One Item You Need to Transition Baby from the Swaddle

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I don’t know why we think we need to hurry and get our babies out of their swaddles. There’s this annoying urgency about the process I think us moms feel. Personally, I just got tired of messing with it and when we had someone else watching the baby, it’s a pain to make sure they swaddle correctly. Although, I will say, I loved the swaddle we used for Bubby and I didn’t want to fix something that wasn’t broken, so Asher was in his swaddle for a little while.

The time did come though when we wanted to drop the swaddle and transition him without it. I am someone who likes to research and figure out how to make that process as smooth as possible. Enter the Zipadeezip. I came across this nifty little suit during my Google searches and the prints are adorable, so I ordered me one.

The company, Sleeping Baby, are really nice people when it comes to customer service. I had ordered a couple more during one of their flash sales and ended up not liking the material for the “summer” one, and they very promptly sent me a different one after I returned the one I didn’t want. Once we got the one we wanted, I realized just how cute Bubs looked in it.ziippywithname2

 

WHY I LOVED THIS THING

*I feel like the Zipadeezip still gave Bubby the feeling of being covered and cozy, but the freedom to move around when he wanted. Seriously, they can crawl and roll freely in this puppy.
*Asher stilled liked to rip his face off or suck on his hands FOREVER. The covered hands keep this problem to a minimum.
*Ohhhhh the prints! I LOVE their selections.
*They have great flash sales.
*Great to have that extra warmth when needed.
*Great options for different material choices.
*His Zipadeezip became his lovey for sleeping, really.
*Made transitioning to sleeping with nothing really easy too!

SIZING

Lots of folks ask about sizing for the Zippy. You can see here that at two months, the small was a little big on him. His feet came out of the pockets but that didn’t matter really. His hands stayed in it pretty well, which was nice since Asher was a serious hand sucker! Their site lays out the sizing really well I think. If you have a taller baby, the feet will fit just fine too.

We had our size small until he was about seven months. Then he just got huge and we went to the medium. I have heard of people having the small forever before they go to the medium. Once we got the medium, the small seemed tiny! I definitely think there is a big size difference, but one thing that’s great about the Zippy is that it still works really well until the baby “grows” into it.

DIFFERENT MATERIALS:

I was excited to see that they had different materials to choose from! We have all four seasons around here so we needed a little variety. The summer blend works well, but I wasn’t a fan of the hint of polyester feel it had to it. So we do the cotton for spring through fall and then had an UH-mazing fleece one for winter. I loved the fleece. I seriously wanted one for myself.

MOM HACK for the this product:

I needed to be outside as much as possible to fight off postpartum depression. I don’t know about you, but i needed to figure out how to keep my kid warm so I could run when it was pretty cold out. Enter the fleece Zipadeezip.
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That’s right. The Zipadeezip fits loverly while baby is strapped in the seat. You’re welcome.

PRINTS:

I can’t get over the variety of prints they have. I love them all! They have lots of good gender neutral ones too so you can reuse them for more than one baby. This moon and stars one is my favorite! By the way, I have no idea how I was able to snap a pic of him while he was asleep. This kid is a LIGHT SLEEPER like his momma. Lord help us.
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PRICING:

OK, so they aren’t super cheap. At least not to me. However, I say it over and over, sometimes the peace of mind is worth it. AND if you can use it on more than one baby then I think you definitely get your money’s worth. One of the great things about Sleeping Baby is that they have all sorts of sales when you sign up on their site. Sometimes it’s $10 off a Zipadeezip or free shipping or buy two, get one free, kind of stuff.

So there you have it. My must have for transitioning from the swaddle! What about you? Do you have a tip to add? Grab a cup of coffee and let us know 🙂
Cheers,
Glo

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Universal Crib Wedge Review

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We used a Universal Crib Wedge when we transitioned Asher from the RockNPlay to his crib. I was wary of how he would transition from such an elevated angle to a flat crib. If you are struggling to transition your baby from the Rock n’ Play, then you might want to consider this wedge ladies.

Here is the basic description of the product, courtesy of Amazon.

About the Product
  • Great for toddlers in cribs or transitional beds
  • Easy-to-clean waterproof cover. Fits most cribs
  • Non-skid bottom keeps wedge securely in place under crib sheets.
  • Gently elevates the baby’s head and torso
  • Reduces nasal congestion caused by colds and flu as well as discomfort caused by acid reflux by gently raising the baby’s head to optimum height

PROS to using this wedge:
*Elevation is slight enough that if your baby is little and not too wiggly, this incline will keep them from rolling all over.
*Bubby is a spitter, so having the waterproof cover was nice.
*I felt like it was just soft enough 🙂
*Fits perfectly in crib under sheet. We did not have any fitting issues.
*May help if your baby has reflux. I am part of a mom’s group on Facebook and a lot of those moms felt like it helped their little one A LOT.
*Could use again for subsequent children too.

