankets off or move all over the cot. It might come down to the fact they spent 9 months in you where it was 37 degrees.

    It sounds to me like he was sleepy last night because he was getting good sleep I think you are doing a great job and I am sure if you follow the bedding guide you will fine he doesn’t move all over the cot.

    It is very important to use the safe sleeping bag at 12 weeks to help keep him in the safe back sleeping position.

    Hi Michelle:

    I would put her to bed in the correct bedding or she might not settle and then remove some if the room warms up.

    Le gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  57. March 15th, 2011 at 11:33 pm Sascha says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    Thankyou so much for your response. I will purchase a couple of safe sleeping bags from your store today and also a double wrap (the zip up wrap i currently use has his hands and arms hanging out the top of his bedding which is also making him cold). I just wanted to clarify something with you – I noticed that you said in the above comments that you can swaddle your baby until they are 11 months old, but in the bedding guide you say you should swaddle until they show signs of rolling over. My boy is close to rolling i think (from the positions he gets himself into in his cot at night when he is cold and when playing in his gym), so am ok to still use the double wrap for a while? Also when you stop using the wrap how do you get them to stop pulling their arms from under their bedding (into the cold) and pushing their bedding away (or do the safe sleeping bags keep them warm enough if their arms pop from under the covers)?

    Thanks so much
    Sascha

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  59. March 16th, 2011 at 4:07 am Kirstie says:

    Hi Sascha:

    Tizzie asked me to pop and clarify for you. Tizzie recommends swaddling your baby until the can roll while swaddled – not just roll during play time on the floor. It is much more difficult for a baby to roll swaddled with their arms down which is why you can swaddle them past when they can roll during play time but as soon as you notice them trying to roll swaddled which can be around 10-11months you then need to remove the swaddle.
    Once they are no longer swaddled you generally increase the tog of the safe sleeping bag to a 2.5tog which helps to keep them warn enough.
    Kind Regards
    Kirstie
    Save Our Sleep

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  61. March 17th, 2011 at 2:01 am Sascha says:

    Thankyou so much for clarifying for me. I received my Bubbaroo sleeping bags and double wrap in the mail today, so i am off to pop them in the wash ready for tonight. One last tiny question (sorry to be a pain), could you please tell me what the difference between a day blanket and a night blanket is? I have the Little Bamboo blankets and some of the Pure Baby cotton blankets and just wanted to know so i get it right for tonight.

    Thankyou so much
    Sascha

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  63. March 17th, 2011 at 11:27 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Sascha:
    That’s great you have your new Wrap and Safe Sleeping bag you should get a good night sleep tonight. A day blanket and a night blanket are the same the bedding guide if just talking about layers of blankets in the day and layers of blankets in the night. If you blankets are all the thin Pure baby ones you will most likely need a couple of extra layers to what the guide says but the main thing to do is to look at the tips in the guide to tell if your baby is too hot or two cold.
    La gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  65. March 18th, 2011 at 11:50 pm Sascha says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    All i can say is WOW! He almost slept through (woke at 4.15am because his room dropped 1 degree through the night), but we are almost there (he looks so much warmer/snuggly in his sleeping bag and double wrap). I may put an extra blanket on him before i go to bed next time so he doesnt wake at that cold time of the morning. I was very impressed, even my husband was blown away!

    I cant believe how clueless i have felt until now as a first time mum (you attend classes about child birth but nothing about actually after the baby arrives!). You have given me so much more confidence by following your routines and bedding guide! I will be telling everyone! He is sleeping so well now that my husband and I fight for who is going to wake him up for his next feed! Ha ha.

    Thanks again!
    Sascha

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  67. March 21st, 2011 at 12:42 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Sascha, that is wonderful news, Well Don!. I am so pleased to hear you are feeling so much more confident!

    Keep up the great parenting!

    La gach dea-ghui, Tizzie

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  69. June 15th, 2011 at 6:59 am Rachel says:

    Hi Tizzie,
    How many layers of blankets would you recommend with a merino sleeping bag? Our 6 month old’s room is 20 degrees (kept pretty constant with a heater) and we dress him in a merino long sleeve bodysuit and a cotton all-in-one. He likes to sleep on his side.
    Thanks

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  71. June 15th, 2011 at 11:35 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Rachel:

    Thank you for your questions. I am sorry but we cannot answer your question as Tizzie only recommends the baby sleeping bags in her store as they are specially designed to keep babies comforted, safe and cosy while they are sleeping. In Tizzie’s opinion they are the safest baby sleeping bag currently on the market in Australia, New Zeland and the UK. Tizzie has looked into most other brands of baby sleeping bags and is only happy to recommend the ones in her store.

    These are some of the reasons why Tizzie recommends the Bubbaroo Joey Swags colour range-

    The neck and arm hole sizes are fitted so there is no risk of the baby falling down inside the sleeping bag
    They are made of the highest quality materials of which there is no risk of the material stretching which can then compromise safety
    The 1 and 2.5 TOG are low fire danger (exluding the stripe range)
    All sizes and togs have front middle zips which is important for safety
    All sizes and togs have travel slots to use when out and about which Tizzie believes is important as sleeping bags become a big sleep cue for babies. (The slots are in the correct place to work.)

    Here are a few tips about baby sleeping bags –

    Never use a baby sleeping bag made from a stretch material such as Jersey.
    Never use a baby sleeping bag with a zip down the side.
    Never use a baby sleeping bag with poppers or buttons on the shoulders.
    Never tuck your baby’s sleeping bag in under the cot mattress.
    Before using a baby sleeping bag make sure it has fitted neck and arm holes and check that your baby’s head can not slip into the bag.

    There are other reasons Tizzie recommends Bubbaroo’s above all other safe sleeping bags but Tizzie believes these to be the most important. Tizzie would not use any other sleeping bag with her own children and the safe bedding guide has been written with these sleeping bags in mind.

    Tizzie has also found a baby will often look to sleep on their side because they are warmer so we would encouarge you to look at purchasing one of Tizzie’s recommended sleeping bags and follow the guidelines for its use from the safe bedding guide.

    We recommend you use your safe sleeping bag with a cotton sheet and cotton or bamboo blankets. You will need to adjust the amount of blankets accordingly depending on where you live and how humid your weather is. This information is all contained in the safe bedding guide.

    Kirstie
    Save Our Sleep

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  73. July 1st, 2011 at 1:27 am Michelle says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    I was wondering if I could have some advice. I am at a loss. My 10.5 month old daughter has been on your routines from 3 mths and all was great until 7mths. I have read your book over and over and have the safe bedding guide but don’t know where I’m going wrong. She is now an early riser and sleeps too long at her morning sleep so she is not tired for her afternoon sleep, then over-tired by 7pm! Her night time ritual is bottle at 6.30 (finishes within 15min), book, brush teeth, into her cot at 6.55pm. She will chat to herself and toss and turn for anywhere up to 40 mins before she falls to sleep. She will then sleep well but wakes early anywhere between 5am & 6am. She chats to herself until I get her up at 7, napping in between. We dress her in a singlet, full piece bodysuit, 2.5 tog sleeping bag, 1 sheet, 3 cotton blankets doubled over and the temp is usually 21 degrees, we are near Sydney. She eats well, so I’ve ruled out hunger. Her day time sleeps have also become uncertain. I put her down at 9.50am, but have tried putting her down at 10, & 10.10… no change to her early rising. I find that the later I put her down in the morning, the longer she will sleep, say until 12 – 12.15. But then she is not tired enough to sleep at 3/3.30pm, she just chats to herslf and stands up in her sleeping bag!
    This week I have tried: 10am sleep until 11.30, then 2.30pm sleep until she wakes about 3.30pm. No change to early rising and late night time settling!

