Pinterest Nightmare #532: SnuggleWings

When I woke up this morning, I had a private Facebook message from my sister-in-law that was clocked in at 4:30 AM (Yes, that was AM). GAH! It seems my adorable nephew is teething, and he’s been up all night…and so has she (obvi).

I really wanted to to be helpful, but what do I know? Sure, I remember what it was like to have an infant and to be so tired that I could fall asleep while standing upright at the Target checkout line (I was a pro. I never even dropped myΒ Us Weekly), but it’s been a long time since I’ve had an infant.

Where could I possibly go to find the latest info and gizmos for babies, so I could really come through for my sleep-deprived sister-in-law? Oh, you know where I went…Pinterest!

As usual, I was not disappointed by the riches Pinterest had to offer! I found an apparatus so incredible, I know every new mom will be snapping it up asap. (Unfortunately, it isn’t for teething. Sorry, Samantha.)

Pinterest Nightmare #532: SnuggleWings

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As pinned from snugglewings.com

Say hello to SnuggleWings, the first patented straitjacket made just for babies!

But how does it work? Feast your eyes on SnuggleWings in action:

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TA DA! Free range of motion is like a thing of the past for this little tyke!

It may seem a bit harsh, but when you consider the behavior of an average baby, it’s actually quite amazing that adults haven’t been putting them in restraints for decades!

Babies can seem perfectly content and then, without any warning whatsoever, they just start screaming. That’s not a civilized way to settle a grievance! Even when they are calm, they rarely speak in complete sentences, but more often just babble incoherently. Does that sound like the communication strategy of someone that has their wits about them? Babies also tend to make goofy faces when you look at them and have a distinct tendency to drool uncontrollably. It’s disconcerting. Oh, and let’s not forget, ifΒ you aren’t being careful, they will reach right out and just pull your hair! Their lack of self control is truly terrifying!

See what I mean?! If that isn’t the behavior of a person begging to have their arms strapped down, I don’t know what is!

The parenting pioneers at SnuggleWings have developed the perfect device to make an infant feel cozy while protecting the outside world from its unpredictable outbursts. It’s a win-win! Everyone feels better when they are getting a hug, even if it’s from themselves!

Oh sure, naysayers will claim that babies need to move their arms in order to explore the world and keep their circulation going, but come on! Children need boundaries! Besides, they aren’t using their arms for anything constructive! You are doing everything for them anyway!

I only wish that SnuggleWings came in a larger version suitable for older children. I can think of a time or two it would have been convenient to put my teen in a SnuggleWinging embrace. There’s an untapped market if ever I saw one!

Not convinced yet? Geez, what more do you want? How about the official SnuggleWings infomercial?! That ought to push you over the edge!

 

Oh, Pinterest. No…just no.

 


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Pinterest Nightmare #532: SnuggleWings — 137 Comments

  1. My SIL would actually LOVE this. She is a swaddle Nazi!!! Her answer to everything for her newborns (and anyone else’s) was a tight swaddle!! Dear God I hope she doesn’t see this one Pinterest. She may have another baby just to get one!!

    • Bwahahahaha! You need to make it your mission that she NEVER SEES THIS, Allie. You don’t want a little Vitatrain niece or nephew to get the straitjacket treatment! We shall never speak of this again!

  2. So wrong on so many different levels. Granted I used the swaddle blanket for Lily (Emma wanted no part of that thing). But still this looks like absolute torture! And as for the teething, I remember it well and tried all sorts of things. The thing that worked the best was actually Infant Tylenol and Baby Orajel.

  3. Washcloths that are wet and cold, tylenol and motrin. That up there disturbs me. That is a lazy way to swaddle which I can tell you is sometimes the only thing that will calm a newborn. Key word NEWBORN, not a 5 month old.

    • Hmmmm… My son is 162 months. I think I can still get away with a good swaddle on him. (But it might explain his extreme thrashing. I just thought that meant I needed to swaddle him more tightly.)

  4. I’ll admit that we swaddled both of our girls. Our oldest LOVED it, but our youngest busted out about three seconds after we laid her down. The career path for magician or escape artist is wide open to her! But the SnuggleWings look a little cray-cray to me, although a kiddie strait jacket does sound appealing for those really out-of-control moments. I kid. Or do I…

    • I’m with you, Nicole. I’m thinking that they ought to put out SnuggleWings in various sizes to cover all of our parenting needs. It’s just ageism if they try to deny our older kids the calming effects of having a forced self hug!!

