FAQ

1What is the age range for Sleepyhead®?

Sleepyhead ® Deluxe is meant for ages 0-8 months and Sleepyhead ® Grand is recommended for tots 9-36 months.

2What are the suitable sizes/weights for Sleepyhead®?

The Sleepyhead® Deluxe is intended for babies approximately 5lbs-22lbs. The Sleepyhead® Grand is intended for tots approximately 22lbs-40lbs. Our experience is that parents seem to think the baby has outgrown the Deluxe size way before baby is uncomfortable. The design includes clasps that lengthen the legs of the Sleepyhead® Deluxe, so babies can get longer use out of it. The clip at the foot end, specifically on the Grand, is intended to be used for easy portability and storing and must remain unbuckled during use. One of our trademarks – "Reinventing the womb" – indicates that the Sleepyhead ®is supposed to be snug. There are many users that tell us that they have used the Deluxe size up until 10-12 months of age. This creates a feeling of snugness, which is very comforting for the child. It's as if the child is being held in a sense.

3How should I use Sleepyhead®?

Sleepyhead® Deluxe and Sleepyhead® Grand are designed to be comfy and ultra-reliable sleeping pods for little ones ages 0-36 months. You can use Sleepyhead® for safe co-sleeping, crib inserts, supervised tummy time, play time, snuggle time, naps, as a changing station, or any time you need to put baby down in a comforting spot. The Grand is a comfortable spot for toddlers to sleep in overnight and is ideal for safely easing the crib to bed transition. Sleepyhead® is lightweight and incredibly easy to travel with. Sleepyhead® provides a cozy, safe and non-toxic environment for babies and toddlers anywhere they go.

4Can I use the Sleepyhead® in a crib or cot?

Yes, Sleepyhead® Deluxe and Grand can be used in cribs or bassinets. Sleepyhead® Grand can be used in a crib, a toddler bed or big kid-sized bed, once the child is at least nine months old, and then only placed at a height that allows the child to safely descend on his own. Some parents prefer not to co-sleep. Most cots and cribs are not snug enough for the newborn. By slipping Sleepyhead® in as an insert, the baby sleeps snug and safe. And when it's time to move from the bassinet to a big cot, or from the parents' bed to a crib, the transition is easy with the Sleepyhead® as you bring it along and it creates a familiar surrounding for the baby. Please note that soft objects such as pillows, quilts and stuffed toys should not be kept in the Sleepyhead®. Also, make sure not to use plush non-breathable crib bumpers. With Sleepyhead®, crib bumpers are in fact redundant, as the protective sides of the Sleepyhead® prevent the babies extremities from getting caught between the slats of the crib.

5What's the difference between the Deluxe and Grand?

The Sleepyhead® Deluxe is intended for babies 0-8 months and is to be used for sleeping, crib and bassinet inserts, napping, supervised tummy time, safe co-sleeping, changing diapers, cuddling and playing. The Sleepyhead® Grand is for tots 9-36 months and can be used for all the same activities as the Deluxe as well as a way to facilitate an easy crib to bed transition and provide a comfortable sleeping space in toddler beds and single beds. The bumpers on the Grand act as a bed guard for young kids, allowing them to settle more easily in a bigger bed and make an easier crib to bed transition.

6Can I just purchase the Grand from the start?

We do not recommend the larger size until baby is 9 months old. Many parents use the Deluxe size beyond the 9 month mark, as you can unbuckle the bottom to make more room. Sleepyhead® was created to mimic the womb, so the snugger the fit, the better it works. The thicker density provides more support for younger babies and is better for tummy time.

7Can the Sleepyhead® be used for co-sleeping (bed-sharing)?

Our founder is a passionate bed-sharer and co-slept with both of her boys when they were infants, using the pod. When used in an adult bed properly, Sleepyhead® is very safe for co-sleeping. Co-sleeping in general is said to promote higher self-esteem, confidence, sensitivity, as well as foster an environment of acceptance. The child also benefits from the calming effect on breathing and heart function of lying next to its mother, which is why some experts claim that co-sleeping reduces the risk of cot death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The Sleepyhead® and its protective sides facilitate correct physiological back positioning whilst preventing the baby from rolling out of bed, hitting his head against the headboard, getting caught between the bed and the wall, or wriggling down under the covers. The sides also prevent the parents from rolling on top of the baby. Yet, the sides are comfy enough for the parent to have his/her arm over the side to pat and reassure.

