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At 13 days old, we realized that we had a little Houdini on our hands. Little Miss Audrey, although born at 36 weeks 5 days, had already reached and surpassed her birthweight. Way to go, girl! She hit her growth spurts and we became exhausted. Plus, we realized that the swaddling we had been doing (a nice tight swaddle) wasn’t always doing it for her. We realized that Audrey needs a good, tight swaddle, or she would find some way to get her arms loose and wake herself up and be unhappy. In addition, if she ever had a wet diaper, she would cry until we changed it, even for a couple of seconds. Because of her smaller size and the constant need to change her diaper or readjust, we either took so long getting her blanket swaddles just right or were frustrated by the too-large sizes of the other swaddle sacs on the market. We thought that the Woombie might be the perfect solution.
What is a Woombie? Well, it is a sleep sac that is supposed to help replicate the womb for our little ones. Here is the blurb about the Woombie from their website:
Over a half million happy babies & parents to date… and counting! The Woombie was designed by a RN & Certified Infant Care Specialist, providing a safe & comfortable swaddle for your baby. Gently hugging the shoulders & tummy, the Woombie allows for natural movement of the arms, legs and hips with our signature bebeflex® fabric- softly cocooning baby without restricting motion or mobility. Its soft eco-fabric mimics the feeling of touch, warmth & cuddle- re-creating the womb environment that baby felt prior to birth which is important for calming baby and preventing flailing arms. The Woombie has been shown to promote a more natural and peaceful sleep environment for infants resulting in longer periods of sleep with less restlessness. The Woombie prevents issues such as startling, face scratching, overheating and loose unraveled blankets from covering baby’s face. Infant Care Experts recommend the Woombie products to institute successful sleep patterns from birth to 6 months.
Woombie sent us an Organic Woombie in their newborn size (5-13 lb). The day we got it, we immediately put it on Audrey. It was amazing to see the anxiety and stress just melt away from her as she was tightly swaddled. Right off the bat, we loved the ease of the zipper. Although tight on our little girl, it was still very easy to zip up her body, and we could adjust her arms to be by her sides quite easily. There is a snap at the top of the zipper to keep the zipper from falling down (or from it irritating our little one). In addition to the zipper being able to go up, there was a second zip that allowed the zipper to unzip without taking the entire Woombie off… perfect for those middle-of-the-night diaper changes. We noticed that our little Houdini was still able to get her arms up, even with the tightness of the cloth. After doing a bit of research, we found that this was quite okay, as it can be used as a way for babies to self-soothe. Plus, she couldn’t get her hands out… just up near her chest. It was just a comfort tool, and not a distraction for Audy.
One thing we did notice, however, was that with the material up so high, it often grazed her chin and cheek. It isn’t a danger if this happens, but it did cause her to root. This sometimes made it difficult for her to settle, as she then convinced herself that she was hungry, even after a good feeding and an ounce + of supplementary milk. Because of this, we have been picky about when we have used the Woombie on her.
Thankfully, with two babies, we were also able to try the Woombie on Little David. Boy, how he loved this! While not a magician like his sister, he likes to be secure and tightly swaddled too. He doesn’t wake himself when his hands get loose, but he hates having a dirty or wet diaper… even for a few seconds. This means that we are constantly changing diapers for him. Thankfully, the second zipper comes in handy, as we don’t have to undo the entire Woombie for each change. Even when we do take it off, however, it is such an ease to put back on that it is okay. No more step-after-step of swaddling in the middle of the night. Just zip and snap, and we are good to go.