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Medium: (6-12 months old): 19-26 lbs for babies up to 32 inches tall
Large: (12-28 months old): 26-34 lbs for babies up to 39 inches tall
MORE SIZING HELP:
The small is geared towards the 12-18 or 19 pound mark and is designed for babies up to 6 months old. Some little ones use the small until 22lbs. The length of the zipper alone on all the Zipadee-Zips is 24 inches (remember that a baby’s head makes up a good portion of their height so the small will fit most little ones under that 6 month mark with no problem.
If a mom is using the Zippy as a SWADDLE TRANSITION and their little one is around 17-18 lbs and is under 6 months old, I really recommend getting the Small for the transition. I recommend the smaller fit to start because there is more resistance in that wing-span which gives the baby more of a feeling of being enclosed and cozy. This womb-like sensation is what helps ease the transition off of the swaddle.
Under 6 months old, a baby’s startle reflex will still be coming into play and the Zipadee-Zip is most effective if there’s slight resistance in the arm-span of the fit so a baby has to push on the fabric a little to extend fully. That slight resistance is what gives a little one the sense of enclosure they need to soothe the startle, and feel nice and cozy during the transition off of the swaddle. Some moms who have never swaddled their little ones will use the Zipadee-Zip to transition a baby from sleeping in a swing or a Rock and Play sleeper to a crib and a snugger fit is encouraged for that transition as well.
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.
If, a mom is only using the Zippy as an alternative to PJ’s, to keep a baby’s hands warm or to prevent scratching (for babies with eczema for example), there’s no harm in a little extra room. If a baby is on the cusp of moving to a size medium and doesn’t need any help with a transition, going to a larger size is fine.
If your baby is over 6 months old AND over 18lbs, go with the medium. Past 6 months old, the startle reflex has started to subside so it’s easier to make the transition of off the swaddle in a slightly larger size as long as your baby is 18 lbs or over. If your baby is right on the 18lbs mark, and you don’t want to go with the small after reading the information above, a more gradual transition might be helpful if you do decide to go with the medium since there will still be room to grow in that size and there will be less resistance in the arm-span to help with soothing. In the event that your little one is right on cusp of moving between sizes it may help to do naps for a while before night time sleep just so that your little one has more time to get used to the new-found freedom. Most babies wear the Medium until 12 months old or older.
As I stated before, if the Zipadee-Zip is not being used as a transition solution or is not being used to help improve sleep or self-soothing skills, the resistance in the arm-span is not as important and more freedom in the fit will be just fine!
This size is NOT meant for the transition off of the swaddle but after a baby has already made that transition with a smaller size. I also do not recommend skipping the size Medium and going from the Small to the Large. There is a reason behind how the Zipadee-Zips are sized as it provides a gradual transition to full freedom making the move to PJ’s instantaneous and easy! The size Large is very big and can fit most 2.5 year olds. The difference between a size Medium and a size Large is pretty significant. The Large gives a baby lots of extra room 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. I highly recommend using the Large for a while before moving to PJ’s. It will still give them the security of being enclosed and cozy 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 to put their little ones in a wearable blanket that keeps those little hands warm at night and prevents scratching. Parents who have never swaddled or even never used the Zipadee-Zip in smaller sizes will often get the Zipadee-Zip in a Large as a solution to keep their wiggly little toddler from climbing out of the crib. It also has helped a lot of parents make the transition from crib to toddler bed much easier as it encourages little ones to stay in their bed.
FLYING SQUIRREL PJ SIZING (the Zipadee-Zip Graduate product):
SIZE 2T (12-24 Months):
Our Flying Squirrel PJ was created out of an expressed need from my customers for a next size up from the Zipadee-Zip. It has optional hand and foot coverings which make it ideal for little ones who kick their blankets off. This size is NOT intended to replace the large Zipadee-Zip. It is designed to come after the size Large Zipadee-Zip or for early transitioners to PJ’s out of the Zipadee-Zip. The reason we recommend going to the Large Zipadee-Zip after the Medium Zipadee-Zip and not straight to the Flying Squirrel from a Medium Zippy is because the Large Zippy still provides a little one with that fully enclosed feeling while still being loose enough to prepare a little one for that move to PJ’s. We strategically size the Zipadee-Zips so that moving to PJ’s at around 18-24 months is super easy! The 12-24 Month/2T Flying Squirrel size is more geared towards the upper end of that age range but because of the way they fit (the bagginess in the arms and legs can moderate the fit (lengthened or shortened) by the wrist and ankle cuffs so they are also perfect for younger toddlers as well!
This size fits a toddler that wears 2T-3T clothes and can even fit most 4 year olds. That’s what is so great about the flying squirrel… the bagginess in the fit allows a toddler to wear them for a long time and be able to pull the ankle cuffs down to convert them to socks! The wrist cuffs can also turn into mittens as well!
This fits a toddler that wears 4T-5T clothes. They are generously sizes so they can be adjusted to cover the hands and feet if desired.
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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. There’s a reason people call it the new and improved wearable blanket. 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 and hands 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 easy to put on, 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 and it can be easily buckled into a car seat or stroller. It also keeps germs away from from those little hands in grocery stores and doctors offices.
TIPS ON TRANSITIONING OFF OF THE SWADDLE:
MY BIGGEST TIP: BUY A ZIPADEE-ZIP TO HAVE ON HAND FOR WHEN THE NEED FOR A TRANSITION OCCURS… THIS WILL LITERALLY HAPPEN OVERNIGHT (I overnight tons of Zipadee-Zips every week for that very reason)!!!
The best sign to look for when determining when to make the move off of the swaddle is when your baby all of a sudden stops sleeping well while swaddled acting as if they are no longer comfortable in the swaddle or when they start rolling from back to stomach (which can happen about a month or more after they start rolling from stomach to back).
If your little one is breaking free of the swaddle 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.
Understand that every baby is different and some make an immediate transition to the Zipadee-Zip off of the swaddle and some take a little time to get used to their new found freedom. The best thing to do is make sure the fit of your Zipadee-Zip is not too loose. There should be some slight resistance in the arm-span of the fit. That is what gives a baby an enclosed, cozy feel.
If you transition at a younger age, 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 and MORE TRANSITION TIPS!:
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?
Another little tip that may help if your little one likes to suck on the tips of the Zipadee-Zip: before putting your Zipadee-Zip in the wash, simply spray the tips with white vinegar and let it set a bit before washing it! That should get rid of stubborn drool marks!
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 move off of the Zipadee-Zip wearable blanket and move only wearing 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. 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.
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!