Update: Hi all, I am doing my first giveaway! If you read my blog post the other day on the miraculous Zipadee Zip, then you know how this thing has changed our lives as parents. The makers of Zipadee Zip liked my review so much, that they offered to help me do a giveaway.
All you have to do is 1) "Like" their Zipadee Zip Facebook page and 2) leave a comment about why you could use a free Zipadee Zip on this post!
The contest begins Wednesday, May 27 at 12:00 AM and ends on Sunday, May 31 at 12:00 AM. Good luck!
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Original post: There was a point in time when I was just proud I could swaddle teeny tiny Evie with a hospital blanket.
I used to feel badly about swaddling her so tightly especially when she struggled, but now I give you the following reasons for what some might call baby straitjackets:
1. The Startle Reflex (otherwise known as the Moro reflex). Babies startle easily from loud noises or the sensation of falling. We did a 30 minute trial of no restraint, and she woke herself up at least 5 times. We quickly gave up because we wanted to actually sleep at night. Evie will punch herself all night if we let her--her reflexes are quite strong and she sleeps for 10 minutes at a time at night if not swaddled properly. She has broken out of the Swaddle Me before and kept us up at night.
2. If you spent 9 months in a womb and then had to sleep all free in a flat bed, you might feel a little less cozy too. Oh wait--you did spend 9 months in a womb. I'm guessing you sleep in nice blankets now. But babies can't do that, because of the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
3. Add in a g-tube that, if pulled out by a resourceful baby, would cost you a trip to the ER to keep the hole to her stomach from closing up within a two-hour window. That would make you want to restrain her arms for her own safety and your sanity.
4. Oxygen tubes everywhere = strangling hazard. Enough said.
It has changed our lives.
This zip up garment is meant to simulate the safety of the womb and be a transition from swaddling. And it makes your kid look like a starfish. The creators of the Zipadee Zip went on Shark Tank and went big time. Their story is pretty cool too.
The other miraculous thing is that the Zipadee Zip has helped us with bottle feeding. Evie is a very poky bottle feeder and literally drinks about 1/2 an ounce with crying and sputtering, and then stops drinking. I put her in the Zipadee Zip now to feed, and she is more calm and controlled when she drinks.
Two weeks later of using the Zipadee Zip (which Erick likes to call the "Magic Sack" to annoy me--it sounds so unclassy), Evie is still sleeping through the night. She naps in this thing too. It's amazing how she can still move her arms, but doesn't wake herself up anymore.
Where can you get one of these, you ask? The Zipadee Zip is available here: www.sleepingbaby.com.
|Napping in a Zipadee Zip = Precious Mommy work time|
I wasn't paid for this post! I just want to spread the word about these awesome things. I hear that they are great in the hospital too, so we will try them out in a couple weeks for her surgery stay. I've already bought 6 of these, because unfortunately--as magical as these are--I can't stop her from pooping in them sometimes.
So there you have it--from Straitjacket to Starfish. Thank you, Shark Tank and the Parker Family, for bringing this wonderful product to the masses.