Small Shop Spotlight: Cuddle Sleep Dream

Did this month fly by for anyone else? It seems like last week I was writing my last small shop spotlight on Layla Bug Design, but it is that time again! I love supporting small mama owned businesses and sharing them with you. This month I am spotlighting Cuddle Sleep Dream, a shop that specializes in special occasion outfits for boys. Make sure you read to the end for a promo code and a shop credit giveaway!

I love supporting small mama owned businesses and sharing them. I am spotlighting Cuddle Sleep Dream. They make special occasion outfits for boys.

I have to admit when I found out I was pregnant I was secretly hoping for a boy. Of course, any healthy baby would be amazing, but I really wanted a boy. The only downside to having a boy, in my mind, was that they didn’t have the same adorable baby clothes that the baby girls have (and I think we all know how much I love to shop). Cuddle Sleep Dream changed that for me. This shop is my go-to for every special occasion outfit and is starting to creep into his everyday clothes too.

I love supporting small mama owned businesses and sharing them. I am spotlighting Cuddle Sleep Dream. They make special occasion outfits for boys with snap-on ties and bow ties.

I truly wish I would have learned about CSD earlier. I found Ryann, who owns Cuddle Sleep Dream on Facebook around Aiden’s first birthday and she had the most perfect outfit for Aiden’s Lumberjack theme first birthday and cake smash photo shoot. Of course, I instantly fell in love with EVERYTHING in her shop. If I ever have another boy I will absolutely shop here from the beginning. From  coming home outfits, to baptism outfits, to birthday outfits, to weddings, and even things for everyday Cuddle Sleep Dream has the best stuff. Her 3-month and full-year gift sets are perfect baby shower gifts!

If you have read this blog or follow me on Instagram  you have probably seen a lot of Cuddle Sleep Dream especially around the holidays.  The cute bodysuits with suspenders and ties/bow ties? The cardigans?  They are all from Cuddle Sleep Dream.

The Cuddle Sleep Dream bodysuits are extra special and amazing because the ties/bow ties snap on and are interchangeable with any CSD bodysuit or tee. You can buy one of the bodysuits or tees and then buy several ties for all your special occasions. She carries newborn bodysuits through boys Size 8 t-shirts so once you’ve bought the ties you will only have to buy new tees or bodysuits to attach them to as your little one grows up. There is also the option to get a neck strap so you can use the ties on your own collared shirts.

I love supporting small mama owned businesses and sharing them. I am spotlighting Cuddle Sleep Dream. They make special occasion outfits for boys with snap-on ties and bow ties.

Cuddle Sleep Dream is not just great for bodysuits/tees and ties. She also makes her own cardigans as I referenced above. She created her own pattern to make a bodysuit style cardigan which looks so adorable. The buttons do not work so there is no awkward bunching or opening if your little one has a Buddha belly like Aiden 🙂  In addition to the cardigans she also has leggings and shorties which are so soft and comfortable. I love that they coordinate with the ties and suspenders.

Ryann also does custom work. If you need something to fit with a first birthday theme she can help create something just for you. I actually asked her if she could make a replica of Dan’s uniform top for the National Police Week 5K that we participate in as part of Police Week. She did an incredible job! It is so special and made Dan’s day when he saw it. Cuddle Sleep Dream is a big part of all of our special occasions.

I wanted to give you a chance to learn more about the amazing mama behind this shop so I asked Ryann some questions.

1. Tell me a little bit about your background.

Hi! I am Ryann (pronounced like Ryan), the mom/owner behind Cuddle Sleep Dream.  My path to running my own shop was pretty unusual I think!  I studied Political Communication and Statistics at GWU, hoping to work on political campaigns.  But by the time I graduated, I realized that I wanted to have more of a family life than working on campaigns would allow.  I married my high school sweetheart and worked as a civilian for the Navy doing contracts for 5 years.  Then, I left DC to be closer to our parents and worked at a digital marketing agency in Philly.  I got pregnant with my 1st son while I was there.  I loved that job and was really looking forward to coming back after he was born, but as they say, “having a baby changes everything”.

