I knew you lovely readers were a dirty enabling lot but I didn’t know you would also get my baby to sleep.
Because it’s on these pages that I first heard about the Sleepyhead.
I’ll start with the very valid question that Adam asked when I mentioned at Rock My Towers that I would like to review the Sleepyhead…
Wtf is it?
In simple terms, it’s a nest that your baby sleeps in.
What does it claim to do?
According to their website, the Sleepyhead reinvents the womb, creating a snug and soothing environment for babies. When I read that it was also safe for co-sleeping and reduces the startle or “moro” reflex I was sold, as Lyra was forever throwing out her arms and hitting the sides of her moses basket whilst dropping off to sleep. So I thought I’d give the Sleepyhead a whirl with my second bubba, Jenson.
I’m going to start with the obvious. I am certain that it has helped Jenson to learn to sleep for long stretches of time at night. I can only compare it to my experience with Lyra. When I had Lyra we used to have to rock her for hours on end to get her to sleep. However with J-Dogg, as we have affectionately nicknamed him, we simply gave him a bottle at the end of the day and then popped him in the Sleepyhead. As with anything I don’t know whether it was the Sleepyhead or what that has encouraged him to be a relatively good sleeper but I do know that if we have a third baby, they will be in the Sleepyhead from day dot.
The next best thing about it is the fact that it is far more portable than a travel cot. Plus you don’t have to wrangle with it like you do most travel cots. It’s light as a feather and in the early days I would carry it around the house with me so I constantly had somewhere to pop Jenson in. I even considered taking it down to the beach when we were on holiday so we had somewhere safe that he could nap. (Would love to hear if anyone has actually done this?!)
Now that Jenson is a bit more robust I’ve also been propping him in it on his stomach with his arms dangling over the top for all-important tummy time.
And finally, it’s super easy to remove and wash the cover (a total essential when it comes to babies), and rather than buying the proper Sleepyhead sheets, I just used XL muslins which did the trick.
There are no cons! Okay, at £120 it ain’t cheap but when you work out cost per use it’s got to be pence. And if it means your baby will sleep surely that’s priceless?
I’ve also spotted that second hand Sleepyheads sell for a reasonable price on eBay so if we categorically decide that there will no baby number three, I reckon I can get at least half the cost back from selling it on.
For those of you worried about transition out of the Sleepyhead, J-Dogg has recently become too big and fat for it, bless the little chunk, and I can say hand on heart that it hasn’t been a problem. The first night that we put him to bed without the Sleepyhead I just rolled up a couple of cellular blankets and squished them down the sides of his Snuzpod by his legs to try and emulate part of the shape of the Sleepyhead. So far so good but if his sleep goes downhill I know what I will be buying.
But don’t just take my word for it. Check out the two-hundred-odd reviews on the John Lewis website that give it 4.7 out of 5 stars.
Have you tried the Sleepyhead or any of the other pod-style sleep contraptions? What have your experiences been?
P.S. Believe it or not, this post has not been sponsored. As always, I’m just writing from experience about a product I love.