Just like any comforter, baby needs to be old enough and mobile enough to be able to safely maneuver Sleepytot when they want to. This age can vary with all babies, depending on their development.
Some can start using their Sleepytots at 5 months, others may have to wait until they are 6 or 7 months. If in doubt pop Sleepytot onto the cot bars or out of reach until you know it’s safe for them to have the comforter in the cot with them unsupervised.
A great idea is to wear Sleepytot around with you for a day or so, then attach the Sleepytot to the cot rails nice and safe, but where your baby can still see it. Just being able to see the comforter at this early age can give your baby the security they need to fall back to sleep, especially if it smells all yummy like you.
Sleepytot can also be placed between yourself and baby while feeding for additional comfort.
The smaller of the two is probably a little smaller than it looks in the pictures.
Both sizes of Sleepytots will allow your baby to do the same thing; find those elusive dummies during the middle of the night!
The benefits of the smaller Sleepytot is that it is lighter for your baby to hold in her mouth especially if they want to use their dummy during the day. The larger Sleepytot is more like a comforter, very squishy and soft.
As a guide, I used the small Sleepytot for my son from 7-12 months, then transitioned him to the larger Sleepytot. Samuel doesn’t seem to mind, however, when I swap him over to the smaller Sleepytot to give his big bunnies a wash. It really comes down to a personal preference for mum or dad.
To start with, make sure you give your baby lots of time to practice using their sleepytot, supervised, during the day.
Pop 1 to 4 dummies on his paws, and let your baby explore! When baby loses Sleepytot, guide her hand down to find him. Don’t get into the habit of replacing the Sleepytot yourself, as you want your baby to be able to do this without you. It won’t take long at all before bubs realises their precious dummies are on the paws of the Sleepytot, and they can replace them all by themselves.
Again as a reference, Samuel at 7 months, took 3 nights to learn how to replace his own dummy using Sleepytot. He had previously been waking up, up to 5-6 times a night, and within 3 nights he was sleeping though the night.
The best way is in a delicates bag, and thrown into your normal wash.
He can be dried in the dryer the same way.
The advantage of Sleepytot is that, unlike some other brands, you can use your normal dummies which can then be easily taken off the comforter and sterilised or washed regularly.
In fact, Sleepytot is endorsed by the Millpond Child Sleep Clinic in the UK and the Baby Sleep Consultant in NZ as an aid to help older babies and younger children to locate their dummies so they can return to sleep easily without waking up Mum or Dad.