Win 1 of 3 star wraps for a baby

Tippitoes is an online store and brand that sell some lovely things.

I was asked to review the new Tippitoes Seaborne Baby Bath Sponge which has just arrived in stock at Tippitoes – straight from the depths of the sea.

This luxurious and soft new sponge is perfect for bathing a ababy with its porous texture makes it ideal for gentle cleansing, daily facial care, cleaning and exfoliating skin.

My firiend tried this on her 4 month old baby and said it was soft and lovely and her little girl seemed very happy to be wsshed with it. It isn’t cheap for a sponge at £7.49 but it does have rave reveiwsand is enviromentally sound in how it is sourced.

Tippitioes sell some lovely things on their website from activity toys to cots, pushchairs to potty and safety products.  They have given us a lovely prize for this weeks competition too. Here is how they introduce it:

Star wraps

Swaddling designed for Baby

The Star Wrap (£14.99) is swaddling at its best, both for Baby and Parents. Wrapped loosely in the Star Wrap, Baby can move easily but still feel secure and comfortable, the unique shape provides a modern twist on the everyday blanket by ensuring that Baby’s legs stay in the Wrap and cannot kick themselves free.

The Star Wrap has been designed specifically without a hood in order to prevent over heating and a cotton lined inside keeps Baby cool. When it is time to move Baby, the Star Wrap aids convenience allowing Parents to put Baby in a car seat or stroller, fitting the harness around the Star Wrap without the need to wake or unsettle a sleeping child.

To quote one of our customers:

“It has transformed my Baby’s sleeping. She will now nap in her cot quite happily where I used to have to take her out in her pram whatever the weather. A lot of people have said how cute she looks snuggled up in it.” 

Doesn’t it sound fab!


This week due to Tippitoes  we have 3 award, winning best selling star wraps to give away. Simply tell me your best tip to settle your baby in comments below

T&C’s:  Winners will be picked at random on July 8th. UK entrants only pls. One entry per person.



  1. Nicole Freeman
    July 1, 2011 / 9:16 am

    Singing, my little boy loves it and has done from day 1!! He recognised my voice instantly as I sang when I was pregnant, really helps to calm him.

  2. Cheryll H
    July 1, 2011 / 9:03 pm

    The two I already have would always sleep as newborns and babies if I just popped them up on my shoulder and patted their bottoms! Not gently either 😯 New one due in a couple of weeks so I can’t report yet πŸ˜€

  3. July 1, 2011 / 10:06 pm

    I used to bop around the living room with Lara to settle her. I once got a very funny look from the postman when I bopped all the way to the door to meet him.

  4. July 2, 2011 / 7:16 am

    I found carrying him round in a sling was the best way.

  5. carole maciver
    July 2, 2011 / 10:17 am

    one of these star wraps would help alot maybe

  6. Ruth Lines
    July 2, 2011 / 10:34 am

    Play music

  7. Wendy Barbe
    July 2, 2011 / 11:03 am

    I’d put on some music, and dance around the room with baby in my arms. Didn’t have to be slow, as he seemed to love the beat. I’d sing or hum along, and he’d be asleep in no time. Was good exercise for me too! As a last resort it would be a trip out in the car, but luckily I’ve only had to do that twice.

  8. Karen
    July 2, 2011 / 11:13 am

    Just talking in a soft voice and holding them close. You can talk about any old rubbish, but say it in a soothing way

  9. gabrielle svensson
    July 2, 2011 / 11:14 am

    a nice bath always seems to do the trick

  10. rebecca
    July 2, 2011 / 12:18 pm

    Singing and music works every time. Fab prize would love to win πŸ™‚

  11. ann carline
    July 2, 2011 / 2:14 pm

    Cradle them in your arms and sing to them

  12. Sarah Anguish
    July 2, 2011 / 8:26 pm

    My DS likes it if I look into his eyes, like we are the only two people around. I find blocking his view of other distractions i.e. light, TV, his sister etc helps too