    • My kids like to move around, too, Jennifer. It makes swaddling them more challenging, especially at their current ages. Luckily, I’m always up for a challenge. Flailing arms are a hazard at any age!!

  5. A straightjacket for babies? Huh? I think I would have passed on that one. I could never even figure out that bundling thing and when I did try to do it, my kids kicked their way out of it. I’m not too sure babies even want to be cocooned like that. Another Pinterest no….

    • Oh, kids never know what’s best for them! They need our guidance, Michelle. I was explaining this to my 13 year old as I was SnuggleTeen-ing him last night using a modified fleece blanket. Sure, he struggled, but teens always try to defy their parents!

    • I’m working on a mock-up right now, Ilene. I feel like the people at SnuggleWings really missed the boat in not making larger sizes. I think I could pick up the slack and get rich. I’ll keep you posted.

  6. The name alone is a crack up! We are in the throes of teething as well, so I feel for your poor SIL and her little one. It sucks!

    I’m surprised no one has put “whiskey pops” out there on the Pinterest boards! Or maybe a Xanax pop for mom…

    • Oooooh, I think you are sitting on a gold mine with those lollipop ideas, Julie. I know preggo pops exist, but new moms need these kind of pops even more!

  7. I read this 10 minutes ago and it’s taken me this long to calm down from laughing hysterically!!!!!! You girls are brilliant, I bow down before you!!!! A straight jacket for babies, perfect, can’t you just see it now, they can remake One Flew Over the Cuko Nest for the non verbal set!!! They can watch it while wearing their angel wings!! Lol! Love you both!

    • Hahaha! Maybe this was the audition reel for these little infant actors for an off, off Broadway revival of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”! These little guys really sold it, didn’t they. I smell a Tony Award in their future!

    • I know I could have used one, Sue. My kids always felt like they wanted to move their arms. This would have put an end to that!

  8. haha! I love how they imply that un-swaddled arms are a danger to babies. Babies are a danger to themselves! They aren’t born perfect in God’s creation. Oh no – they have dangerous, flapping arms. Like helicopter propellors!

    I actually am assuming that this company is selling these successfully. I’d like them in my size, please.

    • Tamara, arms flailing all akimbo is a potential HORROR SHOW! What if they dislocated a shoulder or jammed a finger? *shudder* It’s best to just strap them down for their own protection!.

    • I’m glad those days are gone for me, too, Kim. It’s easier to swaddle teens and preteens because they follow directions better. “Keep your hands crossed in front of you while I swaddle you or you’re off the X-Box all day!”. It works every time!

    • That was a missed opportunity, Robin. Keeping the kids swaddled all day makes life so much easier for a mom. My 9 yo and 13 yo are swaddled as I’m typing this so I know they are not getting up to mischief!

    • My kids always like to be able to move too. Movement in children is such a nightmare. They are so much easier to deal with when they are strapped down.

  9. Bwahaha! Oh my goodness, you ladies always crack me up. Now I know what’s missing from my baby registry. Who knew baby arms could be so utterly dangerous?

    • Yes! You will want to put both varieties of SnuggleWings on your registry—the across the chest, straitjacket model and the one that keeps their arms pinned at their sides. You want a variety to suit your whims.
      Baby arms are such a terror, Bev! Their little sharpety nails can slice you like a stiletto.

    • You know, zip ties might be a more economical way to go about this, especially with our older kids. I like the way you think, Stacey. You can tell you’re a veteran mom.

    • I’m totally certain they are plotting their revenge, Mo. This makes them like all other children, though. May as well really give them something to really be irked about. Otherwise, they just give you payback for not letting them have an 11PM bedtime.

    • Bow- Chicka- Bow-Bow!!

      I think if we can get them to make SnuggleWings for older kids, we can get them to make husband-sized models as well. Just because your husband is a frisky one, doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve a good night’s sleep!!

    • I thought that at first too, Eva. Then I realized that I can’t have them thinking they have the right to just move their arms whenever they feel like it. That’s just a step too far. Kids need limits.

    • Exactly, Charlotte! I knew you’d get it! Babies are INSANE!! It’s best to stay on the safe side for their protection…and yours.