CONS to using this wedge:
*Price–I might be stingy, but I felt like $24.99 was a little pricey for my liking. Making it $19.99 would make it seem more reasonable. I know, picky, I am. BUT peace of mind sometimes is more important and in the end, I guess it’s $5, but still! In my mind, that’s something!
*Once your baby becomes more wiggly, he will most likely roll or slide his way off. This eventually happened with Asher.
*This is yet another product you may have to transition your baby from…
*I would guess the lifespan of using this may vary form baby to baby. Some might use this for quite some time. If you’re little one is like ours, then it may only get used for a few weeks. But hey, babies supposedly sleep alot, so there’s that. You might get more use out of it then you realize.

For my peace of mind, I was happy to use this wedge when we transitioned Bubby from the Rock n’ Play.

Happy Trails!

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Miracle Blanket Review

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IS YOUR BABY NEEDING A SWADDLE? WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

When we brought Bubby home from the hospital we immediately started using the Velcro swaddles. Those worked on him for about two weeks. He very easily started getting his hand up out over the top or would wake up mad because his arm was stuck as he was trying to wiggle his way out. I knew we needed a new game plan for the swaddling. As always, I started Googling and came across lots of different options. As any parent probably knows, when you start looking at new ways to swaddle your baby, you start seeing your dollar bills go out the window! Swaddle products are expensive! At least they are to me!

I began reading different reviews over different products. I considered many different options but before I made my final decision, I started asking some of my friends who are also newish parents. A couple of them recommended The Miracle Blanket. (Play angel music here).

Now, before Bubs got too long, he could not get his legs out as pictured above. Getting his leg out and eventually a hand is what pointed us to the Zipadeezip. BUT, for almost three months we LOVED the Miracle Blanket. I will admit, I was skeptical at first because there are no “fastenings” or velcro. The baby is all swaddled by wrapping!

If you’d like to check out their original site, you can click here. They have nifty little step-by step photos that show you how to use it. When I purchased mine from Amazon (since I’m an Amazon Prime addict, justme?), I was happy to find directions in the package too!

There was no way Bubby was wiggling out of this! After using it for a few days and nights, he became used to it and started sleeping with no problems.  As with other swaddle products, I felt it was fairly comparable to other prices for about $30. Once I realized this worked like a charm, I did invest in a second one to have while one was in the wash. Plus, Bubs might be labeled a “spitter” so we needed to have extras on hand. But hey, for as much as they need to sleep, I felt the investment was worth it! So was my sanity!

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At about 5 months he started wiggling out of the Miracle so we moved to the Zipadeezip!

A couple of notes worth mentioning about the material:
When we purchased out first one, it was blue, like the one pictured way above. Washing and drying it did not make it shrink. However, when I purchased out second one (beige with green trim, directly above) I went with the cotton knit material instead to have a lighter feel than the blue one which was 100% cotton. The knit material did shrink.

I bought the knit material because the blue 100% cotton was pretty warm. I wasn’t comfortable putting him in a footed PJ onesie at night (during the summer). I felt he got to be too hot for comfort. However, the knit one is more breathable and worked like a charm with his PJs.

Here are my thoughts in nutshell:

PROS
*easy to use
*easy to care for
*no special fastenings to worry about
*great product to keep baby’s arms from wiggling up towards face
*gender neutral colors available, plus other cute prints
*one solid piece of material that is easy to wrap baby up

CONS
*could be a little pricey– Amazon prices can vary by color too, unlike the retailer’s
*might shrink
* 100% cotton might be warm for baby in summer months
*I wish it lasted longer than about 14 weeks! Once Asher hit right at about 12 weeks, he was too long for it and was kicking out of it (like pictured above). I’m thinking this is when most transition from swaddling anyways so maybe it’s not a big deal or it could be that Asher was in the 90% for height…hmm…

Here are some product facts from the actual retailer’s site www.miracleware.com:

  • Stops colic, see our guarantee
  • Helps baby sleep better and longer
  • Helps keep babies on their backs
  • Prevents twitching and “starting”
  • Prevents facial scratches
  • Makes breastfeeding easier
  • Easy to wrap and stays put
  • Made of 100% super-soft breathable cotton knit – perfect for any climate
  • 1 size fits all, up to 14 weeks
  • Offers simplicity of design – no buttons, straps, Velcro, knots, or zippers
  • Offers a 100% money back guarantee

After Asher sadly outgrew the Miracle Blanket, we transitioned to the Zipadeezip. You can read that review here.

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