As I near the end of the witching hour(s) each night, I look forward to dressing the children in their pyjamas and tucking them into bed with a hot water bottle and a teddy. I'm not sure there is anything quite as comforting for a child than a soothing bedtime routine complete with a story and lots of cuddles. And let's be honest, it's a good feeling when the beautiful quiet of evening descends on the house and I can drink my tea without interruption (if only for half-an-hour, or so).
It's been cold here of late; Daniel and I will often add a log to the fire in the early hours of the morning to make sure the house stays as warm as possible. Percy sleeps between us and I often swaddle him but he's nearing that in-between stage where he wants to sleep with his arms free but still startles himself awake. Give it a few more weeks and I'm not entirely sure if swaddling will work for us anymore, hence I've been on the look out for a safe sleeping alternative that will keep him warm and content.
When I shop for the children I look for quality fabrics and beautiful design. But I also seek clothing that will stand the test of time; I like to think that if I spend a little more I can purchase something that will be worn across seasons for a year, maybe more.
Introducing Snugbags; a New Zealand company that creates high quality sleeping bags and pyjamas from the finest NZ Merino wool. The extra-long design (the longest on the market) ensures that your child will fit the sleeping bag for at least two years (Percy should still fit this in two winter's time). Owner, Kim Snel, is very passionate about the niche business she has created. "I first came across Snugbags when my daughter, Neeva Rose, was 18months. I loved the sleeping bags so much that I purchased the company. Since then I have added new ranges, styles and colours, including the organic range for the eco-conscious parent who wants the purest chemical-free sleep environment for their child and the Winter Duvet Deluxe as I felt there was a need for a super cozy sleeping bag that keeps baby warm when the temperature really drops," she says.
A keen surfer, Kim lives with her partner and daughter in Piha, a small beach town on the West Coast of New Zealand. Their sun drenched house is sweet and quirky; it looks out onto an expansive garden and the ocean beyond (the view is awe inspiring). Originally from The Netherlands, Kim admits that now, New Zealand is home. "New Zealand is a magical country with untouched nature and an amazing energy...I couldn't imagine living anywhere else."
Snugbags' entire manufacturing process takes place in NZ which gives Kim the opportunity to oversee every single step. "All our sleeping bags are made here and we only ever use NZ Merino wool as it is superior quality; it's silky soft and therefore beautiful against baby's skin," she says. "Merino is called nature's wonder fibre as it has the unique ability to regulate your baby's temperature by drawing moisture away from the skin and preventing overheating. It's the safest fibre to dress your baby in as its fire resistant and keeps baby warm in winter and cool in summer."
Beautiful and functional, Snugbags are the highest quality sleeping bags I've come across. Second to the soft Merino, I am particularly impressed with the tailoring (such fine attention to detail) and the fact that I can throw the sleeping bag into the washing machine (a real bonus!). They are available in size 0-2 and 2-4 in either Standard, Winter Duvet and Winter Deluxe Duvet weight.
Snugbags is offering Practising Simplicity readers a discount off all sleeping bags as well as $5 postage (worldwide). If you're interested, head to the VIP page and enter the password SNUG. Discount ends midnight 26th July.
Kim is also giving away a set of NZ merino pyjamas (size 1-4). To enter, simply leave a comment and tell us a bit about your children's bedtime routine. What makes it so special? The comment that resonates most will win. Open to international readers. Entries close 5pm Sunday 26th July.
Comments closed. Congratulations, Lauren! I hope little Eve stays snug and warm in her new PJs.