Sleep. I miss it.
If you’ve been a parent for more than 24 hours, you probably know exactly what I mean. Sleep is no longer something I get much of these days. My son is at that point where he hates the swaddle but he really can’t sleep well without it. It’s very frustrating because there really isn’t a product on the market that helps transition babies from a traditional swaddle to sleeping swaddle-free.
Friends, let me introduce you to the Zipadee-Zip. Or, the starfish suit, as we lovingly call it in our house. This brilliant little contraption fills that dark void of restless nights when trying to go swaddle-free. As described on the Zipadee-Zip website:
“The Zipadee-Zip wearable blanket is loved by sleep experts, doctors, pediatricians and parents everywhere because it provides a womb-like environment but still allows a baby to have full range of movement so that a baby can roll over and wiggle around safely and freely. Babies can even pick up and put in their pacifier or play with a toy while wearing one! It prevents the risk of hip dysplasia, keeps loose blankets out of the crib and is also safe to be worn while a baby is buckled into a car seat or stroller! It’s also perfect for keeping germs at bay on airplanes, in doctor’s offices and in grocery stores!”
And they’re not lying. Little Man took to his Zippy immediately. Every time I put him in it he gives me the biggest grin. He loves that he can chew on his hands as he pleases and he was thrilled to find that he’s able to shove his beloved Wubbanub back in his mouth when it falls out. What I love is that it stopped his Moro reflex that kept waking him when we tried to put him down without a swaddle. I also love that I can use it in the car or in a stroller and that he still has use of his arms if he decides to roll over (his new favorite game).
I’m going to be honest–my husband and I were both a little skeptical that the Zippy would make any difference. But we were at our wits end with the constant struggle of whether to tick Hawkins off by putting him in a swaddle or commit to rocking him back to sleep every 20 minutes after he’d startle himself awake. So we decided to give the Zippy a shot and hope for the best. We were pleasantly surprised when he only woke up three times (and just to eat) the first night (as opposed to 8 or more times, which we were used to). He has consistently slept really well in his starfish suit since then, usually only waking to eat. He’s even been able to fall asleep on his own with zero rocking!
Granted, I’m talking about night sleep only. His afternoon nap is still rough, but I attribute that fully to the four month sleep regression. Day sleep has always been hard for my kids so until someone invents something that cures sleep regressions, all we can do is hunker down and wait for him to grow out of it (and drink ALL the coffee). Regardless, we still use our Zippy for naps and it does help. I shudder to think what his afternoon nap would be like without it.
Anyone else out there struggling to find something to help baby sleep? Would you like to win a free Zipadee-Zip and experience the magic for yourself? Well, you’re in luck because one lucky reader will get to pick a Zippy of their choice!!! Just enter the raffle below and I will announce a winner on Friday, May 15. Good luck!
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