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The Sleepyhead has become one of those baby products that many parents want to own. We have all heard from friends (or friends of friends) how this stylish and chic sleeping pod got their newborn baby to sleep instantly and how they cannot live without it.
The Sleepyhead Deluxe+ is a pricey sleeping aid for sure, but when something can help a newborn (and hence a new parent) get some sleep, isn’t it worth investing in?
The design of the pod – as well as the materials used – have all been carefully crafted to ensure babies are kept happy, healthy and comforted. The soft pod is designed to make the baby feel as if they are being “cuddled” as they sleep, offering reassurance and comfort and thus promoting better sleep.
There are plenty of other sleeping pods on the market, for example the Purflo and the Voksi Baby Nest (both cheaper than the Sleepyhead), but the Sleepyhead seems to be the only one worth shouting about.
Its sleek lines and stylish design make it look gorgeous in any nursery or bedroom. The Deluxe+ has additional toy loops which allows you to connect a play arch or other toys to keep baby happy when awake.
It also comes with covers, which can be changed from the original white, making it ideal if you want to personalise it a bit.
Claire tested the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ out with her newborn baby girl, Lottie Petal.
Lottie is my third baby and I have discovered that no 2 babies have the same sleeping habits, even if they are siblings!
My first was an amazing napper and would fall asleep wherever I put him. My second was a nightmare napper – wasn’t happy anywhere and fought sleep like there was no tomorrow. I therefore had no clue how Lottie would fare with the Sleepyhead.
I had mixed reviews from friends when I questioned how it worked for them, and as Lottie only appeared to want to sleep on my boobs for the first few weeks, I did have my doubts.
My first impression on seeing the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ was very positive. It looked gorgeous. Chic, sleek and a beautiful clean white with the logo embossed in gold thread. I am a sucker for a pretty baby product, so this was great. It was also super soft and smooth to the touch. I loved the snugness of it and how cosy it looked.
How does the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ work?
The pod is supposed to mimic the safe and secure feeling of the womb. Much like swaddling, this design has been created to bring comfort to babies after being in the tight surroundings of the womb for 9 months.
A cot can feel like a large and daunting space for a newborn, so the Sleepyhead is supposed to transition them gently. I love this concept, but from experience, I know that the so-called “4th trimester” is a tricky one and a lot of babies simply will not be put down or separated from mum, so although the idea is a good one, it can be hit or miss depending on the baby.
The Sleepyhead range can be used from birth all the way up until 3 years. The Deluxe+ is designed for babies from birth until 8 months, and then they can graduate onto the Grand, which is meant for little ones from 9 months to 3 years.
So what are the safety concerns about the Sleepyhead Deluxe?
You may have seen the warning from The Lullaby Trust that baby sleeping pods and nests do not meet the safer sleep guidelines that it promotes. According to the Trust, the fact that pods and nests have mattresses with raised, padded sides mean that they don’t meet the “flat” requirements of the guidelines. Yet our argument would be that this is true of many cribs and moses baskets, which are recommended by the Trust.
We’ve investigated all of the scientific evidence that the Trust has based its warning on. Perhaps because pods and nests are fairly recent products, there isn’t any specific research relating to them, but as previously mentioned we could find no evidence of any reported cases of suffocation or SIDS directly linked to use of a Sleepyhead.
Can the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ be used without supervision?
No. It is important to use the Sleepyhead (as well as any other sleeping aide) safely. It states on the packaging not to leave baby unattended in the Sleepyhead and it is recommended for daytime sleep only.
The base of the pod is firm but due to the raised pod borders, it is not considered flat, and this is something that The Lullaby Trust advises against. It is worth reading their advice before purchasing this or any sleep aid.
What else can you use the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ for?
The Sleepyhead can also be used as a play nest for little ones. As you can carry it around with you, it makes it very convenient spot to place baby in when you need to put them down (if they will let you!) The soft yet firm base makes it an ideal space for them to relax and watch the world go by.
Is it worth buying the mobile arch and toy set?
Fellow reviewer Monaz says she thinks so, as it made the product more versatile.
“I used it as both a gym and a sleeping pod. My baby was happy to lie there on his front or his back for a while playing with the toys and looking around the room,” she says.
“The Toy Arch is suitable until babies are able to pull themselves up, so you’ll likely get around 4 to 6 months of use out of it. My baby is 5 months old and it’s still suitable for him.”
What’s the difference between the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ and the Sleepyhead Deluxe?
The Deluxe+ has taken over from the original Deluxe version. The main differences between the two is the newer version comes with more cover options, and it also has little loops for toys, and there is a toy arch that you can purchase separately (£18) to make it more of a play mat. I also found it very useful as a quick changing spot for Lottie – best to pop a muslin down first though.
Is the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ easy to use?
It is very easy to use. You just unzip the bag, take it out and it is ready to go. There is no faffing or messing around like so many baby products, which is a real bonus. There is a strong piece of cardboard under the base which is held in place with a zip pocket. You remove this when you start using the Sleepyhead – but hold on to it, as if you want to take it with you on holiday or to someone’s house then pop the cardboard back in and it helps retain its shape.