2. Why did you start Cuddle Sleep Dream?

CSD opened on Etsy in 2010 as a hobby. I sold baby blankets and gifts as a creative outlet while I was working at the Navy.  After my son Jason was born in June 2012, I started sewing little outfits for him right away.  While I was home on maternity leave, I was counting down the days and feeling so sad about leaving him and trying to figure out if there was something I could do to stay home longer.  Meanwhile, when I was out at craft fairs and malls, I was getting really frustrated by the lack of cute boy things! I was so excited about my baby boy and it felt like retailers didn’t feel the same.  So I started listing the cute things I made for him in my “blanket shop” and that was the beginning of today’s CSD.

3. What is the meaning behind the name?

The name, Cuddle Sleep Dream, came from my original shop, which sold minky (aka cuddle fabric) baby blankets.  I didn’t realize how well the new boy clothes were going to do, or I might have changed it back then! But it’s cute anyway, so it stuck 😉

4. What is your favorite part about owning Cuddle Sleep Dream?

I never thought I wanted to run my own business, but I seriously love it every day.  The absolute best part is being able to work from home with my boys nearby.  But the challenges of growing the business, the fun of creating new outfits, and the flexibility it’s given my family are all amazing.  I am so thankful that I get to call this my job!

5. Why should people shop small?

Simply put, shopping small makes dreams come true!  When someone supports my business, they are also supporting at least 10 other small business owners who I employ as contractors – that’s a lot of women being able to support our families! And from a quality perspective, I hope our small shop customers can tell how much love and care is put into everything we handmake.

You absolutely need to check this shop out. I know you will love it as much as I do! You can find Cuddle Sleep Dream on Instagram and Facebook. There is also a VIP Group on Facebook where you can get sneak peeks, VIP only limited edition items, and first notice about sales.

I love supporting small mama owned businesses and sharing them. I am spotlighting Cuddle Sleep Dream. They make special occasion outfits for boys.

Cuddle Sleep Dream is generously offering Baby Castan on Board readers 10% off using the code AIDEN10. Additionally, one reader will win a $25 shop credit to Cuddle Sleep Dream. Fill out the RaffleCopter widget below by Monday, June 5.

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Do you have any favorite small shops? Let me know in the comments so I can check them out!

If you liked this post check out Packing All the Toddler Things For a Day Out, Small Shop Spotlight: River Babe Threads, and Small Shop Spotlight: Follow Your Arrow

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I love supporting small mama owned businesses and sharing them. I am spotlighting Cuddle Sleep Dream. They make special occasion outfits for boys with snap-on ties and bow ties.
I love supporting small mama owned businesses and sharing them. I am spotlighting Cuddle Sleep Dream. They make special occasion outfits for boys with snap-on ties and bow ties.

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About Melissa

Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Shannon Marie

    These little outfits are TOO cute! I love small shops!

    • Melissa

      Me too Shannon! I love them haha

  • Claudia

    How cute are these!! love the bowties

    • Melissa

      Me too! They are adorable <3

  • Dorothy Ann King

    Love the pictures. He is so cute !

    • Melissa

      Thank you!!

  • Patricia

    What a cutie!!!!! I love his style!

    • Melissa

      Thank you!

  • Janette Shearer

    This is such a wonderful idea! I love companies that create items for you!

    • Melissa

      Yes, it makes things more personal and special I think.

  • Elizabeth Ghekiere

    Oh what cute outfits!! Such a cute little one.

    • Melissa

      Thank you Elizabeth!

  • Diedre Anthony

    These are adorable! Makes me wish I had a boy! My friends with boys would love these!

    • Melissa

      They make great gifts Dierdre 😉 I didn’t realize you only had girls. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • Sumer

    These are just the cutest!! I so wish I would have had these for my little guy when he was a baby!

    • Melissa

      I think so too. I didn’t find out about it until my little guy was almost one so if I have another boy we will start shopping earlier LOL

  • T. Ramsey

    those cloud pants are to die for!

    • Melissa

      Yes. Those are really cute ones.

  • Corinne Burghardt

    How cute!!!! Definitely have to look at her shop!

    • Melissa

      Thank you!