    Do you have any advice? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Michelle

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  75. July 26th, 2011 at 9:43 pm Ellie says:

    I have been given a merino kids sleeping bag (aged 0 – 24 months). have these been reviewed/ tested
    http://www.merinokids.co.uk/

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  77. July 28th, 2011 at 3:44 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Ellie,

    The only sleeping bags Tizzie recommends are the ones listed her store. We suggest you evaluate any sleeping bag before you use it following Tizzie guidelines above in her blog about ‘What is a safe sleeping bag’

    Kirstie
    Save Our Sleep

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  79. December 20th, 2011 at 12:35 pm Chantel says:

    Hey Tizzie,

    I have your book and you safe sleeping bedding guide just wondering what tog the blankets you use are?

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  81. December 20th, 2011 at 12:59 pm Chantel says:

    Oh and also can you tell me the appoximate tog of a cotton recieving blanket as it is all i have until after christmas.
    Thanks

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  83. December 20th, 2011 at 2:54 pm Lisa says:

    Hi tizzie

    I love your book, have bought three copies so far. One for me, grandparents (so they’re practicing same routines as me, and understand why), and one for a friend that’s pregnant! Your a life saver, thankyou I love motherhood as my baby sleeps so well! She likes sleeping with her arms above her head, and after watching your video on safe swaddling, wonder if there’s an alternative so she can have her arms up, or should I get her into a new habit with arms down?

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  85. December 20th, 2011 at 9:37 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Chantel:

    Thank you for your email. Tizzie’s range of recommended blankets are 0.6 tog – http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/2411/48941
    I am sorry but it is impossible to tell you what your receiving blanket would be without seeing it but if it is thinner then you can assume it is quite a bit less in tog value.

    Have a great Christmas
    Kirstie
    Save Our Sleep

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  87. December 20th, 2011 at 9:40 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Lisa:

    Thank you for your email and your lovely comments. Without further information it is very difficult to guide you. Tizzie does recommend always swaddling babies with their arms across their tummy/chest as if you try to swaddle a baby with their arms up the baby can use their arms to help them roll to their side or tummy which is an unsafe sleeping position. If your baby is still of swaddling age then we would recommend you follow Tizzie’s recommendations from her swaddling video and then cover your baby with the correct amount of bedding for your baby’s room temperature and your climate.

    For further information and help in following Tizzie’s routines please consider our online support options which you can read about here – http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/ecms/category.asp?cid=1805

    Happy Holidays!
    Kind Regards,
    Kirstie
    Save Our Sleep

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  89. January 26th, 2012 at 11:40 am Kylie says:

    Hi Tizzie, my baby boy is 2 weeks old tomorrow and I haven’t started him on a routine yet, I don’t feel confident yet and thought I would wait until he was around 4-6 weeks old, does this matter? Question: I live in NSW and room temp is ranging from 24 thru to 19 (at the moment anyway) i have bought 2 x bubbaroo sleeping swags the medium and the heavy tog, which I haven’t used yet as my husband and I have felt it’s been too warm when putting him down at night (temp been starting off at about 25-23) he isn’t a swaddled baby as hates having his arms restricted so he currently sleeps in a long sleeve short leg body suit then a muslin folded over into 4 layers as a blanket tucked into the bassinette mattress-some nights this is his only bedding, he has done a few nights of 3-4hrly (some nights he slept for 4 hrs therefore it was technically 5 hrs from start of one feed to the start of the next), other nights it’s 2 or 2.5hrly., when we feel his tummy it isn’t cold, some nights when it’s dropped to 20-19 I’ve added a Cotten blanket or additional muslin folded over as a blanket, but by the sounds of your readings your saying to put way more bedding on them? So u also suggest using blankets on top of the bubbaroo swag. But is that only if the temp drops to a certain low as the swags package says no bedding at certain temps? We are so paranoid of overheating him (SIDS etc). He is also been doing a bit of cluster feeding now and then, so one example was he started feeding at 10.18am-10.45am, dozed/burped, wouldnt settle and fed again at 11.22am-11.30am, 12.00am-12.30pm, 1.04pm-1.25pm then finally stopped suckling actions and acted tired enough and went to sleep at 1.30pm until 4.20pm! He hasn’t done this every day but it has happened on occasions day or night-I thought at first it was because he had done a 5hr sleep the night before but it happened again since that time. Last night he went down at 6.39pm (after an episode of cluster feeding from before bath time then after bath time (so all up on and off from 4.25-6.22pm), and slept til 9.20pm then fed til 10.58pm, then slept til 12.50am, then fed til after 2am, then slept from 2.30am til 3.40am then fed til 5.00am then slept from 5.13am til 7.40am then fed from 7.44am til 10.15am then slept from 10.25am til 11.15am then fed from 11.24am til 11.40am, slept from 12pm til 1.30pm (wouldn’t go down for this wanted to be nursed), then fed 1.40pm til 2.15pm and 3.05pm til 3.26pm, then slept from 3.30pm til 6pm, 6.07pm til 6.13pm then bathed him, then fed from 6.35pm til 7.40 then slept from 8pm til 9.30pm and now im currently feeding him. Is this ‘demand feeding’ in full force and all the more reason to get him into a routine? (also on the bedding topic, is it ok to put a body suit on him then put him in the swag with nothing on top if the temp chart on the package says no bedding required? And he now sleeps un swaddled with his arms out and about so u can keep doing that once I start using the swag yeah?). I appreciate your time, look forward to hearing from you (will make interpreting your book that bit less daunting) oh also in those feed times I mentioned it often includes a nappy change and always burp time.

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  91. January 26th, 2012 at 11:52 am Kylie says:

    P.s I let him have his day time sleeps in his ‘snuggle bed’ in the lounge room so he gets used to noise of a day and isn’t reliant on his bed so when we go out he will sleep in other surroundings and beds, is this ok ?

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  93. January 28th, 2012 at 1:31 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Kylie:

    Thank you for your post and congratulations on your new arrival. The best way to seek advice regarding your new baby and establishing Tizzie’s routines is to choose from one of our online support options. It is very difficult to guide without a thorough background and history of your indvidual situation.

    The support option memberships we offer are via our online forums and we have three levels of membership –

    Level 1 – General Forum – $30.00 http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/475/49457/

    The Save Our Sleep General forum offers a friendly, supportive online community where parents can help other parents establish and follow Tizzie’s routines and advice and help answer any questions that may come up along the way. The forum is a safe and secure environment where you can chat, help each other and share in the day to day joys, achievements and challenges of parenting.

    The General Forum is a community of like-minded parents who willingly share their experiences, baby advice and support new members. The SOS moderating team checks the advice given and a member of Tizzie’s team will step in only if incorrect, misleading or potentially unsafe advice is given. This area is a Forum only and does not entitle members to support directly from either Tizzie or her team. This area also does not guarantee you of a reply If you are looking to have the guarantee of a reply or the assurance of Tizzie’s team you should consider taking up Online Advice (explained below) which will provide you with help and advice or if you would like help from Tizzie direct please consider a One On One Tizzie consultation (Explained below).

    The General Forum membership also gives you READ ONLY access to the Online Advice area where you can read further advice of experienced Save Our Sleep parents as well as the Save Our Sleep team. You will be able READ threads in the Advice area but you will not be able to post.

    Level 2 – Online Advice – $330.00 http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/475/49456/

    The Save Our Sleep ® online advice area offers a friendly, supportive online community where parents and the Save Our Sleep ® team can help other parents establish and follow Tizzie’s routines and advice and answer any questions and help resolve any problems that may come up along the way.

    This community of like-minded people willingly shares their experiences, baby advice and support with new members. The SOS moderating team checks the advice given and a member of Tizzie’s team will offer advice or correct advice given if they feel a question was not answered fully or was incorrectly answered. Members can also alert the moderators if they feel a question has been overlooked. This area guarantee’s you or a response to your questions within 24-32 hours maximum. If your post has not been answered within this time frame by another a member the moderators will let the Save Our Sleep team know and a member will step in to answer your questions. Tizzie may also step in to assist in threads however membership to this area is not a guarantee of help from Tizzie.

    The annual fee to this support service enables the Save Our Sleep ® team to continue offering this advice service and to maintain a safe online community for all parents. The online advice membership also gives you access to the General Save Our Sleep Forums which includes the complete list of FAQ’s and any updates made to the Save Our Sleep books!

