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The Woombie–Giveaway!

January 23, 2013

In just a few weeks, our not-so-little baby will be six months old. Six months! Fellow mamas, I know you know how bittersweet this milestone could be for me. Six months is when babies start sitting up. Six months is when babies rock back and forth on their hands and knees to let you know that they are dangerously close to crawling. Six months means solid foods and a fading bald spot. Six-month-old babies mimic “words” and are vocal about their likes and dislikes. Six months is, in my mind, when babies officially graduate from newborn to baby.

And when we hit the six month mark, I’ll be sad. I may cry. Because these past six months have been precious,  sweet, calm, and dare I say it?…fun.

Compare that to our first six months with our older daughter. As I’ve already mentioned, she was not an “easy” newborn. One mistake I think we made with our oldest is that we didn’t swaddle her long enough. That is not a mistake we’re in danger of repeating this time! This baby is still swaddled (loosely, I’ve read all about hip dysplasia) every night. And now that we have this new baby swaddle she’s in it for her long nap every. single. day.

Here’s what I honestly think of our Woombie (Convertible, Mega Baby):

Pros:

It’s foolproof. When it comes to swaddling, I’m a complete fool. But even I can’t mess this up. And that, I believe, is the Woombie’s greatest strength. Lay the baby down, zip it up, done!

It helps the baby sleep. For reasons I cannot explain, our baby has regularly taken a three-hour afternoon nap since she was about 2.5 months old. Unfortunately, all of the credit doesn’t go to Woombie. If it did, can you imagine how fast their swaddles would sell? Parents everywhere would be begging for one! But our sweet, sleepy baby slept that long even before the Woombie. HOWEVER, this swaddle sack has reduced the number of times the baby has pulled out her paci and woken herself up. And I think it helps her sleep more soundly. Like all swaddles, it certainly reduces the startle reflex.

Our Convertible Woombie converts to a regular sleep sack. Now that she’s older, our baby likes to have a toy or lovey in her hand. The Woombie allows for that.

Woombie makes sizes that fit bigger and older babies. This is a big deal to me! Ours is the 20-25 pound Mega Baby size. No, our six month old isn’t quite that big, but I think the extra room is mostly in the length. Additionally, when we kept her arms in the swaddle, there was enough stretch and give for her to hold her own hands, a self-soothing habit she enjoyed.

Because they make sizes that fit older babies, the convertible option has use far beyond the normal age of a commercial swaddle blanket. Lots of moms use sleep sacks instead of blankets until their babies are toddlers. The “Convertible Leggies” option is also good for older babies.

There’s no velcro! Velcro can come undone, and my baby can wiggle out of a velcro swaddle. Also, time will take its toll on velcro, but the zipper on the Woombie isn’t going to wear out like the velcro on other swaddle blankets.

The two-way zipper allows for easy diaper changes. Since our baby is older (and FINALLY needs fewer diaper changes!), this isn’t an issue for us. But it is a handy feature.

There’s enough room for her hips and legs to move. Again, this helps with hip dysplasia.

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The Woombie and our curly-haired, sleeping baby.

Cons:

It’s looser than some of the other swaddles. If you want a tight swaddle, consider one of the other Woombie products, not the convertible swaddle (check out the Houdini).

It’s not exactly pretty: I hate to say it, but it looks like a baby straight jacket. (For the record, it’s definitely NOT a straight jacket. As Woombie explains, it needs to be snug to imitate the womb.  Plus it’s made with four-way, stretchy fabric. This allows the baby to move naturally.) However, because we use it for every afternoon nap, family, friends, and strangers had plenty of opportunities to give us odd looks and comments during Christmastime and on vacation. People just aren’t used to seeing a baby zipped up. But, parents, is that a deal breaker? If it helps your baby sleep, do you care how it looks? Absolutely not! Bring on the comments and stares!

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Final verdict? It helps my baby sleep and makes my mommy job easier. Of course I love it! And if you win the one that Woombie has offered to send one lucky winner, I hope you will, too!

Want to win a Woombie?

Click on over to the giveaway link and enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway.

(It’s easy! I promise!)

By commenting, you agree to the official rules. Giveaway ends on Monday, January 28 at 3:00 p.m. EST. 
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56 comments

  1. This would be awesome for a future baby! We loved swaddles…they were true lifesavers for our easily startled baby girl.


  2. I’m in!!! You have convinced me of its awesomeness :)


  3. I am pregnant with my 3 rd baby and would love this for our little one!! We would need the newborn/small size I think? Thanks!!!


    • Ohplease ohplease pick me!!!!


  4. I would love this for future babies!! :)


  5. I would love this for future babies!!!


  6. Entered, thanks!


  7. Looks like a neat product


  8. Someday I will have a baby, and I’m sure this would be very useful! I would love this for my ‘someday baby’!


  9. I’m pregnant and would be happy to have another tool for the new babe. I imagine I would want a larger woombie, as swaddling blankets worked well last time when babe was little.


  10. I have a sweet 5 week old little boy who can already escape from my swaddling. I loved your review and found it very informing. I’ve looked online at woombie before and was unsure but your review sold me, I need one of these for my baby!


  11. Would love to win this ! Our 3rd is due in June and I love the great review that you gave on this item.


  12. I love these. They are so much safer than a blanket in the crib.


  13. Since it turns out I have a bun in the oven, it sounds like something I’ll need :)


  14. I used the Woombie and “generic” version (Summer Infant’s Swaddle Pod). The Swaddle Pods were cheaper and had the dual zipper, but the Woombies were better quality and had more sizes. The Swaddle Pods only go up to 14-ish pounds. I would LOVE another Woombie for baby 3 (maybe 4, 5?????). Haha!


