Frequently Asked Questions
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Always follow the recommended size guidelines on our product, never skipping sizes, Sizes should be ordered in accordance with weight, not age or length, Rolling is a sign to stop swaddling. If your baby begins to roll from back to stomach while swaddled, please discontinue use, Always position baby on his/her back to sleep , If needed, you may customize the neck opening by: a. Stretching collar out before use or b. Leaving zipper down up to 1 inch, Baby should be lightly clothed for sleep at a room temperature of 67-72º & never feel hot or cool to touch, Do not use on undersized infants (preemie size is available), Do not allow fabric to cover infants mouth or nose.
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- Why Swaddle My Baby?
- How long does a baby need swaddling?
- Do your products comply with current safety standards?
- What if my baby cries while being swaddled?
- How can my baby get used to the Woombie when he has been using a tight wrap from birth?
- My baby has a really chunky neck. Can i customize the Woombie neck width?
- Why is the Woombie different from regular blankets?
- How can I return or exchange my item?
- Are there any dangers involved in swaddling?
- What if my baby rolls on his belly?
- How can i wean my baby from swaddling?
- I have been using a different swaddler, but it seems too tight for the baby.
Can I switch to the Woombie, since he is already used to a tight swaddle?
- Can I use the Woombie when breastfeeding?
- When is the best time to swaddle?
- Is the fabric breathable?
- Can I get the larger size Woombie for my newborn and let her grow into it?
- Can a baby roll over in the Woombie?
- Tips on Swaddling
- What is Merino wool?
- What is Bamboo?
Why Swaddle My Baby?
Swaddling is performed for many different reasons. Most importantly, it prevents the Startle Reflex, caused by a immature nervous system. By 6 months of age, most babies outgrow their need to be swaddled and can sleep "arms free". Other reasons for swaddling include a feeling of comfort and warmth when arms and legs are gently confined to the body's "core" as in the womb, where they spent 9 months growing. Babies also lack finer motor skills and hand/mouth coordination for the first few months of life, making self soothing nearly impossible- and many times, very frustrating after multiple attempts. Swaddling helps to cease the urge of "busy hands" from traveling to the mouth and face where scratching and Rooting can occur.
- The Woombie was introduced in 2006 and is the Original zippered peanut swaddle- the most effective & best quality.
- The Woombie is for BACK SLEEPING ONLY
- No flame retardants are used in our products
- The Woombie is offered in 10 styles and 4 sizes
- The Woombie is a proud winner of the PTPA Best Product 2010 Award, PTPA Award, Creative Child Award & Moms Best Award.
- The Woombie allows for mobility and swaddle at the same time, allowing natural movement.
- Woombie products conform to CSPIA guidelines and have been tested in a CSPIA accredited laboratory for safety and compliance.
- Sizes should be ordered in accordance with weight, not age or length.
- Rolling is a sign to stop swaddling.
- Swaddling should always be done with baby laying on his/her back & per your Pediatrician's recommended guidelines.
- Woombie products are made in an Eco Friendly fashion which does not cause harm to your baby or the environment. Organic and natural products are used whenever possible to maintain the health of your baby.
How long does a baby need swaddling?
All babies vary in their swaddling needs, ranging from 3 to 9 months, depending on gestational age/prematurity. However, the majority of babies are swaddled until approximately 6 months OR until rolling begins. TIP: Try "White Noise" in the nursery to promote a deeper, more sound sleep.
Do your products comply with current safety standards?
Absolutely. Our products have been tested by a CPSIA approved 3rd Party Accredited Laboratory and have passed in all of the mandatory and regulated areas:
- Less than 90ppm lead, no phthalates
- Hazards (zipper torque, snap strength, small parts, points)
- Flammability (*no flame retardants added*)
- Monofilament thread
- Lead in Surface coating and substrates
- Zipper strength
- Product labeling
- Colorfastness/Appearance after laundering
- Dimensional stability
- 0.2 Tog = best for 75F+
- 1.0 Tog= best for 68F-75F
- 2.0 Tog=best for 65F-71F
- 0.2 Tog Summer Woombie
- 1.0 Tog Original Woombie, Convertible, Organic
- 1.5 Tog Houdini, Convertible with prints
- 2.0 Tog Woombie Ultra Sleepers and Winter Woombie
What if my baby cries while being swaddled?
Crying during or shortly after swaddling is not a sign that your baby does not like to be swaddled. Babies need to be swaddled, despite their "rebellions". They leave the confinement of the womb to a world of wide open space, and need time to adjust to the concept of space. Once your baby is over 6 months old, his/her startle should diminish and arms free sleeping can be trialed. Did you ever notice how "busy" your baby's arms and legs can be at times? Swaddling actually helps them to feel more relaxed, secure and in control of their rigorous involuntary movements. It is BEST to start the Woombie when the baby is first born! This eliminates swaddling confusion.
