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What is SnugSheet?
SnugSheet is an innovative ‘all in one’ fitted base sheet with a sewn in sleeping bag portion. SnugSheet replaces the two normal sheets (top and bottom) that you would typically use on the bed. It comprises a slightly stretchy fitted bottom sheet with a sewn in baby sleeping bag portion that has a fitted bodice (or vest) with a zip at the front. The sheet portion is elasticated and fits snugly around the mattress just like a normal fitted bottom sheet. There is a tie that goes underneath the mattress to secure it to the mattress.
What is Snug Sheet fabric like?
Its made of a soft towelling cotton rich fabric that has some stretch in it – much the same as many baby ‘body suit’ or Baby Gro products. Because it is a little stretchy and soft it is very comfortable.
What age infant is Snug Sheet suitable for?
SnugSheet fits babies from approximately 6 to 30 months – although of course this depends on the size of the child. It does not matter how long (tall) your baby is but the chest measurement is important because of the fitted bodice. The maximum chest measurement (measured under the arms at the widest part of the chest) that would be comfortable is 67 cm or 26 inches.
What is the best time to start using SnugSheet
Approximately at 6 months for most babies but you can start at any time after that. In practical terms once a baby starts to get out of their swaddling and are moved out of the basinet is a good time. You can transition baby at this time directly to a normal single bed at this point using SnugSheet.
What size bed does it fit?
SnugSheet is designed to be used on a standard single bed mattress. It will also stretch to fit a King Single. For general information about bed sizes click here.
Will SnugSheet help adults get a decent night’s sleep?
Being on the receiving end of sleep deprivation and then being expected to cope with a day at work or caring for a home and other children is very hard. We know – we have been there too! What we are confident about is that the sleep of the vast majority of children using the product improves dramatically and progressively with continued use of the product. Children sleep longer and are more settled once they get used to sleeping in SnugSheet. If their sleep improves – yours will too. Make sure you take a look at our testimonials – many of which make reference to this issue.
How does SnugSheet teach my baby better sleeping habits?
When it is used as we recommend SnugSheet teaches babies that bed is the place where we lie down, stay calm and rest - not a place where we jump about, get in and out of bed, play and are active. If a baby starts off this way and absorbs this pattern for a couple of years there is an excellent chance that these sleep habits will persist as they get older.
How safe is SnugSheet
SnugSheet has been designed to enhance safety whilst sleeping. However, there are no defined “safety criterias” that any child bedding products in NZ must apply for or can in fact be granted. SnugSheet has been in use locally in families for 10 years since our patent was granted. It is also similar to a European concept that has been in use for many decades in Europe and is a tried and trusted concept there.
Importantly most injuries to small children in bed and during sleep are due to falls from bed and due to hurting the head or body on bed sides, headboards and rails. SnugSHeet has been designed particularly with these kind of injuries in mind. Used as instructed, it will greatly reduce a child’s ability to stand in bed, climb out, fall out and hurt themselves on bed sides, railings, headboard and walls.
Does SnugSheet prevent SIDS?
SnugSheet has not been designed as an aid to prevent SIDS. Most babies start using it at the 6 month mark which is past the most concerning period for SIDS. However, when it is used for younger babies (6 months) it may delay their ability to roll onto their tummies so the baby sleeps on the back or side as recommended by the SIDS Association. The design of the SnugSheet bodice also makes it very hard for the child to wriggle or creep down under the covers thereby reducing the risk of overheating and possible suffocation.
* SIDS is defined as an unexplained infant death occurring before one year of age. 90% of cases occur before six months of age. Of those cases the majority occur between months 2 and 4 it is not known why. Parents are generally starting their babies in a SnugSheet towards the end of this higher risk period.
Can you outline general safe sleeping guidelines using SnugSheet?
Safe sleeping guidelines are as follows – * these apply whether you use a SnugSheet or not:
Remove any soft toys from the bed once baby is ready to sleep.
Do not use any pillows or soft spongy comforters or duvets.
Keep the bed clear and uncluttered
If you want to use an extra blanket with SnugSheet you may do so just tuck it in securely around baby and under the mattress.
Can you list some of the reasons parents use SnugSheet
They want to teach their baby good, healthy sleeping habits in a safe sleeping environment - the child does not necessarily have problems with sleeping.
Their child wakes frequently at night in excess of what would reasonably be expected for the child’s age.
They have a child who is restless at night and wakes from kicking off covers, getting into uncomfortable positions, knocking themselves on the cot sides and so forth.
