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: As per physiotherapy standards, the application of weight equivalent to 10% of one’s body weight is considered to add positive or therapeutic pressure to relieve stress and induce calm. The weight of the center area of our products is calibrated at 1 ounce. For babies 7 lbs. and over, 1 ounce of weight is less than 10% of their chest weight. This weight is simply meant to mimic the gentle sensation of your palm on your baby’s chest, which at times can be more than 1 ounce.
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.
A:Our Classic line is made of 100% cotton, whereas our Premier line is 70% bamboo, 30% cotton. Both are super soft and comfy, but the Premier line is slightly more luxurious and breathable. The Classic and Premier lines also feature different prints. The Classic prints include traditional solid colors (white, pink, and blue) along with our popular stardust prints and cute geometric-style prints. The Premier prints are more designer watercolor-style patterns. We especially love the cute little Penguins!
A:TOG is a measure of thermal resistance of a unit area, also known as thermal insulation. It is commonly used by manufacturers in the textile industry to indicate how warm a clothing or bed cover is. The higher the TOG, the better thermal insulation it provides and the warmer it is. For our products, the TOG of our Winter line is the highest (TOG 2.5), then the Classic line (TOG 0.5) and then the Premier line (TOG 0.3). The Winter Zen Sack has two layers of 100% cotton with a heavy poly-fiber filling in between. The Classic is made of 100% cotton, which is thicker than the light bamboo+cotton blend of the Premier line of swaddles and sleeping bags. However, one thing to note is that bamboo fiber is naturally thermal regulating, which means it is cooler during warm weather and warmer during cooler weather. The Premier can withstand temperatures between 65-90 degrees. The Classic can withstand temperatures between 50-80 degrees. The Winter is best at 50 degrees or less. Use these temperatures as guides but use your discretion to ensure your baby is not overheating or too cold by placing your hand on their chest or belly.
A:Your baby might be on the cusp of rolling over, or may not take to swaddling, so you’re wondering which product is right for your little one. Both the Zen Swaddle and the Zen Sack apply light pressure to mimic a caregiver’s touch. The only difference is that the Zen Swaddle has lightly weighted pads on the chest and on both sides of the baby, while the Zen Sack applies pressure only on the center. The swaddle wings give a more cozy and secure feeling that newborns love. The Zen Swaddle is perfect for newborns until they start rolling over. Babies who like being held close or snug would benefit the most from the Zen Swaddle. It fits babies until they are 28 inches tall or up to 6 months of age. The Zen Swaddle is a great transition product as it can be worn with arms out. Many moms have used the Zen Swaddle with arms out effectively until their baby reaches 29 inches in height. If your baby does not take to swaddling, but is too small for the Zen Sack, we recommend using the Zen Swaddle with arms out. However, the Zen Sack can be worn at birth, as long as your baby is over 7 lbs. in body weight.
A:Our swaddle is great for babies under 6 months, and it fits babies up to 28 inches in height. Our small Zen Sack fits babies up to 30 inches and is recommended for babies 0-6 months (as long as your baby weighs at least 7 lbs.). Our medium Zen Sack fits babies up to 33 inches and is recommended for babies 6-12 months (as long as your baby weighs at least 16 lbs.). Our Zen Sacks run a little long, so your baby may fit past 6 or 12 months (depending on which size). Many parents are curious if they can order the medium sack if their baby is right on the cusp (usually around 4-6 months). As long as your baby weighs at least 16 lbs., you can safely use the medium Zen Sack for a baby younger than 6 months!
A:For tummy sleepers, we recommend putting the Zen Sack on backwards, so the weighted pad rests gently on your baby’s back instead of their chest! However, this is only safe for babies who can roll over and back independently.
A:The weight in our products is very light, and is simply meant to mimic the gentle sensation of your palm on your baby’s chest! The weight in the Zen Swaddle and the small Zen Sack is 1 ounce and the weight in the medium Zen Sack is 1.5 ounces. Physiotherapy standards were used to determine the appropriate weights for our products. Our Zen Swaddle and small Zen Sack are meant for babies over 7 lbs. in weight, and our medium Zen Sack is meant for babies over 16 lbs. in weight. These requirements ensure that the weight to body-weight ratio of our products is maintained well below the recommended Physiotherapy standard of 1:10.
A:Yes, our swaddle can be done with your baby’s arms out! Please check out our swaddle transition plan (at the bottom of this page) for different ways to wrap your baby in the swaddle!
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.