    • Yes. The poor little GIF guy.
      But he’s learning a good life lesson. Sometimes life isn’t fair, and sometimes people will try to hold you down. Best to learn that in early infancy that the world doesn’t revolve around your desire to move your arms.

    • That’s exactly how I’m immobilizing Bobby until they come up with a teen-sized SnuggleWings. It’s a little harder with Lucy because she’s faster and harder to catch. I’m persistent, though.

  10. Oh my goodness! What will they think of next. Straight jackets for babies is just so wrong on so many levels. You Dose Girls can find the most amazingly weird things on Pin. Thanks for being the watch police for things like this. Followed you from SITS. Have a blessed day!

    • You are welcome, Vicki!! We are horrified on a daily basis, so you don’t have to be! We’ll let you know about all of the good stuff!

    • Exactly, John.
      If you let kids just move their arms whenever they get the notion in their heads, the next thing you know they are sassing you and stealing $40 out of your purse when your back is turned. Free arm movement is a gateway to much more serious offences. Kids have got to learn discipline from the get-go.

  11. You know those Chinese finger trap toys that were made with the only purpose being to drive people batty? That is EXACTLY like what this looks like, but for babies. If your baby wasn’t nuts before, they will be after this!

    • Hmmmm…it is sort of a chicken or egg thing, isn’t it? Were they crazy so you had to straitjacket them, or did the straitjacket make them crazy? Either way, it’s good they are movement restricted.

  12. I didn’t swaddle….gave up after I tried to do it like the nurse showed me I was like nope can’t do it. This looks kinda of harsh I don’t know about this one.

    • While it could be harsh to strap a baby’s arm in front of them so they can’t move at all, think of the alternative. We can’t have them thinking it’s okay to just move whenever they want!!

  13. Now I know what to get Bev when her baby arrives! I will say that it took a good, tight swaddle to get my older son to sleep when he was a baby. But wrangling himself out of it only showed us that he was getting too big for the swaddle!

    • Exactly, Jennifer. That’s why we need the larger sizes of SnuggleWings for the bigger kids. It’s harder to immobilize them as they get more muscle tone.

  14. Jake would never swaddle worth a darn. He always had his hands up by his face like Ricky Bobby on Talladega Nights. “I don’t know what to do with my hands.” He just fought for his freedom, but didn’t know what to do with it. Usually ended up with them over his head where they promptly fell asleep. Tough being a baby sometimes.

    • Anyone who can reference Talladega Nights and Ricky Bobby in casual conversation is my kind of people.
      It is tough being a baby. Why should we make it harder by giving them choices as to what to do with their arms?

  15. Even babies get an itch – how torturous would it be to have an itchy nose and not be able to scratch it all night? And someone gets paid for thinking of this crap.

    • The good thing is, babies are so young, they probably don’t really know what the itchy feeling is yet. They don’t understand they could take care of it if only they could move their arms. So it’s all good.

    • Cozier and less messy, but not necessarily more cost effective. If you’ve got a method that works for you, that’s all that matters!

  16. I can see how this came about, but I see so many flaws. I know that most babies do tend to sleep better snuggled, and this would definitely help, however, there are some great snuggle blankets that use Velcro that aren’t quite so restrictive. These just seem way too easy to cause harm by putting them on too tight and not letting the baby move at all with their arms. What if they rolled over? They can do that without their arms, and if they rolled over with their arms pinned, that’s some serious issues! And what about the parents/caregivers who used this just to keep the babies arms trapped to keep them from touching certain things? Not cool. I seriously see all kinds of negative things that can come from this well-intentioned idea.

    • Maybe that’s why my kids don’t seem to like the improvised swaddles I’ve been putting them in during the day. I do let them out during school hours, though, so they can take notes in class.

    • That’s the beauty of it, Xae. Babies aren’t really doing anything constructive with their arms anyway! If they go numb, it really doesn’t hinder them much.

    • Sometimes you have to make some hard choices as you parent, Patti. Fortunately, this one is an easy call! Who wants their child to grow up with the entitled attitude that they can just move whenever they want?!

  17. Now I’ve seen it all!! I love that the infomercial say that it is actually a baby’s INSTINCT to move their arms. But, no – we’re go to go completely against nature and restrain them!! I mean really – have you ever seen an infant who gave himself/herself a black eye by “flailing”? I agree with one of the commenters above – not sure whether to laugh or call social services!

