Sleepyhugs Sleep Swaddle
I regularly get asked the question ‘my baby is starting to roll, but doesn’t sleep well unswaddled. I am worried its dangerous when they do this‘.
Well, we now have the answer – we have searched high and low and found this amazing new product from Baby Loves Sleep.
Its a transitional swaddle / sleepsuit – the answer to the Swaddle Transition!
The new revolutionary sleep suit that’s helping babies transition from the swaddle wrap to full arm movement. Helping them cope better with the ‘startle reflex’ and helping them sleep better and longer, giving baby the much needed sleep they require to develop. Oh, and gives parents back their sleep.
The SLEEPY HUGS sleep suit has been designed to allow your baby to move their arms freely while still providing an enclosed, secure feeling that they enjoy. It is designed as a totally enclosed sleep suit but with a slight resistance in the arms so that they can move their arms around freely yet gives them that ‘edge’ feeling. So, when they experience a startle reflex, they immediately feel secure.
- New Designs made using a lighter weight cotton making it suitable for the Spring/Summer seasons.
- 100% super soft cotton, naturally breathable and suitable for eczema
- Fully enclosed arms prevents scratching
- Wide sack design to suit hip dysplasia harness
- Top zipper cover to protect baby’s delicate skin
- Bottom opening zipper for convenient nappy changes
Summer and Spring Swaddles
- Love and Kisses (using organic cotton) – Suitable for Summer and Spring; be quick same price until sold!
Autumn and Winter Swaddles
- Neon Rain Clouds – can still be used in summer with a nappy / bodysuit underneath
- TeePee and Cactus – can still be used in summer with a nappy / bodysuit underneath
All Season Swaddles (in between the Winter and Summer Version and can be worn all season with layering to suit)
- Soft Grey Marle
- Peach Pink
How does it work? – This from the inventor
“The Sleepy Hugs story is not dissimilar to many other baby sleep products out in the market. However, its unique design comes from years of testing many products that claim to help your baby sleep better. Of course, while some of these products work for some babies, they either didn’t work for mine or I needed to add/combine other things to improve their effectiveness. So, I decided to create a product that combined a number of features and functions where other products fell short.
The Sleepy Hugs sleep suit is based upon the premise that most (if not all) babies love to be swaddled as newborns to give continuity to the feeling of being in the womb which provides an environment of security for them.
Babies while asleep are in a state of dream sleep (REM). The state of dream sleep occurs in about 50% of a newborn’s sleep. During this sleep, your baby’s eyes dart back and forth under their eyelids, while the rest of their body is very still. They will have the occasional twitch and may do little jerks in their sleep known as the startle reflex or ‘moro’ reflex.
The startle or ‘moro’ reflex is one of many reflexes that babies are born with and is part of their defence ‘fight or flight’ mechanism. It is an automatic reaction to a loud noise, or the sensation of falling and causes the baby to be startled and flail their arms sidewards/upwards then immediately bringing their arms to their chest in the foetal position. So if that baby is falling asleep and suddenly has a startle reflex, it will go from relaxed to hysterical in .6 seconds and when their arms move about, they no longer feel the safe environment of the womb – the edges of their little world.
The good news is that the startle reflex usually disappears after around 3 or 4 months, but this may be later for some babies. Hence, why we are encouraged to swaddle babies from birth until the startle reflex has disappeared.
However, for some babies, the enjoyment and security of being swaddled is preferred long after the startle reflex has disappeared but unfortunately, swaddling no longer does the job or no longer keeps them satisfied. Babies grow stronger and have developed ‘Houdini-like’ skills and have mastered the art of escaping the swaddle, or worse have started rolling over while swaddled which poses a safety risk. And for some, are unable to cope with the feeling of being unswaddled.
I’ve tested this theory out with my own baby who is now 3 yrs old, my brother’s baby who will be turning 3 in December and my cousin’s baby who is turning 2 very soon. I tried so many products and combinations of products including the one’s that zip up all the way to the top like a cocoon (and at one stage a swaddle wrap under), which worked for a while until my baby no longer wanted the restriction of being swaddled but was not ready for full freedom.
The Sleepy Hugs sleep suit has been designed to allow your baby to move their arms freely while still providing an enclosed, secure feeling that they enjoy. It is designed as a totally enclosed sleep suit but with a slight resistance in the arms so that they can move their arms around freely yet gives them that ‘edge’ feeling. So, when they experience a startle reflex, they immediately feel secure.