    Level 3 – One On One with Tizzie – $650 or less depending on current membership level – Service currently unavailable

    Register for 30 days of ‘One-On-One with Tizzie’ and Tizzie will give you baby advice and help you establish a routine where your child sleeps all night every night, and eats well during the day.

    Tizzie’s one-on-one consultations are performed via our Online Advice area within the Save Our Sleep Forums. Tizzie will begin a consultation for you within this area. You will be able to directly ask Tizzie questions and receive answers within a few hours during business days. If you have an urgent problem it can be answered within a few minutes. For problems arising outside office hours, Tizzie will arrange a suitable consultation time.

    One-On-One with Tizzie members can message Tizzie with their baby sleep problems and other parenting issues as often as needed.

    Once your consultation is complete you will automatically receive a membership to our online advice area (http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/475/49456/) for the remaining 11 months. This will enable you to continue to have an avenue of support from Tizzie’s team and other parents following Tizzie’s advice.

    If you already have a membership to either the General Forum or the Online Advice area and would like to purchase a token to receive Tizzie’s help for one month please purchase the appropriate upgrade token from the online store.

    Kind Regards
    Kirstie
    Save Our Sleep

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  95. February 6th, 2012 at 11:28 pm Joanna Beydoun says:

    Hi Tizzie

    I have a 9 month old and have been following your routine since he was almost 4 months. We don’t have air con in the house and the room can get to 25 or 26 degrees in summer. what is a safe bedding guide for my son in these temperatures (Sydney). I usually dress him in a short sleeved bodygro or pj’s and a 1 tog sleeping bag. He sleeps from 7pm until any time after 6am. He does move around in the cot though and sometimes hits the rails. I find when i put a sheet over him or blanket he gets too hot to the touch.

    We also recently relocated to Singapore for work and commute to Sydney for holidays.
    Whilst we are in Singapore with the humidity there we have the air con in our room around 25/26 degrees and it is quite cold. I’m unsure as to what bedding to use. I usually dress the bub in a long sleeved onesey and a 1 tog grobag, a cotton sheet and 1 bamboo blanket. Is that enough?

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  97. February 7th, 2012 at 12:39 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Joanna:

    thank you for your questions. Tizzie has written a bedding guide that explains exactly how to dress your little one and what bedding to use in different room temperatures and different climates. Here is the link to the guide – http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/1802/26811/
    When you are in Singapore I would recommend you follow the guide for London, Northern Territory etc.

    If you are looking for further help and advice in following Tizzie’s routines and recommendations I have copied in below for you our online advice and support options.
    The support option memberships we offer are via our online forums and we have three levels of membership –

    Level 1 – General Forum – $30.00 http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/475/49457/

    The Save Our Sleep General forum offers a friendly, supportive online community where parents can help other parents establish and follow Tizzie’s routines and advice and help answer any questions that may come up along the way. The forum is a safe and secure environment where you can chat, help each other and share in the day to day joys, achievements and challenges of parenting.

    The General Forum is a community of like-minded parents who willingly share their experiences, baby advice and support new members. The SOS moderating team checks the advice given and a member of Tizzie’s team will step in only if incorrect, misleading or potentially unsafe advice is given. This area is a Forum only and does not entitle members to support directly from either Tizzie or her team. This area also does not guarantee you of a reply If you are looking to have the guarantee of a reply or the assurance of Tizzie’s team you should consider taking up Online Advice (explained below) which will provide you with help and advice or if you would like help from Tizzie direct please consider a One On One Tizzie consultation (Explained below).

    The General Forum membership also gives you READ ONLY access to the Online Advice area where you can read further advice of experienced Save Our Sleep parents as well as the Save Our Sleep team. You will be able READ threads in the Advice area but you will not be able to post.

    Level 2 – Online Advice – $330.00 http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/475/49456/

    The Save Our Sleep ® online advice area offers a friendly, supportive online community where parents and the Save Our Sleep ® team can help other parents establish and follow Tizzie’s routines and advice and answer any questions and help resolve any problems that may come up along the way.

    This community of like-minded people willingly shares their experiences, baby advice and support with new members. The SOS moderating team checks the advice given and a member of Tizzie’s team will offer advice or correct advice given if they feel a question was not answered fully or was incorrectly answered. Members can also alert the moderators if they feel a question has been overlooked. This area guarantee’s you or a response to your questions within 24-32 hours maximum. If your post has not been answered within this time frame by another a member the moderators will let the Save Our Sleep team know and a member will step in to answer your questions. Tizzie may also step in to assist in threads however membership to this area is not a guarantee of help from Tizzie.

    The annual fee to this support service enables the Save Our Sleep ® team to continue offering this advice service and to maintain a safe online community for all parents. The online advice membership also gives you access to the General Save Our Sleep Forums which includes the complete list of FAQ’s and any updates made to the Save Our Sleep books!

    Level 3 – One On One with Tizzie – $650 or less depending on current membership level – Service currently unavailable

    Register for 30 days of ‘One-On-One with Tizzie’ and Tizzie will give you baby advice and help you establish a routine where your child sleeps all night every night, and eats well during the day.

    Tizzie’s one-on-one consultations are performed via our Online Advice area within the Save Our Sleep Forums. Tizzie will begin a consultation for you within this area. You will be able to directly ask Tizzie questions and receive answers within a few hours during business days. If you have an urgent problem it can be answered within a few minutes. For problems arising outside office hours, Tizzie will arrange a suitable consultation time.

    One-On-One with Tizzie members can message Tizzie with their baby sleep problems and other parenting issues as often as needed.

    Once your consultation is complete you will automatically receive a membership to our online advice area (http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/475/49456/) for the remaining 11 months. This will enable you to continue to have an avenue of support from Tizzie’s team and other parents following Tizzie’s advice.

    If you already have a membership to either the General Forum or the Online Advice area and would like to purchase a token to receive Tizzie’s help for one month please purchase the appropriate upgrade token from the online store.

    Kind Regards
    Kirstie
    Save Our Sleep

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  99. February 22nd, 2012 at 6:46 am Katanya says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    I’m a mother of 3 who has been an AVID Save our Sleep fan and follower for nearly 4 years but I just have 1 question about what to put your baby in to go to bed.

    I have a 4 week old who gets very unsettled at night (even after feeding) so I’m currently trying to eliminate coldness as a reason. I just want to know if I can put my 4 week old in a sleeping bag at this young age? I’ve never been sure if your Safe Bedding Guide is meant from ‘birth’? I live in North Queensland so currently are ‘living’ in air conditioning and I have the room air con set at 24 degrees during both day and night, so I’m following your Bedding Guide for that temp except for the Sleeping Bag as like I said I wasn’t sure if she was too little. My daughter follows your routine PERFECTLY during the day it is just at night that she becomes unsettled which is why I think it maybe coldness.

    I bought your Safe Bedding Guide from your website a couple of years ago (I’m assuming it hasn’t changed in the last 2 years) and I have bought both a 0.5 tog and 1 tog Bubbaroo Sleeping Bag from your website so I have all the necessary euipment.

    Even though I’ve been a Save our Sleep mum for 4 years I’ve never had to start it from birth before as I didn’t start your routine with my eldest daughter until she was 9 months old and my 2nd daughter was born at 26 weeks so she was way too little to put into a sleeping bag when she was first born.

    I know you are a very busy lady but I would appreciate any answers you could give to my question.

    Many thanks Tizzie!

    Kind regards
    Katanya

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  101. February 23rd, 2012 at 12:44 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Katanya:

    thank you for your email and questions. If you could please contact us via the website and I will send you out the most up to date version of the bedding guide. This has three seperate charts in it according to age. The first is for a baby aged newborn to 8 weeks, the second is 8 weeks until your baby in no longer swaddled and the third is for a baby that is not swaddled.