The firm Sleepyhead® mattress reduces the risk of suffocation, unlike soft adult mattresses. Placement at adult head level reduces overheating from adult bedding and body heat.

8How Should I Position My Baby in the Sleepyhead®?

DELUXE: The baby should be always be placed in the dock with the head towards the top / head end of the dock and feet in the direction of the buckled end. Additionally, the infant should be placed towards the foot end of the dock with the buckle closed. This will give the baby an comforting sense of reassurance by feeling the closed bumper with his feet. It also prevents the baby from wiggling downwards. As the baby grows, they can be positioned higher up in the dock. Eventually the buckle can be unclipped as the child gets tall enough and his legs begin to outgrow the dock in the closed position. If you’re bed-sharing with the dock, take extra care about positioning in the adult bed and take care to make sure no adult duvets or pillows are near the dock, which could pose a risk for the baby. Ideally, each parent will use their own bedspread, instead of sharing a queen or king size, as a parent might unintentionally pull the cover over the dock.

GRAND: Always unbuckle the legs of the Grand when in use. The child should be placed correctly in the dock, with the head towards the head end of the dock and feet in the direction of the open end of the dock. Always place your child at the top of the Grand.

9Is the Sleepyhead ® breathable for baby?

The Deluxe and Grand pods are designed with air-permeability in mind, so that the baby's face (mouth and nose) sits comparatively high in relation to the sides. The sides are low and also rounded. A baby correctly positioned in the pod, i.e. on his back, is breathing into “open air” so to speak. The design is made with consideration to not trap used air (breath; carbon dioxide). Unlike other bassinets or baskets, the pod's interior has been carefully engineered in order to achieve maximum breathability.

10What other safety measures should be taken if we’re going to co-sleep with our infant or young child are?

  • Remove all stuffed toys and other play things
  • Remove excessive bedding, including thick mattress padding and pillows
  • Never place an infant or young child on a waterbed
  • Never leave the child unattended and only allow sleep with an unimpaired adult, one who can awaken easily
  • Only place an infant face up and in the center of the pod
  • Check to be sure that no window cords or the like can be reached from the bed
  • Do not allow infants to co-sleep with another toddler or child
  • Do not allow pets in the bed
  • An adult who is obese should not be allowed to co-sleep with the baby

11At what age is it appropriate for my child to sleep in the Grand Sleepyhead® overnight?

Once your child is approximately 9 months depending on their size and weight, he can safely begin sleeping in the Sleepyhead® Grand. However, in order for him to rest safely in the Grand, the Grand must be placed at a height that allows the child to safely descend on his own. Meaning, the pod must not be placed on a bed of an unmanageable height (from which the child cannot descend on his own).

12What is this air-permeability you speak of?

All our pods comply with the British standard on air-permeability for infant pillows, BS4578. This standard is the result of an objective to produce a British Standard specification for a pillow which can confidently be used in cots, perambulators etc. The BSI Committee for Nursery Bedding has tried to consult anyone who may be able to contribute to the solution of the problem of a British Standard safe pillow, and the inquiries have included consultation with physiologists about the breathing of young children (quantity and rate flow of air, psychological and other effects if air flow becomes restricted, etc.). The test is designed to replicate a baby placing its mouth on/against an item, and measures how easily it can breathe through the item. It measures the pressure (in mmH2O) required to allow 12 litres of air per minute through the item (which is how much a baby typically breaths). Air-permeability standards were established only for infant pillows, but we decided to meet these standards for our pods. At Sleepyhead ®, we are always doing our best to go above and beyond the call of duty with regards to the highest quality standards.

13Is Sleepyhead® a tested and certified product?

