When I first became pregnant, I’ll admit I had very little idea about how/where/what my baby would need to sleep. I knew that it was recommended that baby stays in the room with you first the first 6 months, but I had no idea what I was going to put her in!
I had visions of gorgeous old-fashioned moses baskets in the corner of the room but wanted to do my research to see what else was on offer. I also love my sleep and knew that we wouldn’t get much of that for the foreseeable future so wanted something easy to use and of course safe for my little cherub!
This was one of my easier Google searches I have to say and I settled on what I thought we should get pretty much straight away!
I loved the idea of having Florence as close to us as possible. I planned to breastfeed, so I wanted something that allowed me to bring her into bed with as little fuss as could be all through the night.
For us, it was a toss up between the SnuzPod and the Next to me. We went for the SnuzPod bedside crib because you would lift the crib away from the stand and zip up the side making the crib part into a large moses basket. This became a bit of routine for us, lifting Florence downstairs in the crib every day and back up again last thing at night. It is so easy to use and comes with straps to put through the slats of your bed to secure it in place.
When we went to look at the SnuzPod in the shops the only thing that struck me was that it was very roomy. A good thing by most accounts, but I read about the fourth trimester and how babies like to be wrapped up to emulate the feelings of being in the womb. We planned to swaddle Florence but I kept thinking that she would be tiny in the middle. I was scrolling through Instagram one day and say Kimberly Walsh had put a picture on of her newborn son in his SnuzPod but with a Sleepyhead pillow inside it. I knew this is what I wanted straight away and would help her feel more secure when she was asleep. We got it home and it fitted perfectly!
I have to say the Sleepyhead has been invaluable. It’s on the pricey side but Florence sleeps in it all the time, and has been sleeping in it very well from the start – well worth its weight in gold. When we were at the hospital Florence was swaddled but wouldn’t settle in her hospital crib at all. I sent Dean home to get the sleepyhead and I’m so glad I did. When I wasn’t holding her (I was so scared to fall asleep with her on me!), we popped her in the Sleephead and she settled straight away! It was a godsend!
I have never known anyone that has bought one to say anything bad about them at all! It’s been all over the place, up at Deans parents, at my Mum’s in Belfast and at friend’s house, all ensuring that Florence has a lovely little snooze in a familiar place even in unfamiliar surroundings.
Swaddling didn’t work out so well for us. We have a very little active madam who, no matter how tightly we wrapped her, always found a way to get out of them. I did buy a couple of ‘ready-made’ swaddle cloths from Grobag, and they were fab when she would stay in them. They were lovely material, washed well and really good quality. Will definitely keep them in case there’s a next time!
Here is our little cherub sleeping soundly in her Sleephead pillow and SnuzPod. Dreamy!