    Tizzie does not recommend introducing a safe sleep bag until your baby is 8 weeks old. I notice you are using air conditioning. If your room temp with AC is 24 degrees then you need to follow the bedding guide for a room temp of 22 degrees as Tizzie has found when cooling with air conditioning you need to follow her guide for 2 degrees cooler than the air conditioner keeps the room.

    If you are looking for further help and advice I have copied in our support options below.
    The support option memberships we offer are via our online forums and we have three levels of membership –

    Level 1 – General Forum – $30.00 http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/475/49457/

    The Save Our Sleep General forum offers a friendly, supportive online community where parents can help other parents establish and follow Tizzie’s routines and advice and help answer any questions that may come up along the way. The forum is a safe and secure environment where you can chat, help each other and share in the day to day joys, achievements and challenges of parenting.

    The General Forum is a community of like-minded parents who willingly share their experiences, baby advice and support new members. The SOS moderating team checks the advice given and a member of Tizzie’s team will step in only if incorrect, misleading or potentially unsafe advice is given. This area is a Forum only and does not entitle members to support directly from either Tizzie or her team. This area also does not guarantee you of a reply If you are looking to have the guarantee of a reply or the assurance of Tizzie’s team you should consider taking up Online Advice (explained below) which will provide you with help and advice or if you would like help from Tizzie direct please consider a One On One Tizzie consultation (Explained below).

    The General Forum membership also gives you READ ONLY access to the Online Advice area where you can read further advice of experienced Save Our Sleep parents as well as the Save Our Sleep team. You will be able READ threads in the Advice area but you will not be able to post.

    Level 2 – Online Advice – $330.00 http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/475/49456/

    The Save Our Sleep ® online advice area offers a friendly, supportive online community where parents and the Save Our Sleep ® team can help other parents establish and follow Tizzie’s routines and advice and answer any questions and help resolve any problems that may come up along the way.

    This community of like-minded people willingly shares their experiences, baby advice and support with new members. The SOS moderating team checks the advice given and a member of Tizzie’s team will offer advice or correct advice given if they feel a question was not answered fully or was incorrectly answered. Members can also alert the moderators if they feel a question has been overlooked. This area guarantee’s you or a response to your questions within 24-32 hours maximum. If your post has not been answered within this time frame by another a member the moderators will let the Save Our Sleep team know and a member will step in to answer your questions. Tizzie may also step in to assist in threads however membership to this area is not a guarantee of help from Tizzie.

    The annual fee to this support service enables the Save Our Sleep ® team to continue offering this advice service and to maintain a safe online community for all parents. The online advice membership also gives you access to the General Save Our Sleep Forums which includes the complete list of FAQ’s and any updates made to the Save Our Sleep books!

    Level 3 – One On One with Tizzie – $650 or less depending on current membership level – Service currently unavailable

    Register for 30 days of ‘One-On-One with Tizzie’ and Tizzie will give you baby advice and help you establish a routine where your child sleeps all night every night, and eats well during the day.

    Tizzie’s one-on-one consultations are performed via our Online Advice area within the Save Our Sleep Forums. Tizzie will begin a consultation for you within this area. You will be able to directly ask Tizzie questions and receive answers within a few hours during business days. If you have an urgent problem it can be answered within a few minutes. For problems arising outside office hours, Tizzie will arrange a suitable consultation time.

    One-On-One with Tizzie members can message Tizzie with their baby sleep problems and other parenting issues as often as needed.

    Once your consultation is complete you will automatically receive a membership to our online advice area (http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/475/49456/) for the remaining 11 months. This will enable you to continue to have an avenue of support from Tizzie’s team and other parents following Tizzie’s advice.

    If you already have a membership to either the General Forum or the Online Advice area and would like to purchase a token to receive Tizzie’s help for one month please purchase the appropriate upgrade token from the online store.

    Kind Regards
    Kirstie
    Save Our sleep

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  103. May 17th, 2012 at 5:47 pm Jodie says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    Why do you recommend additional blankets etc as well as a sleeping bag when the sleeping bag companies stipulate no additional bedding?

    Regards,
    Jodie

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  105. May 18th, 2012 at 10:43 am Tizzie says:

    Hi Jodie:

    Thank you for your post.
    This is a question that comes up opften and Tizzie always says she wishes she knew why you as parents are getting told the incorrect information when it comes to sleeping bags. Tizzie believes some companies who make and sell sleeping bags don’t realise what a great product they have in the sleeping bag. Tizzie believes sleeping bags should be considered as a layer of clothing and are fantastic because they keep babies warm in winter and cool in summer while keeping them in the safe back sleeping position. Tizzie feels safe sleeping bags stop babies from kicking their bedding loose and also most importantly they also keep babies warm which stops them from rolling to their tummy to warm up.
    Tizzie has observed hudreds of babies and found a cold baby rolls to their tummy, sticks their bottom up in the air and tucks their arms in underneath them when sleeping. This is a very dangerous sleeping position and can increase the risk of SIDS. When looking at these tummy sleeping babies Tizzie has found a baby whose parents are trying to follow the guidelines on the sleeping bag packaging rolls to it’s tummy as soon as they are able however, if parents follow Tizzie’s guidelines and add layers of cotton or bamboo blankets over the sleeping bag and adjust the layers to suit individual baby’s needs and the climate they live in this normally stops the need for the baby to roll to their tummy.
    Tizzie feels sleeping bag manufactures feel they need to promote their product as an ‘alternative’ to blankets to help sell them, However Tizzies doesn’t believe they need to do this because they have a great product and it will sell regardless of how they market them.

    So, in a nutshell, Tizzie believes that to keep your baby warm enough in bed to sleep comforatably in the safe back sleeping position you need to use both a safe sleeping bag and layers of cotton or bamboo blankets together.

    Kind Regards,
    Kirstie
    Save Our Sleep

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  107. March 15th, 2013 at 12:26 pm Jenna says:

    Hi tizzy, I have a nearly 5 month old girl who has been perfect with sleep until, about a month ago. I have followed your book with the routines and feeding times since about 2 weeks old. She has always had a bit of trouble with day time sleep. Night time she is in bed by 7 and often wakes at 7 but usually will wake up once during the night for a feed. From about 6 weeks she was sleeping this well at night but her day time naps were a lot more difficult and I’m just wondering what I should be expecting? At about 8 weeks -3months she started sleeping well during the day and would have 1.5 in the morning and 1.5 in the afternoon with usually a 1 hour late afternoon, just At your routine times.Then she stopped and would cat nap anywhere from 20 minutes – 45 minutes. I tried everything! She sleeps in a sleeping bag and I’m pretty sure isn’t cold because we have had very hot weather in Perth WA. I introduced a comforter at a little over 3 months and this seemed to work for about a week. Now i have had problems since then. She’s has the odd 1.5-2 hour nap out of the blue sometimes but not often. Usually her naps only last 30-45 minutes. She can settle fine by herself most times unless she gets really worked up.the thing is that she use to go down for her nap without much noisebbut now she will whinge for a fairly long time before settling. Is this normal? Also I have read that you had said not to wake your baby if they sleep after 7 as this may teach them to wake before a sleep cycle?Should I give this s go, because most of the time I think she would possibly sleep through to nearly8am sometimes? I have also found when I go for a walk she will sleep fine for a couple of hours in the pram but its later on in the morning, so do you think it’s worth trying to put her to sleep later than 9? Wish you could come to my house and answer all my questions haha 🙂 sorry for all the questions, just a little lost now, because I know she needs daytime sleep and isn’t getting enough, she is a good natured baby but I think is getting cranky because she is overtired.