Yes! We are glad you asked! Sleepyhead® has received the following certifications in the U.S. and E.U.:

  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 certified (EU)
  • All components are Intertek tested and proven free from harmful substances
  • US CPSIA 2008 compliant
  • 16 CRF 1632 flammability test compliant
  • Free from phthalates
  • Free from heavy metals
  • 16 CFR 1500.50 small parts and use & abuse test compliant
  • ASTM F-963-11 compliant
  • California Bulletins 116 and 117 flammability test compliant
  • California Proposition 65 compliant
  • Resistant to ignition according to BS5852 (UK)
  • Both mattress pad and bumper have great air-permeability and comply with BS4578.

14Can I carry baby around in the pod?

No, the Sleepyhead® pods are not made for carrying babies around in them. While they are indeed very portable, it’s not safe to carry a baby around in the pod. Always make sure to remove your child from the pod before transporting it to another room.

15Where should Sleepyhead® be used?

Sleepyhead® should be used only on stable surfaces and never on an elevated surface. While we're on the subject, please make sure never to leave a baby unattended on any type of elevated surfaces - this includes changing tables and sofas. Sleepyhead® is to always be placed on top of another firm mattress for prolonged sleep sessions in a crib or in bed. Sleepyhead® can be used on hardwood and tiled floors for shorter sessions, but when using for longer stretches, they should always be placed on top of a bed mattress or similar.

16At what age is the best time to use Sleepyhead®?

Babies can start sleeping in a Sleepyhead® anytime. We have many preemy babies using them and our founder makes contributions to several maternity wards in Sweden. Doctors and nurses love our product. Many moms report babies starting as late as 6 months or even 2 years during the onset of sleep difficulties and all babies acclimate well to the pods.

17Does the Sleepyhead® help babies with colic?

The first months after baby arrives are often referred to as the "fourth trimester." This is because baby are still very much adjusting to life outside the womb. To help them cope with their new world, parents can re-create a womb-like environment for their newborns, which will also help soothe a colicky baby. The Sleepyhead® was created specifically to mimic the womb. It recreates the womb experience for babies by giving them a safe, snug and deliciously comfortable spot to rest and snooze. Sleepyhead® also has the perfect micro-climate, meaning the temperature is just right for babies.

18Does the Sleepyhead® help babies with reflux?

Yes, the comforting environment has helped many babies suffering from reflux. Some parents place a wedge or a towel underneath the Sleepyhead® to create more of an incline. However, please make sure that this still forms a STABLE surface.

19How do I use Sleepyhead® to transition from crib to bed?

One of the reasons the Sleepyhead® was created was to help ease the transition from crib to toddler or big kid bed. The built-in, air-permeable bumpers act as bed rails, and give little ones a snug sense of security in their newer, bigger beds.

20How do I use Sleepyhead® for tummy time?

Place the baby in Sleepyhead® with the rounded bumper under the baby's chest and armpits with his arms in front of it. This position also allows for play and observation. Prop a board book open in front of your baby, or place a favorite toy within reach. Babies tend to grasp at any interesting objects, in turn encouraging weight-shifting, reaching and fine motor development. A baby on his tummy must be watched at all times. If your baby falls asleep during tummy time, place him on his back in the pod to continue snoozing. Snoozing in the pod must be supervised.

21Is the Sleepyhead® safe for my baby when they starts rolling around and moving?

Yes, the Sleepyhead® was tested for air-permeability and is 100% breathable. Babies will move in their sleep and as they grow, some prefer to sleep to on their tummy. While we have a strong back to sleep stance for safety reasons, we designed the Sleepyhead® to be completely breathable since all babies find comfort in different positions.

22What is the startle (Moro) reflex and how does the Sleepyhead® help?

The startle or “moro” reflex is a natural reflex for babies between birth and 6 months. The startle reflex may only last a few seconds, but some babies can startle themselves awake during sleep. Sleepyhead® can help prevent the infants from waking up when they have the startle reflex due to the unique shape, positioning of the sides and the cushioning effect of the pod. Consequently, babies tend to get more uninterrupted sleep in the Sleepyhead® compared to bassinets and baskets.

23How do I travel with the Sleepyhead®?

