🙋♀️ When I was searching for a baby comforter (pre-Kippins), I was shocked that loads of available brands didn't reflect anything I knew about safe sleep and keeping baby cool in the cot.
💛 Made from a breathable fabric that promotes air flow.
The majority of comforters on the market were made from fake fur - tiny plastic particles that are smushed together to make a 'fluffy' toy. Have you ever sat under a fake fur blanket? They're SUPER warm - you get toasty (and sweaty) under it in a (literally) hot minute. That's because there's little air flow - the reason you get so toasty is that the air is trapped underneath the plastic fibres.
We crafted our Kippins from two layers of premium, woven organic cotton. Produced with no nasties, right down to the pre-wash "bio-wash" our fabric goes through before it reaches your Little Dreamer.
The other bonus? Natural fibres absorb smells - so whether it's you in the early days (pop that Kippin down your top to help baby attach and feel comforted), or baby's own smell on their Blankie as they get older, it's easy to get a Kippin smelling like SLEEP.
💛 So. Many. Gimmicks. A baby comforter 'works' through psychological attachment - baby transfers the feelings of safety and security they feel for you to an object. The comforter doesn't 'put' your baby to sleep or help them resettle like a magic sleep machine - baby does this themselves because they are happy, calm and relaxed. Whatever you choose, keep in mind that it's really just the object itself you're buying - and be critical of it!
💛 Babies attach more easily to flat blanket like objects when they are under 12 months old. With the optimum time for a baby to first attach to a comforter between the ages of 8-10 months, you want something that is small and tactile and which isn't a GTO (Gas Trapping Object). Soft toys (the traditional 3D kind) aren't suitable as baby comforters under the age of 12 months. If you want to get in the zone of attachment, look for something flat.
💛 Dummy holders - yes please. My mama friends with dummy loving babes used to tell me their dummy woes at every park playdate. A dummy can be a great settling tool - but if babe is using it to get to sleep and then losing it in the middle of the night, you're going to be the one losing it when you have to get up and replace it. A Kippin can hold up to four dummies with our easy self-tie knots (it must have a loop). The great thing is that by using a Kippin as a dummy holder, it's not such a 'shock' for babe when it's time to say goodbye to the dummy - they're already attached to their special friend, and it helps ease the transition! Babe can also chew on the little knots as a replacement behaviour.
How to Kippin? We recommend buying multiples of the same character and rotating these from the day of introduction in the cot. This helps babe get attached equally to all of the 'objects', it means you can have spares for the wash and other locations and not have the stress of a lost comforter. Because this is the best way to introduce a comforter, we offer multi buy discounts when you buy two or more.
🤓 Have any questions about introducing your comforter or getting more sleep? We can help - just send us a DM or comment below! We work with a range of Sleep Consultants to support families to get more sleep.