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  109. March 15th, 2013 at 1:21 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Jenna:

    Thank you for your post and questions. The best way to ask questions about your baby is to subscribe to our online support membership. Without further information it is very difficult to guide you.
    The support option membership we offer is via our online forums –
    Level 1 – General Forum – $58.00 http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/475/49457/

    The Save Our Sleep General forum offers a friendly, supportive online community where parents can help other parents establish and follow Tizzie’s routines and advice and help answer any questions that may come up along the way. The forum is a safe and secure environment where you can chat, help each other and share in the day to day joys, achievements and challenges of parenting.
    The General Forum is a community of like-minded parents who willingly share their experiences, baby advice and support new members. The SOS moderating team checks the advice given and a member of Tizzie’s team will step in only if incorrect, misleading or potentially unsafe advice is given. This area is a Forum only and does not entitle members to support directly from either Tizzie or her team or guarantee you a reply.
    If you haven’t received a reply to your post in the general forum in a timeframe that is acceptable to you then we recommend the following options –
    1) Repost your question as it may be seen by other members or if you have asked more than one question within your post please consider dividing your questions and only ask one question per post. This may help and encourage other members to step in and help you as often a member may only know the answer to one of your questions and not the others and members may then feel they can’t answer you at all.
    2) Seek out the help of a trusted maternal child health nurse, health visitor or another health care professional.
    The General Forum membership also gives you READ ONLY access to the Online Advice area where you can read further advice of experienced Save Our Sleep parents as well as the Save Our Sleep team. You will be able READ threads in the Advice area but you will not be able to post as this area is now closed.

    Kind Regards
    Kirstie
    Save Our sleep

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  111. May 18th, 2013 at 10:05 pm Shana says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    Which sleep bag would you recommend for a child with eczema?

    My son is 4.5 months old & has mild-moderate eczema. I have tried a Skip Hop 2.5 tog sleep bag (approx a month ago) & both mornings that he used it, red rashes appeared on his cheeks and on the second night a new patch of eczema appeared on his lower leg.

    I only ever use cotton blankets and when he wore the sleep bag he had 2 cotton blankets both folded in half, plus a thin Love to Dream swaddle under the sleep bag. The temperature in his room may have been 20-25.C. His sheets are also 100% cotton.

    Your advise is greatly appreciated =)

    Cheers
    Shana

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  113. May 19th, 2013 at 7:56 pm Tizzie says:

    Hi Shana:

    Thank you for your post. WE would recommend you consider looking at Tizzie’s 1.0 tog sleeping bags which are 100% cotton – you can then add an extra couple of layers of cotton or bamboo blankets overtop to help keep your baby warm enough. We would also recommend if you are going to use a sleeping bag that you consider changing to a ‘wrap in a wrap’ that will allow you to safely wrap your baby overtop of the safe sleeping bag. You can find these products in the online store – https://www.saveoursleep.com

    Kind Regards

    Kirstie
    Save Our Sleep

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  115. May 21st, 2013 at 9:20 pm Shana says:

    Thank you Kristie,
    I actually just bought the origami wrap before reading your reply! I am about to purchase the Bubbaroo 1.0 TOG & Bubba Blue bamboo cot blanket. Can’t wait to get it all & try it out with my son. I also just bought the PDF about babies with asthma or eczema so will read up about that.
    Cheers
    Shana

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  117. May 24th, 2013 at 3:13 pm Peta says:

    Hi there Tizzie

    Just wanted a bit of advice about my son now waking early. I have been following your routine since Toby was 5 – 6 months old he is now 2 yrs old. Up until recently he was sleeping anywhere from 7pm to 6.30 to 7pm basically every night. We went camping recently and his sleep was a bit all over the shop, on the last night of our camping day light savings ended and of course he woke up around 5.30am, at the same time I basically stopped using his sleeping bag as he had outgrown in and did not buy him a bigger size. At first I thought his continual early rising was due to day light savings but he has continued to do it now for another couple of months. It is also colder at night. We have now put like a column heater up on his wall to just take the chill out of the air and neutralise the temp in his room but I also use flanellette sheets and pajamas. Do you think I should discontinue flanellette sheets?? and pj’s and use Grosuits instead (all in one pj’s)??

    Thanks, P.S once he wakes in morning usually around 5.30am that is it, I have tried but can’t get him back to sleep, near impossible.

    Peta

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  119. May 24th, 2013 at 4:18 pm Tizzie says:

    Hello Peta
    Thank you for your post. I think our bedding guide would help you out. Here is the link to it:

    http://news.saveoursleep.com/newsletter.asp?n=E393C841E490485E
    and I also our forums could answer some questions for you. That info is below:

    The support option membership we offer is via our online forums –
    Advice Forum – $58.00
    http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/category/1805/
    The Save Our Sleep Advice forum offers a friendly, supportive online community where parents can help other parents establish and follow Tizzie’s routines and advice and help answer any questions that may come up along the way. The forum is a safe and secure environment where you can chat, help each other and share in the day to day joys, achievements and challenges of parenting. Tizzie and members of her team are actively involved in this area,
    The Advice Forum membership also gives you READ ONLY access to Archived Reading area where you can read further advice of experienced Save Our Sleep parents as well as the Save Our Sleep team. You will be able READ threads in the Archive Library area but you will not be able to post as this area is now closed.

    Kind Regards
    Sarah
    Save Our Sleep

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  121. June 28th, 2013 at 2:02 pm Elissa says:

    Hi Tizzie – Firstly your books are amazing – thankyou. My 22 month old has been a fantastic sleeper from 7 weeks old thanks to the help of your books. We stopped using a sleeping bag when summer hit as we live in a hot climate. When the nights started to get cooler we tried getting him back into a sleeping bag as he had started waking through the night we assume because he is cold. He is quite a restless sleeper and will only allow us to place one special 100% cotton blanket on him and we heat his room to around 22o. I am about to invest in another one of your sleeping bags in a larger size and a bamboo blanket from your range. I have my fingers crossed that he will allow us to place him in the sleeping and the new blanket becomes his new “special blanket”. Do you have any hints or tips around getting toddlers into sleeping bags ?

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  123. June 28th, 2013 at 8:35 pm Kate says:

    Hi Elissa :

    Thank you for your post. To help you with guidelines on how to dress your toddler for bed and what bedding to use for him please see Tizzie’s Safe Bedding Guide which you can get via this link http://news.saveoursleep.com/newsletter.asp?n=E393C841E490485E . We would recommend heating the room to 20 degrees as explained in the guide, no warmer, and then using additional layers of cotton or bamboo blankets to ensure he is warm enough to sleep well. Being a restless sleeper as you have described is often a sign that babies/children are not warm enough to sleep well and often by adding additional layers of bedding as per the bedding guide we will see children have a much better sleep. I think you will find the 2.5 tog sleeping bag along with more bedding will really help him have a better sleep.

    Tizzie has no specific advice for introducing a sleeping bag to a toddler, however given his age I would explain to him it’s going to be his special sleeping bag to keep him really nice and warm and help him to sleep really warm and snug. Toddlers usually respond very well to change when mum is excited and thinks its great, so be positive and excited and he should follow. If your little one resists the sleeping bag and tries to take it off before he falls asleep the easiest solution Tizzie has found is to turn the sleeping bag inside out for a few sleeps. Once they have stopped succeeding in getting it off they will usually not try again. Please see page 25 of the toddler book for full explanation of this.

    If you feel that you need further support from here I ask that you join the forum so that I and other mums can help you.

    Advice Forum – AUD $58.00 http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/1805/49457/

    The Save Our Sleep Advice forum offers a friendly, supportive online community where parents can help other parents establish and follow Tizzie’s routines and advice and help answer any questions that may come up along the way. The forum is a safe and secure environment where you can chat, help each other and share in the day to day joys, achievements and challenges of parenting. Tizzie and members of her team are actively involved in this area.

    The Advice Forum is a community of like-minded parents who willingly share their experiences, baby advice and support new members. The SOS moderating team checks the advice given and a member of Tizzie’s team will step in only if incorrect, misleading or potentially unsafe advice is given. This area is a Forum only and does not entitle members to support directly from either Tizzie or her team or guarantee you a reply.
    If you haven’t received a reply to your post in the general forum in a timeframe that is acceptable to you then we recommend the following options –
    1) Repost your question as it may be seen by other members or if you have asked more than one question within your post please consider dividing your questions and only ask one question per post. This may help and encourage other members to step in and help you as often a member may only know the answer to one of your questions and not the others and members may then feel they can’t answer you at all.
    2) Seek out the help of a trusted maternal child health nurse, health visitor or another health care professional.
    The Advice Forum membership also gives you READ ONLY access to Archived Reading area where you can read further advice of experienced Save Our Sleep parents as well as the Save Our Sleep team. You will be able READ threads in the Archive Library area but you will not be able to post as this area is now closed.

