When I was pregnant I realised I didn’t know a thing about babies or what they need. Other than food, sleep, love and a nappy change, I didn’t know what else they needed. Those vital things to keep a baby happy but also the must haves to make life easier. Once you’re eye is trained on baby products there is no going back. You’ll see things that you never even knew existed and then you’ll see them over and over again until you’re convinced you need it. That’s exactly what happened with the Sleepyhead Deluxe Pod. The question is, was it really worth the hype? Well, we’ve now upgraded to the Sleepyhead Grand. So yes. It really is worth the hype. I’ll explain why.
It took us a while to finally buy the Sleepyhead Deluxe Pod. We call it our baby mattress because Baby C sleeps on it EVERY night. It’s basically a portable baby bed that makes babies feel like they are snuggled up safe and secure. It gives a womb like effect. It’s built to be breathable and have great airflow plus it helps reduce the risk of Plagio (flattened head syndrome). It’s supposed to be great for co-sleeping too although that isn’t something we’ve done as yet, it does allow Baby C to have a safe and snug nap where ever he wants too. It’s super light so makes it easy to carry around with you in it’s own carry bag.
The Sleepyhead Deluxe has really helped Baby C understand when it’s bedtime and we noticed that he slept for longer in his Sleepyhead than just his Moses basket. That in it’s self was priceless! The Sleepyhead Deluxe is suitable for newborns and up to around 8 months. It’s supposed to be snug so don’t think they are outgrowing it too quickly. It definitely lasts! I know lots of parents use a snuzpod these days and this just about fits in which is perfect. If you have a larger Moses basket it might fit, but it was too big for ours.
However, Baby C is an exceptionally long / tall baby. He is in the 75th percentile in terms of length. While the Deluxe was perfect for him width wise, not too snug but snug enough, his poor little legs were hanging over! So, we genuinely loved the deluxe so much we upgraded to the sleepyhead Grand early. I can’t even explain how happy I am. There is no way Baby C would sleep so soundly if he weren’t in his Sleepyhead. It really does make him feel like he is still next to me. We’ve tried letting him nap in other places and the naps are either super short or he gets disturbed very easily. When he is in his sleepyhead he must be much more comfortable because he sleeps longer and gets disturbed less. It’s an incredible thing. Everyone says he is a really good sleeper and I can’t help but think it’s because he has had the Sleepyhead from birth.
The Grand pod is stage 2 and the next step from the Deluxe and is made for babies 9 – 36 months. So we did upgrade really early, but like I said Baby C is exceptionally tall! If you already have the Sleepyhead Deluxe you’ll already know how great it is and probably don’t need me to tell you that the Grand is just as good but will last even longer, taking your little out of their cot and into their little bed. If you haven’t yet got a Sleepyhead but are considering it, do it. It’s a small modern luxury. You might not even realise it’s making a difference if you’re a new parent but it is. I couldn’t bare the thought of Baby C suddenly just going into this massive cot, looking through the bars like a lost puppy. So we’ve now put the Grand inside and that’s where he has his naps. It’s a great transition and we already know it will help with consistency when Baby C eventually sleeps in his own room every night.
I’ve broken down the key benefits of using a Sleepyhead Pod for you;
- Comfort and snug for baby
- Encourages a longer sleep
- Helps prevent Plagio (flattened head syndrome)
- Great for transitioning baby to their own cot / bed
- Long lasting
- Looks great (if style is your thing!)
- Long Lasting
- Safe tummy time
- Safer co-sleeping
The only downside, and literally the only one, is that the cover can be a little tricky to put back on once it’s washed, but after a few tries you do get the hang of it. Always have a cover spare incase of nappy explosions and the usual baby functions!
The Grand has all the benefits of the Deluxe, just bigger. It will see your little one through until they are over 3 years old. It may seem like a bit of a luxury because of the price but it’s a definite investment. I mean if you work it out, if your little one sleeps in the sleepyhead twice a day that’s less than 10p a sleep. I’d happily pay 10p if it means Baby C gets a better nap. Don’t think about heading straight for the Grand first although it may seem tempting, make sure you start with the Deluxe because it’s all about them feeling snug. We’ve already decided that if we have another addition to the family we’ll definitely be using the Sleepyhead. To be honest, I just want them to make an adult one. I’ll be first in line! The Sleepyhead Deluxe and Sleepyhead Grand are both available at John Lewis along with a range of stylish Sleepyhead covers.