Zipadee-Zip into a Swaddle-less Life


As seen on Shark Tank, the Zipadee-Zip by Sleeping Baby is a product created by a husband/wife team (Brett & Stephanie Parker) created a product that helps babies who outgrow the swaddle but still need something more than a sleep sack to help them sleep. Their newborn daughter, Charlotte, was their reason for making a product that has helped thousands of families. Charlotte eventually started breaking out of her swaddle so Stephanie searched for a sleep sack that would keep Charlotte sleeping. Due to the startle reflex (Moro) Charlote would wake herself up because the sleep sacks did not provide a womb like experience with her loose arms. The lack ideal products lead to Stephanie creating the Zipadee-Zip, a star shaped sack with pointed sleeves (or a flying squirrel).

Why it works:

The slight resistance in the wing-span allows a baby to move around freely while still providing the enclosed, cozy sensation babies enjoy so much in the swaddle and the womb.  The ‘Moro’ or startle reflex is what prevents a baby from sleeping soundly and jolts a baby awake suddenly. The reason babies are startled is because they wake up and can’t feel their edges like they were able to in the womb. The Zipadee-Zip provides those ‘edges’ or that womb like environment while still providing them the freedom to roll around and use their arms and hands safely. This is why the Zipadee-Zip will work when all other products parents have tried to transition their babies typically fail.

The Zipadee-Zip is made for babies 6 months and older. It can be used as a warm wearable blanket or as its original purpose to help babies transition out of the swaddle. It comes in 3 sizes with the largest for a baby 12-28 months old (26-34 lbs, 39 inches). Your baby can safely roll in it without getting tangled and it comes in many fun patterns and colors. On top of it all, the back is made of moisture wicking material while the front is a soft cotton or fleece.

The one major downside to the Zipadee-Zip. If you need to do a diaper change, the Zipadee needs to be completely removed. On the other hand, if you want to stop your baby from thumb sucking or prevent thumb sucking, then the Zipadee is perfect.

I am way past the age of sleep sacks, wearable blankets etc but overall I think the Zipadee-Zip is a brilliant idea. I also love this idea for face scratchers instead of the mittens which always fall off. The Zipadee has so many useful functions that it is worth your $30 investment. Now if only they would make it with a zipper from top down for easier diaper changes.