    • How dare those babies move their arms based on nothing more than animal instinct! It’s our job as parents to civilize them into productive members of society. This is just the first step.

    • I was thinking the same thing, Chris! If you are going to immobilize them, why not go all the way and bind up their legs, too?! If you don’t, they can just kick at their own discretion. We can’t have them thinking THAT is okay!! πŸ˜€

  18. Okay, as a big fan of swaddling, a two-time swaddling mama (two kids- I probably swaddled 8000 times) I can officially say, “NO!” That thing is awful. Way to cross the line, baby product makers… yikes. Still, I giggled uncomfortably while watching the demo. It was pretty funny.

    • I’m with you, Stephanie. They made a mistake when using velcro for the SnuggleWings. They really should have used a zipper or even a system of buckles like you find in adult straitjackets. Velcro is FAR too easy to escape.

  19. I don’t even know what to say here. I’m not joking that the whole commercial gave me an anxiety attack.

    If your SIL got one she could get the cloth wet and freeze it for a teething soother. Then when that doesn’t work she can tie the babies hands down by his sides. You know as a sort of punishment for not sleeping.

    • Spoken like a veteran mom, Carli! You need to make sure kids know from an early age that they cannot get away with disobeying their parents. If we say it’s time to sleep, it’s time to sleep!! πŸ˜€

    • A blanket is all you need if you are an expert level swaddler, Jeanne. I need a little help, though. It’s hard to swaddle a teen without some specialized equipment.

  20. Actually I read a research study (part of my job as a writer of information, rather than a novelist) and it stated that crossing the arms of a child, baby, and even adult helps calm them and may be why we do so instinctively when we are angry. what it does is the act of crossing our arms over our chests crosses some neural pathways to cancel the ones which are making us angry and upset. it works, especially, with epilepsy (something i learned in medical training too, and in psychology in college) so, these, although creepy, are a great idea and p0robably more efficient than a swaddle blanket. but i’ve seen swaddle onsie things too which may also help. though i can see the frustration of those as you have to fully un swaddle the baby for chancing and with this, you can still access the nappy.

    • Exactly. Why should we limit this type of comfort to infants? Older children deserve the calmness that results from being put in a forced hug, too!!

      • I worked at a daycare, sometimes the forced hug was the only way to stop the tantrums. which was necessary during naptimes. imagine having 6 to 10 age 5 months to 3 years wake up and tantrum at once. its better to force hug the crabby pants ones when they wake up to prevent all from waking up and being cranky and verging on a tantrum the rest of the afternoon.

      • In daycare assistant training courses, they teach you a non-violent way to eliminate tantrums and among the tips is the forced hug. you come up behind the tantruming child, wrap their hands across their chest and hug them close. Calmness always wins them over, kids are great imitators of the adults they seek to control.

        When I became a mother for the first time as a step-mother of a 9yo, he sought to adjust to the new lifestyle by throwing tantrums for me. The shock in his face when I gave him a forced hug for the first time instead of simply handing him the candy he wanted..

        PRICELESS! he screamed WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME, WHY ARE YOU HUGGING ME… LMAO

  21. I am totally utterly on the fence with this product. On one hand I feel like it would provide comfort for the baby. On the other hand, I view it as total entrapment for sure. I can’t stand to be put in a locked corner or tied up or closed in spaces, so this would makes me cringe just looking at it.

    • I just don’t understand why we’re letting their legs kick about with this thing. It seems like we should be restricting those, too, if we are really being serious about the baby’s comfort.

  22. HOLY HELL….training our kids to do what they can to get into straight jackets….what is wrong with people. Dino HATED being wrapped up…he would move around at even 2 months old just to be free of it all…

    crazy people out there.

    • How else are we going to get the next Houdini, Karen? Escape artists like that don’t just appear without a lot of practice!

    • Their argument is sound, Scarlett! Baby arms are dangerous things. It’s best if we figure out a way to deal with them right off the bat.

    • He sure doesn’t, does he Jamie? He obviously needs more time to understand just how calming it is to have your arms pinned down. He’s little. He’ll learn.

