Why use a swaddle?

Swaddling your baby can help soothe and settle them to sleep by giving them a feeling of containment, similar to the feeling they had when in the confined space of your womb.  In the early days after birth, babies have a startle reflex that can often wake or disturb a sleeping baby – a swaddle such as the ergoCocoon will help prevent this from disturbing their sleep.  We have always known from anecdotal evidence that swaddling seems to help babies sleep, there is now research to back this up. Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, has published research that found that of the 26 infants they studied, the rapid eye movement phase of sleep was almost doubled in babies who were swaddled for daytime naps.

When should I stop swaddling my baby?

As soon as your baby is able to roll over, you should stop swaddling.  Every baby develops at a different pace, but this usually happens from around 3 months of age.  Our ergoCocoons have been specifically designed to make this transition easy for you.  When your baby is ready, just undo the poppers and allow one arm out.  Once your baby is used to having one arm free, you can release the other arm and continue to use your ergoCocoon as a sleep bag.

Which swaddle should I choose – the 0.2 tog, 1 tog or 2.5 tog?

The tog ratings are a measure of how warm the swaddle is.  To decide which one is right for you, take a look at our Nursery Temperature Guide and select the one that matches the temperature range in your baby’s nursery.

Temp chart

Can my baby sleep with her arms up in an ergoCocoon or airCocoon?

All our swaddle products are made from a stretchy fabric to allow for natural movement.  We find that babies will naturally wriggle their arms and hands into a position that is most comfortable for them.  The Cocoon products don’t place arms down at the side like some swaddles do.  A baby won’t however be able to get her arms all the way up to the sides of her head.  You may find this video useful to show how to position your baby in the ergoCocoon.

How many swaddles do I need?

We recommend that you start with two.  Babies can be messy creatures – nappies leak, they spit up milk!! If you have two, you can have “One on, and one in the wash”.

Can I use blankets with a swaddle?

Safe sleep guidelines suggest you should have as little as possible in the cot or crib and so we have made our ergoCocoons available in three tog (warmth) ratings.  By choosing the right Cocoon for the temperature of your nursery, you can avoid using blankets altogether.  However, if you do choose to use a blanket, make sure you follow these directions.

How do I choose the right size sleeping bag?

It’s important to get the right size sleeping bag that has the best fit for your child.  A sleeping bag should be well fitted around the neck and the armholes to avoid your baby slipping through.  This video may help you check you have the right sized bag for your little one.

Why do you use cotton fillings in your sleeping bags?

Sleeping with natural fibres, can help your baby get a better night’s sleep. Natural fibres disperse moisture from the skin, providing an even warmth and body temperature. ErgoPouch sleeping bags are all highly breathable, keeping babies consistently warm without overheating. Synthetic fillings, such as Polyester do not have the same qualities and can lead to temperature variations throughout the night.  They can also trap too much heat, which can be a particular problem for babies with eczema as this will exacerbate the condition.

Why are there stretchy panels at the sides of your sleeping bags?

For two reasons.  As babies start to wriggle and move around, the stretch panels allow for comfortable movement, and help prevent them getting tangled.  The panels also help with the breathability of our sleeping bags – preventing temperature variations and overheating.

My little one has started to unzip her sleeping bag – any tips?

This is a common problem!  Our bags are built to help keep little fingers away from the zippers, with extra large zip covers, but some are just really good escape artists.  We recommend turning the bag inside out so that the can’t access the zipper pull.  Good luck 🙂