Safe sleep is so important to me. I am constantly trying to learn more, do more and be more when it comes to spreading awareness of sleep safety. I loved swaddling my babies and knowing they were cozy and safe on their backs in their beds. Ethan remained a steady back sleeper for a lot longer than Carmen. I found that she was busting out of swaddles and rolling herself over very early on, which meant in the name of safety, I had to tuck the swaddle blankets away and look for additional safe sleeping gear. When Nested Bean contacted me about their Zen Sleep Sacks, I was excited to try one out and ultimately learn more about it.
Off the bat, there are a couple really cool features about the Zen Sack that sets it apart from other sleep sacks on the market.
The adjustable snaps. Oh, hello, gorgeous! I loved this feature. Carmen, as most preemies are, is still small for her age. Having the ability to snap the shoulder straps smaller not only helps tailor the fit to her small stature, but offers the opportunity for her to have plenty of room to grow -- and have the Zen Sack grow with her. As all moms know, it feels like we are constantly sizing up and buying new products for our babies. It's always nice to save a little bit of money and have the products grow with our little ones!
The weighted panel. Even at 5, Ethan loves to fall asleep with my hand resting on his chest or on his back. "Just hold me, mommy, until I'm asleep" is still part of our nightly routine. Not much compares to a mama's gentle, loving touch. The lightly weighted panel on the chest of the zen sack imitates a mother's touch, allowing your baby to feel comforted by you when sleeping safely on their backs in their crib.
The two way zipper. Unlike sleep sacks that zip up the center or are secured by buttons or velcro, the Zen Sack has an innovative two way zipper design. This makes diaper changes a breeze without waking a sleeping baby. As parents who cloth diaper, I like to change Carmen often and keep her dry as she sleeps. Having the ability to stealthily sneak in diaper changes without waking the sleeping baby is such a wonderful treat!
The Zen Sack comes in two size options: 3-6 months (pictured here, which Carmen opted for) and 6-12 months. The 3-6 month Zen Sack is good for babies up to 18 pounds. At 5 1/2 months, Carmen is still just over twelve pounds which means she will have plenty of room to grow into this size. Itty Bitty Carmen aside, I loved that there even was a 3-6 month option. When going through my bins and drawers of Ethan's old sleep sacks, I was frustrated that none of them seemed to be offered in sizes small enough. When you've got a feisty, super active preemie, your options are typically pretty slim. I loved that the Zen Sack begins at 10 pounds which makes it perfect for smaller movers and shakers.
Like most of the most genius products on the market, The Zen Sack was developed by a mom who knew first-hand about the importance of touch and how much young children depend on our touch to sleep soundly. I actually found the science behind the Zen Sack pretty cool (did you know many NICU's use small products to apply light pressure to the chests of babies under stress to help them sleep soundly?) and loved that these products were tested and approved by pediatric pulmonologists during development.
With a TOG level of 0.5, the Zen Sack is built for year round comfort and is made of super soft, super cozy 100% cotton. The first year can be an exhausting time for babies who are doing so much growing and developing and for the mamas who are doing so much worrying, patting, reassuring, rocking, loving -- I love that the Zen Sack can tack a few extra blissful hours of sleep on for everyone's reassurance. When your babies are sleeping safely, you, exhausted mama, are able to sleep a little more soundly! For those of you who are not quite at the sleep sack stage yet, I also encourage you to check out The Zen Swaddle. We could all use a little more zen in our lives!
The amazing, generous folks at Nested Bean have offered me the opportunity to host a giveaway for one of my readers to win a Zen Sack of their very own. Here's to some extra shut eye for a lucky winner!