The Sleepyhead® is an ideal travel companion for moms with babies and toddler, as it maintains familiarity of their comforting bed in a new environment. Please keep the plastic pad. The Sleepyhead® can easily be checked as luggage, but some moms love carrying their pod on and using it on the airplane. With Sleepyhead® in tow, you won't need to bring baby up to the hotel room for their mid-day nap. Many moms write in to tell us the sheer luxury of having their little one get their rest while they relax under an umbrella with them at the beach or pool.

24How do I use the clips on my Sleepyhead® Grand?

Always unclip the buckle at the footend of the Sleepyhead® Grand to ensure a safe environment for baby. The clip at the footend is intended to be used for easy portability and storing and must remain unbuckled during use.

25What are the dimensions of Sleepyhead®?

Our Deluxe pod is 18 inches wide x 24-30 inches long [24 inches with clasps closed and 40 inches with clasps open]. The GRAND dimensions are 24 inches wide x 39-47 inches long [39 inches with clasps closed and 47 inches with clasps open].

Care

1How should I wash Sleepyhead®?

Thanks to child-safe zippers around the bumper, Sleepyhead® features a fully removable cover, which makes washing easy. All covers are machine washable. Wash with similar colors and place inside a washing bag. We recommend using a detergent without bleach. Dry-cleaning is possible, but not necessary. For environmental reasons, we do not recommend it. The mattress wadding pad must be hand-washed. The bumper tube rarely needs washing; shaking and ventilating are usually enough. If washing the tube, use a washing bag. When wet, the tube should be tumble-dried at low or medium heat. Then fluff/shake it by hand to regain shape. If still somewhat damp, lay flat to dry.

2Should I wash the Sleepyhead® before using?

It is not necessary to wash the pod before first use. The materials have been washed in the production process. Generally, it’s enough to only wash the cover after use. It’s usually enough simply ventilating the pad and the bumper. It’s environmentally friendly and it will increase the lifespan of the fillings. If you experience a lot of accidents, we recommend placing a thin muslin sheet under the baby. This will save you from middle of the night cover changes.

3How do I care for the cover?

The cover is made of 100% cotton and spun in Portugal. Like every single part of the pod, the cotton cover has been rigorously tested and proven free from harmful substances. As opposed to synthetic fibers, all natural fibers shrink a bit when washed the first time. Thanks to special finishing and pre-washing procedures we have taken, we have reduced the shrinkage to about 2.5-3%. This shrinkage has been taken into account when cutting and sewing the pieces for the cover. However, should the cover be washed in too hot water, tumble-dried or ‘blitz dried” (i.e. on a hot radiator or similar), there is a risk of compromising the fit, as the shrinkage then might exceed the 3%.

4Why are the Sleepyhead® covers so small?

It all comes back to safety. We designed our baby gear to have high density bumpers and the fit of the cover is purposely very tight for this specific reason. The design of the Deluxe cover was made to create a sturdy and firm pod. Firstly, the bumper needs to be firm enough to prevent children from rolling out, as well as preventing adults to roll onto the child when bed-sharing. Also, it must have the right bearing capacity to serve as a good tummy time aide. Additionally – the air-permeability testing aside – we wanted to give all parents the physical (in other words ocular and tangible) reassurance that the bumper is safe and there is no smothering risk whatsoever. In other words, we designed a pod with a high density bumper. The fit of the cover is purposely very tight for this reason. The bumper density of the Grand is substantially lower. An older child can use the sides as a pillow, should he wish. Hence, the softer bumper.

5Can I buy a replacement cover?

Yes, in fact parents love switching up their covers! Sleepyhead® pods are meant to be functional and stylish. We have many chic cover options available. Babies love the change of scenery, too.

6How do I change the cover?

When fitting the cover back on, one will see that the bumper is in fact is longer than the bumper compartment of the cover. So, when putting the bumper back into the cover, one has to firmly push the bumper tube into the cover as evenly as possible. In order to be able to close the zipper somewhat comfortably, one must gather the two sides of the fabric (along the zipper) in advance so to speak. In addition, we propose placing your index finger under the slider and the thumb on top of it in order to prevent the slider from getting caught in the bumper’s fine outer cover fabric. The outer material of the bumper tube is a thin non-woven, selected to provide great air-permeability and to not harbor heat. Once you have done this a few times, you will get the hang of it for sure.

7How do I care for the mattress pad?

