Having heard about the benefits of swaddling (full night’s sleep = happy baby = happy parents) from my mum friends, I was determined to have a go when my little one arrived. What I hadn’t reckoned with was producing a mini Houdini, able to release his arms (and, once, inexplicably, his legs) from the tightest swaddling within seconds of my meticulous wrapping. So, it was with last-chance-saloon resignation that I tried the Swaddle Pod, which I admit I bought on impulse because of the irresistibly sweet babies on the website.
The Pod, invented by a neo-natal nurse and mum of four, is a sock-like innovation shaped like a peapod, made from super-soft cotton in the Cotswolds. Much less hassle than swaddling – you just pop the baba in – and guaranteed to contain the wriggliest infant, this is one of the most useful purchases I have made so far. OK, so the occasional arm does escape, but the little one seems comfy and cosy and sleeps happily in his pod for ages. Oh, and did I mention he looks impossibly cute?
The Swaddle Pod is Â£18.99 (plus Â£1.50 p&p) and comes in five reversible colourways, from traditional pale pink or blue with white to (my choice) jade and red.