Product: The Woombie
Rating: Strong Recommend*
Many parents have discovered the almost magical calming effect of swaddling their babies. A snug-fitting blanket replicates the comfort of being in the womb while also keeping baby's flailing hands from waking her. A good swaddle can be hard to accomplish, however, and the hassle of removing and then reswaddling the blanket during middle-of-the-night diaper changes can be frustrating. The Woombie attempts to solve these swaddling issues by offering an easier and, according to its makers, safer way to swaddle baby.
From birth, our daughter loved being swaddled; she visibly relaxed whenever I began wrapping her in a blanket. However, try as I might, I found it impossible to keep her in it. She has an active startle reflex and her arms are unbelievably determined to wiggle their way out of even the best of swaddling efforts. This meant her naps were restless and often ended within fifteen minutes. Though she slept soundly at night, she still managed to ninja her arms out of her blanket and woke each morning with a fresh set of self-inflicted scratches on her face. I also woke several times during the night to check on her, worried that she might pull the blanket over her face.
Anyone who knows me knows I don't like gadgets and try to avoid any product that serves only one purpose (I even opted out of several baby showers). Though it was recommended to me, my initial reaction to the Woombie was to deem it unnecessary. I didn't want to spend almost $30 on a swaddler when we had plenty of swaddling blankets.
Desperate after a month of restless naps and nights, however, I reluctantly purchased a Woombie. The company offers many colors and versions, including organic, zipper-free, and, for warmer weather, even vented options. We went with the Original in Blue Moon (pictured on my daughter, at 2 months, above) from Amazon.com for $26.99 and couldn't be happier with our purchase. It is a cotton/spandex blend that is soft and stretchy without being too tight. It also has a two way zipper, allowing the top to stay swaddled while the bottom unzips for diaper changes. Her first nap in her Woombie was a success: try as they might, her arms did not escape. And she slept for an hour! I was sold.
We've used our Woombie now for about a month. She wears it during each nap and at night. It has fallen victim to spit ups and diaper leaks and has been washed countless times. It has stood up beautifully to all the abuse and still fits her snugly. I also love that during the night, she stays swaddled and asleep while I change her diaper. And I know that she can't pull it over her face. She wears a short-sleeved onesie and socks underneath it now and never wakes up feeling cold or hot. (In her swaddling blanket, she often woke up sweaty.) As the weather cools, I plan to try long-sleeved footed pajamas underneath.
The Woombie, according to its site, was created by an RN and has won several awards for its design. The company promises, too, that its product is free of pthalates and other harmful chemicals while still being flame retardant and safe. It does recommend that the Woombie only be used with baby up to six months of age or until she can roll over, whichever comes first.
The only downside to owning the Woombie is that when it's dirty or in the wash, we have to resort back to swaddling blankets. For that reason I actually suggest owning two Woombies. I would buy a second one myself if our daughter wasn't on the verge of rolling over and graduating from being able to wear it. (I shudder to think what naps will be like when that day comes!)
THE BOTTOM LINE:
If your baby likes being swaddled she will like the Woombie, and you will like how quickly and easily it goes on and comes off. It is a quality product and well worth the price. In fact, I recommend owning two.
- Many varieties and color options
- Easy to clean in the washing machine and dryer
- Faster and easier that swaddling with a blanket
- Helps baby regulate temperature while sleeping
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(Image: Lauren Pavao)