Always avoid folding and creasing the mattress pad. Do not squeeze the pod into too small spaces, such as small bassinets or strollers. We strictly advise against machine-washing and tumble-drying the mattress pad, which can cause irreparable folding and creasing of the pad. To help keep the shape of the mattress while Sleepyhead® is not in use, or while traveling, we recommend inserting the piece of cardboard that came with your Sleepyhead®.

8Why doesn't the mattress pad lay evenly when I store it?

Just like the bumper, the mattress pad provides good air-permeability and does not harbor heat. The pods are designed with mattress pads in a thinner weight, as to make the Sleepyhead® easily transportable. The main feature of the pod is the bumper which “hugs” the child. Due to its design, with the bumpers 'hugging' the bed space, the mattress pad won't necessarily lie completely flat when it’s not in use. A slight ondulation is normal, even as they come straight from production. When you place the child in the bed space, the pad will be weighed down and evened out.

9Can Sleepyhead® be used on top of a waterproof sheet or mattress?

We do not recommend placing a waterproof sheet or mattress underneath Sleepyhead®. In fact, we do not ever recommend the use of waterproof materials. All of our materials are breathable, so when placed on top of a non-breathable barrier, such as a waterproof sheet or mattress, there becomes an increased risk of overheating as well as microbial build-up. Overheating is not to be taken lightly, as it has been linked to SIDS. We have refrained from adding anti-dustmite, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial chemicals to the filling materials, so it is important to keep the pod dry, clean and well ventilated. It’s important to avoid high humidity, dampness, and poorly ventilated parts. Like any piece of bedding, it’s important that both cover and core are 100% dried after washing as well as before use or getting stowed away. It's also important to remove the cardboard that comes underneath the mattress before using Sleepyhead®.

10Can I purchase spare parts?

Yes, you can purchase replacement items. For example, you can purchase a replacement mattress pad or bumper tube for both the Grand and Deluxe pods in our webshop.

Design & Backgrounds

1What materials are used for Sleepyhead®?

All materials used to make both the Grand and Deluxe pods are breathable and washable and therefore hygienic. Sleepyhead® offers a perfect micro-climate with excellent air-permeability. All filling materials are sourced from world-leading suppliers of materials with hygienic and non-toxic properties. All fiber compositions are designed to create an optimal micro-climate.

Every single material and detail (fabrics, fillings, zippers, straps, threads and buckles) are all Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 certified, meaning they have been proven to be free of any harmful substances, including heavy metals and pthalates.

Our fabrics, which are all 100% cotton, have been woven and printed in Portugal, where some of Europe's oldest and most respected textile manufacturers reside. All production is governed by strict EU laws, which means that the conditions for the workers are top priority.

2Where is the Sleepyhead® made?

The factory where the docks are made is based in a picturesque European town. There are more than 30 workers devoted to making Sleepyhead® pods every day of the year. These talented workers pride themselves on craftmanship, and carefully and expertly hand cut, hand-stitch and hand sew each Sleepyhead® baby pod.

3How did we come up with our pricing?

We’ve made it our mission to create products that are unparalleled in terms of their multi-functionality, quality in materials, excellent craftsmanship and safety measures. In fact, the Sleepyhead® team has gone above and beyond any legal requirements when it comes to safety testing. Much attention to detail has also gone into the creation of our spare covers costs. It’s important to remember that the cover is an all-in-one piece that’s perfectly fitted, and includes several compartments holding the embroidery, the zippers, the handles, the labels, the strap and the buckles. All of these details need careful repeating on each individual cover. There’s a lot more to our covers than your average pillow case.

Sleepyhead® is also highly versatile, ensuring that you won’t be purchasing multiple products. Sleepyhead® is hypoallergenic and fully machine washable. Sleepyhead® is designed in Sweden with love and embodies Scandinavian design at its very best. All of our products are made in Europe under strict EU regulations, which guarantee very high standards and extreme safety. Sleepyhead® simplifies life for parents and helps families get much needed rest—and you can’t put a price on that.

4Where is Sleepyhead® available?

Please see our store finder to find your region and retailers. For US, Canada and Mexico customer, please see our sister brand DockATot.com