How do I know if my baby is ready for the Butterfly Cardi?

If they are showing signs of rolling, it's time to get those arms out of the swaddle! The Butterfly Cardi will assist this transition by gradually releasing their arms.


Do I wear a Swaddle or Sleeping Bag underneath the Butterfly Cardi?

The answer is an arms out pouch, whether it is an arms out swaddle or arms out sleeping bag. We recommend using the pouch you intend to keep sleeping your child in after the Buttefly Cardi comes off and they are fully transitioned. See our Milestones Chart for help in picking the right style pouch for your baby.

Do I use blankets with the Butterfly Cardi?

No. The TOG rated sleeping bag you use under the Butterfly Cardi has an insulation grade making it warm enough to use for sleep without loose bedding, and is designed to replace blankets.

What do I do if my baby rolls over while wearing the Butterfly Cardi?

If your baby rolls onto their stomach during sleep whilst their arms are contained in the cardi's pockets, they will still be able to use their arms to assist lifting their head to the side for unobstructed breathing. You do not need to put them back on their back. Following the roll, for their next sleep remove both arms out of the arm pockets for sleep. After another day, remove the Butterfly Cardi altogether.

My baby doesn't meet the weight requirements for the Butterfly Cardi, but is showing signs of rolling. What do I do?

We suggest dressing your child in an appropriately sized Cocoon Swaddle Bag, and releasing their arms out for sleep using the swaddles press studs. This is a faster way to transition to arms out sleeping but may cause a little more disruption. However, it is safer to endure a few days of disruption than risking a sleep product on your baby that is too big, or delaying the transition.

Does the Butterfly Cardi cause chest compression?

When the correct size for your child's weight is used, the Butterfly Cardi should be a firm fit, but should not cause chest compression. Every Butterfly Cardi is made with stretchy elastane for both comfort and to enable unrestricted breathing.

How long do I use the Butterfly Cardi for?

We recommend transitioning with the Butterfly Cardi over a 10 day period. Once your baby has transitioned to both arms out during sleep, the Butterfly Cardi should be removed for all their sleeps.


Do I need to remove the Butterfly Cardi when doing overnight feeds or nappy changes?

This is optional, but the short answer is no. Your baby can remain in the Butterfly Cardi for a feed, but you may wish to remove for comfort and burping. You do not need to remove the Butterfly Cardi for nappy/diaper changes.

Can I used the Butterfly Cardi for sleep on the go with baby?

The Butterfly Cardi can be worn if sleeping in a bassinet-style pram attachment or travel bassinet/cot, but cannot be used in a five point harness. Please do not put your child in a car seat wearing the Butterfly Cardi.

Can my baby sleep with their arms up in a Butterfly Cardi?

Yes, your baby will be able find a comfortable arm position when using the Butterfly Cardi, including bringing their hand to their mouth for self-soothing if they are inclined.

How many Butterfly Cardis do I need?

We would suggest two if you have a baby with reflux, or one that tends to bring up a lot of milk. Otheriwse, one Butterfly Cardi is enough to see your little one through the transition period.

What do I dress my baby in for sleep after they've completed the transition?

Hooray, you have an arms out sleeper! You can now dress your child in an arms out swaddle or sleeping bag, and their regular PJs/Layer/Onesie underneath. All ergoPouch swaddles and sleeping bags include a Room Thermometer and Dressing Guide. Place the thermometer in your baby's sleep environment to check room temperature. Once room temperature is established, use the table to guide you on the correct TOG and under Layers combination. Our organic cotton fibres are excellent at keeping your baby warm, whilst being breathable to maintain a comfortable and safe sleeping temperature.