Here are the answers to some questions commonly asked about Chibebe Snuggle Pod baby beanbags. If you don't find the information you are looking for please send us your question via the contact us page.
You can also view our online version of our product information booklet here.
- Q.Does the Chibebe Snuggle Pod meet Australian safety standards?
A.Your baby's safety is our #1 priority. We not only meet the standards set by the ACCC (as established in the Trade Practices Regulations 1979, amended December 2004), but go above and beyond the mandatory standards with our own voluntary tests conducted in a world renowned consumer testing laboratory to make sure we have the safest and most secure product for your child.
- Q.What should you know before buying a baby beanbag?
A.Safety is key. When buying for your young ones— especially newborns— it's important to know what safety measures the manufacturer has taken to ensure it is a baby-safe product.
1) Has the material been tested for unsafe elements that could harm your baby?
2) The outer base coating….is it plastic (PVC) or fabric with a water resistant lining? Plastic obviously has a much higher flammability danger; therefore, it would seem logical to use a water resistant fabric instead.
With so many different types of baby beanbags out there now, it's important to know that it is not mandatory standards practice for a baby bean bag to be laboratory tested for harmful elements such as the above mentioned. They are simply required to meet the basic Australian mandatory standards for beanbags (i.e.: zipper latches that lead in to the inner beans to be removed and a specific warning label to be attached to the bean bag).
Right from the start Chibebe has gone beyond the Mandatory Safety Standards. Chibebe Snuggle Pods regularly undergo a series of voluntary baby safe testing performed by accredited and internationally recognized testing laboratory.
When a baby or child uses a Chibebe product, you can rest assured that in addition to the Australian Mandatory Safety Standards Practices, the Chibebe brand has gone even further toward ensuring a baby safe product for your child by having them regularly tested by a 3rd party consumer testing laboratory.
- Q.What age is the Snuggle Pod suitable for?
A.The Chibebe Snuggle Pod is tested from birth to all ages! It is specifically designed for newborn babies, using the baby harness seat, and this would be used for about 7-8 months depending on the size your baby and their strength and co-ordination skills. After that, the Chibebe Snuggle Pods can be used by bigger children by switching over the infant harness seat top for the toddler top (no harness), which is perfect for children up to about 8 years of age. They are so comfy, we even use them here at Chibebe HQ for pow wows!
- Q.What's included in my Snuggle Pod purchase?
A.★ Snuggle Pod of your choice of base pattern
- ★ Harness baby top seat in color chosen with base pattern (excepting the Chirpy and Green Polka SALE items only)
- ★ Toddler top cover (not included with some sale items)
- ★ Inner monogrammed Snuggle Pod bean filling sleeve
- ★ Designer product packaging to cry for, and specifically designed for gifting
★ Gift Bag. No wrapping paper required!
★ Instructions and information booklet
★ 12 Months Limited Warranty
(Please note: Beans are not included)
- Q.How do I fill the Snuggle Pod?
A.Easy……. Every beanbag comes with its own internal Chibebe monogrammed beanbag sleeve. Using a paper clip, unzip the beanbag sleeve and pour the beans in. We recommend filling the beanbag sleeve in a bathtub, this way you can quickly clean up any overspills of beans. You then simply pop this inner bag into the Snuggle Pod base cover from underneath, making sure the shape of the inner bag and cover match, by slipping the inner bag in 'head first' so that it meets the top of the cover inside. The rest should settle nicely inside the cover. Don't forget to remove the paperclip from the zipper afterwards!
- Q.Where can I purchase the beans?
A.Beans can be purchased from your local vendors, like Kmart, Big W, or Target. It should cost approximately $13 for a 100lt bag. You will only need about 65-70lt of this to fill a Snuggle Pod. That's about 2/3rds of the 100lt bag. You will be able to tell if Bub is comfy or the bag is too full to shuffle to a seated position, or too empty to rest comfortably in it. An inclined seated position is the best position.
- Q.How many beans are needed to fill up a Snuggle Pod?
A.10,986 beans, to be exact...but a less precise way we can recommend is that you fill the Snuggle Pod three quarters full— approximately 65-70 litres of beans (about 2/3 of the 100lt bag). Remember, the more beans you add, the harder the Snuggle Pod becomes. If fewer beans are added, the more the baby will sink further into the Snuggle Pod. In the end, it is up to the discretion of the carer to ensure the right amount of beans for the ultimate Podding experience for Bub!
- Q.How does the Snuggle Pod prevent Flathead?
A.Flathead is a medical condition – more formally known as positional plagiocephaly- in which an infant develops a significant flattening at the back of the head or on the side of the head. The condition is most often the result of lying on certain surfaces for prolonged periods of time.