  15. I want a deluxe, wrap n snap, and/or air for my Mayby!


  16. We used a Miracle Blanket last time and loved it so I’m curious to try something like this.


  17. I wish I would have invited this! lol I think it’s brilliant for night time when you are not quite awake and need to swaddle! Would love to have one for our baby girl who will arrive very soon!


  18. I LOVE the woombie! My baby is so comforted by his. You’re right it’s not all that pretty, but it works! Would like to get a mega baby one in a convertible. Thanks for the chance to win!


  19. I’ve wanted one of these for quite sometime. I would love one for my unborn baby girl.


  20. I would love this for baby number two. My son could get his hands out very easily, so this would help greatly!


  21. Having another little one in 6 weeks!! Would love a woombie!


  22. Would love to win this for an eventual baby! I love that they have an organic option!


  23. future baby!!!!


  24. I love the original pumpkin! Such a bright pretty color! I would use it for baby #2!


  25. Heard these are awesome & would love it for our next one!!


  26. I would love to win this! I have twins coming in May and would probably try the Houdini for them.


  27. I love the big baby kiwi color. We used swaddle blankets on our first and loved it until he got to big for the blankets. But even after he was to big, he still loved being swaddled. This would be a great alternative. We have a new baby due this spring and this would be so wonderful


  28. I have a 5 week old that loves getting swaddled.


  29. The woombie is so AMAZING. After 4-5 months of no sleep with our newborn, we tried it! It worked miracles and my little one smiled every time we zipped him up for nap or bed time. I cried when we had to wean him off at 12 months. With our second due in August, I’m only asking for diapers, wipes and a Woombie!


  30. I LOVE woombie! I have 1 woombie air and am dying to get the woombie convertible for when my lil boy starts rolling (any day now, hes almost 5 months old!). Woombie is seriously my hero! lol


  31. Awesome! I agree to the rules.


  32. My son loves to be swaddled but will be needing the convertible woombie very soon. Its a MUST HAVE!


  33. We just got the Houdini and we love it for our now 6 months old. However I am hoping that in due time she will be able to work into the Convertible. :D


  34. We had a Woombie Houdini for our almost 2 year old and it was a lifesaver!! I’d love to win another for our next baby.


  35. I’d love these for the next baby we have (which we’re planning on ttc soon)! My first hated being swaddled, so I passed all of ours down to a family friend. Time to start fresh!


  36. I would love to try the Houdini! Our first LVOED being swaddled and I am now expecting our second…but the velcro form all the old swaddles are pretty much shot! I love the zipper on these instead!


  37. I can’t say enough how much we love our woombie my baby simply can’t fall asleep without it! We use houdini, have never tried convertible but I love to have for trying to wean my baby off of swaddling


  38. I would probably choose the Woombie Air in Big Baby size so that my baby can use it in the summer. I am currently pregnant and we LOVE Woombies!


  39. I have a 7 week old and we are having nap problems and she is very fussy. We do the 5s stuff with her and it helps calm her a lot. Part of that is swaddling. Right now we are using blankets, but its time consuming and no matter how tight I get it she frees her left arm. Plus I worry about the hip displasia. I would love to try a woombie! The deluxe one with ruffles would be adorable on my lil one.


  40. We used a woombie for our first baby and she LOVED it! We are expected a baby boy in April and would love to have another! We used the original and that’s fine with me….just want a boy color!


  41. I’d love to try the convertible woombie!


  42. I would love the summer! It never gets too cold here in LA. :)


  43. Someone told me about the Woombie so I decided to give it a try with my baby who has an active startle reflex. She has gone from waking up every 2-4 hours to sleeping 10 hours each night! Love it!


  44. What an awesome giveaway!! I would love the Summer Woombie in Maldives! We are expecting a baby at the end of May and are waiting to be surprised it baby is a boy or a girl. :)


  45. This would make a great gift. Or I could start stock piling for future babies ;-)


  46. I like the idea of this that my daughter can still move naturally for her day time naps, to bad we can’t use it at night as she loves to sleep with her arms over her head.


  47. I regretted that I have not seen this product before I gave birth to my baby girl. And I could have brought her this amazing gift. She is now 3 months old and I believe we would need a big baby size (3 to 6 months). As we are staying in a country which only has summer season, I believe my baby girl will prefer Woombie Air. =)


  48. It does look like a little straight jacket! lol Even so, it would be neat to try with our newest little one. :) I’m not familiar with the different Woombies though so I’m not sure which one I’d like to try.


  49. I would like to try the original Woombie for our next child.


  50. This is such a great idea! I am due in the next several weeks and would love to try a Woombie!


  51. I think I entered right. :) who knows…I know a baby who would love the Woombie. She’s going to need a giant one soon! Baby Aspen needs to sleep longer at night!!


  52. I would love a wrap and snap, but those old fashioned air wraps look awesome for hot FL weather! My little guy is due in June and cool swaddling wraps are the way to go here.


  53. I just had my first baby. He is 2 months old and uses swaddled to help him sleep at night. They keep him from wiggling himself awake! Saw the woombie on Pinterest and read your review here. I love that they are meant to not stunt development!

    I want a Leggies woombie in Blue giraffe in “big baby” size very badly! :)


  54. I would like either the summer woombie or the woombie air since this little one is due in July.



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