How can my baby get used to the Woombie when he has been using a tight wrap from birth?
To get baby used to the Woombie vs. tight swaddlers, you can either start using the Woombie first at naptime. You may also use the tight wrap over the Woombie, and once asleep, you may release the top swaddle wrap and leave baby in woombie alone. Remember you do not want to over-heat the baby, so do not leave them in both wraps for the night! Remember that like adults, babies are a creature of habit. Changes in an important routine like sleep time can be upsetting to them. Dont be discouraged if they are resistant for a few nights. Move forward, offering more freedom during sleep vs. backwards to a more restrictive wrap.
My baby has a really chunky neck. Can i customize the Woombie neck width?
Absolutely. Unzip the top zipper 1 inch so the puller rests at the base of the chin flap. This opens the "neck hole" 2 inches.
Why is the Woombie different from regular blankets?
The Woombie allows baby some movement while still effectively swaddling baby. This allows for good blood flow and improved Motor Development. Why tight swaddle your baby if he/she doesn't need it? Basically, the goals of swaddling are decreased arm movements which startle baby and increased security. The Woombie offers both. Babies sleep on an average of 10-12 hours daily once past the young infant stage. Tight swaddling for almost HALF of the day during sleep can hinder baby's motor development, circulation, and can even cause developmental hip dysplasia. Imagine all of the natural movement they are missing. Also there is less balnket with the Woombie. Less blanket to unravel and less layers to overheat create a SAFER environment for baby.
How Can i return or exchange my item?
Returns & Exchanges are accepted within 30 days of purchase. Items are carefully inspected upon receipt. Only 100% unwashed/unworn items will be eligible for return. Returned items must be in its original, undamaged packaging. Items returned that do not meet this criteria will not be refunded or returned. If you would like to make a Return or Exchange, please send your item to KB Designs, 480 Barnum Ave., Ste 21, Bridgeport, CT 06608. For an Exchange, please make note along with the return, we will recharge your original credit card or Paypal for reship fees if they apply. If you would like to exchange your item for a more expensive item, please note that in your return. We will charge/Paypal the difference and any pertinent fees after your approval. Shipping will not be refunded. Clearance items are final sale. THERE WILL BE A 15% RESTOCK FEE DEDUCTED FROM ALL RETURNS.
Are there any dangers involved in swaddling?
Yes. Parents who are not informed on how to swaddle can put their babies at risk. Clinical studies have proven that tight blanket swaddling can lead to decreased and labored respirations, hip dysplasia, poor circulation, and stunted motor development. All of these factors were kept in mind when designing the Woombie. The stretch fabric prevents all of the above dangers. Also there is research that shows that over-wrapping with blankets can lead to overheating, which is a risk factor in S.I.D.S. Loose unraveled blankets are also a potential cause of suffocation. Less blanket to unravel and less layers to overheat create a SAFER environment for baby.
What if my baby rolls on his belly?
Rolling is usually a sign that it is time to stop swaddling. Please ask your Pediatrician for advise. Some babies who are rolling however may still need swaddling. Top Pediatricians recommend using "white noise" in the nursery to promote a deeper sleep and lessen the occurance of rolling. It is important to always position baby per Pediatrician guidelines. BACK SLEEPING is the only recommended sleep position . Tight swaddling can limit upper body mobility when baby is belly down. The Woombie does allow for more freedom of upper body due to its stretchy fabric, hence increasing mobility in the torso area- unlike traditional swaddling where arms are "pinned" to the sides. However, we do not recommend swaddling a rolling baby. If your baby does begin to roll, ask your Pediatrician for advice on whether or not swaddling with the Woombie should be continued. Your Pediatrician will advise you best.
How can i wean my baby from swaddling?
Weaning may be difficult for many parents and babies, at least for a few nights. To wean, you may try first to stop swaddling at nap time. This will introduce more freedom at a more "controlled" time of day. Night time is more difficult, as everyone is tired and expecting a quiet night. You may have your baby wear a "wearable blanket", to provide warmth and prevent blankets from covering baby's face. You can also leave your baby in their Woombie and unzip it a few inches daily to gradually allow baby to understand upper body mobility and freedom. Then you may allow baby to sleep with arms out, keeping lower body zipped from breast level downward, and finally graduating from the Woombie to a arms free wearable blanket! We also make a thinner stretchier version in Mega baby size to allow for more movement. More movement and arm freedom allows for re-training so that when baby is ready to sleep arms free there will be an easy transition.
I have been using a different swaddler, but it seems too tight for the baby. Can i switch to the Woombie, since he is already used to a tight swaddle?
