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Bobbycatz Mon 30-May-16 21:30:18

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has used/is planning to use a sleepyhead from birth. I've bought one for baby having read really positive reviews, but now I'm not sure if they're safe/approved for overnight sleeping. I can't find anything which says they are not suitable but then they have rolled up edges. The sleepyhead website suggests they are safe...

FurryWalls Mon 30-May-16 21:38:51

I have used one with DS from birth. I love it. He loves it. He's now in the Grand (larger version).


The sleepyhead manufacturer claims are very carefully worded. It's not actually a firm, flat surface, as per the SIDS guidelines. The material is breathable but I don't believe they can claim it is safe and tested for overnight sleeping. I am happy to be corrected on this if I'm mistaken.

I always make sure DS' face is away from the sides (he's five months and not rolling / moving) and of course dress him appropriately. He is exclusively breastfed and still sleeps in our room. As with many things parenting, it's a personal choice and a balance of risk factors. I'm personally very comfortable with DS in his but I understand why some wouldn't be.

FurryWalls Mon 30-May-16 21:39:43

Reading that back, that was fucking unhelpful. Sorry.

Dixiechick17 Mon 30-May-16 21:59:42

My DD had one from birth, I liked it as it kept her on her back until she could move herself properly. She now has the Grande, my HV was fine with it and it's promoted on the NCT website as suitable overnight sleeping unlike other similar products, I made my decision to use one based on my own research and have never looked back.

Maybe ask your HV?

Bobbycatz Mon 30-May-16 22:02:33

Thanks Furry that was helpful, it was pretty much my understanding, like you said I guess it's what you're comfortable with.

Bobbycatz Mon 30-May-16 22:05:50

Thanks Dixie yeah I bought mine from the nct shop. I haven't found any negative reviews as yet from a safety point of view.

Nan0second Mon 30-May-16 22:06:33

We used one from birth in a full size cot that abutted our bed. It was great.
We were v low risk for Sids: ebf, non smokers, minimal alcohol and not when co sleeping, same room until >6mths etc. Sleepyhead safer than the alternatives too

FirstTimeMummy25 Mon 30-May-16 22:33:13

We've used a sleepy head since birth and it was and out a god send, I'm under the impression they are safe with breathable sides however as said above I make sure DS is laying flat with head forward if that makes sense. He's 3 months now and can't roll yet, think I'll definitely go for the grande when he outgrows the deluxe.

TheGreaterGood Tue 31-May-16 15:10:06

I've also ordered a sleepyhead with a view to using from birth...but was toying with sending it back as I thought I'd be able to move the baby around the house whilst he was sleeping but it seems too flimsy/dangerous to do that so I'll need a moses basket as well, somewhat defeating the object? Can any sleephead users advise please? Basically I want to know if I'd be able to safely move sleeping baby in sleepyhead from upstairs to downstairs in this thing?
OP - sorry for derailing your thread with my own question! grin

dividedmansions Tue 31-May-16 15:12:32

I move baby round the house in sleepyhead no problem but maybe I'm lax grin

Well I used to anyway - he's not a newborn anymore and will only go to sleep in a dark room, so now it just stays in the cot.

We love ours, used from birth.

NotWithoutMyMerkin Tue 31-May-16 15:16:09

I don't think the point of the sleepyhead is to be able to move a baby around. I think it's to help them sleep more soundly as lots of babies hate sleeping on a flat open surface such as a Moses basket.

I thought the sleepyhead was approved for overnight sleeping where many other similar ones weren't but I don't know why I think that

fluffikins Tue 31-May-16 15:19:01

I got s sleepyhead and was happy that it was safer than the baby sleeping on me which is the only thing she'd tolerate and I kept on nodding off and I worried about her falling or crushing her. So in that sense I think it was definitely the safer option for me

TheGreaterGood Tue 31-May-16 15:36:38

I guess our original plan was to have the sleepyhead in the big cot for night times and then be able to move it during the day and save having to also get a moses basket, but perhaps that was a bit naive! It seems too big to fit inside a moses basket though? Happy to be lax divided so will perhaps hold onto it and see how we get on...6 weeks to go...

