Disclaimer: I received a free product for my post! These views are my own and were not at all influenced by the party who gave me this opportunity..
Transitioning your baby from swaddling can be a challenge. Babies like to be swaddled because it makes them feel secure and reminds them of the womb, but as they grow they start to wiggle out of their swaddled blankets and good sleep is hard to come by. The Zipadee-Zip is an innovative swaddle transition outfit for babies and it works well as pajamas too!
We tried out the Zipadee-Zip with our baby boy. When we first received the product, he was a little bit too young for it, so we tested it for a little longer. This product is best suited for babies 4 months and older when their startle reflex has already begun to diminish on its own.
What I Love
I love that these Zipadee-Zip swaddle transition blankets are easy to use. You just zip your baby up in the little outfit–no snaps or sliding over the head or multiple steps, just zip. We used the Zipadee-Zip as pajamas on warmer nights and overtop of a onesie or sleeper on cooler nights. The outfit is sealed on the hands and feet so you don’t have to worry about kicking feet and flailing hands making it through the little holes.
My son loves his Zipadee-Zip and it has been working well for us. He had been kicking out of his blankets for a while, but would not sleep without a blanket which did not make me very comfortable. We have the sleep sack pajamas, but he does not enjoy having his hands out in the cold so he still wants a blanket when it is bedtime which I didn’t feel comfortable with. Little man has been using his swaddle transition blanket for a while now and would only go to bed and stay asleep the whole night if he was wearing it. Since we started using this product, he has been needing it less and less! This whole process has not only helped me get more sleep, it has also given me comfort knowing my baby cannot kick this blanket off in the middle of the night and cover his face which is dangerous. Even my husband loves the Zipadee-Zip and goes on and on about how great it is!
The top of the zipper on this sleeper has a piece of fabric over the corner so it will not pinch your baby or irritate his neck and helps the zipper to not come undone on its own. This feature is no nice because with many tops you have to also close a snap which is just adds an extra step.
I also love the patterns! We were able to try the eLOVEphant design–elephants have been my favorite animal for a long time so I adore this one. There are many patterns to choose from for boys and girls from Superhero! to Little Luv Bug! to Navy Polka Dot. They even have a fleece option. Zipadee-Zip swaddle transition blankets can even be used during the day in carseats and jumpers because, unlike the sleep sacks, there is enough room for buckles and fabric to be pulled up comfortably and safely in between the legs.
I also I love that Zipadee-Zip is a Christian company owned by a mommy entrepreneur! She was faced with the challenge of sleepless nights from fussy baby who kept startling at night if not swaddled and she created a solution! As a mommy, she is an inspiration to me to be a problem solver and make my dreams come true.
What I’m Not Huge On
The only issue I had with the Zipadee-Zip was that my very active little wiggle worm managed to tear apart the seams at the bottom and pop his foot right through. We have a Small Zipadee-Zip and just found out my son is in the 90-something percentile for height, so this may have been the issue. None of the fabric broke, it simply pulled out some of the seam which is a very easy fix. This product also comes in sizes Medium and Large, so I think he may need the next size up!
Overall, if you have a baby who is having a difficult time sleeping and needs to transition safely from swaddling, this product is perfect for you! It will help baby sleep by creating a more secure feeling and helping to prevent his natural startle reflex without the dangers of coming unwrapped and covering your precious little one’s face. The designs are cute and this product has a stamp of approval from everyone in our house!
SEVEN USES FOR THE ZIPADEE-ZIP:1. Sleep – Aids swaddle transition and teaches self-soothing skills!
2. Travel – Encourages sleep and settling on long car or plane rides!
3. Dr. Office Visits – Eliminates tedious clothing changes!
4. Grocery Visits and Plane Rides – Provides a GERM FREE environment!
5. Breastfeeding – Prevents a baby from scratching themselves and momma!
6. Stroller walks or walks/rides in a sling or baby carrier – can be worn while buckled or strapped in!
7. MORE SLEEP! Aids transition to crib off of a swing, or rock and play sleeper and helps sick little ones get rest when they wouldn’t otherwise!