Yes! You can switch at any time, but please remember that babies get used to certain patterns and comforts. Remember, it is best to start using The Woombie from birth, however, in certain circumstances you may need to switch at a later time. Switching from a tight swaddle to our concept may take baby time to adjust, but give it time. Babies who have been used to being tight swaddled for many months and then switch over to a new type of swaddler will be confused at first by the change, possibly even upset. Try the Woombie during Nap time first to introduce it! The benefits are wonderful!
Can I use the Woombie when breastfeeding?
Yes, the Woombie helps "busy hands" stay contained during breastfeeding, even making the Football Hold easier for new moms! We have Lactation nurses, Doulas and Physician moms who use and love the Woombie!
Is the fabric breathable?
Yes, the Woombie is made of 95% Cotton, which is very lightweight, like a soft Jersey tee shirt. A basic Onesie is recommended to use under the Woombie for sleep. On cold nights, fleece like PJs and socks can be worn under the Woombie and the Woombie will act as the blanket.
Can I get the larger size Woombie for my newborn and let her grow into it?
No. The Big Baby is not meant for newborns. If you put a newborn into a Big Baby Woombie, it will be much too loose for the baby, and swaddling will not be effective. Please never use a size that is not within our recommended ranges for your baby. Too Much extra fabric can be dangerous for your baby.
Can a baby roll over in the Woombie?#
Babies over 2 months can unexpectedly roll over. Unlike traditional blanket swaddles that "pin" arms at the side, the Woombie is made with a stretch fabric and full inner garment arm freedom.With any and all swaddlers, you must position your baby safely on his/her back. Consult with your Pediatrician for advice on how to keep your baby in the back laying position.
It looks so small! How will my baby fit into it?
The Woombies are made smaller than the average size of the baby because of its stretch fabric. It mimics the womb, snuggling and compressing baby gently. Once you apply the Woombie, baby will have plenty of stretch room to position themselves comfortably.
Here are some tips on swaddling and how to use the Woombie!
- Tip #1: The best time to swaddle a baby is when he/she is calm.... Waiting until baby is over-tired and already fussy may make him feel worse and unable to "settle".
- Tip #2: In the Winter, Put baby into warm PJ's first and then into the Woombie. An extra light blanket may be used on top of the Woombie if cold... use your judgment while remembering that overheating may be linked to SIDS. In Summertime, just a Onesie or diaper alone is needed.
- Tip #3: Please give baby a chance to get used to a new swaddling method! If baby has been in a tight restraint swaddle from birth, he/she may be confused by the change! Give baby time to adapt. The Woombie allows for stretch, which is a good thing, and will assist in baby's important Motor Development!
- Tip #4: The Woombie may appear smaller than baby, but that is part of the Woombie concept. The stretch fabric does in fact stretch to mold to your baby's unique physique!
- Tip #5: Always position baby safely per Pediatrician recommendations to prevent rolling when using all swaddlers.
- Tip #6: If there are a few extra inches at the foot end, you may tie the toe area with a small sash or in a knot to decrease the overall length.
- Tip #7: If the collar area appears a bit snug, give it a good stretch. It is made of 100% Cotton fibers and can be stretched larger like a Tee shirt can. Also yo9u can unzip the zipper 1 inch which will open the nec area by 1-2 inches.
- Tip #8: Using white noise in the nursery may help to promote a more peaceful sleep. Using a fan also will recirculate stagnant air. Do not point the fan at the baby, but place it near the crib pointing in the opposite direction.
Features of Merino Wool?
- Helps prevent overheating
- Pulls moisture away from the skin
- Super Soft
- 100% Natural
- Naturally Fire Resistant
- Allergy Free
- machine Washable
Merino wool is the material shorn from Merino sheep. Fabric made from Merino wool is used in the production of high-end clothing. Contrary to popular belief, the wool is neither itchy nor overly hot. It provides some warmth, though one of its renowned elements is its wicking abilities - it draws sweat away from the skin and retains the moisture, though the clothing still feels dry to the touch.
Due to its uniquely thin fibers, this type of wool does not retain odors - bacteria cannot find a solid surface to grow on, thus making it anti-microbial, as well. It also is hypoallergenic, as is most wool. Merino wool fabric will shrink when washed or dried, but not much more than would a similar cotton garment. It can easily be stretched back to its original shape.
Merino wool can also be blended with other fibers. When combined with the latter fabrics, the ultrafine wool makes for a smooth and soft garment.
Merino wool is all you would want from a fabric that is on the cutting edge. There are so many choices when it comes to fabric for clothing, but the tried and true best is merino wool. It breathes when you need it to and it allows the wearer to move smoothly and comfortably. It can also add natural beauty and comfort to your home in a number of ways.
