Thursday, January 12, 2012

BabyOta Swaddle Review & Giveaway

How much would you pay for more sleep? Ask any mom of a newborn and you're likely to hear that sleep is what she misses most. When I was contacted with an offer to review the BabyOta I was eight months pregnant and I thought I really didn't need it for my soon-to-be-born baby. My first never likes being swaddled, so I didn't think much of it. Fast forward to November 17th, I gave birth to baby T, a handsome boy. Guess what? He would sleep only when swaddled, nice and tight.

So that's the story of how I caved in to try the BabyOta, and I'm so glad I did! The first night in it baby T slept for six hours straight and didn't even wake to eat, I had to pinch myself. Since then he loves sleeping in it, though not as long - he is a fast growing frequent eater. It has made life so much easier for us because I can carry him in it from room to room without waking him (most times). It is perfect to keep him snuggled for walks outside, when we're brave enough to face cold temperatures. I love how easy it is to wrap him in it, takes all of about thirty seconds. The head is cradled in the 'blanket' and I find that makes holding him and moving him from place to place easier, plus he doesn't wake from cold hands. It can be tied up tight or loose depending on how your baby likes it and you can keep the arms out or in, baby T likes them out.

The BabyOta reminds me a lot of how babies used to be wrapped up in a blanket back in Russia, where I come from. That makes perfect sense since the BabyOta takes after a centuries old practice in the Czech Republic. I thought it looked odd at first to have the baby wrapped up in a thick blanket, now I know just how practical it is!

Perfectly comfy and warm (room at about 65*F) in his BabyOta

I love the material of this baby swaddle, it isn't too warm. The bamboo is soft, breathable and eco-friendly, as well as easy to wash. The cover unzips for laundry. It is perfect for about the first three months, at 8 weeks baby T is starting to outgrow it already. If there is any way to improve the BabyOta, it would be nice if it was somehow extendable for a longer/taller baby and I would love to see some sort of detachable liners in the area of the baby's head for catching dribbles and spit up (so you wouldn't have to wash the whole thing too often). I've tried just using a burp cloth under the baby's head for that purpose, but it tends to fall on the baby's face. I personally love the natural, off-white color, but I'm sure some people would be interested in a variety of prints and colors to choose from - in sustainable fabrics of course.

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Disclaimer: I did not receive any payment for this review. I was provided a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are solely my own and your experience may differ.


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