Our CuddleNest® Mini is intended for babies aged approximately 0-8 months and is to be used for lounging, supervised napping and tummy time, co-sleeping, changing diapers, cuddling and playing.
Our CuddleNest® Mighty is for toddler's 9-36 months and can be used for all the same activities as the Mini as well as a way to facilitate comfortable sleeping in toddler beds and twin beds, when your child is ready.
Nothing is more important to The LoLueMade Company® than the safety of your little ones, and below we list some of our most important Frequently Asked Questions, and we provide copies of our on-product Care and Use labels (sewn on the back of every CuddleNest). As always, we recommend you check with your pediatrician about the best practices for your specific child. There will always be a risk, such as SIDS, when using any lounger/bed/crib/bassinet/sleeper type of product. Please use with caution.
Here are some of our most important Frequently Asked Questions and discussion topics concerning safety:
A Message about Co-Sleeping
The American Academy of Pediatrics has determined that the safest place for a baby to sleep during the first year of life is in a crib, bassinet or play yard in the parents' bedroom.
The LoLueMade Company recognizes that many people believe strongly that infants and young children should never sleep with adults in their bed, while others believe that such co-sleeping provides benefits. Many who choose to co-sleep with our CuddleNest Lounger find that the sides help establish a separate space for the baby that is close by to the parent(s).
If you choose to use a CuddleNest while co-sleeping, in addition to consulting with your pediatrician, be sure to follow these seven precautions:
- Place the CuddlNest on a firm mattress only. Be sure it lays flat and remains flat with adult(s) in the bed.
- Position the CuddleNest in center of bed, near headboard. Each side of the CuddleNest should be at least 12 inches from edge of bed.
- Make sure there are no extra pillows on the bed that can go over the baby while in the CuddleNest. Pillows and covers present a suffocation risk to your baby. Each parent should use only the pillow under their heads.
- Make sure there are no covers (including blankets, sheets, pillowcases, shams, comforters, and other bedding) over the CuddleNest. Covers placed over the CuddleNest can end up over the baby’s face. Covers can also cause overheating which is associated with increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Parents should use separate covers to reduce risk of blankets being pulled up over the baby.
7. Never use components of the CuddleNest separately. Only use when fully assembled and zipped. Loose fabric and parts may present a suffocation hazard.
Can I use the CuddleNest with my baby on their tummy?
The CuddleNest Mini is meant for babies 0-8 months. It should only be used while babies are on their back, as the best evidence suggests that babies should be placed on their backs until one year of age. However, once a baby is capable of rolling over from back to stomach, and from stomach to back, the infant can be allowed to remain in the sleep position he or she assumes.
The CuddleNest Mighty is meant for little ones 9-36 months. Once a child is one-year old, and also capable of rolling from their back to their stomach, and also from their stomach to their back, the child can be allowed to sleep on their side or tummy if that is their preference. However, to reduce the risk of SIDS, you should only place the baby on his/her back in the CuddleNest for every sleep until your baby reaches 1 year of age.
Can I use my CuddleNest in a crib, bassinet and/or play yard?
No. The CuddleNest should not be used in a crib, bassinet or play yard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has cautioned that babies should be placed in a bare crib without any additional bedding, blankets or pillows. Furthermore, there is a concern that a young infant who can scoot or crawl out of the CuddleNest might get entrapped between the side of the crib, bassinet or play yard and the CuddleNest.
There have been incidents involving other products where babies have suffocated after becoming entrapped between a soft product and the side of a crib, bassinet or play yard. There have also been incidents where babies have suffocated on soft bedding like blankets or soft toys. This is why we warn against using a CuddleNest in a contained area like a crib, bassinet or play yard, and we also warn that blankets and pillows should not be placed in the CuddleNest. When it comes to an infant's resting environment, bare is best.
The CuddleNest Mighty can be used in a toddler bed or big kid-sized bed, once the child is at least nine months old, and then only placed at a height that allows the child to safely descend on his own.
Can I carry my baby in the CuddleNest?
No. It is not safe to carry your baby in the CuddleNest. While CuddleNest's themselves are very portable, you must remove your baby before transporting the CuddleNest, even for short distances.
Can I use the CuddleNest if my baby is rolling over?
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that a baby should only be placed on their back to sleep or rest until they are one year of age in order to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and suffocation. Pediatricians advise that once a baby is capable of rolling over from back to stomach, the baby can be allowed to remain in the sleep position baby assumes.
A healthy tot of over one year of age may be placed in the sleep position they prefer.
As always, we recommend you also check with your pediatrician about the best way to put your baby to sleep.
Can I use individual parts of my CuddleNest separately?
No. CuddleNest's should only be used when fully assembled and zipped. Loose fabric and parts may present a suffocation hazard.
Here is the Care and Use label that is sewn onto each CuddleNest Mini (it contains important information about safe use, and how to care for the product):
And here is the Care and Use label that is sewn onto each CuddleNest Mighty (it contains important information about safe use, and how to care for the product):