Before I had Oliver I really didn’t care about babies. I mean, I desperately wanted to have a child but I never stopped at Target to ooooh and aaaah at baby clothes. Even when I was pregnant that didn’t interest me at all.
I was just so focused on making sure that the little human inside of me was getting the right nutrients and that I was keeping in shape to make sure he was thriving.
The color palette of his nursery, what furniture to buy was not in the plans, baby gear and gadgets were not on my list and the latest baby fashion was the furthest thought in my mind.
But, when Oliver was born two months premature, my gears started spinning out of control and I became THAT mom who’s baby needed EVERYTHING!
Now, at eight months old, Oliver has more items with tags that he has outgrown or that we just didn’t use in time than he has items that we use and love. So many things bought, so much wasted money! If I could do it all over again I would probably buy about 25% of what I bought this time and wouldn’t miss a thing.
I wanted to mention the Nested Bean Zen Sack as one of the items that really paid for itself as Oliver has been using it for many many months now.
The Bear one in the photos is a size three to six months but we also purchased a larger one that fits six to twelve months. I really really really wish they went up to larger sizes!
The Zen Sack is first and foremost a very high quality sleep sack. It’s medium weight and made from 100% ultra soft (I mean VERY soft) cotton. The print is so vibrant and so adorable too! All the finishes are very luxurious and heavy duty – comparable to my Woolino and Aden + Anais Merino sacks which cost north of $100.
The Zen Sack has two rows of shoulder straps so they are a little bit adjustable. Some of the upscale brands don’t have snaps at the shoulders and it’s a hassle to get a baby in and out of the sack because you have to go over their heads and we all know babies HATE putting anything over their heads (especially when they’re half asleep). Moving a baby too much could mean loss of a good nights sleep for both baby and mommy!
The zipper is very nice and doesn’t get caught in the fabric on the side, it’s also pretty smooth and quiet so it makes midnight diaper changes a breeze. I absolutely love how it lays flat so I can put Oliver in it and get him zippered and snapped up without waking him.
Our first Sleep Sack that we used WAS this one so I can’t say wether or not the weighted bean helped him sleep or not BUT at the same time I can say that he has slept through the night way before his peers. The doctor was amazed when Oliver would sleep from sun down to sun up from the time he was about three and a half months old, which is about the time we stopped swaddling him (because he was a ninja baby) and put him in the Nested Bean Zen Sack.
Now that he sleeps on his tummy more, we turn the sleep sack around so the egg is on his back and it seems to work well. Typically he naps on his belly during the day.
So, I believe the weighted bean does soothe him a bit but the reason why I purchased so many of these sleep sacks is because of the luxurious cotton, it’s so perfect all year around in California. I also washed each of the Zen Sacks MANY MANY MANY times and they all look like new.
I use Charlie’s Soap with The Laundress fabric conditioner and I typically dry on VERY low or just air dry everything. The print and all the hardware are like new and the fabric is just as soft as ever.
I know Nested Bean makes a Bamboo version of the Zen Sack but I haven’t tried that one but I’m guessing it would be just as soft and luxurious as the Cotton one. My only gripe is that they don’t make these in bigger sizes! I would definitely be willing to buy these all the way until Oliver is two years old, it would be grand if they made these with little feet holes too like Woolino does.
Crossing fingers and toes that they expand their line because their fabric is so delicious and the prints always bring a smile to Oliver’s face. Which brings a smile to my face.
I just adore slipping the sleep sack on him and watch him cuddle with his stuffed animals in his Moses basket until he’s so tired his eyes close and his hands go up above his head and he does this little adorable head tilt and he’s out like a light.
I have to stop what I’m doing and just look at him sleeping and wonder what he is dreaming.
On this day we were promised a beautiful sunset so I was really hoping to share that with him but sleep is what he wanted and needed, but I truly can’t wait until he’s older and can appreciate all the natural beauty that is created with each sunset!