Who are ergoPouch?
ergoPouch are an Australian company, based in Melbourne. All of the ergoPouch products are designed by the ergoPouch founder, Alina Sack. A mum herself, she has drawn on her own personal experiences of sleep deprivation to come up with innovative products that are made to help babies and kids get a better night's sleep.
Why use a swaddle?
Swaddling your baby can help soothe and settle them to sleep by giving them a feeling of containment, similar to the feeling they had when in the confined space of your womb. In the early days after birth, babies have a startle reflex that can often wake or disturb a sleeping baby - a swaddle such as the ergoCocoon will help prevent this from disturbing their sleep. We have always known from anecdotal evidence that swaddling seems to help babies sleep, there is now research to back this up. Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, has published research that found that of the 26 infants they studied, the rapid eye movement phase of sleep was almost doubled in babies who were swaddled for daytime naps.
When should I stop swaddling my baby?
As soon as your baby is able to roll over, you should stop swaddling. Every baby develops at a different pace, but this usually happens from around 3 months of age. Our ergoCocoons have been specifically designed to make this transition easy for you. When your baby is ready, just undo the poppers and allow one arm out. Once your baby is used to having one arm free, you can release the other arm and continue to use your ergoCocoon as a sleep bag.
Which swaddle should I choose - the 0.2 tog, 1 tog or 2.5 tog?
The tog ratings are a measure of how warm the swaddle is. Take a look at our ergo-EcoSystem, it will help with all you need to know aboout what to put under our products.
Can my baby sleep with her arms up in an ergoCocoon or airCocoon?
All our swaddle products are made from a stretchy fabric to allow for natural movement. We find that babies will naturally wriggle their arms and hands into a position that is most comfortable for them. The ergoCocoon products don't place arms down at the side like some swaddles do. A baby won't however be able to get her arms all the way up to the sides of her head.
How many swaddles do I need?
We recommend that you start with two. Babies can be messy creatures - nappies leak, they spit up milk!! If you have two, you can have "One on, and one in the wash".
Can I use blankets with a swaddle?
Safe sleep guidelines suggest you should have as little as possible in the cot or crib and so we have made our ergoCocoons available in three tog (warmth) ratings. By choosing the right Cocoon for the temperature of your nursery, you can avoid using blankets altogether. However, if you do choose to use a blanket, make sure you follow these directions.
The neck opening seems a little tight on my ergo cocoon. What do I do?
Our cocoons are suppose to have a firm fit around the shoulder and chest area. It is important that the baby doesn't go inside the cocoon and cover their face.
A good way to test if it too tight is to see if you can fit 2 fingers inside the neck opening, if you can then it is a correct fit. If you are still uncomfortable with the opening being small we suggest to undo the zipper about 1cm down.
How do I choose the right size sleeping bag?
It's important to get the right size sleeping bag that has the best fit for your child. A sleeping bag should be well fitted around the neck and the armholes to avoid your baby slipping through. It should also be bell shaped in the bottom to allow for easy leg movement.
Why do you use cotton fillings in your sleeping bags?
Sleeping with natural fibres can help your baby get a better night's sleep. Natural fibres disperse moisture from the skin, providing an even warmth and body temperature. ErgoPouch sleeping bags are all highly breathable, keeping babies consistently warm without overheating. Synthetic fillings such as Polyester do not have the same qualities and can lead to temperature variations throughout the night. They can also trap too much heat, which can be a particular problem for babies with eczema as this will exacerbate the condition.
Why are there stretchy panels at the sides of your sleeping bags?
For two reasons. As babies start to wriggle and move around, the stretch panels allow for comfortable movement, and help prevent them getting tangled. The panels also help with the breathability of our sleeping bags - preventing temperature variations and overheating.
My little one has started to unzip her sleeping bag - any tips?
This is a common problem! Our bags are built to help keep little fingers away from the zippers, with extra large zip covers, but some are just really good escape artists. We recommend turning the bag inside out so that they can't access the zipper pull.
What is the difference between the organic cotton Jersey Sleep bag to a organic cotton sheeting Sleep Bag?
The fabric of the jersey sleeping bag isn't as luxurious as winter baby sleeping bag. The winter baby sleeping bag is made out of a sheeting fabric with a 400+ thread count. The jersey bag is made out of super soft organic cotton jersey.
We would suggest the jersey sleeping bag for bubs that need to transition out of the swaddle.
The Jersey sleeping bag only comes in the 8-24 month size.
What do the different fire labels mean?
Fire labels can seem worrying, however because ergoPouch products are considered sleepwear they need to have specific labelling according to how flammable the product is.
Anything made from natural fibre will have a high fire danger label if they are correctly labelled to Australian standards (unless purchased overseas).
Product Safety guidelines are mostly based on what will happen if a garment is exposed to an open flame. The reality is that all natural fibres will catch alight if exposed to an open fire, or melt if its polyester.
If your child is going to be exposed to an open flame often, then we would suggest to look at the fire ratings on nightwear instead.
Each category requires a label. Categories 1–3 require a low fire hazard label and category 4 requires a high fire hazard warning label.
LOW FIRE DANGER HIGH FIRE DANGER
- Category 1 - Garments made from fabric and trims that pass low flammability tests. Examples include wool, some synthetics and some heavy cottons.
- Category 2 - Garments that are close fitting, such as pyjamas, do not ignite or burn as readily. As a result, they may be made from more flammable fabrics. Garment measurements apply according to size.
- Category 3 - Babies' all-in-ones have their own category because there is little difference between daywear and nightwear. This category covers all-in-one garments in sizes 00–2, such as jumpsuits and rompers.
- Category 4 - Applies to garments that do not fit categories 1, 2 or 3 but still meet some fabric, size and burning test requirements.
If you need further information: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/standards/nightwear-for-children#safety-markings-for-paper-patterns
I’ve washed my sleeping bag and rust like stains appear on the bag, what do I do?
As the organic cotton in our sleeping bags do not go through any type of chemical bleaching, sometimes tiny bits of this organic cotton bud get trapped when the fabric is made. When the sleeping bags are eventually washed, the pigment from these trapped tiny bits of cotton bud come out and onto the material.
We have tested using a stain remover on other cases and 99% of the time the marks come right out. Understandably if chemicals don't want to get used in the wash then Bicarb works just as well.
If the stain has not come out please email firstname.lastname@example.org