    Kind Regards
    Kate
    Save Our Sleep

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  125. July 1st, 2013 at 12:12 pm Elissa clark says:

    Great thanks for the information. Can’t wait for the blanket and sleeping bag to arrive and get back to routine. I’m sure we will all get a much better nights sleep.

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  127. July 1st, 2013 at 1:04 pm Kate says:

    You’re welcome Elissa.

    All the best,
    Kate
    Save Our Sleep.

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  129. December 14th, 2013 at 1:15 pm shaz says:

    Hi Tizzie
    I have a 4 month old little boy who was not a great sleeper from the start. After receiving some help from the community nurse, Bub sleeps a little better. He self settles with the aid of a dummy which drives me insane during the nights. I decided to buy your book and will be starting the routine and hopefully wean the dummy. Bub is still swaddled (with muslin wraps), which he fights to be wrapped and fights to take his arms out but once his hands are out he wakes himself and will not sleep. I want to wean him off this too as it is summer and he sweats but also he has been trying to roll. My question is, do I start weaning his swaddling when I start the routine or when I take away his dummy on day 5? Also I’m thinking of getting him the TOG 1 sleeping bag, is that right?
    Thanks in advance
    Shaz

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  131. December 14th, 2013 at 9:29 pm Kate says:

    Hi Shaz :

    Thank you for your post. To help you with how to dress your baby and what bedding to use for him please see Tizzie’s Safe Bedding Guide which you can get via this link http://news.saveoursleep.com/newsletter.asp?n=E393C841E490485E . This will explain in detail what clothing, sleeping bag and bedding to use for your baby’s room temperature.

    Tizzie recommends that it is very important to swaddle baby until he shows signs of being able to roll while swaddled in bed. This is usually around 10 months old. Your baby will roll outside of the cot much earlier than this, but you’ll only need to remove the swaddle when he shows signs of being able to roll in bed while swaddled. Swaddling baby plays an important role in reducing the risk of SIDS because it helps to keep your baby in the safe back sleeping position. You can find full details about why TIzzie believes swaddling to be very important on pages 64-66 of the baby book.

    Muslin wraps can be easier to wriggle out of at this age, so Tizzie recommends swaddling with the Save Our Sleep Wrap in a wrap which you can find here – http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/2412/79979/ .

    If you feel that you need further support with establishing your little one on the routines and teaching him to self settle then you may like to consider joining the Save Our Sleep Advice Forum.

    Advice Forum – AUD $64.95 http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/1805/49457/

    The Save Our Sleep Advice forum offers a friendly, supportive online community where parents can help other parents establish and follow Tizzie’s routines and advice and help answer any questions that may come up along the way. The forum is a safe and secure environment where you can chat, help each other and share in the day to day joys, achievements and challenges of parenting. Tizzie and members of her team are actively involved in this area.

    The Advice Forum is a community of like-minded parents who willingly share their experiences, baby advice and support new members. The SOS moderating team checks the advice given and a member of Tizzie’s team will step in only if incorrect, misleading or potentially unsafe advice is given. This area is a Forum only and does not entitle members to support directly from either Tizzie or her team or guarantee you a reply.
    If you haven’t received a reply to your post in the general forum in a timeframe that is acceptable to you then we recommend the following options –
    1) Repost your question as it may be seen by other members or if you have asked more than one question within your post please consider dividing your questions and only ask one question per post. This may help and encourage other members to step in and help you as often a member may only know the answer to one of your questions and not the others and members may then feel they can’t answer you at all.
    2) Seek out the help of a trusted maternal child health nurse, health visitor or another health care professional.
    The Advice Forum membership also gives you READ ONLY access to Archived Reading area where you can read further advice of experienced Save Our Sleep parents as well as the Save Our Sleep team. You will be able READ threads in the Archive Library area but you will not be able to post as this area is now closed.

    Kind Regards
    Kate
    Save Our Sleep

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  133. August 6th, 2014 at 9:57 am Josie says:

    Great advice as always Tizzie. I had no idea about the jersey issue but now it obviously makes perfect sense! I will pass on your info to my friends. Many Thanks, Josie 🙂

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  135. October 7th, 2014 at 1:23 pm chadwicktaulbee.edublogs.org says:

    This is my first time pay a visit at here and i am really happy to read everthing
    at one place.

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  137. June 2nd, 2015 at 3:56 pm Kristy says:

    I Hope someone will see this post as the sleeping bag article and comments are quite old now…. Anyways, I too have followed the grobag company guidelines for their sleeping bag and had no idea until reading Tizzie’s toddler book that my girl (now 14mths) is way too cold. She has a 2.5 tog but never any sheet or blanket up til now. She has become a restless tummy sleeper as a result. I have just bought all the recommended bedding and new sleep bags but am wondering if anyone has managed to turn their bun back onto back sleeping after so long on the tummy? And does anyone know the tog for Aden and anais brand dream blankets? They are 100% cotton muslin and really lovely but quite heavy. Would I only need a sheet and 2.5tog sleep bag if using one of those blankets, or add another layer on top? Or use a 1tog bag? I Remember reading about tummy sleepers not having as much coverings on top but would like clarification for my blankets

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  139. June 2nd, 2015 at 4:07 pm Tizzie says:

    Hello Kristy
    Thank you for your question. I have sent you an email with the bedding guide attached.
    Kind Regards
    Sarah
    Save Our Sleep

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  141. June 12th, 2015 at 3:51 pm Emilia says:

    Hi Tizzie
    I have been reading up on your bedding literature..my baby is nearly 12months..in a strict routine..she has been waking at 5.30am in the past week she normally sleeps through the night until 7am. I try to resettle but have no luck and give up at about 6.30am. Then start the day. After reading your early riser document I’m going to try and put her to sleep by 7pm tonight but also you mention blankets and maybe she is cold in the morning. I have her panel heater on very low(maybe I need to turn it higher?) she is in an ergo pouch 3.5 tog, singlet and cotton onesie…she moves in all directions so I don’t use blankets..any suggestions? Many thanks!!

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  143. June 12th, 2015 at 4:39 pm Kate says:

    Hi Emilia,

    Thank you for your question. Tizzie believes bedding is essential to keep your baby warm enough to sleep well, and moving all around the cot as you have described is a sign that your baby is not warm enough to sleep well. I will give you some links to some further advice which should help you.

    Here is a link to Tizzie’s Safe Bedding Guide – https://www.saveoursleep.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/save-our-sleep-article-safe-bedding-guide.pdf . This explains in great detail exactly what Tizzie recommends dressing a baby or toddler in for sleeps. Tizzie has different recommendation for different aged babies and also for different regions of Australia and the world, so it is important to read through the guide in full.

    These two links will take you to video blogs that Tizzie has made, discussing the importance of bedding – https://www.saveoursleep.com/2012/06/20/tizzie-hall-on-safe-bedding/ & https://www.saveoursleep.com/2012/03/23/bedding/ .

    If you feel that you need further support with establishing your little one on the routines and teaching him to self settle then you may like to consider joining the Save Our Sleep Online Advice.

    Online Advice – AUD $79.95 http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/1805/49457/

    The Save Our Sleep Online Advice offers a friendly, supportive online community where parents can help other parents establish and follow Tizzie’s routines and advice and help answer any questions that may come up along the way. The Online Advice is a safe and secure environment where you can chat, help each other and share in the day to day joys, achievements and challenges of parenting. Tizzie and members of her team are actively involved in this area.

    The Online Advice is a community of like-minded parents who willingly share their experiences, baby advice and support new members. The Save Our Sleep moderating team checks the advice given and a member of Tizzie’s team will step in only if incorrect, misleading or potentially unsafe advice is given. This area is a Forum only and does not entitle members to support directly from either Tizzie or her team or guarantee you a reply.

