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Catching some Zzzzzs!

by Megan

Harrison will be one month old on Saturday, and it has flown by! I’m excited to hopefully see some real smiles from this guy in the coming days.

He sure is a sweet, easy baby. I cannot complain. He’s either sleeping, eating, being held, or relaxing in his baby gym and looking at his toys.

My kids have all varied slightly in their infant sleeping habits. Carter was up every two hours to nurse, and I remember how tired I felt when I would wake up from a deep sleep to him crying. Luckily, he always went right back to sleep without a problem, and so did I! Vanessa slept six hours a night, right out of the gate, so she was my easiest.

Harrison has been kind of in-between, one night sleeping from 10:30pm to 6:30am (!) and other nights waking up two or three times to nurse.

I was contacted by the Nested Bean, who wanted to send Harrison one of their products, the Zen Swaddle, to try out. I almost declined because so much is going on, and because I haven’t had much luck with swaddlers in the past.

But boy am I glad I decided to give it a try! The Zen Swaddle is awesome! Moms-to-be, you need to add this to your registries, and I will tell you why.

The Zen Swaddle “combines the benefits of swaddling and the power of touch to provide a time-tested and truly safe, secure environment for your baby. Its lightly weighted parts apply gentle pressure on your baby’s sides and center to provide the comfort and security of being held.”

As soon as I got the package, we had to give it a try (which is why Harry is on the carpet)!

So cute! So soft! So…sleeeeepy!

The Zen Swaddle is a basically a large piece of material that wraps around baby, making him feel soothed and comfortable. You can swaddle the baby with his arms in or out. There is a smaller leg pouch sewn into the inside, so that smaller and/or younger babies can feel even more tightly swaddled.

But the thing that makes the Zen Swaddle stand out is the little bean bag-like pouches, one that rests on baby’s chest, and two that rest against baby’s sides. These weighted pouches simulate a mother’s touch and helps babies relax and sleep more soundly.

Which in turn helps their mamas to relax and sleep more soundly!

You can read more on the Nested Bean site about the benefits of swaddling.

We’ve used the Zen Swaddle the past three nights, and I can attest to how well it works. We slept great! Harrison is now on a pretty reliable schedule of sleeping from 9ish to 4am, when he nurses, and then again until 7 or 8am. I am very well-rested for being a mom of a 1-month-old!

Like what you see? Well Nested Bean has agreed to give one of their Zen Swaddles to one of my readers! Come back on August 8th for the Summer Baby Loving giveaway hop, where I’ll be giving away a Zen Swaddle and a Tiny Love 3-in-1 rocker napper!

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[email protected] July 26, 2013 - 2:42am

Wow…that’s an AWESOME sleep schedule for a one month old! ryan is going on 3 months and I’m still feeding him closer to midnight and he is only sleeping till 7 am! and he is swaddled! I need to try one of these!
Wonder if its the magic bean bags? LOL

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection July 26, 2013 - 3:42am

Wow. I am going to remember this for my next baby. Sounds great!

Darcus July 26, 2013 - 7:18pm

AW! We had our babies on the same day! My daughter will be one month old on Saturday as well. :)

Anne Sweden August 8, 2013 - 4:45pm

I like that it’s lightly padded to provide some structure. Most swaddle blankets don’t have that!

Diana Styborski August 8, 2013 - 10:51am

My daughter never liked being swaddled, but having the option to keep the arms out, and the little inner pocket for smaller babies, make this swaddle seem worth a try.

polly August 8, 2013 - 11:57pm

I always hear about swaddling and the benefits…our daughter in law is doing that with our 4 week old grandson. Seems to be working for them!

Halsey Hendrickson August 9, 2013 - 1:15am

Oh my gosh, SO cute! I love the light padding in it. Makes all the difference :)

Katie August 9, 2013 - 2:05am

What a sweet swaddle, and what an adorable model! :) I love the weighted pouches. What a clever idea!

bunnyswagg August 9, 2013 - 2:13am

I love having swaddles for my babies. It seems to be very high quality.

Bekah Kuczenski August 9, 2013 - 2:18am

Aw, this swaddler is so cute! I am a huge fan of swaddling, my daughter was swaddled until she was 9 months. This swaddler looks like it makes swaddling so easy!

Nicole Mills August 9, 2013 - 4:49pm

I love this, wish I had for my boys. I love the light touch of the padded pouches!!!!

MamaStace August 9, 2013 - 6:08pm

This looks so easy to use, and more snug than other brands. I’d love to try it!


MaryAnn August 10, 2013 - 5:18am

I love how cute it is.

