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If your baby weighs above 18 pounds they are on the cusp of moving to a Medium and may not be in the Small for very long (although my daughter wore her small until she was over 22lbs) which is why parents will usually get a Small for an easier transition and a Medium for once the baby is comfortable with the new-found freedom. If you decide to go with a size Medium so that your little one can grow into it, make sure to do nap times in the Zipadee-Zip first for a while before moving to night time sleep. That will help ease your little one into the freedom over a shorter period of time. Ideally you want to have resistance in the arm span if you are transitioning from the swaddle.
The difference between a size Medium and a size Large is pretty significant. The Large gives a baby full freedom of movement with no resistance at all. This is the size you want to move to after the transition and before your little one sleeps freely in normal PJ’s. It will still give them the security of being enclosed but will allow them to get used to moving around completely unrestricted. This size is also a perfect alternative for parents who haven’t swaddled and just want a great easy alternative to PJ’s that keeps their little ones hands warm at night.
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WHY THE ZIPADEE-ZIP IS DIFFERENT FROM THE TRADITIONAL WEARABLE BLANKET OR SLEEP SAC AND HOW IT AIDS THE SWADDLE TRANSITION:
Often times people are confused as to why the Zipadee-Zip is all that different from the sleeveless wearable blankets or sacks out there. The star-shaped pointed sleeves and star-fish design is Patent Pending because it inspires sounder sleep than any other wearable blankets on the market. The slight resistance in the wing-span allows a baby to move around freely while still providing the enclosed, cozy sensation babies enjoy so much in the swaddle and the womb. The ‘Moro’ or startle reflex is what prevents a baby from sleeping soundly and jolts a baby awake suddenly. The reason babies are startled is because they wake up and can’t feel their edges like they were able to in the womb. The Zipadee-Zip provides those ‘edges’ or that womb like environment while still providing them the freedom to roll around and use their arms safely. This is why the Zipadee-Zip will work when all other products parents have tried to transition their babies typically fail.
Although most of my customers purchase the Zipadee-Zips for the transition off of the swaddle, many love the Zipadee-Zip for other reasons: The Zipadee-Zip is easier to put on than PJ’s, it keeps a baby’s hands warm at night, and the enclosed feel gives babies the security they need to learn to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own.
TIPS ON TRANSITIONING OFF OF THE SWADDLE:
If your little one is breaking free at 2-3 months of age, often times it is because the swaddle you are using isn’t doing a great job of staying on. That was the problem with our daughter. For parents out there with this particular issue, I’d recommend moving to the Miracle Blanket Swaddle before the Zipadee-Zip (I’m not paid to tell you this but it was a life-saver for our daughter and our sanity!). With that said, we have had great success with really young babies transitioning to the Zipadee-Zip but the most immediate transitions have happened after the 4 or 5 month mark. A baby doesn’t start growing out of that startle reflex until around 6 months old. If you transition before then, just make sure to do nap times first for a while before night time sleep in order to give your baby a chance to get used to the freedom over a shorter period of time!
Also, please check out our Zipadee-Zip Facebook Page to get more first hand accounts of other moms who have transitioned their babies of the swaddle with the Zipadee-Zip!
INDICATORS THAT YOUR BABY IS READY TO MOVE TO THE ZIPADEE-ZIP:
You will want to have a Zipadee-Zip on hand for when the signs appear because it will happen overnight! I can’t even tell you how many Zippies I’ve had to ship overnight for this very reason! Make sure to refer to the Sizing help section on this page before you order. I usually recommend a smaller size to start to help ease the transition off of the swaddle.
One of the best tips I could give moms when making the transition is to do nap times first in the Zipadee-Zip for a while before using the Zipadee-Zip for night time sleep unless your little one is rolling over and it’s no longer safe to swaddle. This will give your little one a chance to get used to the new found freedom over a shorter period of time. Every baby is different but that should give you an idea of what to look for when deciding when and how to start the transition!
CAN MY BABY SAFELY ROLL OVER IN THE ZIPADEE-ZIP?
WHAT TO WEAR UNDERNEATH THE ZIPPY:
WHEN TO STOP USING THE ZIPADEE-ZIP (Why the size Large is so much bigger than the size Medium Zipadee-Zip)?:
There is a huuuuuge difference between the size medium and the size large Zipadee-Zip! It is specifically designed that way. The size Large is used after a little one has made the transition off the swaddle and to the Zippy and should never be used during the swaddle weaning process. The Medium is used for the transition because it provides the slight resistance necessary to help with the transition. The Large is intended to be the last step a baby takes before they go to PJ’s. There is no transition between sizes but the Large is what equips them to get used to full freedom of movement so they are able to move to PJ’s with no problems or transition whatsoever! A baby can actually use the size large until they are 2.5 years old. This is right around the time when a toddler transitions from the crib to a bed. Most moms move their little ones out of the Zippy close to the 2 year mark. My daughter (who had used the Zippy for every single nap and night time) moved cold turkey out of the Zippy to PJs and to a big girl full size bed on her second birthday. We were able to get her excited about the idea of Dora the Explorer PJ’s and she slept great the first night and hasn’t needed the Zippy since… no transition whatsoever! There is no need to rush and there’s no harm at all in using it longer (if anything I think it makes the move to PJ’s easier the older they are)…I really recommend going to the Large before PJ’s so they get used to that full range of movement! If it makes you more comfortable (though it’s not necessary), you can always start with naps first without the Zippy and move to night time after a while! One day you will have a happy Zippy graduate! We’d love to hear your stories about your little Zippy graduates! (SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY!)
ARE ANY CHEMICALS USED IN THE MAKING OF THE ZIPADEE-ZIPS? HOW AND WHERE ARE THE ZIPADEE-ZIPS MADE (are they safe for babies with sensitive skin or other skin conditions)? :
THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO CHEMICALS USED IN THE MAKING OF ANY OF THE ZIPADEE-ZIPS!
To be honest with you, I would still be making all of the Zipadee-Zips by hand if I could but I was up till 3 or 4 in the morning nearly every day just to keep up with orders! My desire to be a good wife and mother takes priority and it simply was not possible on little to no sleep so I had to figure out another solution…. God has blessed this little business more than I could have imagined and for that I’m so grateful but I did have to find a manufacturer that would make the Zipadee-Zips moving forward.
I searched everywhere to be able to have them sewn in the United States. Unfortunately, there are NO textile manufacturers in the States that make baby sleepwear to comply with the safety standards set forth by the US government (Crazy, I know!). Unfortunately, garments made in China are often treated with chemicals… in fact nearly all sleepwear for babies that you see in the big box stores are made using at least some chemicals. I would not want to put my daughter in a Zipadee-Zip that had been chemically treated so I was unwilling to compromise on this for my sweet customer’s little ones. I also wanted to make sure that the fabric used in the making of the Zippies was not going to irritate the skin of a baby with eczema or another skin condition. I soon found that my desires were nearly impossible to meet! There are only a couple manufacturers in the entire world that do this (because of the expense associated with doing things the RIGHT way!). Most of the baby sleepwear you see in stores is treated with chemicals like formaldehyde which is why it can affect a sensitive baby’s skin. Although I have to pay extra to do it the right way, I was not willing to put the safety or comfort of our little ones in jeopardy in any way.
The Zipadee-Zips are now sewn in China but the fabric however, is NOT made in China! The fabrics used in the Zippies are actually made in the US… I wanted to keep as much as possible in the US. Your baby will be just as comfortable in the new and improved Zippies because of how soft the insides of the Zippies are and how carefully the fabric of the new Zippies are made. No chemicals are used in the making of the Zippies so that your little ones can truly have the sweetest of dreams!