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Sleepy Hugs: A Review & Coupon Code!!!

Mummy Review: I’m always on the lookout for making transitioning baby to better sleep, so it’s a no-brainer when I found this option of Sleepy Hugs as a swaddle transition, that I wanted to try it for my sleep-resistant baby!

Disclosure: This product has been provided in exchange for a feature and review, however all opinions are my own, and I only feature products I love. See the full disclosure policy for details.

For the coupon code, see “Where to buy” below 🙂

As my baby struggles in his sleep and staying in his own safe space, as well as keeping warm, I have been looking for alternatives to the traditional sleeping bags and swaddles. I found this brilliant design of the Sleepy Hugs sleeping bag as a great option for Sleepwear! Built in three different thicknesses for varying seasons, and preventing my baby from scratching his sensitive eczema prone skin, this Sleepwear alternative is a lovely little option for any time of the year!

About the Brand~ Baby Loves Sleep is an Australian brand created by a mum with a desire to make transitioning from a swaddle much easier. Sleepy Hugs was designed to give the security of a swaddled  feeling with the freedom to move at the same time. It’s unique wide Bottom design makes it perfect for babies I hip braces as well! It is available for purchase worldwide.

My Experience~ My baby loved the comfort of the Sleepy Hugs, and I loved his hands being protected from escaping and scratching everywhere! I did find it runs a little big, so for my littlest child it may have been ok to order down a size. The Large 12+ Months size fits my child who is between a size 2-3 nicely. The material is soft and not too thick. I have tried the year round thickness, and it would be perfect for winter, just putting bubs in some nice light clothing underneath. I also have the lighter spring/summer weight, which is a little lighter for the warmer nights.

Overview

The Material~ 95% Cotton (And 5% elastane for the stretch) . The Sleepy Hugs also uses cotton fabrics that have passed the OEKO-TEK standard (this just means no dangerous chemicals have been used in producing the actual textile fabric).^ The material seems breatheable and smooth, good for all year round. I do have a spring/summer material one as well, and this material is a little thinner cotton than the all year round. A winter/fall weight is also available which would be thicker than the year round and spring/summer weights.

The Design~ I love the Sleepy eyes design for either boy or girl. I think it’s simply adorable! They have some lovely prints in each season ranging from pastels to prints.

The Zippers~ The two Zippers allow for middle of the night changing, so great overall for that concept! It makes it so much easier! You can unzip from either side without an issue. Plus, the Zipper goes all the way around the side and bottom, making it much easier to change a sleeping bub! It does have a cover for the top, so the zipper isn’t in baby’s face.

Wide Bottom Shape~ The Sleepy Hugs has a wide bottom shape to fit hip dysplasia brace/harness better (and it has actually been designed with hip dysplasia in mind).^ The wide bottom also gives plenty of room for bubs, and a roomy feel!

Enclosed/Long Sleeve Design~ This is especially beneficial to a baby with eczema like mine, to prevent scratching! This is so helpful, especially with the mainly cotton material. The enclosed sleeve also gives a little resistance to give the security of a swaddle without the restriction. Sleepy Hugs indicates that the largest size gives a bit more freedom to move compared with the smaller sizes.

Sizing~ The Large 12+ Months size seemed a little baggy on my baby in the 12-18 Months range, but it was great for my child in a little bigger sizes (about a size 2) with a little room to spare. It still kept bub inside and prevented him from scratching. I may have been better with a Medium 6-12 Months size. Sleepy Hugs is available in sizes XSmall (0-12 Weeks), Small (3-6 months), Medium (6-12 months), Large (12+ months). The large size gives full range of movement.

Cost&Where to buy~ $59.95 through $64.95 on Baby Loves Sleep’s Website Australia, $49.95-$59.95 on Baby Loves Sleep’s Website US& Canada (Ships to US, Canada, &a U.K.) or select stockists

**Baby Loves Sleep has provided my Aussie readers with a coupon code, too! Valid until August 31st, you can save 15% off your purchase online by using the promo code MUMMYCONFESSIONS
– code valid with normal priced sleep suits (or minimum spend $59)
– single use per customer
-valid on the Aussie Baby Loves Sleep website only. (The US and Canada site has a special preorder on at the moment though!)

Worldwide Delivery Available!

