The Woombie Swaddle Story
A mom (and nurse) handmade the first Woombie when she needed a swaddle her newborn daughter couldn’t wiggle out of. Instead of wrapping like a traditional swaddle, Woombie simply zipped up in a peanut shape that gently hugged her baby, helping her sleep peacefully. Comfort & Harmony is proud to partner with this amazing mom and entrepreneur to offer an entire collection of unique peanut swaddles.
From Karen Barski: (Mom, nurse and creator of the Woombie)
Our little Bella came five weeks early. Her strong startle reflex caused her to unravel herself about every 15 minutes…ALL NIGHT LONG. I found Bella time and time again with the swaddle blanket unwrapped and up over her face making her hot and red – very scary to say the least.
We tried every swaddle we could find; even the ones with Velcro – but nothing worked. These long nights affected everyone in our family - it was both emotionally and physically draining for all of us.
“Whenever I get a letter from a mom telling me that she was able to get her baby to sleep for the very first time [...] – it makes all the hard work worthwhile." -Karen Barski
I made up my mind that I was going to find a solution. With my RN background, mom-determination and average sewing skills, I took out my grandmother’s sewing machine one sleepless night and created the first Woombie Swaddle. I needed something that would stay intact and snug, but at the same time I wanted a fabric that would allow my baby to stretch when she needed to, but return to the snug, cocoon-like peanut shape afterwards. I created a swaddle that didn’t pin her little arms to her side, but was instead a stretchy but effective peanut shape that imitated the womb. Bella loved it and started sleeping better right away.
I added a 2-way zipper to make those diaper changes in the middle of the night a little easier, and it’s only one layer of fabric as opposed to multiple layers of wrapping like traditional swaddling.
Whenever I get a letter from a mom telling me that she was able to get her baby to sleep for the very first time, and is so thankful – it makes all the hard work worthwhile. I’m so happy to share my swaddle creation with moms everywhere!"
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