  13. July 2, 2011 / 8:34 pm

    My son loved being swaddled

  14. Laura gavagan
    July 2, 2011 / 9:07 pm

    As a newborn/ young baby my little one settled really well by swaddling his blanket around him and making a loud shhhhhh in his ear. It mimics te sounds they hear in the womb and settles them in no time. Can’t wait to try it on the new baby

  15. Danielle baker
    July 2, 2011 / 9:14 pm

    I always found that a nice warm bath before bed , followed by a massage always relaxed my daughter before bed , helping her to relax into a deep sleep.
    My second is due very soon and I’m hoping that the same method works this time too!

  16. Anna Mizerska
    July 2, 2011 / 9:24 pm

    Lots of skin to skin contacts πŸ™‚

  17. Carolina J.
    July 2, 2011 / 9:45 pm

    Yes, sling works really well for us too. As does the hoover! πŸ™‚

  18. Laura Pritchard
    July 2, 2011 / 10:07 pm

    Our son usually drops off whilst drinking his final bottle.

  19. Robyn Clarke
    July 3, 2011 / 8:36 am

    A ride in the car, not very green, but sometimes I get desperate πŸ˜‰

  20. Louise newton
    July 3, 2011 / 9:43 am

    A nice cuddle and a lullaby sometimes although after visits from family where she is constantly held my little girl loves nothing better than to lie in her cot and have some space to herself

  21. bernadette blundell
    July 3, 2011 / 9:47 pm

    a massage before bed did the trick with mine

  22. Meg Charlish
    July 4, 2011 / 8:38 am

    My youngest would love to sit on my lap, faceing me, with his legs round either side and his head nestled on my chest.

  23. edward
    July 4, 2011 / 3:26 pm

    Singing ( usually- Ruby Tuesday ,or Catch The Wind ) does it for my
    granddaughter .

  24. Samantha
    July 4, 2011 / 9:20 pm

    My youngest loved having her back rubbed whilst settling down in her cot.

  25. July 5, 2011 / 1:35 pm

    When going to comfort a crying baby don’t put the light on; soothe the baby with quiet words and try to avoid picking up unless really necessary. Work towards these ideals little by little and baby will sleep through eventually.

  26. tina holmes
    July 5, 2011 / 1:49 pm

    Singing & rocking, always works for me πŸ™‚

  27. susan willshee
    July 5, 2011 / 3:31 pm

    My best tip for getting baby to settle is to try to stay calm youself and adopt a gentle storking movement that you feel confident with. Babies pick up on stressed mums & dads and if Mum & Dad are jumpy and fretful then baby will be too. It gets to be a vicious circle.
    If baby is having trouble settling, take a deep breath, deliberately tell yourself to stay calm, and do something repetitive like gently stroking the babys head from the back all the way over the top and down the nose, or gently stroking down babies back from neck to bottom.
    This repetitive motion seems to do the trick – but don’t give up if it doesn’t work immediately, eventually the gentle stroking gets through the tears and baby will succumb πŸ™‚ This gentle stroking motion has the added benefit of calming Mum or Dad down too.

  28. Kelsey O'Neill
    July 5, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    my son loves it when i sing ‘you are my sunshine’ to him whilst im cuddling him!

  29. phyllis ellett
    July 6, 2011 / 5:32 am

    Good old fashioned cuddle and some gentle humming. Never fails

  30. Maya Russell
    July 6, 2011 / 9:37 am

    Baby’s love to be held, swayed gently, rocked and sung to. Obviously it’s very tiring and difficult to do this all the time for yourself & partner, so let visitors and elder (capable) children all do their bit.

  31. clare smoker
    July 6, 2011 / 10:10 am

    Humming a lullaby always seem to work with my baby girl Lily

  32. Pauline
    July 6, 2011 / 10:20 am

    If they have difficulty settling in crib or cot, cuddle them with their head over your heart and your heartbeat will calm them and send them to sleep.

