A: Our skin perceives a gentle touch as a constant and deep pressure. This touch can be received from a caring person, or an object such as your favorite blanket or soft toy, or even something as simple as a cool breeze. It soothes us and helps us regulate stress. TouchSense technology imparts a similar calming pressure by using lightly weighted areas. This triggers a self-soothing response in our nervous system. Such a technique is proven to help regulate stress by stabilizing our heart rate, blood pressure and reducing levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
A: The Zen Sack like the Zen Swaddle have pouches seamlessly and safely integrated into their construction. These pouches are filled with non-toxic poly-pellets to add pressure so gentle that it mimics a lightly placed palm on your baby’s body.
A: The weight of each part is around 1 ounce. Physiotherapy standard have been applied when calibrating optimal weight, which calculate the gentle pressure exerted based on the baby’s own body weight starting at 7 lbs.
A: Each pouch is weighted with non-toxic poly-beads, the same material found in beanie babies or plush toys with weighted limbs.
BENEFITS ALL BY DEVELOPING HEALTHY SLEEP HABITS
A: As you would agree, the benefits of touch far surpass just sleep. It increases your baby’s sense of security and socio-emotional well-being. So while the Zen Swaddle and Zen Sack are effective at helping solve sleep issues, their benefits extend beyond sleep.
A: Most babies love being swaddled until they are 3-4 months old and before they start to roll over. After the initial few months, when deciding how long to swaddle your newborn, we advise to take cues from your baby. If your baby is calmer when swaddled, sleeps easier and longer you may continue to swaddle him or her even after the first few months. If your baby rolls over while swaddled, then having their hands free is important for their safety. After crossing this milestone, we recommend swaddling your baby with their arms out.
A: If your baby struggles to come out of the swaddle or does not take to swaddling even with arms out, then it may be time to transition out of a swaddle. The Zen Sack provides a good transition out of swaddling as it is a wearable blanket which also offers TouchSense and is a safe alternative to loose blankets in crib.
A: Swaddling instructions with helpful illustrations can be found under the HOW TO SWADDLE section.
A: Moro Reflex (startle reflex) in infants is a response to sudden loss of support. It‘s primary significance is in evaluating the integration of the baby’s nervous system. When your baby gets a sense of falling or hears a loud noise (even the sound of their own crying) they feel insecure and get startled. Sometimes even the quietest of sounds and movements may startle a sensitive baby. They will extend their arms and legs, open their fingers and arch their back. Then they will clench their fists and pull their arms to their chest. Your baby may also cry. Your baby should react to startle reflex until he or she is 4 to 6 months of age. Research says that parents touching or picking up the child and holding him or her in their arms gives the baby a sense of security. They also say if a womb-like environment can be created your baby will drift off to sleep better after the Moro Reflex. Since swaddling creates a womb like environment for your baby, it is recommended by many.
A: The interior pouch of the Zen Swaddle keeps legs snug for the first few weeks and the roomy sack allows room for growth thereafter. You may place your baby’s legs into the interior pouch at first to foster a cocoon-like feel and help sleeping through the startle reflex. Once your baby outgrows the pouch, you may place the legs on top of the pouch directly into the roomy sack to offer more legroom.
A: For smaller babies, the pouch provides added safety and prevents babies from sliding down. It is also designed to help young babies sleep through the startle reflex by keeping their legs snug. Use the pouch until your baby is at least 1 month old and 23 inches long. Your baby may prefer to have his or her legs free inside the Zen Swaddle as he or she grows longer than 23 inches, has straighter legs and no longer fits inside the pouch.
A: Each shoulders of the Zen Sack has 2 sets of snaps. The bottom set offers a snug fit, the top set offer a little more for your baby’s growing arms.
A: The Zen Swaddle and Zen Sack or Zen Sack are equally effective for naps and nighttime sleeping.
WASH AND CARE
A: Yes, both the Zen Swaddle and the Zen Sack can be washed frequently. The garment’s construction ensures filling stays in place through repeated washings. To protect the quality of fabric, we recommend washing in cold water, on a gentle cycle and drying using low heat.
WHERE TO BUY A BABY SWADDLE OR SLEEPING BAG
A: The best place to buy the Zen Swaddle or Zen Sack is online at nestedbean.com. We ensure that all the latest styles are available on our site. You can also shop for these at many independent stores and online retailers carrying our products. Visit our FIND A STORE page to check alternate places to buy the Zen Swaddle or Zen Sack. Selection varies so check our website to find more styles if you cannot find the style you are looking for.
A: At Nested Bean we take infant safety very seriously. Therefore when it came to designing and developing the safest product for your baby, we worked with multiple safety laboratories, all of whom are accredited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. To ensure safety in both design and quality, we involved safety firms at multiple stages of our product’s design and development, always ensuring the highest level of compliance.
A: The Zen Swaddle has undergone tests to meet both mandatory as well as voluntary safety standards to ensure that our product is of the highest quality. Our materials are designed to withstand frequent spit-ups and the subsequent multiple washes as well as your little one’s vigorous kicks and wiggles.
A: Temperature control is important as newborns are not good at regulating their own temperatures. The temperature in your baby’s room should feel comfortable to an adult in light clothing. The light-weight fabric our products are constructed from ensurse your baby will not overheat due to swaddling alone. The filling density in the weighted parts of the swaddle or sleep sack is kept to the minimum to balance effectiveness and your baby’s safety.
A: • When laying baby down for swaddling ensure proper positioning of swaddle wings and weighted areas around your baby, by placing infant’s shoulders no lower than 1 ½ inches below the top edge of the back panel.
• Do not allow infants to slide down inside swaddle. Place infants less than 23” tall or less than 1 month old with feet inside the inner pocket and pull pocket over waist. Fold any extra fabric at the bottom of the swaddle up over torso and secure with swaddle wings.
• Swaddle wings must be securely tucked under your infant’s body. However, ensure swaddle is not too tight by slipping your hand between baby and swaddle; it should feel snug but not uncomfortable.
• Ensure Loving Embrace™ is placed on each side starting under infant’s arms down to the thigh. Do not allow to move up onto infant’s chest.
• Ensure the Peaceful Touch is always placed on the lower chest and the top edge of blanket covering the baby is always at the chest level, never above your infant’s neck or covering his or her nose and mouth.
• Never use swaddle with products with restraints such as car seats, strollers, swings, etc.
A: • Experts say proper swaddling reduces the risk of SIDS. However following safe swaddling practice is just as important for the safety of your baby.
• A swaddle must be securely tucked under infant’s body. However ensure that swaddle is not too tight by slipping an adult hand between baby and swaddle; it should feel snug but not uncomfortable.
• Never swaddle using any product when your baby is sick, has a cough or fever in order to prevent restriction in breathing.
• Always place baby on their back to sleep, especially when swaddled.
• Always remove swaddle from crib when not in use.
• Never use a swaddle with products with restraints such as car seats, strollers, swings, etc.
A: • Do not use any objects such as pillows or soft toys in your infant’s sleeping environment.
• Never place your swaddled infant on soft surfaces such as your bed, a couch, an air mattress etc. as your baby can rollover and suffocate.
• Never sleep with your child in an adult bed, an adult can roll on top of an infant and suffocate them.
• Place your baby to sleep in an appropriate sleep product such as a crib, cradle, or bassinet.
• Use discretion when using any covering on your infant in warm rooms. Take care and periodically check that your baby is not overheated. Overheating may be a factor in SIDS. Do not over bundle. Always provide supervision for continued safety of your child. When not sleeping, never leave your baby unattended.