Can you take it travelling?
It’s feather light so moving it from room to room is easy. However, as it’s quite thick and padded, it’s not easy to fold down to a small size to take it away on holiday, for example, unless you had a large suitcase or you’re travelling via car. The clear plastic zip-up bag the pod comes in is worth hanging onto, as it keeps it clean and makes it easy to transport it around when on the move. There is a handle woven into the pod making it easy to carry.
You can buy a navy transport bag for £55 separately if you’d like a more stylish version.
Did the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ seem comfortable for your baby?
Yes, this is a very comfy piece of equipment. The cotton cover is cool and soft and perfect for babies to snuggle up in. The sides allow babies to feel enclosed and secure.
Did it help your baby nap?
I found that with Lottie, when she was tiny, she only wanted to be held. However, once she fell asleep, I could put her in the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ and she would stay fast asleep. This didn’t happen if I put her in her crib, where her eyes would snap open immediately then.
With the Sleepyhead, she would stay sound asleep… the length would vary of course. There were a few times during the early days when we stayed at one of her grandparents’ houses. I brought the Sleepyhead along with me and would pop her in it whenever she fell asleep during the day.”
Fellow reviewer Monaz says: “In the beginning, our newborn baby Evan would sleep contentedly in the Sleepyhead during the day, and friends who were parents were always astonished at how well he’d sleep compared to their babies. As he got older, his naps naturally decreased, but when he was sleeping soundly, he’d stay down for a solid amount of time. Once he outgrew the Sleepyhead, we put him on the cot mattress. We found the quality and duration of his naps really diminished.”
Is it easy to take the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ with you around the house?
It is very easy to take around the house with you – but always needs to be put on a flat, firm surface that isn’t raised. It’s lightweight yet sturdy.
Is the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ easy to clean?
In terms of cleaning it, it couldn’t be easier. The cover zips off and can be popped in the washing machine. We had a few nappy explosions on it and thanks to Napisan and non-bio, the cover came up whiter than white again. I did find wrapping a large muslin swaddle around it helped to protect it against Lottie’s dribble too.
What age is the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ suitable for?
It says it is suitable for babies from 0-8 months, but I’m not sure I agree with that.
Lottie enjoyed the Sleepyhead until she was about 8 weeks old or so. From that point she started getting very fussy about where she slept, perhaps because of her reflux.
She decided that the Sleepyhead was no longer right for her and instead preferred being in the bedside crib. At 8 weeks she already looked VERY cosy in the pod, and she is quite a small baby. I’m not sure that she would have lasted until 8 months, even if she did continue to love it.
I have asked friends whether their babies stayed in the Sleepyhead until 8 months, and most admitted that they outgrew them well before that.
Fellow reviewer Monaz agrees, saying: “Around 6.5 months, Evan grew too long for it even though he’s smaller than average (on the 25th centile for length). I would still assert that we got our money’s worth.”
Who would you recommend the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ to?
I think that the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ would appeal to pretty much every parent.
For those parents who travel to and from grandparent’s houses or who just want something lightweight to take with them on weekends away, this really couldn’t be a better solution.
Does it offer good value for money?
In my opinion, it is a lot of money. However, I believe it is all relative. If your baby naps in it and is comfortable and settled, then it is an absolute bargain.
If, however, your baby isn’t a fan or grows out of it relatively quickly, then it is an awful lot of money to have spent – especially as most first-time parents end up purchasing a crib, a Moses basket, a cot and the like.
I do believe that this is a beautifully crafted and well-made product, that uses very good, high quality materials.
It is hypoallergenic and breathable, so ideal for sensitive skin.
Because the Sleepyhead is good for play time and tummy time too (thanks to the rounded bumpers), it does give you more bang for your buck than just a napping pod.
Lottie did love hers; it was just a love affair that sadly didn’t last. However, my new baby cousin is now using it and manages lots of lovely naps in it, so it really is down to the individual baby.
And a quick search of any local “mums” groups on Facebook tells you that people are always looking to buy them secondhand so there is a potentially decent re-sell value too.
This really is a “proof is in the pudding” product. No one can predict what type of sleeper your baby will be or what he or she will like. It might work wonders for your newborn – but, equally, it might not. The only way to find out is to invest the £130 to try it.
The Sleepyhead Deluxe+ would be the perfect special gift to ask for at a baby shower or from friends and family, or if you have your heart set on one.
It is a beautifully designed, well thought-out product that could be passed on to younger siblings to possibly sold on to recoup some of the cost.
Monaz adds: “I would definitely recommend the Sleepyhead Deluxe to anyone who wants to a daytime pod for your baby, as long as you use it following the safety guidelines. The quality makes it worth the money, plus it doubles as an entertainment place.”
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|Model||Sleepyhead Deluxe+ Pod|
|Child age (approx)||Birth to 8 months|
|Made from||cover: 100% cotton and filling: 100% polyester|
|Washing instructions||Hand wash and machine washable|
Toy arch - £18
Transport bag - £55
Spare cover - £55