The Ultimate First-Year Essentials: Zipadee-zip

The first year of being a mom has been crazy! There are so many things I wish I would have known to better prepare for having a baby especially when it comes to baby gear. There are SO MANY things out there and unless you have been through it, it can be overwhelming to know what you really need. The things I used most often were the things that came highly recommended by my mama friends. Now that Aiden is almost a year, I will be sharing my ultimate first-year essentials. First up, the Zipadee-zip (referred to as ‘zippy’ in our house) by Sleeping Baby.

Disclosure: I received products in exchange for my honest review. However, I have purchased Sleeping Baby products in the past and love them!


Some babies have blankets, loveys, or pacifiers Aiden has a Zipadee-zip.

If you follow any of my “most used updates” posts you may have noticed that around month three I started talking about the Zipadee-zip and Aiden has used it just about every single day since. Just the sight of it is usually enough to calm him down during a fussy period. The Zipadee-zip was recommended to us by a friend who swore by it for a swaddle transition option.  You may have read my post on how important swaddling was for us to keep Aiden happy, so it  was a must-try for us. I love that it was created by a mom of a little girl who refused to sleep without being swaddled. Trust me a mom in that situation will find a solution!

The Zipadee-zip is meant for babies starting at three-months. We actually started a bit earlier and used it as a travel tool. We took several car and plane trips in the early months and we wanted something swaddle-like that would still be safe. With the Zipadee-zip you can still buckle a car seat or stroller so baby can stay warm and comfortable, but still be totally safe. It’s great for the air travel because planes are full of germs but when traveling in a Zipadee-zip Aiden was mostly covered so there was less of a chance of him picking something up. We also use it in the early spring and late fall when we go for our daily walks. Aiden doesn’t usually like a blanket covering his arms so we put it on him and he is nice and warm.

Aiden decided he no longer needed a tight swaddle to sleep when he was around 12 weeks old. However, he still had a startle reflex so putting him to sleep without a swaddle didn’t work. The Zipadee-zip was a perfect transitional swaddle. The slight resistance in the wing-span  decreased the startle reflex and helped him self-soothe and sleep better. We did try some other popular sleep sack brands and Aiden did not fall asleep as quickly in those.

Especially in the early days (and, honestly, even now sometimes) we would pack the Zipadee-zip and bring it with us wherever we went just in case Aiden decided to have a melt-down. If that happened we would put him in his zippy and he would usually calm down pretty quickly. It is also excellent for the many doctor appointments in the first year. Especially on the days when Aiden got his vaccinations, the Zipadee-zip was such a comfort to him.

Aiden has always been an excellent sleeper and I credit some of that to the Zipadee-zip. We recently had to move to the next size up because even now at 11-months old, we use it as a sleep sack. He doesn’t need a blanket in his crib because he has the Zipadee-zip. At nap time, we put it on him and he is out. I usually get questions from people asking if Aiden can move around in it and he can! There is plenty of room to push-up, roll over and wiggle around safely. Aiden can even pull up to standing in his crib with it on.

I have owned three Zipadee-zips and can attest to the excellent quality and amazing customer service. Our first zippy developed a hole in the shoulder seam about a month after we started using it. I contacted customer service to see if they could do anything even though the return policy is within one month. I heard back that same day that they would replace the defective Zipadee-zip. Not only did they replace it, but I didn’t have to wait until I sent it back to them for them to ship it to me. They shipped the next day with a return envelope for me to return the defective product. I have not had any issues since. Considering we use this Every.Single.Day, that is amazing!

UPDATE: Aiden is still using his Zipadee-zip at 14 months. We believe is a safe alternative to using a blanket in his crib and he is still happily using it. I think pretty soon we might make the transition to a flying squirrel pj.

Sleeping baby doesn’t just make Zipadee-zips either. One thing I really love about this company is that they are constantly trying to make parenting  easier. I jumped at the opportunity to try out their OneZ and Trendy Teethers. More about these products below.


I think most parents would sympathize with me on how difficult it is to deal with the snaps on rompers and pajamas. Sleeping Baby created a zipper inseam which is SO MUCH EASIER to manage when you have a wiggly baby. It also eliminates the every-day struggle I have with getting the snaps to match up correctly. It’s also warmer because there are no holes for air to get in.  I wish I would have had a few of these in the early days and I will definitely stock up if (more like when) I have a second baby.

Trendy Teethers

Aiden has been teething since five months (you can read about that here). It has been awful. Now that the teething tablets and gels have been recalled I have been relying more and more on silicon teething toys. I love the Sleeping Baby Trendy Teethers because they are bigger than most teething toys I have used. They are made from 100% non-toxic, BPA free soft silicon beads. They clip easily onto Aiden or his stroller or car seat. They are dishwasher safe which is fabulous! Most importantly they work. Aiden chews on it and has relief which is my greatest measure of success.

Needless to say, all of the Sleeping Baby products are must-adds to any registry list. Visit the Sleeping Baby website to look at all the great options and receive $2 off a Zipadee-zip with the promo code SLEEP.

Here is a peek at Aiden’s bed time routine. You can also read more about that here.