Occurrances of flathead have increased significantly in recent years due to physician guidelines on the positioning of sleeping infants. Since the majority of practitioners advise safe sleeping on the back, more infants have been developing flat head as a result of spending a large amount of time on their backs on flat crib surfaces.
Chibebe Snuggle Pods have been reported by those who care for babies, to make a significant difference in preventing the development of flathead. By nestling an infant on a flexible surface that also keeps pressure off the head by keeping it slightly elevated, Chibebe Snuggle Pods are one of the best ways to avoid or reduce the condition. Chibebe's bean bag-design allows the Snuggle Pod to respond to a child's form, instead of forcing the child to adjust to the pod itself. Chibebe Snuggle Pods are really one of the best ways to keep your bub healthy and feeling happy!
- Q.What is Laryngomalacia?
A.Laryngomalacia (LM) is a disorder of the larynx in infants that can cause respiratory and, at times, associated feeding difficulties. The causes of laryngomalacia have not been cornered, some evidence suggests there may be a genetic link.
Infants with laryngomalacia will often present with inspiratory stridor, a sort of wheezing or high-pitched squeak that occurs during breathing. While in rare cases surgery is needed, most cases of laryngomalacia are healed through rest and time. A particularly helpful practice is avoiding gastroesophageal reflux in children with laryngomalacia; children with laryngomalacia who experience associated digestive issues like reflux can exacerbate the condition and even experience additional collapse of the larynx.
This is where Chibebe Snuggle Pods come in. The Chibebe Snuggle Pod has been designed to significantly alleviate reflux and make a huge difference to a child with laryngomalacia. With this in mind, we are committed to raising awareness of this disorder and supporting all the parents and bubs suffering from this condition. We support the organization Coping With Laryngomalacia in its efforts to improve the lives and conditions of children suffering from this condition.
If you live in Australia, and your baby has LM, Tracheomalacia (TM) or Bronchomalacia (BM), and you would like to benefit from the Chibebe Snuggle Pod program to ease their discomfort, please visit CWL here.
Please note that Chibebe do not accept the above mentioned requests through the Chibebe website. You must visit the CWL site for any enquiries relating to the Snuggle Pod Program held with CWL.
- Q.Can the Snuggle Pod help with Reflux?
A.Every mum and dad knows the story... you've just had a pleasant feeding with your new little one and he or she has settled down for a nice rest, when the cries start up! Your happy, relaxed baby is in real pain and is not having the kind of post-feeding experience you would hope for!
Many little ones suffer from gastroesophageal reflux after feeding. Most often reflux manifests in pain from gas bubbles and is accompanied by spitting up. In severe cases- known as gastroesophageal reflux disease- an infant can manifest severe secondary symptoms like weight loss and respiratory disorders.
Chibebe Snuggle Pods have been reported to be a great way to alleviate and prevent reflux symptoms. The Snuggle Pod was designed to be flexible and respond to you and your baby's needs – post-feeding, just adjust the position of the beans to allow your bub to sit with his or her head in a more elevated position. By keeping your little one's head elevated, the pod has been reported to significantly reduce the symptoms of infant reflux and make sure that your little one has the kind of restful and healthful feeding experience that allows him or her to grow and flourish.
- Q.When should I replace the Baby Harness seat with the Toddler seat?
A.Every child is unique! The right time for this transition should not be based only on size, but also on your child's level of strength and coordination. If you insist on an answer, about 7-8 months old would be average, as they start to get a little fidgety and just want to get out and about and on their feet at this age!
- Q.Who else uses the Snuggle Pod?
A.Chibebe Snuggle Pods are used in hospitals, medical centers, special baby practices and by thousands of happy babies across Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
- Q.Can the Snuggle Pod replace my baby's cot?
A.Baby bean bags are not designed as replacements for a bed or a cot. A bean bag of any type should never be used as a substitute for a bed or cot. The Snuggle Pod is designed first and foremost to help relieve baby reflux and flathead symptoms. The bonus is that they are super comfy for bub, and for you to be able to keep baby near you at all times, wherever you are. This means that baby is safe and comfortable always. It is because of all these factors, that Mums and Dads are saying that they don't know what they would have done without one!
- Q.How do l clean my Chibebe Baby Bean Bag?
Simply unzip the seat from the base and pop into large delicates washbag, and wash on gentle cycle, in cold water. Dry naturally or in dryer on low setting.
By Hand: Simply dab with a damp cloth. You can use a good fabric cleaner and follow the directions for it, but a damp cloth is normally enough.
Machine wash: Remove the inner bean casing and wash the whole bag in cold water, on gentle cycle. Dry naturally or on low setting in dryer.
- Q.My zipper is broken...oh no!
A.If your zipper is missing a puller, it’s not broken! Click here to find out more details