    The Advice Forum membership also gives you READ ONLY access to Archived Reading area where you can read further advice of experienced Save Our Sleep parents as well as the Save Our Sleep team. You will be able READ threads in the Archive Library area but you will not be able to post as this area is now closed.

    Kind Regards
    Kate
    Save Our Sleep.

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  145. March 30th, 2016 at 5:16 am Christina says:

    Hi, I have an 11 week old baby, who hates being swaddled. She likes having her arms out but she still has the startle reflex so she ends up waking herself up and when swaddled she tries to take her right arm out resulting in the wrap getting in her face so I always have to check up on her during the night. She is a small baby weighing about 4kg atm.

    Am thinking of buying a sleeping bag but don’t know what would be safe for her and is there an option of having her hands out and in if needed?
    Its getting cold now so I usually put another wrap and blanket on top if her swaddle and tuck it underneath the mattress. She is still sleeping in a basssinet in our room.

    Your advise will be much appreciated as
    there is so much to choose from and I dont know what will work.

    Thank you

    Christina

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  147. March 30th, 2016 at 11:02 am Tizzie Hall says:

    Hi Christina,

    Congratulations on your new baby! At this age Tizzie recommends that it is extremely important to swaddle your baby for all sleeps. This is both for her settling and sleep but also for safety, as swaddling baby will help to keep her in the safe back sleeping position for as long as possible, and prevent her rolling to the unsafe tummy sleeping position. The only babies Tizzie has come across that don’t like to be swaddled are overtired babies, and she feels that it is even more important to swaddle an overtired baby to encourage her to sleep better.

    From what you have written it sounds as though you are not using any other bedding (or not much) with your baby’s swaddle. At this age Tizzie recommends swaddling your baby over a safe 1 tog sleep bag, and then using layers of cotton or bamboo bedding to keep her warm enough to settle and sleep well. If you are not using additional bedding as recommended by Tizzie then this could be part of the reason she has been fighting her swaddle. Here is a link to where you can find a fee copy of Tizzie’s Safe Bedding Guide which will explain all of Tizzie’s advice on bedding for you in great detail – https://www.saveoursleep.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/save-our-sleep-article-safe-bedding-guide.pdf . Also you mentioned tucking under than mattress, so please have a read of the bedding guide which will help explain for you why Tizzie recommends cocooning the bedding rather than tucking it in, and also why she recommends a cot or mini crib rather than a bassinet.

    Without lots of detailed information we are unable to guide you further. If you feel that you need more detailed advice and support then you may like to consider joining the Save Our Sleep® Online Advice, where our members can help you look at everything in detail as Tizzie’s website is not a place where we can offer you advice about your baby. http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/category/1805/ .

    Kind regards,
    Kate.
    Save Our Sleep.

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  149. April 1st, 2016 at 1:58 am Christina says:

    Hi Kate,

    Thank you for your advise, its greatly appreciated ?

    I will try out what Tizzie recommends.

    Thanks again,

    Christina

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  151. May 4th, 2016 at 4:39 pm Belinda says:

    Hi,
    I have a 12 week old boy and have just discovered Save Our Sleep.
    I have been using Love to Dream Swaddle Up sleeping bags and he seems to like these. He does sleep pretty well but I would like to teach him to self settle. We have been giving him the dummy so would like to wean him off the dummy and give him a comforter, is it safe to give him a comforter at 12 weeks if we are using the swaddle up?
    Thanks, Belinda.

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  153. May 4th, 2016 at 5:57 pm Kate says:

    Hi Belinda,

    Thank you for your post and congratulations on your new baby. Here is a link for you to Tizzie’s Safe Bedding Guide – https://www.saveoursleep.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/save-our-sleep-article-safe-bedding-guide.pdf . Please have a read of this guide, particularly Tizzie’s comments on arms up/zip up swaddles like you have mentioned, as she does not recommend them for safety reasons. This is explained in detail for you in the guide. We would strongly recommend moving to a safe arms down swaddle over a safe 1 tog sleep bag as Tizzie recommends, as this will be important for both his safety and also warmth and to help with his sleep and settling. We would not recommend using a comforter with a baby who is in an unsafe swaddle as one of the reasons that Tizzie does not recommend these types of swaddles is that with the increased arm movement they can use this to help roll to the unsafe tummy position. A comforter would then be an additional risk. We would strongly recommend a safe wrap over a safe 1 tog and introducing a safe comforter for him, as this will be important when removing his dummy.

    In regards to teaching him to self settle without the dummy, you can find Tizzie’s advice on how to do this on pages 212-216 of the latest edition of the baby book, or pages 200-205 of the previous edition.

    Without lots of detailed information we are unable to guide you further. If you feel that you need more detailed advice and support then you may like to consider joining the Save Our Sleep® Online Advice, where our coaches can help you look at everything in detail as Tizzie’s website is not a place where we can offer you advice about your baby. http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/category/1805/ .

    Kind regards,
    Kate.
    Save Our Sleep.

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  155. June 15th, 2016 at 6:46 am Kirsty says:

    Hello,
    In the event that my baby rolls onto his tummy during the night, is it still safe for them to be in one of Tizzie’s recommended safe sleeping bags?
    Thanks, Kirsty.

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  157. June 15th, 2016 at 9:15 am Tizzie Hall says:

    Hi Kirsty :

    Thank you for your post. There is no added risk to tummy sleeping because of the Safe Sleep bag, however the safest position for your baby or toddler to sleep is on his or her back. Tizzie and the Save Our Sleep team feel that it is very important to continue to encourage back sleeping by rolling baby back over to their back any time you find them sleeping on their side or tummy. Each time you do this Tizzie recommends adding 2 layers of cotton or bamboo blankets (up to the maximum as advised in the Safe Bedding Guide which you can find here – https://www.saveoursleep.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/save-our-sleep-article-safe-bedding-guide.pdf ).

    Rolling in bed and moving around the cot are most often a sign that baby is not warm enough to sleep well, so we would encourage you to check that your baby’s bedding is safe and warm enough for him or her to settle and sleep well and stay safely on his or her back.

    If you feel that you need more detailed advice and support then you may like to consider joining the Save Our Sleep® Online Advice, where our members can help you look at everything in detail as Tizzie’s website is not a place where we are able to offer you advice about your baby. http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/category/1805/ .

    Kind regards,
    Kate.

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  159. November 30th, 2016 at 7:22 am Alana says:

    Hi,
    My baby is 41/2 months and has always prefered to be in a toggle with arms above her head (long sleeve) she has been sleeping through for a month or two now from following this book to a T but now she can roll and I’m petrified she wouldn’t be able to roll back. This morning I looked at the monitor and she was face down I ran to her and she was ok she was just about to move her head. Ur should I be putting her in a sleeveless toggle now? She used to startle awake when she used to get out of her swaddling that’s why we used the toggle instead.

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  161. November 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm Kate says:

    Hi Alana,

    I have replied to your above question on your Facebook post regarding this.

    Kind regards,
    Kate.

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  163. December 4th, 2016 at 12:41 pm Karina says:

    Hi Tizzie,

    Thank you SO much for your book and advice that has basically saved our sanity.
    Baby Marina (nearly 5 months) has been on your routine and sleep/ bedding advice for 2 weeks now with great results. She’s still waking up at night though at around 10, 2 and 4.30 for a feed, and I’m not sure what am I missing. (Before she woke up every 2-1 hours out of being cold o believe)
    I’ve never wrapped her, could this be the problem? Would you advice start wrapping her now?
    I’m using a sleeping bag 50% cotton, 45% bamboo, 5% jersey. She’s been sweety at night, so I’ve reduced the adviced bedding to a jumpsuit, 1 tog sleeping bag, 2 bamboo blankets. Could be the 5% jersey the cause of sweet and she’s still cold?
    Im not 100% accurate with feeding and sleep times, for example, the 10.30 dream feed is done at 10 or 10.15pm. Should I be absolutely accurate with all times?
    Finally, she learned to self settle (always at 7pm), but naps are still in her pram,since she just learned to roll on her tummy, and once there, cries for help, so naps in her cot didn’t work anymore. Could this be the problem?

