So as I’ve posted about before, Mason still sleeps swaddled but it’s becoming a battle. He wants to sleep with his arms free but if they’re free, he wakes frequently. If he’s swaddled, he sleeps soundly through the night. We went from using a hospital size receiving blanket to the Kiddopotomus Swaddle Me, which worked for a few weeks and then we started waking up and finding him with at least one if not both arms free.
So I contacted Kim at Woombie and asked if she could help us out. I’d heard nothing but good things about Woombie and really wanted to try one before we gave up the swaddle and the peaceful nights.
For those who are not familiar with the Woombie, it looks like this:
Information from their website:
The Woombie comforts, softly confines arms & gently compresses baby’s unique curves to hug baby… preventing startling issues, face scratching, overheating.
The Woombie is a proud winner of the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved), Moms Best and Creative Child Awards. We have been seen on television, in numerous popular baby magazines and are endorsed by Doctors, Doulas, Postpartum Baby Instructors, Nurses and countless moms and dads worldwide. In a nutshell, The Woombie is a great easy swaddle for babies with the Startle Reflex & who are in need of a cozy yet gentle confinement.
The Woombie follows Pediatrician & S.I.D.S. guidelines, maintains airflow and will not overheat baby, no loose blankets covering airways, and prevents face scratching. It also prevents unnecessary waking due to the Startle Reflex, soothes babies with colic, will not come undone, promotes natural motor development, and is easy to use – just zip it up.
First, I was incredibly impressed by the very short amount of time it took me to get the Woombie. It arrived in just a few days and was well packaged without a lot of extra packaging that seems so common these days.
The Woombie itself is nice soft stretchy fabric and there are no tags or anything that made me concerned about Mason’s comfort. The zipper pull has a velcro cover-up so there is no chance of it poking him.
It was very easy to put Mason into the Woombie. Simply lay him on top of it, stick his feet in the bottom, and zip it up to his chin. No wrapping, no pulling anything tight. Just zip and you’re done! Sometimes he is faster than me and puts his arms up before I can get it zipped all the way up, and then I take advantage of the handy dual zipper that lets me unzip it from the bottom – I can leave the top zipped, gently pull his arms back down in positition, and zip him back up! Simple! This would also come in handy for any middle of the night diaper changes, which fortunately, are rare around our house.
We’ve been using the Woombie for about two weeks now – I wanted to make sure the first few days of success weren’t some sort of fluke! At first I was really concerned because he refused to keep his arms down and instead keeps his hands up by his face, which pulls material up by his face. I quickly realized he’s unable to pull the material up past his shoulders and the material is designed to be breathable. Unlike traditional swaddle blankets, he’s able to have some range of motion so he can make himself comfortable without dealing with total freedom that causes the startle reflex. The pictures on their website show babies with arms crossed over their chests, at their sides, and in various positions while in the Woombie. Apparently my little guy likes his hands up by his face.
Since getting the Woombie, the final steps of getting Mason ready for bed take seconds instead of minutes. There is no “Okay, attempt number five, will we be faster than him this time?!” race. We no longer have to go check on him half a dozen times to see if he’s worked his way out of his swaddle and is thrashing around. He smiles happily when getting wrapped , adjusts his arms to where he likes them, and sleeps soundly with no flopping arms scaring him in the night. Our nights of sleep have been saved!
You can buy your own Woombie online at their website and they come in sizes that fit babies from 3 lbs to 25 lbs! They also come in lightweight summer fabric and fleece winter fabric so you can Woombie year round without worrying about your little one getting too hot or too cold. There is also a convertible Woombie that allows for free arms while keeping the rest of the body gently hugged. Reasonably priced from $26.99 – $28.99, this is definitely a must have for any baby who enjoys being swaddled. Stop fighting with those receiving blankets and velcro closures!
In conclusion, We give the the Woombie 6 thumbs up (Mine, Mason’s, and P’s!) It’s very easy to use and keeps my strong little man confined enough that he is still sleeping through the night like a champ. Thank you Woombie!
Thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. I received a free Woombie for reviewing but was not compensated monetarily or in any other manner for writing this post.