Is Merino Wool A Fabric for People with Allergies?
Many people have allergies to lots of different fabrics that are synthetic, which means they are man-made. It is impossible for anyone to be allergic to merino wool. You could liken the chances to being allergic to merino wool to being allergic to the hair on your head.
Is Wool Blended with Other Fibers?
You will often find other fibers blended with merino wool such as silk, rayon or nylon. The reason for this is typically for a decorative effect. Even when wool is blended, it does not lose any of the characteristics that make merino wool such a superior fiber. When you are shopping for clothing, be sure to read the label to be sure that your garment choice is blended with quality merino wool.
Wearing Wool almost All Year Round
The beauty of merino wool apparel is that it can be worn almost all year round . When the weather is warm, there are plenty of lightweight merino wool clothes that will keep you cooler than you ever thought possible.
In the cooler months, your merino wool clothing will keep you cool during the day when the sun is warm, and it will keep you equally warm when the sun goes down and there is a nip in the air.
Facts about Bamboo, Maintaining Ecological Balance.
Bamboo is botanically classified as a grass and may be the most sustainable, maintaining ecological balance, natural resource the world has.
"sustainable: used to describe a system of exploiting natural resources without destroying the ecological balance of a particular area." quote from Encarta, World English Dictionary"
Bamboo is a fast growing grass and quickly reaches maturity in about four years. Its root system is continually sprouting new growth and new shoots. This continuous sprouting makes replanting after harvesting the grass unnecessary. Bamboo does this all naturally without any chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.
Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial
"Acting against growth of bacteria preventing, killing, or reducing the growth of bacteria." quote from Encarta, World English Dictionary"
"preventing or reducing the growth of fungi, or killing fungi." quote from Encarta, World English Dictionary"
Bamboo Is 100% Bio Degradable.
Growing bamboo is eco-friendly.
Bamboo plantations have no need for large petroleum tractors to plant seeds and cultivate the soil. Bamboo doesn't need agricultural maintenance because it grows naturally. Growing bamboo reduces greenhouse gases, because bamboo plants absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.
Bamboo can create 5 times more carbon than the same amount of trees and 35% more oxygen. Bamboo naturally absorbs 2/3 more carbon dioxide and releases 2/3 more oxygen than any other plant.
The quality of soil is improved and soil erosion is prevented by bamboos root system. This helps retain more water in the land without it draining into the river or lake. Bamboo plants reduce runoff and prevent water pollution through its high nitrogen consumption.
Bamboo plants create improved oxygenated air and balanced humidity.
Bamboo clothing and the plant are totally decomposable in the soil by micro organisms and natural light from the sun. This is all done because bamboo is 100% bio degradable and doesn't decompose into any pollutants.
Fast Growing Bamboo
Bamboo Shoots Grow 24 To 36 Inches Every 24 Hours.
Bamboo is a fast growing grass and some strains of bamboo can grow 3 feet per day. There are over 1,200 different types of bamboo classified. The most widely harvested and used bamboo for product creation is "Phyllostachys Pubescens" or "Phyllostachys Heterocycla" commonly called Moso Bamboo.
Do You Have Allergies?
Clothing Made With Bamboo Is Hypo Allergenic.
Bamboo naturally contains an anti bacterial agent, bamboo kun, that prevents, kills or reduces the growth of bacteria. Tests have been conducted by scientists on the effects of bamboo kun. The test results showed that a large percentage of bacteria that incubates on bamboo fabric is killed due to bamboo kun.
Along with being anti bacterial bamboo is also anti fungal and resistant to mildew. All of these qualities of the plant carry over to the fabric.
This is why bamboo fabric is the perfect material to make towels, bed sheets and clothing for people with allergies. The bacteria can not live in an environment and fabric that has bamboo kun.
More Clothing Being Made With Eco Friendly Bamboo.
Why Choose Bamboo Fabric?
- Clothing can be produced without chemical additives.
- The high luster and soft feel of bamboo fabric compares to very fine silk and cashmere.
- It is naturally anti static.
- Bamboo naturally protects against the sun's harmful rays and is UV resistant.
- Bamboo fibers are naturally anti fungal, anti bacterial and mildew resistant.
- Bamboo takes natural color well and has good color fastness.
- Bamboo fibers are porous making fabric that is breathable.
- Bamboo also has natural moisture wicking, takes moisture away from the body and transfers it to the garment's surface to evaporate. This keeps the body cool and dry during hot weather and clothing doesn't stick to the skin.
- Has excellent insulator and thermal regulating characteristics that maintain body temperature regardless of changing conditions.
- Bamboo clothing is machine washer and dryer safe at warm temperatures. There is very little shrinkage from washing and drying.