Their baby is past the bassinet stage (after about 3 - 4 months) and they want to start the baby sleeping safely in a normal bed straight away.
They want an easy and safe way to transition an older baby from a cot to a bed.
They want a sleeping set up that is easily transportable and dispenses with the need for bulky camper cots.
Our baby has been in swaddling for about 5 months now and is struggling out of it every night we would like to move on to something that allows a bit more movement.
SnugSheet does allow greater freedom of movement but the beauty of it is the child is still secure. In general, babies that have been used to traditional methods of movement restriction adapt really well to SnugSheet. They still feel secure and “held” to a degree but they have the freedom to move their arms and legs.
Our 9 month old slept very well when small but not any more. I find him in all sorts of positions in the cot – almost standing on his head sometimes. Would SnugSheet help?
It is common for babies at the 8 month + stage to become much more active at night – it coincides with their increasing daytime mobility. My own children went through this stage – becoming quite athletic in their cots and waking frequently. Getting tangled in bedding, banging themselves on the bed sides and headboard, generally getting into uncomfortable positions and getting cold after kicking off the covers all contribute to frequent waking. SnugSheet is especially useful at this stage. * Take a look at some of the testimonials on this site.
My child is nearly a year old and actually prefers to sleep on his tummy. How will he get on in a SnugSheet?
Whilst it is advisable to discourage younger babies from tummy sleeping it is a fact that many older children prefer it as their normal sleep position. Older babies with good upper body strength can turn over and sleep either on their sides or on their tummies in SnugSheet. The soft towelling fabric has some stretch in it and it allows this movement quite comfortably. Perhaps for the first couple of sleeps in SnugSheet just make sure that he gets the right idea about how to turn over from his tummy to his side or back.
My daughter is 20 months old and is currently standing in her cot and often tries to climb out. Is she too old to start using a SnugSheet?
No she is not too old to start using a SnugSheet and this would probably be a good time to transition her to a bed in any event. Starting at this age she will take a bit longer to get used to SnugSheet and will resist for a few nights so be prepared for that. At this stage toddlers tend to be resistant to many things that they once accepted so its par for the course! Some things just have to be accepted (like being strapped into a car seat for instance) for safety sake. Many children are injured every year in falls from cots and beds – so getting her used to SnugSheet at this stage would be very much in hers and your best interests.
Is Snug Sheet good for travelling – does it replace a travel cot?
SnugSheet is perfect for travelling. No need to transport bulky cots when you travel. SnugSheet folds to the size of a set of normal sheets so its very easy to transport. Just use it on normal hotel beds just as you would at home. There is the added advantage that your child will always be sleeping in familiar bedding.
Is SnugSheet a product that will restrain my child and limit his movements? I am not sure that I like that approach.
Buying any product for our children is a very personal thing so certainly its possible that SnugSheet may not be for you. However, the reality is that for safety sake small children are restrained (gently) all the time. We would not, for instance, consider putting a baby in the car without the restraint and safety of a car seat and harness. SnugSheet actually allows for quite a bit of freedom of movement. The baby is not held in a fixed position. The child’s arms are free and the lower body and legs can move around within the sleeping bag portion of the product. Older babies with a bit more upper body strength can easily sit up and turn from side to side.
How do I dress my baby for summer and winter when using SnugSheet?
SnugSheet is designed for use all year – it is light but it does prevent those sneaky draughts especially at baby’s back. Just dress your baby for bed as you would if he were sleeping with ordinary bed linen. Take note of general room temperature. If you are wearing your winter pyjamas then dress baby in his winter sleeping gear. In the summer a baby is likely to be fine wearing just a nappy if it is very warm. In winter Snugsheet is roomy enough for baby to wear a long sleeved body suit or pyjamas as you would normally. If you deem it necessary add a blanket over the top and tuck it in under the mattress.
When would I stop using SnugSheet?
Generally you would stop using it when you start with toilet training. At this point your child will need to be able to get out of bed by her/himself.
Is SnugSheet easy to wash?
SnugSheet is robust and washes well by hand or in the washing machine. Use a luke warm or cold setting. It does not shrink. Dry it on the line or in a dryer. When you take it off the bed tie the mattress tape together before washing to prevent ‘losing it’ inside the seam.
Should I buy two SnugSheets?
Starting with one is fine but you may find that it is handy to be able to have one on the bed whilst you have one in the wash.