By A.M. WERTZ
August 2, 2009
Baby Talk Back - To wrap or not to wrap
It's that time of year when parents are faced with the decision of whether to wrap or not wrap their infant children for bedtime and outdoor outings. Although we've been lucky with cooler nights dropping into the 60s, most people - at least in my household - still choose to decrease humidity by running the air conditioner while sleeping. But little ones can't always stand the cold as much as adults.
I, for one, like to wrap up in a blanket to sleep, but with children, sometimes 15 minutes into sleeping, the blankets usually are kicked off.
Several companies recognize this concern and have designed a way to keep children covered all night, indoors or out. The Cuddlebabe, dubbed the "wearable blanket," is great for campouts, while the Merino Baby Sleeping Bag or the grobag each provide a safer way to cover sleeping babies. Read on to discover the many benefits of wearable blankets.
by KMH Creations
What it is: The Cuddlebabe is a wearable blanket that fits all restraint systems, including swings. Flaps give babies freedom to move and the attached hood keeps baby's head warm when outdoors.
Cuddlebabe provides leg holes for the baby so little toes aren't poking out of a drafty blanket and the large flaps that close around the baby keep the child warm, especially when outdoors, and can easily be flipped open to prevent overheating.
A coordinating "silent" button gives parents more control over keeping the flaps closed when needed and opens quietly when transferring a sleeping baby from the car seat to the crib. The opening in the back also allows any restraint system to pass through, adding to the safety of the infant by removing bulky layers that can compromise a secure fit in a car seat.
Made of polyester fleece, the Cuddlebabe is soft and warm and simplifies preparing infants for outings.
What I thought: I've always hated the bulky winter-time coats when dealing with restraint systems.
When my son was still in the portable car seat, I couldn't have lived without my Cuddlebabe. Never having to take it out of the car seat was, in itself, a blessing, but the warmth provided by the Cuddlebabe is unlike any coat.
We used the Cuddlebabe once at an outdoor picnic-party that was held during a cool, damp evening. It kept my son warm enough to fall asleep comfortably in his stroller and later transfer him right to bed. Who could ask for anything more?
Recommended age: Birth to 22 pounds.
Recommended price: $33.95 for the Cuddlebabe; $43.95 for the Cuddlebabe and a matching blankee, trimmed and backed in silky satin.