Woombie, for the Naughty Swaddlers.Casey Mullins
“Unfortunately, no one can be told what the
Matrix Woombie is. You have to see it for yourself.”
My first reaction to the Woombie: “It’s like putting your baby in a Matrix pod! JUST PLUG THE CORD INTO THE BACK OF HER NECK AND WATCH OUT FOR AGENT SMITH!” Boy howdy, did I have to eat my words. It wasn’t even three weeks later when I was desperately searching online for “sleeping bag with no arms” because I couldn’t remember what the darn thing was called.
Spoiler alert: Googling “sleeping bag with no arms” will lead you down a twisted rabbit hole of adult … we’ll call them … “interests.”
Vivi is a naughty baby with the strength of a dozen babies who can break out of the most ornate and powerful swaddle I am capable of wrapping her up in.
Enter the Woombie.
I turned to Twitter who immediately knew what I was speaking of and had plenty of advice about the
Matrix pods Woombies. I went forward with the purchase of Vivi’s very own pod Woombie and things haven’t really been the same since.
Twitter warned me that you must get the size that is specific for your baby. Twitter was right. I purchased one for an up to 20 lb. baby and it works like a charm aside from her feet being slightly squashed. In the 20+ lb. bag her feet fit wonderfully but it’s stretchy/loose enough that she can nom her little paws through the material. However it keeps her from whacking herself in the face in the middle of the night and she technically can’t break out of it so it does its job well. Woombie also makes pods that have legs instead of bags but they were all on back order.
Cody calls it her straight jacket. I call it her butterbean. We both call it wonderful. And lest you think you can get away with simply sewing the arms of a regular blanket sleeper shut? You’d be wrong. Unless you have some super crafty skills that I don’t possess.This thing also puts the Halo Swaddle Sleep Sack to SHAME.
We have two, we rotate them out every couple of nights. One is fleece and she wears a onesie underneath. The other is a cotton jersey and she wears light cotton jammies in it. Chances are you have a mom friend who has a baby who hated the thing, before you pay full price for one (starting around $27), ask around or check eBay (in fact, as soon as I posted this picture someone commented, “My kid hated that thing, want another?”) They also come up on flash sale sites now and again.
Your baby may hate it or it may very well change your life with a jumpy baby. (Never having to origami swaddle a giant baby again? Sold.)
In our house? Woombie for life, or at least the next few months.
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