Monday, 28 February 2011

Review: Sleepyhead



A couple of months ago I was at my wits end, Little E just wasn't sleeping well on a regular mattress. During the day I would let her fall asleep on a pillow but I was conscious that I couldn't let her lie on a pillow at night because of the risks of suffocation. I scoured the Internet and eventually came across the Sleepyhead pillow. So impressed by it's claims and feeling that it would be the perfect solution to our problems I did emailed Sleepyhead to find out more and to ask if they would be willing to let me review this product here on the blog.

I soon received an email back from Lisa Furuland, the designer of the Sleepyhead, and although she was concerned that at 20 weeks Little E might not be the biggest fan of changing her sleeping location, she agreed to let me have one for trial. Less than a week later the Sleepyhead arrived and Little E has been a big fan ever since...


Little E meets Sleepyhead - DAY 1

Obviously Little E is now 6 months old but ideally you would want to use the Sleepyhead from birth....luckily Little E took to it straight away. Day or night, home or away, Little E always sleeps in the comfort of her Sleepyhead.It's great if you travel a lot because it's light enough to take with you and it comes in a zip case so you can keep it nice and clean. Whether you're heading to Grandma's house or even on your holidays you can be safe in the knowledge that your baby won't be disturbed by unfamiliar surroundings because she'll be sleeping in her Sleepyhead.


The great thing is - not only can it be used as a baby bed - it's also ideal for
tummy time play too. You just put baby on the Sleepyhead with the rounded bumper under your baby’s chest and armpits with her arms in front and you're ready to go!



The Verdict...


I'm so upset that I have only just found the magical Sleepyhead! It would have been ideal for both Mister A and Little E from birth. Unfortunately I only discovered Sleepyhead when Little E was 20 weeks old but she absolutely loves it and it fits perfectly in to her swinging crib. We are just about to move her in to her 'big cot' but the Sleepyhead will be moving with her so we know that there won't be any problems. I can not recommend this highly enough - in fact I love it so much that I may even start a campaign for some UK suppliers to stock the Sleepyhead.


About the Sleepyhead...

MANY NEEDS, ONE PRODUCT
Versatility and quality are other keywords when it comes to the Sleepyhead®. As parents, we’re swamped with accessories and gadgets, all claiming to be the solution to a potential problem of ours. However, most of these are normally the solution to one problem only. Versatility and quality equals sustainability and longevity, and the Sleepyhead® is truly multifunctional. It’s equally great for sleeping, resting and waking, as it can be used as a play pod as well as a tummy time aid. Supervised tummy time is essential from day one. The benefits of tummy time are many and crucial: the baby’s development of motor control and planning, sensory integration, environmental awareness, and postural strength. But far from all babies enjoy tummy time. Many babies seem miserable in this position and may cry or even refuse to lift up their head.
Parents find that giving their baby a new perspective - by propping him on a Sleepyhead® - makes all the difference. Simply place him with the rounded bumper under his chest and arms with his arms in front of it. This position also allows for play!

SLEEPING, ALONE OR TOGETHER
The Sleepyhead® is also perfect when co-sleeping. Co-sleeping is by certain experts said to promote higher self-esteem, confidence, sensitivity and fosters an environment of acceptance. The child also benefits from the calming effect on breathing and heart function of lying next to its mother, which is why some experts claim that co-sleeping reduces the risk of cot death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
The Sleepyhead® and its protective sides facilitate correct physiological back positioning whilst preventing the baby from rolling out of bed, hitting his head against the headboard, getting caught between the bed and the wall, or wriggling down under the covers.The sides also prevent the parents from rolling on top of the baby. Yet, the sides are comfy enough for the parent to have his/her arm over the side to pat and reassure.
The firm Sleepyhead mattress reduces the risk of suffocation, unlike soft adult mattresses. Placement at adult head level reduces overheating from adult bedding and body heat. Most cots and cribs are not snug enough for the newborn. By slipping the Sleepyhead® in as an insert, the baby sleeps snug and safe. And when it’s time to move from the parents’ bed or the bassinet to a big cot, the transition is easy with the Sleepyhead as you bring it along. Again, a familiar surrounding for the baby, with a smell and feel he recognizes.
And when bringing the Sleepyhead with you on trips, you do not have to worry about the condition of the cots and mattresses provided by the hotel.

THE CLIMATE ASPECT, NEAR AND FAR
Lastly, the climate in the world is important, but equally important is the micro climate surrounding your baby. A lot of research has been put into selecting the optimal breathable materials for babies. The Sleepyhead® has anti-dustmite, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, whilst being machine washable.

The Sleepyhead is not yet available in the UK but you can order it direct from the manufacturer. To find out more information or to purchase the amazing Sleepyhead for yourself you can visit the Sleepyhead website or join the Sleepyhead Facebook page.

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