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Introducing – the Turtle Tub! {Swaddle Bathing 101}

Ever heard of swaddle bathing? Me neither! And I am three kids in!

Here’s a little review of our new favorite newborn bather – the Turtle Tub.

Usually found in hospitals and NICUs, the Turtle Tub is coming to Amazon soon, and we have been eager to try it. The quick and simple concept – keeping your baby tightly swaddled for bath time which conserves heat, protects the umbilical cord stump (in a shallow swaddle bath) and keeps your little one happy and secure.

Too bad this wasn’t in the hospital when each of mine were born. They all screamed throughout their first traumatic bath experience… and continued to cry during those first early baths at home. Monica is now two months old, 10.5 pounds and still dislikes bath time. Until swaddle bathing in this Turtle Tub that is!

The tub has a built in thermometer to ensure your water is not too hot (or too cold – after filling up the tub and getting it to the right temp, I realized my baths are probably too chilly for baby!). It also has a cup that fits neatly to the side to fill with water and keep separate for when its time to rise. Also included are liners, disposable wash clothes, soap and more to make things extra quick and simple, and it makes cleanup a breeze.

The concept is simple and it works. Leaving baby swaddled, removing one limb at a time to wash, and then simply supporting baby on his or her side to rub in the swaddle cloth and clean the back and tummy.

Use your clean cup of warm water to rinse the hair and you’re done! Also included are little hairbrushes for some gentle help in the cradle cap department.

Follow up with a warm towel and some baby massage oil and you’ve got one seriously happy baby. No tears at bath time for the FIRST TIME EVER.

Here’s our favorite – Nature’s Paradise Organic Baby Oil (also comes unscented! It’s a dream).

Even if your baby might be beyond the infant tub stage, use some of these swaddle bathing techniques for a happier bath time. Two thumbs up for the Turtle Tub!

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The SNOO Sleeper – Our First Review

Hello! In case you don’t know me, my name is Nicole – daughter of North Star Newborns founder Ellen Roeser, fellow resident of St. Louis Park and mother of three littles 4 and under.

If that last sentence doesn’t give a good reason why I was excited to try this magical SNOO thing, nothing will.

Here is me in the hospital after the birth of my newest daughter:

Gleefully enjoying my quiet time in the hospital where people bring you food and pain meds.

A quick backstory for you: after both my first and second children, serious (and yet ordinary) sleep deprivation lead to both Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety that I was able to keep under control with therapy. It got better as my children got older and slept better, but it was rough. 1 in 7 moms go through what I do.

So when my mom told me about the SNOO, and that she wanted to to test it out for North Star Newborns, I was 100% in – something that will get my baby to fall asleep and stay asleep longer? Twist my arm.

The SNOO! Functional and beautiful.

Well. Baby girl is now approaching 6 weeks of age, and I love this thing. The following are just a few wonderful things that I am loving about the SNOO, and that are fulfilling its mission of giving moms and babies “Serious Sleep”:

1) THE APP. The app, you guys.

Why yes – this SNOO log is showing that my daughter was sound asleep for over 4.5 hours at a time. And woke up only once that night!

The app is fabulous. I can see exactly how long the baby slept and when she was restless. I can adjust the movement settings and control the whole crib remotely while laying down in my own bed. The crib works by slowly increasing movement and sound that mimick the womb when your baby cries, and it shuts off if your baby is really fussing and needs you (crying for more than 4 minutes with the highest level of movement and sound). I am able to see, track and adjust this all from my smart phone.

2) THE SNOO ITSSELF. Every night when we put our baby down to sleep, even if she was just sound asleep on my shoulder, she wakes right up. The SNOO has her back out in 3 minutes flat. No more 45 minutes on the exercise ball at bedtime. Once she is asleep, the SNOO reduces to a small amount of movement and white noise which keeps the baby fast asleep until she is ready to eat.

On average (minus a few nights of growth spurts and normal cluster feeding) I am only getting up twice, sometimes ONCE! Which means I am sleeping more and better than I did when I was pregnant. And I am feeling pretty darn good during the day, which is a must not only for my mental and physical wellbeing, but also is a basic requirement for caring for three small children.

Best of all – the SNOO keeps my little one safe. As a third time mom I honestly don’t worry too much about anything. That being said, the SNOO swaddle and configuration keeps my baby safely and tightly swaddled and on her back all night long (the SNOO only works if the baby is safely swaddled, and the swaddle is hooked into both sides, keeping baby from rolling into an unsafe position). Sleeping on the back isn’t always easy for a baby to adjust to, but the movement and sounds the SNOO provides makes baby as comfortable as possible on her back.

IN CONCLUSION: I am only a month and a half in, but so far the SNOO has really impressed me, and has actually aided in my recovery and mental wellbeing. I will post again as I prepare to wean my daughter off the SNOO and into her big-girl crib, so look for that in about 4 months. But for now, the SNOO is receiving two thumbs up from North Star Newborns – healthy mamas and healthy babies rejoice! If you can swing the price tag, this smart bassinet is totally worth it.