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Baby Swaddle

A Cozy Swaddle

Sleep is precious, and it never seems more elusive than when you’ve got a newborn. Sleepless nights, in fact, inspired Manasi Gangan to design the Zen Swaddle, an infant wrap that mimics the comfort and security a baby feels when being held.

Manasi’s newborn son was most content when she held him while he slept. Traditional swaddling alone wasn’t enough to calm him, and she realized a parent’s touch made the difference. Manasi started pouring through medical research and learned that a parent’s caress has been shown to
stabilize a baby's heart rate, regulate blood pressure, and lower stress levels. Hospitals use lightly weighted accessories that simulate touch to soothe pre-term babies, she discovered.

Armed with this knowledge, Manasi started designing. Her Zen Swaddle blanket has small weights sewn into strategic places -- on the abdomen to mimic the feeling of a parent’s hand on a baby’s chest, and along both sides of a baby’s torso/thigh area to simulate the sensation of being held. It’s made from 100% cotton fabric, and the weighted poly-beads are free of any harmful chemicals. Velcro closures make it easy for new parents to work with, and the Zen Swaddle can be used with a baby’s arms tucked inside or outside the wrap.

The Zen Swaddle is designed to make babies feel safe, comfortable, and ready to rest -- a priceless gift for sleep-deprived parents.

-- Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Manasi
    Manasi

    Hello everyone: My name is Manasi Gangan, a mother of 2 adorable boys, on a mission to share a little secret that I stumbled upon. As parents we intuitively know how important our touch is for the well-being of our children. However we are not always able to hold them as much as we’d love to. So imagine a soft swaddle that gives them a hug just as calming as your touch. I would love to share the medically proven wonders of simulated touch. Become a part of my journey today...Ask any questions you may have.

  • Pamela
    Pamela
    2/15/13 12:35 PM

    My niece would love this for her three month old. Unfortunately, he is a very big boy and reached the limits of this product at two months. It is too late for him, but is a larger version being considered, that might be helpful for other babies like him?

  • Manasi
    Manasi – Special Guest
    2/15/13 12:42 PM

    @Pamela Van Horn Hi Pamela, Yes, we will be creating a larger size soon. We made this decision after receiving emails from many moms, aunts and grandmoms. Some wanted to graduate their little ones into a larger size while others, like yourself, had found our product a couple months too late. Hope we come out with it in time for your niece to use it! Thank you for taking the time and posting this question.

  • Sam
    Sam
    2/17/13 11:22 PM

    I don't know how in the world I was able to raise 3 children without this.

  • Manasi
    Manasi – Special Guest
    2/18/13 12:53 PM

    @Sam Thank you for your comment. We have heard similar comments from other moms :). We do wish we had developed the Zen before and helped more moms.

  •  K.B. R.N
    K.B. R.N
    2/18/13 8:50 AM

    What about the American Acadamy of Pediatric's recommendation that infants not be swaddled when put to sleep? Swaddling a baby when placing them to sleep is a SIDS risk.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/18/13 10:35 AM

    @ K.B. R.N

    Hi K.B.

    Thanks for the question and bringing this up. It's an important one. I'm checking with Manasi and either she or I will respond to this question soon. I'm certain she will have an answer that will help calm any nerves around this issue.

  • Manasi
    Manasi – Special Guest
    2/18/13 12:49 PM

    @ K.B. R.N Thank you for asking this important question. We like to educate our audience so that they can make the right buying and caring decisions pertaining to swaddling.

    My short answer would be:

    According to reports published by AAP, as recently as Jan 2013, there is no evidence that AAP has denounced swaddling. There just isn't enough data to single out swaddling as a reason. However AAP does advise caregivers to follow safe sleep practices when swaddling to care for their infants.

    Please allow me to present some further data:

    Below see an excerpt taken from an AAP report from Jan 2013 :

    "In summary, it is recognized that swaddling is one of many child care practices that can be used to calm infants and promote sleep. However, there is insufficient evidence to recommend routine swaddling as a strategy for reducing the incidence of SIDS. Moreover, as many have advocated, swaddling must be correctly applied to avoid possible hazards such as hip dysplasia, head covering, and strangulation. It is important to note that swaddling does not reduce the necessity to follow recommended safe sleep practices." (Source: AAP. "SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment")

    AAP states that swaddling does not reduce the risk of SIDS. However please note that this does not mean that swaddling causes SIDS. I must provide some history behind this statement made by AAP. A few years back AAP promoted putting babies to sleep on their back, because following this practice was associated with a decline in SIDS rates. The AAP recommendation of supine position encouraged some to make baseless claims that swaddling forced infants to stay in supine position (on their backs) and therefore reduced the risk of SIDS.

    As an AAP recommendation, Nested Bean's Zen Swaddle also promotes safe sleep practices.

    1) The Zen Swaddle ensures that there are no loose sheets that would introduce the risk of "strangulation" or "head covering".

    2) Its design has a roomy sack, which allows free leg movement thus avoiding the risk of "hip dysplasia".

    3) The fabric and the weighted components are thoroughly tested by safety firms to ensure there is no risk of suffocation.

    4) The Zen Swaddle allows swaddling with arms out, which is a recommendation for babies who can roll over.

    Therefore we can conclude that the Zen Swaddle is both effective in aiding sleep and in keeping with the safe sleep recommendations made by AAP.

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