With our first child we spent endless nights trying to get him to sleep. Rolling blankets up, tilting mattresses with books, doing anything we can to get that first full night’s sleep. Having become more aware of sleep safety, we really started to consider what we would do with our new baby. There is now a market of sleep positioners and pods all designed to replicate the womb and provide a safe and comfortable environment for sleep.
So when Matilda was born straight away she went into a pod and slept soundly, we were so pleased. The only challenge was what we were going to do when we weren’t at home as our pod was chunky and not easy to take away. With a month long trip to South Africa planned we needed a solution, so we jumped at the chance to try the Sleepyhead Deluxe.
When packing up, we realised that it was going to be too big for hand luggage so the only place for it was the bottom of a suitcase. It comes in a strong bag and a cardboard insert to ensure that it maintains it shape. To save on space I filled the centre of the Sleepyhead with the children’s clothes. It was in; the test was now whether Matilda slept well in it.
Well it worked! Despite being less enclosed than her usual positioner, she seemed to immediately feel safe and secure. The sides provide reassurance but are low enough that it is airy whilst they sleep. Being slightly larger in size there was space for her to move, stretch and even grow.
Like most new born babies we had a fair few ‘leaky’ nights, luckily the sheets were easy to strip off and wash. What I was most impressed with was the quality of the waterproof layer; nothing made it through to the mattress. I decided we would buy spare sheets for when we got home but I was shocked by the cost of them. The sleepyhead itself retails at over £100 (worth every penny in my opinion) but then if you want to get extra sheets its nearly £50 on top. I have decided we will wash and dry the sheet in one day instead!
Something I didn’t realise was that it is also a safer solution for co-sleeping. When you are staying away from home you never know what type of cot you will have. For one of our nights we were provided a low travel cot which proved a challenge when lowering in a sleepy new born baby. In hindsight, it would have been easier to have slept with the Sleepyhead on our king size bed.
If you are flying it really is a large item to take with you but if you can fit it in then it’s worth it. I felt happy to know Matilda was sleeping on her own ‘mattress’ when we were away for more than a few nights. It will definitely be coming with us on our holiday in the UK, if it guarantees us a good night sleep it’ll be the first thing in the car!
NB: We were sent the Sleepyhead Deluxe in order to review but all views and opinions are my own.
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