September 23, 2008 The Cocooi baby swaddle from Merino Kids of New Zealand is made from 100% pure merino wool and is allergy-safe, fire-resistant and has a unique design that allows you to swaddle your baby quickly and easily.
In the first few months of life, most babies enjoy being swaddled as it recreates the warmth and safety of the womb. However, some babies can overheat and numerous medical studies have shown that a key factor in avoiding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is to ensure your baby does not get too hot whilst sleeping.
Due to its unique properties, the Cocooi swaddle allows you to safely wrap your baby regardless of the temperature of the nursery. It is made from super-fine, unbleached merino fabric which has the ability to regulate a newborn baby’s body temperature, therefore reducing the risk of overheating.
The merino fibers used in the Cocooi are unique due to their fineness, (just one-tenth the thickness of human hair) and their natural crimp which produces millions of air pockets in the fabric. Air is captured and circulated within these pockets which ensures your baby is kept warm all night. Merino fiber also has the capacity to release moisture and body heat, so if baby gets too warm during a sleep, excess heat will be released from the fiber. Another unique property of merino fiber is that it has an incredible capacity to absorb moisture, with tests suggesting it can absorb up to 35% of its own weight, making it the ideal material for a swaddle. Due to the natural elasticity of the fiber, the swaddle can be stretched around your baby easily allowing you to use it for newborns and up to three months old.
The Cocooi’s diagonal-winged design is unlike other swaddles because you can swaddle your baby but still give your baby freedom to move. Designer Amie Nilsson, founder of Merino Kids, said:
“Swaddling is an age-old practice proven to help babies settle and sleep longer. Some parents may have been put off swaddling if they've encountered straitjacket-style swaddles that pin their baby's arms, but they will love our Cocooi Baby Swaddle which provides the perfect balance of familiar snugness and freedom to move.”
The swaddle can be used in a stroller and car seat with a safety harness. A leg pouch lets you check for a wet diaper without waking your baby and due to the cross-over design, the fabric will stay free from their face whilst they sleep. Although the Cocooi is made from super-fine wool, it can be washed and tumble-dried on a low setting and it is stain-resistant but soft enough for baby’s delicate skin, including those infants who suffer from eczema or sensitive skin.
With colors including in blossom, natural and periwinkle, the Cocooi is available at Babysleepbags for USD $49.