Other Products~ Autumn/Winter Sleepy Hugs, Spring/Summer Sleepy Hugs, All Year Round Sleepy Hugs, Sleepy Hugs & Kippins Bundle

Social Media~ Follow Baby Loves Sleep on: Baby Loves Sleep Website (Australia) and Baby Loves Sleep (US&Canada)

Facebook: BabyLovesSleep and BabyLovesSleepCa

Instagram: @babylovessleep and@BabyLovesSleep.ca

Twitter: @babylovessleep

Mummy Confessions Scale for Winter Sleep Wear-
Easy to put on: 5/5-
So easy to put on, and with two zippers, you can have it however open you need to put it on your baby or toddler.
Stays on: 5/5- If you get the proper size, it will stay on, and baby can’t really get out. It does tend on the roomy side.
Easy to change baby in: 5/5 – With two zippers, and one that goes all the way around the bottom, simple to change baby in, and baby can’t grab either!
Easy to take off: 5/5- Super easy.
Keeps baby warm in winter: 4.5/5– With the various weights, you can either layer with the all year round sleepy hugs, or pick the autumn-winter weight which is a little thicker. Recommendations are on their website.
Baby likes it? Baby seemed to be ok with it, though he would prefer his feet to be free. It did give enough space to move around a bit though.
Material: 5/5 –I love the breathable cotton and it didn’t feel harsh on the skin.
Sizing: 4.5/5 – The sizing did seem a little big, but I think for my littlest, I just needed a smaller size. It fit my size 2-3 bub perfectly snug. Use the measurements as a guide when picking the proper size.

Overall Rating of Sleepy Hugs: 4.5/5- 
Overall, I was happy with the idea of the swaddle transition sleep wear, and the way it prevented my baby from scratching and gave a little resistance not found in other sleepwear. I love the all around zipper and the option for various seasons. The patterns are simple and cute. I think they are a great option, especially for littler ones struggling to sleep at night because of the transition to a regular sleeping bag, or babies struggling with scratching. I think it’s amazing that it was designed with hip braces in mind, because it can be hard to find sleepwear that works with them! I would love to see this with some feet at another point in time for my sleeping bag resistant baby!

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^ Information sourced from contact with Baby Loves Sleep

Zipadee-Zip: Review & Coupon Code

Mummy Review: When I saw this innovative swaddle solution, I had to check it out! This transition swaddle allows bubs the freedom to move, but still stifles the startle reflex that disturbs sleep for baby.

**The competition has concluded for this great product, and Sleeping Baby has provided a coupon code to save $5 on anything on SleepingBaby.com. Check it out in the “where to buy” below**
Disclosure: This product has been provided in exchange for a feature and review, however all opinions are my own, and I only feature products I love. See the full disclosure policy for details.

How many mums have had trouble transitioning baby from a swaddle to other sleep options? I can think of a few, and this is an option for someone from newborns to those between sleeping bags and swaddles. It does a great job of keeping the hands warm and cosy as well as prevents scratching.

About the Brand:  Sleeping Baby is a brand created by a mum and dad who were inspired to create a swaddle transition because of the lack of sleep in trying to get their baby to transition out of the swaddle. This is an issue for a lot of parents, so she created a website and started to sell the Zipadee-Zip and branched out to creating other products.

~My Experience~
The first night I used the zipadee zip, I was impressed with my baby’s sleep. I love that his hands stayed covered, and the size (6-12 months) fit him perfectly with a little room to spare. The thickness was good for middle of the range seasons (and you can layer up if it’s especially cool. The zipadee zip let my baby have free range movement but still snuggled enough to stay asleep a bit better than when he’s kicking the blankets off of himself at night. In the colder weather I prefer him to stay warm and covered, so it was a great option for his sleep! The zipper seems very sturdy and it wasn’t too hard to get it on or off, even with him being asleep.

Overview

The Material~ 55% cotton / 45% modacrylic (good for year round). Sleeping Baby also makes zipadee-zips out of a fleece-style polyester in autumn/winter and a lighter polyester material for spring/summer.

The Design~ The woodland creature design is just darling and I love it! There are so many designs to choose from on their website, so you won’t be limited in your options! I love the varying colours and styles!

The Zipper~ One Zipper makes it simple to get bubs in and out without fussing about how to do it. The zipper is very sturdy and zips from bottom to top, and has a cover to prevent the zipper from getting in baby’s face.

Enclosed/Long Sleeve Design~ Perfect for my eczema baby, it prevents scratching and helps to make him feel a bit more secure by stifling that reflex, yet gives him the ability to manoeuvre around a bit and even stand up. The sleeves aren’t too baggy, though, and his hands stayed comfortably in the ends, rather than him being able to squirm his arms out of them.

Resistence for Baby’s arms~ The zipadee-zip is intended to be used as a transitional swaddle, so there is a little resistance provided in the way the sleeves are designed, to help baby feel safe and secure.