FurryWalls Tue 31-May-16 15:39:20

It's not really possible to use the sleepyhead to transport a sleeping baby. As pp said, this isn't what they're designed for.

Also agree with the point that although they may not be 'officially' approved for overnight sleeping, they're a hell of a lot safer than some sleep practices.

Also recommend investing in a spare cover for the early days.

NotWithoutMyMerkin Tue 31-May-16 15:44:34

Is anything "approved" for sleeping in? Who would do the approval? There are British standards for materials and fire retardants etc but surely there aren't approvals to met Sids guidelines

fluffikins Tue 31-May-16 15:49:27

I can't see you fitting it in a Moses. I sometimes put it on the sofa for naps but stayed next to it at all times. I'd have put it on the floor but we have a clumsy dog

FuzzyOwl Tue 31-May-16 15:54:56

We've used the sleepyhead since birth and disagree about it not being suitable to transport a sleeping baby, as we always did for the first six months to ensure DD was sleeping in the same room we were in. We even took the sleepyhead abroad on holiday in a suitcase a couple of times.

No idea if it is a coincidence or not but DD is a brilliant sleeper and now in the grand version.

FurryWalls Tue 31-May-16 16:23:33

fuzzy I agree it can be used from room to room but I can't see how it can safely /easily be transported up or down stairs (for example) when containing a baby.

Re the safe night sleeping, good question! I'm not sure what the approvals are, or if they exist. I just noted when I was researching the sleepyhead that the manufacturers were careful with their wording around whether it was safe for overnight sleeping. Maybe a bad choice of phrase on my part there; I appreciate that nothing can really be 'approved' grin

FuzzyOwl Tue 31-May-16 16:30:49

I cannot recall ever carrying DD downstairs in it but would take her upstairs every night. Both arms under the sleepyhead and scooping the whole thing with her pretty much against my chest and staying fast asleep. I certainly always felt she was safe going upstairs but I wouldn't be so confident going downstairs (which is perhaps why I don't recall ever doing so) but it was certainly very easy.

dividedmansions Tue 31-May-16 16:33:34

We also carried DS up and downstairs in it

Bobbycatz Tue 31-May-16 20:24:20

Thank you for the comments, really helpful. I've already bought it so will likely use it downstairs and see how comfortable I feel with it.

BakingBunty Tue 31-May-16 21:11:12

We used one from birth with DD, and then bought the grande when she was 5 months (she is very long but still cannot see how any baby could stay in the deluxe till the 8 months they suggest!). Was brilliant but it was a real pain weaning her off it... Finally cracked it at 20 months. She loved the feeling of comfort and security but I didn't love lugging it everywhere, including to Jamaica on holiday!!

Stylingwax Tue 31-May-16 21:20:47

We used it from birth with DD (now 4 months). She's been a million times better sleeper than DS who we only got into his own bed once he turned 3 a few months ago...and stills gets in ours every night at some point.
I think she's going off it a bit now as she's rolling and prefers to sleep on side/front if she can but Sleepyhead only really allows back. But I'll keep it around.

FirstTimeMummy25 Tue 31-May-16 21:51:06

When DS was first born I would carry the sleepy head with him in it up and down the stairs, now he's heavier I probably wouldn't. But such a godsend and worth the money!!

Dixiechick17 Tue 31-May-16 21:57:45

They don't recommend you carry a sleeping baby around in it, but we used to. Used to pop it on the sofa downstairs in the evenings ( before she could roll) and then transport her upstairs in it. We didn't remove the cardboard which made it more solid, this wasn't on purpose though, I didn't realise the cardboard was meant to be taken out until I got the Sleepyhead Grande and read the details confused

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