Monday, October 20, 2014

Its getting hot in here

On the first day of spring it was like someone had flicked a switch here in Brisbane and the weather immediately went from relatively cold to amazing once again. Now we're half way through spring and I'm pretty sure QLD might've actually misread the season memo and mistaken spring for summer. Although we've had a few random cool overcast days here and there, you could easily assume we've already reached summer with all the sunny, warm weather we've been having.

Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining one bit, I'm loving the fact that I've been able to get out to the beach at least once a week for the past few weeks. It's making me a bit apprehensive as to just how hot summer is actually going to get though. I remember the 40 degree days from last year and I'm really not looking forward to doing that again.

This is what it felt like last year


It's bad enough when its hot during the day, but what's even more unbearable is when its hot at night. I find it impossible to sleep when its all stuffy at night. I always have to sleep with a blanket or doona on top of me no matter how hot it is. I'm not sure if its because I just like the feel of material against my skin or if it developed from some fear of the boogie man in my childhood (if you're under the blanket they can't see you so they can't get you), but either way I simply cannot get to sleep without being wrapped up in something. Luckily for me we have an air-con in our bedroom so I can indulge my random need for a blanket even during summer. My poor baby girl is not so lucky in her room though.

Her room is the only one in the house that doesn't have any insulation in the roof so its the coldest in winter and the hottest in summer. In winter it got down to 15 degrees overnight and its already sitting at 26 degrees at night now. I can only imagine how hot its going to get during summer.

She's very tactile like me and loves having something over her at night. I've been using sleeping bags since she started rolling (because I was paranoid of using blankets with sids risks) so she's grown used to wearing a bag at night. Her 1.0 tog one was working fine until her room started getting above 22 degrees at night. Since then we've been looking for a solution that doesn't involve installing a brand new air-con in her room. Luckily Love to Dream have been working away behind the scenes developing a new product to solve our exact problem. They've just released their new Nuzzlin sleep bag this week.



The nuzzlin sleep bag is a revolutionary design, perfect for our hot weather here in QLD. Its a 0.2 tog bag made from super soft and light new generation muslin, which is perfect for bub because she's always slept with a muslin wrap as her "blankie" because she loves the feel of muslin against her skin. The bag is even lighter than her muslin wraps. You can actually see through it if you put it up against your eyes, its that light. Its suitable for 25 degrees + which is just right for her room.

26 degrees - not a problem anymore.

The nuzzlin bag is super stretchy as well which she absolutely loves because she can move around so much easier in it. The first night I put her in it she was just continuously stretching her feet in and out to see what it felt like against her toes. It didn't take her long to realise more movement means she can now zoom up and down her cot all night. She's at the wrong end of her cot in the photo above, but hey whatever works! If it makes her happy and means she sleeps more then I'm a happy mummy and really that's all that matters.



I'm in love with the designs of the new bag, how cute is the pink ice-cream?! Coincidentally the pink bag also perfectly matches her room colour scheme of pink/grey and white. For those of you who don't have little girls there's also an aqua bag with a hedgehog motif and a white bag with an apple motif.

The bags come in three different sizes 4-12 months, 12-18 months and 18-36 months. We're using the 12-18 month size and it fits perfectly at the top and still has heaps of room in the length (she's 15 months old this week). I'm glad they go up to 36 months because that means I'm covered for the next year and a half and by then I'll probably have outgrown my fear of her sleeping with sheets and blankets. Probably.




So, we've got night time covered with the sleep bag and have the air-con downstairs for those hot days. The beach is always going to be there for when we need to escape the house. Now all I need to do is work out how to get a full sized swimming pool into my courtyard so we can go swimming without leaving home and we'll be fully set for summer. Yes we have a clam shell kiddie pool and while its ok for bub, it really doesn't cut it for mummy and daddy.


Is it hot where you are?  

Do you have a swimming pool we can come and swim in?


Toni x


* Disclosure - I was gifted a Nuzzlin sleep bag from the team at Love to Dream. All opinions are my own based on our experience with the bag and were in no way influenced by Love to Dream. I did not receive payment for this post.

Linking with Eva, Alicia and Kirsty.

24 comments:

  1. Being able to sleep at night even when it's stinking hot is so important - makes it bearable. Like you, I need covers on even in the hottest weather (to protect me from the monsters hiding under the bed!). These days we have air con, but prior to that, I coped by wetting a sarong or sheet, wringing it out until it’s just damp and use that as a top sheet. Make sure you’ve got the fan on. Ah, bliss!

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    1. Isn't it funny how we sleep under the blankets with the air-con on, but it sure beats trying to sleep in the heat.

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  2. My little one loves her sleeping bag and I am hoping to wean her off it now that it is warmer but if it doesn't work I might have to track one of these lighter ones down. Thanks.

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    1. They're really good Malinda. If you do need one you can get it from www.lovetodream.com.au directly for $44.95 :)

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  3. I need one adult size - like a onesie.
    I like to be covered too and I'm so glad my hubby installed air con in the bedroom and we have a fan on the wall too. (The ceiling is too low for a fan)

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    1. If I didn't have an air-con I'd die. One night the power was out and it was hell.

      Her room has a sloping ceiling so it can't have a fan on the roof either.

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  4. I need an adult size one too. Far too many hot flushes at night these days, it's starting to effect my quality of sleep.

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    1. Mum has the same problem at the moment.

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  5. I have to agree with everyone here - I prefer to sleep under a sheet or a doona too! Such a great find for littlies :)

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    1. So glad we're all weird together :)

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  6. I am in Adelaide and it is definitely warming up - going to be 37 degrees here tomorrow - will be a shock to the system. I wish I had a swimming pool you could come and swim in :) #TeamMM

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    1. Ironically today I've woken to a rare overcast day, but 37 degrees is more the norm here too.

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  7. Yep it's hot here too. I always sleep with a doona on too, and a sheet just doesn't feel the same...it's not snuggly enough.

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    1. Exactly Tegan, it has to be a doona so you can snuggle up in it.

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  8. What is going on? Although I am enjoying the lack of humidity, and long may it continue! I agree that it can be hard to dress kids and I am a HUGE fan of sleeping bags for kids, in fact I have 6 that I need to sell, best things EVER!

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    1. Yep, they've definitely saved my sanity and eased my anxiety A LOT.

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  9. Oh Toni, she's getting so big! We've had some random weather here this spring - the week before last was a run of 30 degree days, today it's about 16.

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    1. I know she seems so big already even though shes only 15 months this week. What's with the weather its all over the place. It was a random overcast day here today too.

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  10. What a gorgeous design on that bag! We definitely could have done with this when my youngest was a bub. The girls' rooms are very hot. Like you, we have air con and they don't. We're actually investigating ways to cool their rooms down now before summer really hits. Meant to be 32 on Saturday. Definitely time for a swim.

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    1. Yuk I'm not looking forward to Saturday! Lucky I have air con in the lounge room.

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  11. Ahhh I'm so jealous that you've been able to go to the beach!! How is it that we live in the same country and yet Melbourne just doesn't get the memo about hot weather! Can't complain too much though - the last few days have been lovely! Just need it to last now!

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    1. Isn't Melbourne always a bit weird with weather, like 4 seasons in one day. It is odd how different the weather is between the states.

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  12. My kids were all darwin babies so slept in singlets or nothing! I like that there are options though for those who like a bit more on them.
    We've had some cracker days her. But also still lots of cooler ones.

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    1. I couldn't even imagine living in Darwin, it's hot enough here as it is during summer. Bet Adelaide will be a bit more bearable during summer than Darwin was.

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