Sizing~ This 6-12 month (medium) size fits perfectly and gives no room for escape! He probably won’t fit too long in this size, but the next one may be a bit looser. He wears a 12-18 Months size at the moment, so sizing may be slightly generous.
This is available in a small (3-6 months), medium (6-12 months), large (12-24 months), and extra large (24 months +)

Cost&Where to buy~ $33.95-$36.95USD (but deals for buying more than one) on the Sleeping Baby Website

**Sleeping Baby has provided a coupon code ZIPPYMUMMY which will save you $5 on any SleepingBaby.com purchase (with no expiration date)!**

–Worldwide delivery available!–

Other Products~ Zipadee-Zip, Flying Squirrel PJs (For toddlers and children), Snoozie Mat, Trendy Teethers, Sheets and change mat covers, Zippy Onez, Baby Yoco, and Teething Necklace for mums.

Sleeping Baby even offers various ways to donate to parents in need by purchasing Zipadee-Zips for a cause! You can either purchase one for yourself (and 10% of the purchase goes towards helping families in need, or choose to donate your purchase to a family in need). Feel free to check out their page for the different ways you can help!

Social Media~ Follow Sleeping Baby on: Sleeping Baby Website

Facebook: SleepingBabyIncHomeoftheZipadeeZip

Instagram: @zipadeezip

Twitter: @Zipadeezip

Mummy Confessions Scale for Winter Sleep Wear
Easy to put on: 4.5/5– The central zipper allows for easy access and easy to put on.
Stays on: 5/5– Given you purchase the proper size, it stays snug, doesn’t get in baby’s face, and baby can’t wriggle out of it. The 6-12 month size was perfect for a cosy fit for my baby.
Easy to change baby in: 4/5 –With only one zipper, it can be a challenge, but easy enough with the location of the zipper. You do need to unzip the whole thing to do this, though, which may disturb some babies.
Easy to take off: 4.5/5– Very simple to remove with the one zipper. No issues with taking it off, as Baby is keen to have his legs free in the morning.
Keeps baby warm in winter – 4.5/5– Provided you layer if you have a lighter zipadee-zip, it will keep bubs cosy and warm. They do offer fleece type material if the winters are especially cold.
Baby likes it? Baby seems to like it! He doesn’t like the fact that he can’t stand too well in it, but it’s not meant to be worn during the day, and he sleeps well in it, so I would say that matters far more.
Material: 5/5 – Bubs didn’t sweat while wearing it, so it seems like a great blend of material. He didn’t seem to itch more with it either, so good for his more sensitive skin.
Sizing: 5/5 – The 6-12 month size fit beautifully and offered a cosy and snug sleeping space for my baby, and I didn’t have to worry about it being too baggy or him taking it off.

Overall Rating of Zipadee-Zip: 4.5/5
I love the thickness, material, design and the whole idea surrounding this transitional swaddle! It seemed to keep my bub nice and cosy. It’s great for his eczema, and the sleeves prevent him from escaping and scratching his sensitive skin. The freedom to move around also means he wasn’t waking up crying because he couldn’t move. It’s a great overall option for Babies, especially for those with eczema or transitioning from a swaddle, or having trouble sleeping at night.

**Congratulations to Angie Cleppe who was chosen as the winner of the Zipadee-Zip in our Facebook Page competition!**

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So Many Swaddles: A Summary of Swaddles and Swaddling

Mummy Confession: I admit, I hate how the swaddle appears, and the pictures of babies in swaddles sometimes look downright weird. However, they are a lifesaver for many parents as far as sleep is concerned.

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So many options, how do I choose?

*Disclosure: I was not given any of the following swaddle products unless indicated otherwise, and am not affiliated with, sponsored by, or writing on behalf of any of the following companies, and this is my honest review and opinion. This blog, however contains affiliate links to Amazon which means I make a comission off qualifying purchases, with no extra cost to you.

Swaddling. The word alone provokes a picture in my mind of baby Jesus in a manger, wrapped up in cloths. Nowadays, there is a much wider variety of options when it comes to swaddling. You can go for the old-fashioned method with a muslin wrap, or use one of the other many options for easier swaddling.

Why do parents swaddle babies? It’s called the startle, or Moro, reflex^. When babies are fresh out of the womb, they “jump” at the sound of things (and sometimes at no sounds, they just do), causing their arms to go flailing. This wakes up baby, and causes mum, dad, or whomever is watching bubs to soothe, resettle, and pray baby goes back to sleep. This makes for disrupted sleep for everyone. Not fun.

