I am super excited to share the Zipadee-zip review with you today. One of my favorite things about The Wise Baby is that I get to learn and meet parents who created a product to solve a problem – it is right up my alley. One of our readers actually mentioned the Zipadee-zip to me and I immediately wrote the owner, creator and mom extradorinare, Stephanie. So today, after several weeks of using, washing and loving the Zipadee we have a review and of course, an awesome GIVEAWAY!
The Zipadee-zip was created by mom Stephanie, in desperate need of solution to help ease the swaddle transition. Transitioning from the swaddle can be challenging to say the least and until the Zipadee there was no good solution. The idea behind the Zipadee is really genius. It is designed to still give that enclosed and cozy feeling while allowing free movement of the arms and legs. It is almost womb like in that your little one is still met with some resistance when stretching out.
The Zipadee is star fish-esqe is shape and has no arms holes so your little ones body heat does not escape. Because of this unique, all encompassing design your babe can just wear a diaper underneath and stay totally cozy all night long. I actually put a short sleeved onesie underneath Eloise’s Zipadee because she was so used to wearing pj’s when swaddled that I thought she would feel more comfortable. She never got too warm so depending on your room temperature you could pull of a onesie underneath. The backside of the Zipadee is made of a moisture wicking material (think super soft, work out material) to allow for decent airflow. The front is made of a soft cotton that is also breathable. I think this video is really helpful because I am sure some of you may be really wondering how this works…
So, how does it work?? WONDERFUL. I have to admit I felt a little strange zipping her up and enclosing her hands. Afterall, she had just learned to put her pacifier back in during the middle of night. That being said, she was sleeping without being swaddled but not for more than four hours at a time and at six months she should have been sleeping longer. The first night she slept 10+ hours! She did wake up to put her pacifier back in and had absolutely no trouble putting it back in. Since the first night she has slept 10-12 hours every night. We’ve been using the Zipadee for nearly three weeks now. The other day I didn’t have a chance to wash one so I thought I would give her old sleepsacks a try and she slept for 12 hours! And I honestly think the Zipadee helped “train” her to sleep without her arms swaddled. We’ve washed the Zipadee daily and it has held up perfectly. I love that there is no velcro to stick to there things in the dryer and it makes for super easy on/off and diaper changes. All in all, I wish I would have had the Zipadee on day one of swaddle transition because I am sure Eloise would have been sleeping 10-12 hours. Most importantly, I greatly appreciate another innovative, safe way for Eloise to comfortably sleep.
The bad? I would honestly say nothing other than the fact that it may not work for your little one. As with any product, every baby is different and has different preferences and there is really now way to know what these preferences may be until you try it. So I would definitely suggest giving the Zipadee a try. Have one on hand before you need to transition out of the swaddle because that transition can literally happen overnight (but usually around 4-5 months). You can read plenty of other success stories on Zipadee’s Facebook page.
All of the Zipadee’s are still lovingly handmade by Stephanie herself – talk about a supermom!! In addition to the cotton variety for sleeping there is also a fleece variety which are great for a winter coverall to keep your babe warm without all the bulk. Due to their warmth, the fleece ones aren’t for sleeping but we definitely recommend them for the cold winter temps!
***This giveaway has ended! Congrats to our winner and thanks to all who entered!***
Now for the giveaway, we are giving away a Zipadee-zip of your choice! To enter:
– Head to the Zipadee shop, here and choose your favorite design and leave a comment on this post
That is it! The winner will be announced this Friday, January 18th. Entries accepted until noon CST on the 18th. Winner has five days to claim their prize before another is selected.
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