Carter, Events, HUNTER, CARTER & CHLOE SLEEPING WELL WITH SLEEPY WINGS 10 October 2012

The fact is, Carter, like most babies, sleeps waaaaay better when he is swaddled.

Both our kids were swaddled at night, and both of them are also really good sleepers. Does that mean it’s a true correlation between swaddling and getting babies to be good sleepers? Who knows, but I do believe that’s a big reason to help babies sleep well.

The pickle that we then have is, what happens in the day time when they nap? I don’t want to swaddle Carter completely during the day… lest we fall into the dreaded “night and day confusion” problem.. so I reserve full swaddling for night time only. Yet, his arms would jerk (the startle reflex) when he was trying to nap during the day, and he’d wake himself up and fuss. Not good.

This is why I was really interested in and excited to try Sleepy Wings.

 

Carter’s super soft Sleepy Wings, in a size Large

 

Cute tag!

 

Imported from Australia, Sleepy Wings are designed to be an easier option than swaddling, as you simply pop baby’s arms in the hole, and…. that’s it! It’s meant to be used day or night, but I particularly love it for nap times. Why?

  1. Sleepy Wings is small and portable. It takes up way less space than a full swaddle, but still does the same thing. Easy for me to chuck into the stroller basket or diaper bag.
  2. Sleepy Wings isΒ easy to put on. I really do not have the patience to fuss around when I’m out, so I love how it pops onto Carter’s arms easily.. I can do it in about 10 seconds flat πŸ˜›
  3. Sleepy Wings prevents scratching. No need for mittens, cos it prevents Carter from scratching his face.
  4. Sleepy Wings is ultra soft. The material is so lovely. Mine is the cotton/elastane version but there is also an organic one available.
  5. Sleepy Wings is great for breastfeeding. When I’m out, I want fuss-free breastfeeding. It’s easier to do it with these on, as Carter’s hands are a bit.. erm.. ‘tied down’.. so he can’t grab at me or my nursing cover. I guess I shouldn’t care so much about my modesty, considering I’ve probably flashed my boobs at half of Singapore by now.. back when I was breastfeeding Hunter and he would throw off my nursing cover with gusto each time!
  6. Sleepy Wings helps Carter sleep better. I guess this one is the best reason, huh? πŸ™‚ His naps are deeper AND longer when I put it on. I also like how it adds a layer onto his arms and hands in air-conditioning when I’m out in a mall. I admit I’m a bit of an old Chinese aunty in this respect – I can’t stand drafty air-conditioning and like my kids covered from head to toe!

 

And here’s what I DON’T like about Sleepy Wings:

  1. You have to buy a bigger size as your baby grows. Carter fits into the Large, but once he hits 10KG he’ll have to go into the Extra-Large. I guess this is a bit of a ‘no choice’ situation.. since I can’t really figure out how the company can make a one-size-fits-all version as it’s meant to be a snug fit for baby. Personally though, I will only swaddle until around 5 months old, and I don’t expect Carter to be >10KG then.. so for this reason, the Large I have is probably going to be all I need and I won’t have to buy a Extra-Large.
  2. I can’t figure out the pacifier holders. There are 2 little slits at each hand, to put a pacifier into so baby can stick it into their mouth. Awesome idea, but I can’t get the handle of the pacifier to stay in there! Plus, my girl friend pointed out that if it’s attached to the Sleepy Wings, wouldn’t it pop out once Carter moves his hands.. and that would frustrated him? Good point. So I don’t use the holders at all. Haven’t found a reason to as he doesn’t really use/like the pacifier much anyway and once he falls asleep he’ll immediately spit it out.

Here’s Carter, soundly asleep and modelling his Sleepy Wings πŸ˜‰

Sound asleep in the Land of Nod, whilst being pushed around in the stroller at the mall

 

Sleepy Wings works in the car seat too.. which actually makes it WAY easier to transfer a sleeping baby in/out of the car seat.

 

My girl friend’s gorgeous daughter also uses Sleepy Wings for her naps! Hers is the organic version. Though she’s wide awake in these pictures and obviously still liking it πŸ˜‰

 

You can read more about, and purchase, Sleepy Wings here. Cool bit? You can get 15% off if you LIKE their Facebook page πŸ˜€

 

Tris Kids gives such fabulous customer service, and also stock other cute items for kids. It’s owned by a lovely lady who named the company after her nephew Tristan. She chooses to import only the most useful items that she has found for Tristan, and I’m glad she brought in Sleepy Wings from Australia since they work well for Carter πŸ™‚

 

8 Comments

  • Rasee Govindani on Facebook posted on October 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    This looks awesome. Lexi has to be swaddled too but I want to gently transition her out of them now that she is rolling.

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    • Beverly! posted on October 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      These should work then cos they’re not as restrictive as a swaddle and only the arms. And have I ever told you that Lexi is such a gorgeous name?!

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  • The Nonya posted on October 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Would their arms still jerk & wake themselves up when they’re wearing the Sleepy Wings or does it partially swaddle their arms? I love the fact that you could swaddle them still in the car seat which you can’t with a traditional swaddle.

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    • Beverly! posted on October 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      It’s partially swaddled. Very similar to you lying in bed under a quilt, IMHO! So the baby can move their arms, but in a limited way. Love it cos it’s not fully restrictive like a swaddle, so it’s perfect for his daytime naps.

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  • Chloe posted on December 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Hi. My son is now 6 months old and he still needs to be swaddled for naps and bedtime – otherwise he can’t fall asleep! However, he now always finds his way to release his arms out, and as a result keep waking up at night (almost every hour, if not two!) and I have to re-swaddle him back! He also had a mild case of eczema and always scratches his face/ear when with his hands while sleeping. So I’m wondering if this Sleepy Wings could actually ‘restrict’ his arms movement so as to reduce his night waking?

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    • Beverly! posted on December 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Yes it does! It somewhat holds them down, though not as tightly as a swaddle. But, I find kids escape out of the swaddles too easy, but they cant out of sleepywings πŸ™‚

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  • lifamily posted on April 11, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Hi, is this good for a 15mo toddler? My 15mo daughter has had eczema for months. we’ve been using ScratchMeNot mitten sleeves, but she still manages to rub her face very badly even with the sleeves one (particularly during nap/sleep) time…she is almost 20lbs. do you suppose to take this off during the day and only put it on during nap/bed time? does it affect their playing and such?

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    • Beverly! posted on April 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Its def only for nap/sleep time, but I’m not sure if the sizing accomodates a toddler. You may need to check the site to check their measurements!

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