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I am sharing my ultimate first-year essentials. First up, the Zipadee-zip a baby swaddle transition option by Sleeping Baby.
I am sharing my ultimate first-year essentials. First up, the Zipadee-zip a baby swaddle transition option by Sleeping Baby.
The Zipadee-zip is a baby swaddle transition option and baby toddler sleep sack by Sleeping Baby. It is the perfect alternative to using a blanket in your baby or toddler's crib.















About Melissa

Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to an energetic toddler, a wife to my amazing husband Dan, and I work full-time as a meeting planner. I started this blog because, after having my little guy, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the amazing (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Leanne Dawn

    I had bever heard if the Zipadee-zip, pretty cool. I’ll have to give it a try.


    • Melissa

      Yes, you should Leanne! It’s amazing.

  • I would have liked to have tried this when bruce was younger-only my husband could successfully swaddle him, I never got the hang of it!

    • Melissa

      Yes, it tough Jasmine. My husband was a better burrito wrapper too 🙂

  • Dani Adams

    What a great tool for transitioning from swaddling. I could use this now.

    • Melissa

      You should try it out Dani!

  • Mary mozingo

    OMG I wish I would have known about the zipadee zip!! Maybe I’ll have another baby haha if my husband lets me! My kids loved being swaddled!

    • Melissa

      LOL maybe if you show him this he will jump on board Mary 😉 The Zipadee-zip makes parenting so much easier haha

  • Dev

    Very cool. Never heard of this product

    • Melissa

      It’s amazing 🙂

  • Mamaguru

    So adorable! My children always rolled around so much that a blanket was useless. The zipadee zip looks like a perfect sleep sack!

    • Melissa

      It is! My little guy is the same way 🙂

  • Meg

    Cute! We used velcro swaddlers and sleep sacks for my boys, but I like the idea of this cozy zippy, especially for winter.

    • Melissa

      Yes, we used the velcro swaddlers too during the first three months. They are great! Once he was done being tightly swaddled we moved to this for bed time and it was a perfect transition.

  • This is such a great idea! I’m thinking I’ll put this on my wishlist for my daughter. 🙂

    • Melissa

      Yes, you should Emily! It’s amazing.

  • mirinadler

    We used a Baby Merlin (great useful thing!) and when he got bigger we upgraded to a sleep sack. This looks good and we will want to check it out!

    • Melissa

      Yes, I have heard great things about the Merlin. I am glad it worked for you. You should definitely check the Zipadee-zip out.

  • I didn’t use this with my first daughter, but might get it for my next one. I’ve heard great things!

    • Melissa

      It’s an amazing product. My little guy loves his so much Suzanne!

  • I’m definitely going to have to get one of these for baby #3!

    • Melissa

      You should! They are so wonderful!

  • Stephanie Lowry

    Aww my oldest son’s name is Aiden! I wish I knew about these before! I just recently…finally left baby stage after 5 kids! Love this post ?

    • Melissa

      Five kids…wow, Stephanie! The oldest has the best name 🙂

  • Kristen

    I have been eyeing these for a long time!! I just need to go ahead and order one already!!

    • Melissa

      Definitely! It will be great for the winter Kristen.

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  • kathering s

    Too cute. This would be perfect for baby #3.

  • Christy Rivers

    I would choose the Large UNICORN one. It is adorable.

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  • Brigitte Bauman

    I love the Lots Of Love ZIPADEE-ZIP.

  • Kathy Hoffer

    My niece is 16 months now and she’s a little mover! I think she’d be so cute in this one:

  • Gladys M

    I would love the woodlands one!

  • DishesLaundryandLove

    This looks awesome! I have an 8 month-old and now that it’s starting to get colder I have been worried about him getting cold in the night. We were using the Magic Merlin suit, but my little one has outgrown it. I’ve heard you aren’t supposed to put them to bed with any blankets until at least one year, so the Zipadee-zip looks like a great solution!

  • Eg Kaufman

    I would choose the Unicorns.

  • Deidra

    I would probably choose baseball! Fun giveaway!

  • Louise Patterson

    I would choose the Rubber duckies ! they are so cute 🙂

  • m.

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  • Brandon Sparks

    The MY MILITARY HERO one would be nice to have.

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    I definitely need to check them out! My son still has a hard time going down at bedtime unless I nurse him, and he’s 7 months.

  • Cal H

    I would love to win a regular cotton zippy! In size L or XL! Thank you!

  • brittany

    I love the Zippidy! I work in a nursery and a few of the kids in their have them. (I didn’t even know they existed when mine were little). But now, I’m obsessed and definitely plan on getting one for our next kid!

  • Diedre

    I’ve never heard of this product! Definitely keeping this in mind if we have a 3rd baby 🙂

  • MelissaandKeith Miller

    I think I would pick the unicorns

  • Allie Day

    My little girl loves her zipadee-zip and we are just getting to the point where we need the next size! I could see when she is done wearing one that she might use it as a blanket because it’s so calming to her!

  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick Marshall

    Great review. Sound like an awesome product.

  • Will have to add this my things to give new moms

  • disqus_biokAe6PGV

    Very thorough description of products I hope to get to try 🙂

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