Product review: The baby sleep sack you’ve been dreaming of

Our girls are fantastic sleepers.

There, I said it.

I don’t know why, but I always feel guilty when I admit that my children are good sleepers. I guess because when the topic of sleep comes up with other parents, they’re usually looking for someone to commiserate with.

Don’t get me wrong, we definitely put in our time. When I think about our first year with twins (especially the first few months), it’s pretty much a sleep-deprived blur. At one point, during a particularly rough bout of teething, we were up about 10 times a night with EACH baby.

But these days, it’s rare if we’re up at all during the night. We put our kids to bed around 7pm and usually don’t see them again until 7am the next morning.

It. Is. Amazing. And not something I take for granted.

Anyway, like every other parent out there, we tried many different combinations of sleeping aids and arrangements in order to figure out the best “sleep solution” for our kids.

One item we tried – and ended up using for months – was Sleeping Baby’s Zipadee-Zip, a baby sleep sack that worked wonders for our girls. In fact, we used our Zipadee-Zips so much that I included them as one of our top 10 must-have items for surviving the first year with twins.


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We swaddled the girls when they were really little, but when they started to resist being swaddled, we were at a loss. They couldn’t seem to settle on their own, but if we did try to swaddle them, they just fussed and tried to “break free.” Sleep was nonexistent at the time.

My best friend recommended trying the Zipadee-Zip, and out of sheer desperation, we decided to give it a try. To our surprise (and ultimate delight) it worked wonders; our girls both put in a solid 6-hour stretch the first night we used it.

The Zipadee-Zip

Basically, the Zipadee-Zip is a wearable blanket with star-shaped pointed sleeves. The design of the sleeves allows babies to move around more freely, but still gives them the enclosed, cozy sensation they’re used to in the womb. This was helpful when our girls started to roll, as they both preferred to sleep on their bellies. The design of the Zipadee-Zip also helps to soothe babies if they jolt awake due to the startle reflex.

We used the Zipadee-Zip every day, for naps and bedtime, from the time the girls were about three months old until they were over a year. In fact, when the girls finally started to outgrow them, we cut the sleeves off to make them more like a traditional sleep sack. We were afraid to stop using the Zipadee-Zips as the girls had come to associate them with sleep.

About a month ago, I finally decided to start the transition away from using sleep sacks. I put the girls down for their nap like usual (sans Zipadee-Zips) and a half hour later, they still hadn’t settled. I went up to check on them, and when I opened the door, I found one of the girls standing in her crib, naked from the waist down.

Yup… she had figured out how to take off her pants (and her diaper) on her own. Luckily there wasn’t an accident waiting for me, so I hastily got her dressed and hoped it was just a one time thing. Well, it happened twice more until I caved and decided we’d have to go back to using a sleep sack. Maybe until the girls were potty trained, at least?

Enter: the Flying Squirrel PJ.

The Flying Squirrel PJ is from the same company behind the Zipadee-Zip. It’s a one-piece pajama/wearable blanket designed for toddlers. So essentially, a step up from the Zipadee-Zip, designed for children aged 1-5 years. They’re meant to fit loosely and can be worn over regular pajamas or on their own. They also have optional hand and foot covers which help keep little feet warm during the night.

The girls have been sleeping in their Flying Squirrel PJs for a couple of weeks now and I can already tell we’re going to get a lot of use out of them. They help keep them warm and cozy, without having to worry about them kicking off loose blankets, and still gives them a full range of movement. Importantly, the girls don’t resist putting them on. In fact, they usually don’t want to take them off in the morning.

Added bonus? The girls haven’t figured out zippers yet, which means I don’t have to worry about finding any more surprises at bed time.

You can shop both the Zipadee-Zip and the Flying Squirrel PJ by clicking the link below!

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Top 10 items for surviving the first year with twins

So you’re having twins…

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably already started making a mental checklist of all the things you’re going to need. Which baby items are absolutely necessary? Are we going to need two of everything or can we get by with only one?

While it’s true that babies generally don’t require a lot of stuff, we found that having TWO babies introduced an entirely new set of logistical issues.

Below I’ve listed the top 10 items we used the most during our first year with twins. And trust me – we’re minimalists at heart – but I can safely say these items were absolutely necessary for surviving our girls’ first year.

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Baby Carrier(s)

Baby wearing was essential during the first few months with twins. It’s pretty much impossible to carry two small infants in your arms, let alone try to get anything else done at the same time. We had two of these, so my husband and I could each carry a baby if needed. We tried a twin carrier for awhile but I didn’t find it very comfortable and the girls got heavy quickly.

Playpen

We found it was helpful to have several “safe spaces” to set down a baby (or two) on the main floor of our house. This kept them out of the reach of their big brother, who loves them immensely, but at 2 years old didn’t necessarily understand the concept of being “gentle.” We were gifted the Joovy Room2 Playpen and it definitely made life easier during those first few months. The changing pad attachment on the Room2 was also convenient, as it saved us from having to go upstairs for every diaper change.

Baby Swing(s)

Let me start by saying that our girls didn’t love the swings as much as their brother did. He would happily sit in his swing for hours on end, napping or just watching the world go by. However, we still found the swings useful as they created one more “safe space” for the babies on the main floor of our house. We used these.

Baby Bath Supports

This is one of those items that might not be necessary for one baby, but when you’re trying to bathe two squirmy, slippery infants at the same time, these baby bath supports were pretty helpful. We were able to fit two in the bathtub at the same time and they stacked together nicely when they weren’t in use.

Car Seat Covers

We used these all the time. They provided a cozy, dark spot for the girls to have a nap, shielded them from the elements, and kept strangers from reaching in and touching them (which happens a lot more than you would think). Also, twins tend to get a lot of attention when you’re out and about, and while I’m usually happy to stop and show off our girls, I found these car seat covers helped to deter strangers from stopping us when we were in a rush. 

Sleep Sacks

I’ll save our sleep-related struggles for another post, but let’s just say we tried many different combinations of sleeping aids and arrangements in an effort to find something that worked. My best friend recommended these sleep sacks, and out of pure desperation, I decided to give them a try. Our girls ended up sleeping in them for months.

Hanging Highchairs

When the time came to look for high chairs, we knew we wanted something that didn’t take up a lot of space. We ultimately decided to go with these “hanging” high chairs that we could set up on our island. The girls love being able to sit next to each other (although we’ve had to separate them recently as the hair-pulling and eye-poking has escalated) and they enjoy watching at our level as we work around the kitchen.

Infant Carseats

Infant car seats are obviously a necessity, and we chose these. We already had one Maxi-Cosi that our son had used, so when it came time to buy a second seat, this was the obvious choice. It’s an added bonus that the Maxi-Cosi is one of the lightest car seats on the market, given that I was often having to carry around two at once.

Double Stroller

There were several double strollers to choose from, but we had already purchased this stroller when we were expecting our son, so we decided to keep it and buy the necessary adapters to make it a double. We’ve found this stroller has been well worth the price; it’s convenient, fits easily through doorways and tight spaces, folds up easily, and doesn’t take up a ton of space in the trunk.

White Noise Machine

Two babies sleeping in one room + one older brother in the next room (who happens to be susceptible to the odd bedtime tantrum)… a white noise machine has been an absolute necessity.

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