Meet Azra, working mama to two beautiful little girls, Nadia (almost 7) and Amina who just turned 2. Azra was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and now lives and works in Chicago as a case manager for residents with mental and physical disabilities.
What were your first thoughts and feelings after your baby was born?
Overwhelmed feeling of love at first sight. There’s no way to explain it, it’s like your heart expands x 1000!
Did you settle quickly into a routine with your baby? If so, do you think it worked well for you?
It took a few tries! The first few months were very hard on me, the lack of sleep didn’t help, but I’d say we figured a routine out fairly quickly.
How soon after your baby was born did you begin to swaddle your baby?
Every single day from birth until 7 months.
How did you come to know about Love To Dream™?
Amina did not care for the standard arms down swaddles but she startled herself awake every night if I didn’t swaddle her. Good old Google led me to the LOVE TO DREAM SWADDLE UP™ and I am forever grateful.
Do you feel like using the Love To Dream™ range of products has made a positive impact on you and your baby's sleep?
110% yes! It worked so well for us that I still tell new moms about it.
What is the one thing you wish you'd known before you became a parent?
Just how little sleep I would be getting hah! I also wish I had known about these swaddles sooner, I wasted a lot of money on other brands that did not work out.
Three words to describe life before parenthood and three to describe life after becoming a parent?
Before: carefree, selfish, independent.
After: compassionate, patient, happy.
What is the one piece of advice you’d offer new parents or parents-to-be?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, don’t be afraid to talk about your feelings after baby. It is a very hard but very rewarding transition.
What are your top 5 essential items to have ready to go when baby arrives?
- LOVE TO DREAM SWADDLE UP™!
- Air-free baby bottles.
- Breast pump so Dad can feed baby some nights too.
- Cot for the bedroom because as much as you think baby will sleep in the crib, you will both get more sleep if baby is sleeping near you.
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