This post may be one of the easiest posts I’ve ever written, due to the fact that we as a family are very familiar with Sleepyhead pods and I’ve literally shouted from the rooftops about just how amazing they are to anyone (mainly Mum friends) who’ll listen. Those who’ve then gone on to buy them have been so happy they did. I think my only regret with the Sleepyhead is that we never actually bought the Deluxe version in the early days, and I so wish we had as we may have had an easier ride sleep wise during those precious newborn months.
Made by Sleepyhead of Sweden, the pods have many different uses; sleeping, co-sleeping, playtime, tummy time, nappy changes etc. and we were kindly gifted the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ Pod 0-8months in Pristine White for the purpose of this review.
On opening, the Sleepyhead comes in a zip up pouch, which is great for transporting around when using away from home. The newest model comes with more loops, which I later realised are for use with a toy arch and toy set (I’m definitely going to be ordering those!). I loved the clean, crisp white cover and the plump feel of the pod, it feels cosy and safe for baby to rest in. The clip at the bottom keeps baby snug in the early days, and as your little one grows you can unclip it to allow extra room.
So far I’ve tried Benjamin in it for playtime and tummy time as the raised sides help with his head control and as he seems a little too small for the tummy time roll we bought him, this is the perfect way to help build his core and offer him support. As a result, his head control is amazing and he now actually quite likes tummy time!
Benjamin has also had many a daytime nap in the Sleepyhead as he’s already outgrowing his moses basket. It’s so easily moveable from room to room, we literally just place it on the floor, pop him in it and he snoozes away for hours! It’s helped him through his first growth spurt where he was needing a little extra cuddles, obviously he always gets cuddles in abundance, but there are times when Emilia has needed me and I’ve been able to pop him down in here and he has easily settled.
If you co-sleep, the Sleepyhead is a great way to safely do just that and it is a fantastic transitional tool in to the big cot, Emilia is a testament as to how easy it was to make that big transition. We started off using her Sleepyhead Grand around the house for daytime naps before moving her into her nursery and by the time she made the move into her cot-bed, she barely even noticed the difference! We did the same for the transition to the big bed and again, she didn’t notice the difference. We use the Grand in our bed if she tip toes in in the night and kicks Daddy out, mainly because otherwise sleeping next to her is like sleeping next to an octopus, arms and legs flailing about all over the place. If she’s in the Sleepyhead, arms and legs are suitably contained and we all get a decent nights sleep!
We are yet to use the Sleepyhead for overnight sleep, mainly because for the time being Benjamin has settled really well in his Snuzpod crib and my motto is ‘if it aint broke…’. But I know many people have successfully used it inside cribs and if for any reason that changes and he needs the extra snugness, I wouldn’t hesitate to use it overnight and I would update here how we get on with it. The Sleepyhead is completely breathable, offers excellent air permeability, is hypoallergenic and non-toxic which is why it was never in question to remove or change it when other brands removed theirs from sale. All so unbelievably important for safe sleeping and other posts I’ve written show how important safe sleep is to me.
Spare covers are available in many different and fun designs, I would say it’s an essential and we used a spare on a wear one wash one basis with Emilia’s.
The Sleepyhead was such a huge part of Emilia’s toddlerhood, making travelling so easy as it gave a home from home feel to anywhere we stayed, I can’t wait to use this one more and see Benjamin grow up and enjoy it and the same peaceful sleep it gave Emilia!
*This is a collaborative post, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.