The Cuddle Effect
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Did you know? The pressure from touch triggers a self-soothing, neurological response in babies.
This explains why holding your baby or simply putting your hand on them when they are sleeping keeps them calm and relaxed. Being in your arms allows your baby’s body to switch over to the parasympathetic nervous system, releasing dopamine and oxytocin (the “feel-good” hormones).
To say the least, your touch is a powerful thing and vital to your baby’s well-being. Just your touch can reduce anxiety, improve sleep, relieve pain, promote bonding, improve responsiveness, boost immunities, lower blood pressure, stabilize heart rate, and trigger growth hormones.
All of this, plus the simple comfort it brings, is why it’s hard to put your baby down or to walk away without them stirring, waking, or crying. The experience your baby is responding to is referred to as the Cuddle Effect™, and research shows that using Deep Touch Pressure (DTP) promotes the Cuddle Effect when babies feel gentle pressure in the places you naturally hold them.
Enter Nested Bean!
Founded by a mom who was in desperate need of sleep herself, Nested Bean was developed after a simple act of putting her hand on her baby’s chest with a stuffed animal and it resulting in her baby sleeping under the gentle pressure. This, in turn, got the mom thinking, and after tons of research and consulting with doctors and pediatric pulmonologists, the world’s first gently weighted swaddle and Nested Bean were born.
As of today, Nested Bean’s reach has grown and so have their array of products, but the core remains the same – sleepwear that soothes like your touch. Only Nested Bean sleepwear is designed to mimic your touch and extend the Cuddle Effect™, giving you and your baby more rest throughout the day and night.
Check out the different types of products Nested Bean offers and see which is right for your baby.
Zen Swaddle® – Best for newborns who like to be wrapped snugly to prevent startle reflex, and have not yet started rolling over.
*Size: Small (0-6 months).
Zen Neo™ – Gently weighted and loaded with parent-friendly features that dramatically simplify swaddling while keeping your baby snug and comforted with a womblike pod design.
*Size: Small (0-4 months).
Zen One™ – Best for all babies 0-6 months, because it is the only swaddle that adapts to every sleep style over time. A secure band keeps baby’s arms down to prevent startle reflex or wraps around the belly for arms-free sleeping. Mesh sleeves allow for finger-sucking and can easily be unzipped and removed for more range of movement.
*Sizes: Newborn (0-3 months), Small (3-6 months).
Zen Sack™ – Best for babies who have started rolling over, or don’t like being swaddled. The Zen Sack™ is also a perfect transition from the swaddle, and great for tummy sleepers who can roll independently since the sack can be worn backwards!
*Sizes: Small (0-6 months), Medium (6-15 months), or Large (15-24 months).
Zen PJs™ – Best for active sleepers who find a swaddle or a sack restricting their leg movement. With two options available, Zen Bodysuit or Zen Footie™, these products are perfect for on-the-go occasions.
*Sizes: Small (0-6 months), Medium (6-12 months).
Learn more about Nested Bean and see how you can offer your baby your touch whenever they need it.
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I wish that they had these when my son was little.
That’s some really interesting stuff. I didn’t know about the cuddle effect.
I’m about to have baby #2 in May so thanks for sharing! These look great
Adorable things. No baby in my life right now.
Didn’t know about the cuddle effect. I learned a lot today!
This is very important
I don’t have any kids but I come from a family of 8 and I believe the cuddle effect is extremely important to the well being of children
Great information here and one I will pass on to my friends thanks for sharing this one.
I did know this, but what a great idea for a sleep sack! I love that it has the weighted patch, I bet this helps baby so much. I will definitely be buying a couple of these when I have my next baby.
Thanks for the great info!