Caron B August 10, 2013 - 11:58am

I like that it have the bean bag pouches on the front to simulate a mother’s touch.

twbellamy August 10, 2013 - 1:39pm

I like that you can swaddle the baby with his arms in or out.

Claire Rheinheimer August 11, 2013 - 3:39am

Love the weighted pouches! I’ve never even heard of that!

Naomi C. August 11, 2013 - 1:53am

it looks so easy to use – and the pouches that make it like baby is being held look super thoughtful

Katie Ashley-Bascombe August 11, 2013 - 3:05am

That is an adorable swaddle. I have a pregnant friend who would love it.

Jutta Pearce August 11, 2013 - 3:29am

Good job on your sleep schedule! I’m still on that schedule with my 8 month old. I love swaddlers, both my kids were swaddled until around 6 months. It has helped us get so much more sleep!

Sarah Hayes August 11, 2013 - 4:44am

I like how it has the pouches on the front and sides. Ive never heard of a product having that but it sounds neat

Katy August 11, 2013 - 6:15am

I love that there are leg pouches for tinier babies!

Anonymous August 12, 2013 - 1:34am

these make swaddling look easy
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Vanessa Coker August 11, 2013 - 9:35pm

Love the smaller leg pouch for smaller babies :) great for teeny tiny newborns too!

Ashley Suzanne August 12, 2013 - 2:05am

This looks amazing and I love the smaller leg pouch :)

desiree reilly August 12, 2013 - 2:18am

when i tolk the kid to the hosotpal they had swaddle for the nurse to give shot they re great

Dominique Cloutier August 12, 2013 - 2:26am

I love that it has little bean pouches! So smart!

Annette McCormick August 12, 2013 - 4:10pm

I like how easy this is to use, and the pouches are a great idea.

teachinmomma123 August 13, 2013 - 12:16am

This would be perfect for my new grandbaby. I want it!

teachinmomma123 August 13, 2013 - 12:48am

I love how it helps the baby feel secure.

Danielle PB August 13, 2013 - 10:16pm

What a neat idea! This is what I like about it… “Bean bag-like pouches, that rests on baby’s chest, and sides to simulate a mother’s touch and helps baby relax and sleep more soundly.”

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Mary D August 13, 2013 - 8:25pm

I love that you can wrap the arms but leave the legs more loosely covered. That’s supposed to be better for hip development.

Jamie Leigh Martin August 14, 2013 - 2:43am

I love the pouches; that’s the best part.

Anonymous August 14, 2013 - 10:00pm

brynne prettytheworld1 at gmail.com

this would be perfect for my little one on the way!

Stephanie Phelps August 14, 2013 - 11:53pm

Wow this is so awesome I love the weighted parts to make the baby feel as though you are still holding them. Thank you so much for this wonderful review

matope August 15, 2013 - 12:17am

I love he option for arms out. my son was a thumb sucker and hated arms in!

Gianna August 16, 2013 - 5:37am

I love that it helps baby sleep better.

Linda August 16, 2013 - 6:13pm

It looks sooo soft!

abedabun dawn August 17, 2013 - 5:22am

Ilove it!!!!!! I wonder how well it would work for my grand daughter. It would be well worth a try. She doesnt sleep very well at night.

Sarah Walker August 17, 2013 - 7:56am

My favorite feature is that it has a smaller leg pouch sewn into the inside.

Nofearpapertiger August 17, 2013 - 1:53pm

It’s such a cute design and it looks like it would make baby feel so safe and comfortable.

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Jennifer Bigerton August 19, 2013 - 7:03pm

I love the design!

Jessica Kesson August 20, 2013 - 6:09pm

I like that the bottom of the swaddle comes out like a bag. The current swaddler that I have is very narrow, which bothers my baby, she likes to sprawl her legs out, lol.

Katherine D. August 21, 2013 - 1:59pm

I love that it has weighted parts to make baby think they’re being held. I know this helps SO much when trying to get things done while baby is sleeping and wearing isn’t an option, like taking a shower!

Rachel August 21, 2013 - 5:08pm

I like the that it has weighted parts! Very interesting!

ldoepker August 22, 2013 - 11:15pm

I like that the baby’s arms are not tuck in with it.

One Southern Girl August 23, 2013 - 5:54pm

Weighted parts… what a great idea! I have a friend who would have loved one of these with her last baby! He did not sleep well at night for months… :/

Carolyn August 23, 2013 - 8:36pm

I love that it makes swaddling easier.

Stacey Roberson August 24, 2013 - 1:51am

We swaddled our little guy often in his first few months. I love the design of the bean bag pouches inside the swaddle.

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