Swaddling is one of the best ways to keep your baby comfortable and cozy because it makes them feel secure, simulating the feeling of being in the womb. And, we love a beautiful swaddle that we can also use as a nursing cover or quick Instagram backdrop. But there's definitely a major learning curve when it comes to perfectly swaddling your little one—and even some safety concerns if the swaddle isn't done the right way.

Dr. Harvey Karp, renowned pediatrician, child development expert and founder of Happiest Baby, is widely known for the SNOO, the smart infant sleeper—and he's saving the day for many mamas and dads again. Dr. Karp is launching Sleepea, the first doctor-designed sleep sack that takes the struggle out of swaddling.


“Snug swaddling makes babies feel secure and prevents sudden startles and nose-whacks that can upset unwrapped babies in the middle of the night," says Dr. Karp in a press release. Not only does a secure swaddle calm down baby, but it allows for mom and dad to get a little more shut-eye, too. 😴

We took the Sleepea for a test run and here are a few of our favorite features:

  • Quiet velcro = baby won't get woken up 🙌
  • Super secure so even Houdini babies can't break free
  • Dual zipper for seamless diaper changes
  • Breathable material that prevents overheating
  • Soft organic cotton
  • Hip safe to give plenty of room for baby's joints

The product will come in three sizes to accommodate babies from five pounds up to 25 pounds, with the larger sizes providing side holes for children who need to wiggle around a bit more. Even better, it'll come in gorgeous colors like rose, sky blue, granite and teal. 😍

If you love the benefits of swaddling but hate the hassle of it (or are nervous about a large blanket coming loose at night), Sleepea is a great solution. Parents can purchase it at Walmart, Jet, Amazon, and for just $23.95. And, for a limited time, it's also on sale on for $14.27!

Happy swaddling, mamas!

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.


The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.

As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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