Laura here! Right after my son, BabyCakes, was born I learned that
infants love to be swaddled. In fact my boy cannot sleep unless he is nicely
swaddled. The nurses in the hospital did a wonderful job showing my husband and
me how to swaddle BabyCakes with a receiving blanket; however, our swaddling
success dwindled when we were on our own at home. We quickly became connoisseurs
of swaddles, trying different styles and brands. I was thrilled when the people
at Nested Bean sent First Time Mom the Zen Swaddle to review. I was given
a S/M Zen Swaddle to review.
construction of the Zen Swaddle. It is made of soft and pleasantly light weight
100% cotton material. The Zen Swaddle is the softest swaddle I’ve come across.
The material is also flexible so when I used the right technique BabyCakes was
held secure but not rigid. That said, it took some practice working with the
swaddle to ensure that BabyCakes’ arms were held in place… When it comes to
swaddles he’s a Houdini baby.
in its design makes it a great summer swaddle. BabyCakes was born during a heat
wave this past July so I greatly appreciate a swaddle that snuggles him
without causing him to over heat. That said, whenever swaddling an infant you
must be mindful of over heating regardless of the swaddle you’re using.
“Pods” design that was sent to me is stylish and gender neutral. It is also machine washable. The
material, along with the hook and loop fasteners held up well after several
washes. (Amazing how often I do laundry now!) The Zen Swaddle comes with
protective strips that cover the hook fasteners for washing.
middle section, and the wings. The inner leg pouch secures smaller infant’s
legs in place. This worked nicely when BabyCakes first wore the Zen Swaddle at
9 lbs, 21”. Now, he has outgrown this feature and no longer needs his legs
inside the pouch.
body and hugs his side. This section has some unique features, the ”peaceful
touch” and “loving embrace.” The “peaceful touch” is a weighted pouch that
rests on the baby’s chest and is meant to mimic a reassuring hand. The “loving
embrace” sections are weighted pouches along the sides and are meant to mimic a
gentle embrace. At first, I found it difficult to keep the “peaceful touch”
centered correctly as I wrapped the wings around my wiggly Houdini baby, but
after some practice this wasn’t a problem.
features; however, I do not know if they made much of an impact on the swaddle’s
effectiveness for BabyCakes. The Zen Swaddle packaging says, “Mom’s report up
to 2 hours of extra sleep.” The first time I put BabyCakes in the Zen Swaddle
he took a one of his longer naps at that point, however, that was also the beginning of him taking longer naps in general. It’s difficult to know if the cause of his
extra sleep was the swaddle or if it was developmental. Still, the Zen Swaddle certainly
did not prevent him from sleeping and he seems quite comfortable in it.
the baby and secure the swaddle in place with hook and loop fasteners. One of
my favorite things about the Zen Swaddle, and what sets it apart from other
swaddles I’ve tried, is that there is a large hook area that allows me to easily
achieve a snug fit around BabyCakes… remember, I have a Houdini baby! Features like this
and the inner leg pouch enabled me to adjust the swaddle to fit BabyCakes as he
grew. Another feature I love about the wings is that, if placed correctly, the
wings do not creep up on BabyCakes’ neck as he wiggles in his sleep. (A problem
I’ve had with other swaddlers.)
adjusts to a growing baby within its suggested weight range and is durable
enough to be use when a second baby comes along. From my experience, I can neither deny nor confirm its claim of two hours of extra sleep when using the Zen Swaddle, however, BabyCakes sleeps so peacefully in it that I say it is worth having one in your
arsenal of swaddles.