    Just want to add that it didn’t take much work or cry to establish the routine. Everything just fit into the right time naturally! It’s wonderful and our life so much predictable and easier! Thanks again!!!!

    Kindest regards to everyone in your team! 😉

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  165. December 4th, 2016 at 12:46 pm Karina says:

    I forgot to say that we’re in Sydney, temperature of 25-26 at night. Baby sleeps in her cot in our room.

    Thanks again!!

    Karina

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  167. December 4th, 2016 at 1:37 pm Tizzie Hall says:

    Hi Karina,

    Thank you for your post, and we’re so pleased to hear how much Tizzie’s books and advice has helped your family!

    At this age yes Tizzie would suggest that it is important to be wrapping your baby for sleeps as per the bedding guide (https://www.saveoursleep.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/save-our-sleep-article-safe-bedding-guide.pdf). Tizzie recommends wrapping your baby with her arms firmly down over her tummy until she shows signs of being able to roll while wrapped in bed, which is usually around 10 months of age. Your baby will be able to roll when she is unwrapped in her awake time much earlier than this, but you should only remove the wrap when she is showing signs of being able to roll while wrapped in bed. Rolling in bed and moving around the cot which you have mentioned your little one is doing are most often a sign that baby is not warm enough to sleep well, so we would encourage you to check that her bedding is safe and warm enough for her to settle and sleep well and as explained swaddle her as per Tizzie’s advice to help keep her in the safe back sleeping position for as long as possible.

    Please also have a read of the Safe Bedding Guide I have linked you to above to help you with your choice of sleep bag. At this age your baby needs to be swaddled over a 1 tog safe sleep bag. The guide will explain for you how to choose a safe bag. The bag you are currently using has stretch (jersey) fabric and as such would not meet Tizzie’s safe sleep bag guidelines so we would suggest swapping it for a bag that does meet her recommendations as soon as possible.

    You mentioned that she is sometimes sweaty, please check that you are not using a mattress protector (other than the Save Our Sleep/Bambi brand) as explained on the guide, as this is most often the cause of sweating.Please also be sure that all clothing and bedding etc is all 100% cotton or bamboo as this is also essential when following the bedding guide.

    As she is still having some issues, yes we would recommend being strict with the routine timing as this will be important to work through the issues. Once she is sleeping well then you can again try and be a little more flexible, and you know that if sleep issues come up again that you need to go back to more strict routine times. We would also suggest that you are putting her in her cot for all of her routine sleeps and following the settling guide as this will help her to learn what is expected at sleep time.

    Finally please have a read of Tizzie’s weaning guide from the baby book or in more detail in the Feeding book, as it will be important to begin solids as per Tizzie’s advice if you have not done so already.

    If you feel that you need more detailed advice and support then you may like to consider joining the Save Our Sleep® Online Advice, where our members can help you look at everything in detail as Tizzie’s website is not a place where we are able to offer you advice about your baby. http://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/category/1805/ .

    Kind regards,
    Kate.
    Save Our Sleep.

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  169. December 6th, 2016 at 10:02 am Karina says:

    Thanks a lot for your replay Kate!

    As soon as I read the guide I run to buy new blankets and a sleeping bag. (That was before my previous comment). Unfortunately, the 5% elastane (jersey) wasn’t on the package info, and I didn’t associate the word jersey with a synthetic fabric, (ignorant me!) I wish I had read and buy from SOS website!
    Last night I replaced the mattress protector, (bamboo and poliéster) by a cotton towel and also removed sheets suspecting there are not 100% cotton. Marina slept in a long sleeve onesie, wondersuit, 100% cotton sleep bag, (unfortunately with side zip) + 2 bamboo blankets. I put her in the sleeping bag and blankets after the dream feed as last night was incredibly hot and humid. The result was that she wasn’t very sweaty, I suspect she swears while I’m breastfeeding her. And she was nicely warm behind her neck. But she still woke up at 2 and 4 ish, without being able to resettle. (So I fed her)
    I’ll work on day sleeps in her cot and strict times for her routine, and leave the swaddle as the last resource because her settling technique is punching the mattress or pram with her hands.
    I cannot emphasise how SO GRATEFUL of SOS we are. And how important was the fact that we established the routine with nearly no cry. I read 2 other books before and had day stay at Tresillian. The result was s few days of emotional cry and an overtired baby and mom. I learned that letting her cry (the winging cry) doesn’t work with her, very soon she gets emotional and than nothing comforts her. The routine set in naturally!!! I’m not following Tizzies advice 100% but rather adjusting it according to what I believe works better with my baby, not wrapping her for instance, and not letting her winge for 12 min in her cot, and is probably taking us a longer time to sleep through the night, but I’m confident we’re doing the right thing, (for the first time and listening to my mom instincts) THANKS TO SOS!!
    I will join the advice site for further advice and again,
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! ??
    Kindest regards,

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  171. March 1st, 2017 at 1:19 pm Ineke says:

    Dear Tizzie,

    Question re the sleeping bags. I have a 12 week old boy who was 6 weeks premmie and had to have surgery day 2. He spent a month in the nicu and since having him home we have been doing your routines and he’s been great. For the last 3 weeks (since the dreamfeed) the goes down at 7pm, has a dreamfeed, wakes at 5am to feed, then goes straight back to sleep until 7am. I love your book!

    With bedding I have followed your bedding guide with clothes and layers and have your sheets and bamboo blankets which are gorgeous.

    With swaddling though, he hates his arms down and even in the nicu the nurses called him houdini. He would wriggle and wriggle until his arms were free so they ended up giving up and swaddling him with his arms up. They suggested the love to dream swaddle/bag which he has been in since his first day home. It’s basically a sleeping bag with arms up and in.

    Why do you say babies need to be in a sleeping bag before 4 months? And is the love to dream one like a sleeping bag? Can I not just move him to one of your bags with arms out when he starts to roll? He’s been doing your routines and sleeps so well I’d hate to change it up and swaddling him with arms down he will hate.

    Looking forward to your advice! Im also coming to see you at Toombul in a few weeks. Big fan…

    Kind regards,
    Ineke

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  173. March 1st, 2017 at 3:37 pm Tizzie Hall says:

    Hi Ineke,

    Congratulations on your baby and its great to hear how well he is doing now, this much be such a relief for you after the stays in NICU.

    We would really encourage you to continue with swaddling his arms firmly down as recommended by Tizzie at this age as it is very important for safety as well as the settling and sleep aspects. Keeping him swaddled for as long as possible will keep him safely in the back sleeping position. Please have a read of Tizzie’s Safe Bedding Guide (https://www.saveoursleep.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/save-our-sleep-article-safe-bedding-guide.pdf), in particular page 14 (second section) which covers wraps with zips or arms up style wraps, or any wraps where baby’s arms are able to move, even a little. This will explain for you why Tizzie has very big safety concerns with these styles of wraps and why she does not receommend using any of this style, and only recommend swaddling with arms firmly down over the tummy. If your baby is escaping a regular wrapping method then we would suggest looking at Tizzie’s wrap in a wrap to help keep him firmly swaddled – https://shop.saveoursleep.com.au/product/2412/79979/ .

    Swaddling over a safe 1 tog sleep bag is very important for a couple of reasons. One being that it will help to keep him super snuggly warm which is essential, and another reason is that when it does come time to remove his swaddle he is used to his sleep bag and this is still a sleep cue for him when he is put in his safe sleep bag for sleep.

    We look forward to seeing you in Toombul in a couple of weeks time! Tizzie will be talking about her bedding advice in detail there for you as well, but we would really strongly recommend that you swap to a safe arms down swaddle right away, as Tizzie believes this is very important for safety 🙂

    Kind regards,
    Kate.
    Save Our Sleep.

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