  33. danuta myszor
    July 6, 2011 / 1:30 pm

    lots of cuddles πŸ™‚

  34. Katherine Coldicott
    July 6, 2011 / 2:14 pm

    carrying mine around the room and singing. She always likes the bit when I forget the words and try to whistle.

  35. Sarah Williams
    July 6, 2011 / 2:34 pm

    A nice relaxing bath and a cuddle at the end of the day for bedtime.

  36. liz martens
    July 6, 2011 / 3:37 pm

    it might not work for all babies, but a musician friend of ours suggested rock a bye baby songs, which is the instrumentals from a lot of rick songs, ac/dc and u2 worked particularly well for our boys

  37. janice taylor
    July 6, 2011 / 4:28 pm

    I always put music on and just to dance around the lounge with them resting on my hip.

  38. Alexander Jones
    July 6, 2011 / 5:17 pm

    My daughter likes to be walked round and sung to. It doesn’t really matter what the tune is, I think she likes the company.

  39. Emma Wolski
    July 6, 2011 / 6:07 pm

    Making bedtime earlier and not rocking him as he will become too dependant on that and I feel it will be disruptive. Lay them down and using the music mobile above his cot gives hime something to focus on and drift off!

  40. July 6, 2011 / 9:12 pm

    my first 2 switch the hoover on and they would settle, or was that just I could no longer hear them? No3 got lugged everywhere in a babysling

  41. Justine Powell
    July 6, 2011 / 10:32 pm

    rocking seems to work well

  42. Donna Bailey
    July 6, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    Skin to skin contact works every time. I remove my top and lie my bundle of joy directly on my chest and she settles quickly and calmly.

  43. Rach
    July 7, 2011 / 8:44 am

    Gentle rocking whilst being held firmly (or even swaddled!). Making sure there’s a full tummy of course.

  44. Sarah N
    July 7, 2011 / 9:06 am

    A walk in the pram always sends my little one off to sleep in no time.

  45. Ella Rakowicz
    July 7, 2011 / 9:30 am

    walking up and down the hallway

  46. Sharon Curran
    July 7, 2011 / 9:49 am

    Stick to the same routine as much as possible. We do bath, feed, cuddle then bed. We make the bedroom inviting and calm by having dim lighting and playing relaxing quiet music and our son always goes down with ease.

  47. Sarah Price
    July 7, 2011 / 12:28 pm

    Routine always works…. play, bath, warm drink and up to cot in a dim light room. When baby is unsettled,I place my baby close to my skin and rock back and forth whilst humming or using gentle tones.

  48. Jamie Gallant
    July 7, 2011 / 1:08 pm

    Stroke the forehead and down the nose

  49. Pamela
    July 7, 2011 / 6:44 pm

    One of mine was a screamer and the only thing that would settle her when all else failed was to switch the vaccuum cleaner on next to her cot!

  50. Hazel Christopher
    July 7, 2011 / 9:26 pm

    A big huggle usually does the trick, a huggle and a little rock then back to bed. x

  51. Karen
    July 7, 2011 / 9:31 pm

    When my son was newborn he had severe reflux and could only sleep sitting up πŸ™ His vibrating bouncy chair was the perfect soother for him to send him off to sleep.
    Now he is a lot better, it has to be the stroking the forehead down to his nose, he loves it and smiles as he drifts off πŸ™‚

  52. lindy hamilton
    July 7, 2011 / 11:12 pm

    To settle my nephew maxx who has bad colic when he was newborn I would give him a massage, he loved it and would often drift off to sleep. πŸ™‚

  53. emma
    July 7, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    i always find that a nice warm bath lots of cuddles and singing while in our rocking chair helps her settle down for the night πŸ™‚

  54. Jenifer-Mary Pettitt
    July 7, 2011 / 11:43 pm

    Gentle rocking & a quiet soothing voice does the trick

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