The Sleepy Hugs sleep suit was what gave my baby, and many others that have tried it, that secure feeling and improved sleep that was so much needed. And as we all know, a sleeping baby is a happy baby and a happy baby is a happy family!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Sleepy Hugs sleep suits are designed in Australia, patent pending and made overseas.
All our Sleepy Hugs sleep suits are made using only the highest quality 100% cotton materials sourced overseas. Cotton is a natural material, it is breathable so babies won’t sweat or overheat and is suitable for eczema.
As the Sleepy Hugs sleep suits are 100% cotton, they are best washed in cold machine wash (30C), best washed with the zip done up, wash dark colours separately, do not bleach, do not tumble dry, dry flat, warm iron inside out, do not dry clean, do not place iron directly on print.
Baby Safety Approved
Our SLEEPY HUGS sleep suit has the INPAA tick of approval. INPAA is a privately owned and operated organisation, and the key representative body in the Australian nursery industry. Its primary objective is to lead the development of safer nursery products and to promote the safe consumer use of products and to encourage suppliers to develop infant nursery products that are safe in design and that will be safely used by consumers. INPAA operates in close conjunction with groups such as SIDS & Kids, Kidsafe and the Australian Child Restraint Resource Initiative (ACRI).
The Sleepy Hugs sleep suits come in four sizes:
X-Small (0-12 weeks) – suitable for babies aged from newborn to 12 weeks, weighing 3 – 6 kg. The arm width is approx. 46cm, the length is approx. 56cm and the neck hole is approx. 9cm. (available in Neon Rain Clouds, Teepee & Cactus and Sleepyeyes only).
Small (3-6 months) – suitable for babies aged from 3 months onwards weighing 6 – 8 kg. The arm width is approx. 56cm, the length is approx. 65cm and the neck hole is approx. 11cm.
Medium (6-12 months) – suitable for babies aged from 6 months onwards, weighing 8 – 10 kg. The arm width is approx. 65cm, the length is approx. 75cm and the neck hole is approx. 13cm.
Large (12+ months) – suitable for babies 12 months and beyond, weighing over 10 kg. The arm width is approx. 75cm and the length is approx. 86cm. The size Large gives full range of movement and is for babies that like the comfort that the SLEEPY HUGS sleep suit gives, but no longer requires the arm resistance.
What to wear under the Sleepy Hugs sleep suit
All our Sleepy Hugs sleep suits are made of natural breathable cotton material. Below is a guide for what baby can wear depending on the season:
Winter – baby should wear a singlet, gro-suit/wondersuit under the Sleepy Hugs sleep suit. If your baby already uses a tog rated sleeping bag, you can have this on top of the Sleepy Hugs sleep suit to ensure baby is warm. Alternatively, cotton blankets on top is also fine. In super chilly nights, it is best to keep baby’s room temperature between 20-21C. As long as baby is dressed in natural cotton or bamboo clothing and their sleeping bag and blankets are also made of natural materials, they will not sweat or overheat.
Summer – baby can simply wear a singlet and nappy/diaper under the Sleepy Hugs sleep suit to ensure they are not too hot . With soaring temperatures, it is best to keep baby’s room temperature between 18-20C. Avoid dressing baby in synthetic or un-natural materials including bedding as this will cause them to sweat and overheat.
How do I know if the Sleepy Hugs sleep suit is right for my baby
The best guide to knowing if the Sleepy Hugs sleep suit is the next step for your baby – is none other than your baby. Apart from the obvious signs that your baby is no longer sleeping as well as they used to, here are some signs to watch for:Tummy roller – when your baby starts rolling onto-their tummy and they are still fully swaddled. The Sleepy Hugs sleep suit is the perfect solution for tummy rollers as the free arm movement allows baby to use their arms naturally to allow themselves to roll-back.Escape artist – when your baby masters the art of getting out of their swaddle no matter how tightly you’ve wrapped them. Although many babies love the feeling of being swaddled, many of them hate having their arms restricted tightly against their bodies. The Sleepy Hugs sleep suit gives them that feeling of enclosure without the restriction of a swaddle wrap.
How/why does the Sleepy Hugs sleep suit work
In essence, the Sleepy Hugs sleep suit has been designed to allow your baby to move their arms freely while still providing an enclosed, secure feeling that they enjoy. It is designed as a totally enclosed sleep suit but with a slight resistance in the arms so that they can move their arms around freely yet gives them that ‘edge’ feeling. So, when they experience a startle reflex, they immediately feel secure.