    • If the SnuggleWings people won’t help us, we’ll just have to do it for ourselves, Darcy. I’m working on a prototype right now. I’ll keep you posted!

    • You mean you just let your children move whenever they wanted to, Debbie?!! No way!!!! Surely their dangerous baby arms caused a catastrophe or two somewhere along the way! You were living on the edge!!

    • I’m with you, Norine. Older kids deserve the comfort of being pinned down just like their younger siblings. Do we not care about them?

    • We have those on our “Oh, Honey…No!” board, too, Whitney! Seriously, babies are such freeloaders. They don’t do much to help out around the house. It’s about time they make themselves useful!

    • I like the way you think, Cassi! We can’t have their LEGS moving about willy-nilly either! GENIUS!!! They should put you on their payroll!

    • Some kids just need more help in getting that perfect swaddle. That’s what I told Bobby when I was wrapping him up yesterday. He makes it very hard to get a good swaddle on, I’ll tell you that.

    • Hahahahahaha. Thanks so much!! We need to get the word out so children everywhere can feel the comfort provided by being totally pinned down in their cribs! πŸ˜€

    • You can’t get workmanship like that in most homemade products, Joi. When I bind up Bobby with duct-tape and old towels, it doesn’t look half as professional as SnuggleWings.

  23. It just looks wrong. So wrong. I did wonder for a moment if I could get one for Nico, though. :) Or use it as punishment for the twins when they go at each other…swaddle them so they can’t touch each other.

    • We moms of teen boys know the value of a good immobilization apparatus, AnnMarie! I can only imagine the same benefits for twins. We really need the SnuggleWings people to hear our pleas and come out with the larger sizes.

    • Perfect example, Shawnna! They could also be used effectively for thumb suckers, hair twirlers, and kids who try to steal the remote control. It’s such a versatile device!

    • I know! It’s totally creepy to think of all of the children who just use their dangerous arms because their parents don’t know they have an easy way to bind them down. Poor, poor kids!

  24. I wasn’t even familiar with this whole swaddling thing. But my nephew first came home from the hospital, for many weeks would cry and freak out if he wasn’t swaddled. We called him the burrito. Now that he is a bit bigger he happier to just hang out unswaddled. But perhaps my sister should rethink this. Apparently he is a danger to himself and others.

    • OMGeeee! Stop whatever you are doing right now, Stevie, and call your sister immediately!! You must protect your little nephew from having free range of motion with his arms right now! Run…RUN!!!

    • You aren’t the only one who has mentioned how nice this would be for a husband. I’d be too afraid my husband would end up unable to roll over, thus making his snoring worse. Then I’d have to smother him with a pillow. You know, just to dampen the sound.

  25. This contraption does not look very uncomfortable – especially for older babies. And I really think they would be able to get their arms free as they got a little older, wouldn’t they? My guys were great at getting out of the swaddle – but then I was probably not very good at it to begin with. :)

    • The site says it’s good until 7 months, but I think that’s a very conservative estimate. Even Bobby, at 162 months, appreciates a good swaddle. I mean, sure, he kicks and struggles, but all teens rebel against their parents.

  26. All 3 of my babies loved being swaddled. I actually had to wean them off swaddling when they were around 9 months old or I’d probably still be swaddling them, even my 5 year old. I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I would actually consider using this thing :)

  27. Hmm. I really see as this being more in the need for tweens and teens. What’s the biggest size it comes in? Also, I like to be a DIY. Can I just use duct tape? It comes in such pretty colors now.

    • They do have the most stylish looking duct tape now!! Good call, Carla! The DIYers can go to town!
      I’m with you. They are missing the boat by not having larger sizes. Anyone can swaddle an infant. It takes real upper body strength and will to get a teen into a decent swaddle. We moms of older kids are the ones who really need the help of a SnuggleWing.

  28. My son was swaddled (using BOTH the Miracle Blanket and SwaddleMe blankets) until 4-5 months. Weaning him off those things in order to sleep was absolute torture for both of us. (He was rolling over so we had to do it.) My only question: Since my son is now two, do they make toddler size? Not even kidding. When my son was writhing and jumping and down in his crib during naptime the other day, my husband was seriously contemplating getting out the swaddle blankets.

    • Sadly the SnuggleWings people have not made a toddler (or teen or even husband) sized model. Don’t they want to make money? They are really missing out!

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