  • Kelly Mendoza

    Those are amazing outfits. I wish I knew of Cuddle Sweet Dream when my boy was younger. But, now I have a great place to go for gifts!!

    • Melissa

      Yes! This is a perfect gift for a new boy mom especially because a lot of people don’t know about this shop! I didn’t find it until Aiden was almost one.

  • Babies to Bookworms

    Those outfits are absolutely adorable!

    • Melissa

      Thank you 🙂

  • Tineke F

    He looks so adorable!!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Tienke!

  • Renee Sutton

    We did a lumberjack themed first bday party too <3 love all of his clothes! they are sooooo cute! And congrats on the 5k!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! I love the lumberjack party theme — so fun!

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    The body suits look so comfy & cute for the lil one..Loved every outfit & yes your boy looks damn cute

    • Melissa

      Thank you! They are very comfortable. Even the ties and cardigans don’t bother my little guy!

  • Life and Beauty with Dawn

    Love their outfits! I’ve been following them for a little while now on instagram and have been eyeing so many of their items. Your son looks adorable in them all

    • Melissa

      Thank you! This has been one of my favorite shops for some time!

  • Catia Holm

    These outfits are precious! I love getting the littles dressed up but also don’t like to make them uncomfortable. perfect solution!

    • Melissa

      Yes! I agree. These outfits are so comfortable for my little guy and the tie is not obtrusive and doesn’t dangle. It’s also easily removable.

  • Tamara Goyette

    I love shopping small and local. These pieces from this company are so sweet.

    • Melissa

      Me too! It feels great to be supporting other mamas!

  • msrodeobrat

    Everything here is so precious! I’m having a baby and my best friend is having a baby and I want everything for us!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

    • Melissa

      That is so exciting! Congratulations!

  • Julia Barnes

    This stuff is too cute! It’s hard to find cute boy clothes and they have lots!

    • Melissa

      So true! I love that this shop is dedicated just to little boys clothes.

  • Beth Newcomb

    All of those outfits are precious!!!

    • Melissa

      I think so too Beth!

  • Allyson Tice

    omg i am OBSESSED with this website.. i am totally buying my son the 4th of July Cardigan

    • Melissa

      I am too. I visit it way too much LOL

  • Candace Galan

    I would love this for my little boy!

  • Brigitte Bauman

    I love the 4th of July Cardigan that I saw on Cuddle Sleep Dream website.

    • Melissa

      That one is so cute!

  • Peggy

    I wish they had this store when my boys were small. It was hard to find cute outfits for them.

    • Melissa

      Yes, that’s why I love this shop so much!

  • Peggy

    I did not realize what I was supposed to type in the Subscriber Keyword. I found it in the email that I just received. Sorry.

    • Melissa

      It’s OK Peggy. I will count it for you since you subscribed 🙂

  • C. Jackson

    Thanks for the contest, there are some great outfits that I would like to get for my new nephew.

  • Laura

    I love those outfits! These are adorable!

  • Tara

    They have beautiful outfits. I loved the fringe tops/dresses they were so cute. My niece is turning 1 soon and I will have to check out some of her great stuff on her shop.

  • Tamra M Gibson

    Oh my!! These r just so cute. I love to find unique clothes. Children r so precious and I just love putting different clothes on them

  • mmanney0821

    The birthday theme outfits are just adorable! Perfect for my grandsons’ 1st birthday coming up in August. 😉

  • Katrina B

    This is so adorable! I love shopping small and cute little boy clothes is even better!

  • Sand

    They have such a great variety of clothes!

  • Jeanine Jones

    Adorable stuff! Those bow ties omg! Thanks for the chance!

  • Melissa

    Cuddle sleep dream has so many cute things!

  • That uniform shirt is soooo adorable!!

  • Erin Nicole Brooks

    This shop is so cute!! I’m getting ready to have my third boy and I’ve been looking for so cute boys clothes!!

  • Ashleigh Mueller

    I love this shop!! Thank you so much for sharing!! I hope we win! I would love to get Max in some cute outfits!!!

  • These pieces are the cutest! I would love to win something for my 6 month old!