FAQ: Product Use And Care

How does the Zen Swaddle™ work?

The Zen Swaddle™ relies on the soothing response triggered by our nervous system to touch stimulus. Touch, either from a person or object, helps regulate stress. In addition, the swaddle construction helps babies sleep through the disruptive startle reflex. Thus by combining the self regulating effect of touch with time-tested benefits of swaddling the Zen Swaddle™ calms your baby to sleep and ensure that he or she stays asleep.

Is the Zen Swaddle™ only for babies with sleep problems?

While the Zen Swaddle™ is effective at helping to solve sleep issues, the benefits extend beyond sleep. The Zen Swaddle™ provides the comfort and security your baby found in the womb and through your touch, thereby helping to boost his or her immune system and overall socio-emotional well-being.

How long should I swaddle my baby?

Most babies love being swaddled until they are 3 months old and before they start to roll over. After the initial few months, when deciding how long to swaddle your newborn, we advice to take cues from your baby. If your baby is calmer when swaddled, sleeps easier and longer you may continue to swaddle him or her even after the first few months. If your baby rolls over while swaddled, then having their hands free is important for their safety. If arms are swaddled in and the baby rolls over, they could get into a position potentially compromising their safety. Therefore, after crossing this milestone, we recommend swaddling your baby with their arms out. However if your baby struggles to come out of the swaddle and does not take to swaddling with arms out, then it is time to stop swaddling. 

How do I know if the weight of the accessories is right for my baby?

We calibrated the appropriate weight for the Peaceful Touch™ and Loving Embrace™ using industry standards for weighted blankets, which provide allowable pressure per square inch for a given body weight. We then adjusted it further for your baby’s safety while maximizing comfort and effectiveness.

What is used to weight the Peaceful Touch™ and Loving Embrace™?
Each accessory is weighted with poly-beads that are free of harmful chemicals.

How should I use this product?

Swaddling instructions with helpful illustrations can be found under the How to Swaddle section.

What is the interior pouch used for?

You may place your baby’s legs into the interior pouch to create a snug fit for the Zen Swaddle™ when he or she is younger. It helps foster the cocoon-like feel of the product and aids your baby in sleeping through the startle reflex. As your baby gets older, you may choose to forgo the interior pouch so he or she can have more legroom.

Do I have to place my baby’s feet into the interior pouch?

For smaller babies, the pouch provides added safety and prevents babies from sliding down. It is also designed to help young babies sleep through the startle reflex by keeping their legs snug. Use the pouch until your baby is at least 1 month old and 23 inches long. Your baby may prefer to have his or her legs free inside the Zen Swaddle™ as he or she grows longer than 23 inches, has straighter legs and no longer fits inside the pouch.

Is the Zen Swaddle™ only to be used at night or can my baby wear it for naps as well?

The Zen Swaddle™ is equally effective for naps and nighttime sleeping.

Can I wash the Zen Swaddle™?

Yes, the Zen Swaddle™ can be washed frequently. The garment’s construction ensures filling stays in place through repeated washings. To protect the quality of fabric, we recommend washing in cold water, on a gentle cycle and drying using low heat. A cool iron can be used to ease away wrinkles.

Where can I purchase the Zen Swaddle™?

Visit our Product Information page to check the list of retailers carrying the Zen Swaddle™. If you do not see a retailer near you, please drop us a line with a store suggestion. We will be sure to contact the retailer and bring our products closer to you.

What is startle Reflex or Moro Reflex?

Moro Reflex (startle reflex) in infants is a response to sudden loss of support. It‘s primary significance is in evaluating the integration of the baby’s nervous system. When your baby gets a sense of falling or hears a loud noise (even the sound of their own crying) they feel insecure and get startled. Sometimes even the quietest of sounds and movements may startle a sensitive baby. They will extend their arms and legs, open their fingers and arch their back. Then they will clench their fists and pull their arms to their chest. Your baby may also cry. Your baby should react to startle reflex until he/she is 4 to 6 months of age.

Research says that parents touching or picking up the child in the arms gives the baby a sense of security. They also say if a womb like environment can be created your baby will drift off to a sleep better after the Moro Reflex.  Since swaddling creates a womb like environment for your baby, it is recommended by many experts to help them sleep through this startle reflex. Swaddling your baby with a Zen Swaddle gives them added sense of security as it mimics your touch. Due to this babies are calmer, more content and sleep longer when wrapped in the Zen Swaddle.