So, a swaddle stifles the ability for baby to move their arms suddenly and wake themselves up. It looks confining and maybe uncomfortable, but most babies take comfort in the snug wrap. This is not the case for all babies, but most, especially when they are overtired, are calmed much quicker with swaddling. This was definitely the case with most of the times when my babies were fussing and just could not calm themselves down.

In addition to other ways available to settle babies down, and help them to stay asleep, swaddles are a great option, and there is just so much available now, how do you choose?

I’ve found they all fall within these categories (feel free to click or scroll through the categories), and have done my best to briefly talk about how they differ, as well as provide pictures and brands that would classify in the specific options.

Blanket/Muslin Swaddling

Zip Up Swaddles

1. Arms Free Within Swaddle

2. Arms Up

3. Arms Down

Velcro Swaddles

Transitional Swaddles

Alternative Swaddle Options

 

 

Blanket/Muslin Swaddling:

This is just the typical swaddling, and can be done with any blanket or muslin wrap that is large enough for the baby. It’s versitile, and you can wrap baby snugly with their arms up or down by their sides. Just be sure not to make it too tight, especially around the hips. Muslin wraps are generally better I’ve found to use, because the material is more breathable, and easier to manoeuvre. Always be sure to follow the safe sleeping guidelines when swaddling your baby, and place baby on their back.

Another alternative to blanke/muslin swaddling is the Gro-swaddle which has an extra bit at the bottom to make it easier to wrap Baby up snugly.


Zip Up Swaddles: These come in a large variety of brands, but I’ve found these completely lifesaving as a mother and non-expert in swaddling. They are sized by weight or height, so you get the proper size for your baby, so it is just the right snug-ness for bubby. These come in different categories which I explain below.

1. Zip up with arms free within the swaddle- Several brands have this basic style, just helping to stifle the startle reflex and keep baby snug and warm to sleep. My favourite brand within this category is the Ergobaby Cocoon. Ergo also makes the “ErgoPouch” which is a sleeping bag and swaddle in one. It has varying togs (different thicknesses for varying seasons), so great for warmer or cooler weather depending on the tog.

2. Zip up with arms up– Allowing baby to soothe themselves with their hands, the arms up version by Love to Dream is an excellent swaddle recommended by many mums (myself included). This comes in various thicknesses, and they even offer transitional swaddles. Yes, they look funny, but honestly, this was the best option for us with one of the children, as she could soothe herself and her startle reflex couldn’t wake her. (There are also other options which are more of a transitional swaddle style, but still allow for stifling of the startle reflex, which are the Zipadee-Zip and the Sleepy Hugs. I was given these to review at another opportunity after this post was written.)

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Love to Dream Swaddle

3.Zip up with arms down– If your baby prefers their arms to be down when sleeping or swaddled, this is probably a great option for you. The Swaddlepod is a good version of this type of swaddle. Other brands do this, including store brands such as Kmart or Target. This is probably the most common. Just be sure to purchase that isn’t too tight around the hips.

Velcro Swaddles: These swaddles take a step out of trying to wrestle a blanket around Baby and make it just as easy as tucking arms in and securing them. Some brands thatmake these are Swaddleme and Halo sleep sack.


Transitional Swaddles: 

Some of the swaddles above have transitional options, for when you are trying to transition out of swaddles. These can be either to transition to a sleeping bag style (like the GroBag or Baby Dee Dee Sleep Nest), or just out of swaddles. I’ve reviewed two different ones here on my Winter Sleep Wear Feature (but they come in different weights for different seasons, too). These ones in particular are meant to still give the cosy feeling of a swaddle, but a bit more freedom.

The Not Quite Swaddles, but great options:

Sleepy Wings: This arms only option is good for if you just need something for bub’s arms, or something that will hold a pacifier. The pacifier easily tucks into the spots on the top bit of the swaddle wings. You can choose to put arms up or down as well. They also have other amazing options for transitional wings, or just sleeves that cover little hands.
Find Sleepy Wings here.

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Photo Credit: SleepyWings.com.au

Sleepy Bub: There are two great options here with Sleepy Bub. A onesie that you can zip the arms down, or a sleeping bag where you can zip arms down. The hands are able to be covered as well. This is great for all the babies who seem to get out of everything else!
Find Sleepy Bub here.

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Photo Credit: Sleepybub.com.au

 

Which of these options works for you? Or, do you have a baby who wasn’t keen on swaddling? I love that there are so many options out there now, to see what would work best.

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