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This Snuggle Pod® thingy...what is it?
The Snuggle Pod is a 2-in-1 adaptable baby beanbag that grows with your baby from newborn through to pre-tweens. It’s a practical resting solution designed to allow parents to take their child safely from room-to-room effortlessly, helping to keep bub close at all times in a portable, safe seat that allows them to be fully independent and totally chill. Weighing less than 1.5kgs when filled, the Pod is highly portable and easy to move around.
Does the Chibebe Snuggle Pod meet strict Australian safety standards?
Yes, of course! And because we're suckers for being the best and safest, it even exceeds that! See below for more info on how far we go to make sure your baby has the best of the best!
How is the Snuggle Pod ‘adaptable’?
The Snuggle Pod Baby Bean Bag is designed to be used from the day Bub is born, and for many years after.
So every Snuggle Pod comes with ‘zip on - zip off’ swappable baby and toddler seat tops. These seat tops simply zip on and off the beanbag base easily.
The baby seat top is harnessed, for use from birth, until Bub is able to sit unaided.
The toddler seat top is non-harnessed, and allows the Snuggle Pod to be used as a normal bean bag for many years to come.
The seat tops are made from a breathable lycra blend material with an integrated foam pillow-top for extra comfort and support.
It’s also lined with a waterproof fabric layer to stop any little accidents or spills reaching the beans inside the base.
The removable seat tops allow for quick washing and swapping of baby seats in between washes, and also for swapping from a baby (harnessed) seat top to a toddler (non-harnessed) seat top.
You get both a baby and a toddler seat in every Snuggle Pod purchase. You can buy available additional seat tops separately.
What should you know before buying a baby beanbag?
Safety is key. When buying for young ones— especially newborns— it's important to know what safety measures the manufacturer has taken to ensure it is a baby-safe product.For Example:
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 what to look for.
In addition to meeting mandatory ACCC standards for beanbags in Australia, Chibebe regularly undergo a series of voluntary testing performed by accredited and internationally recognised testing laboratory for their Pods.
When a baby or child uses a Chibebe product, you can rest assured that we have a clear conscience with what we produce for your precious child.
What age is the Snuggle Pod suitable for?
The Chibebe Snuggle Pod is designed to be used from birth, to pre-teen. Weight wise, the are laboratory tested for all ages, but we recommend up to 50kgs.
The Snuggle Pod is specifically designed for newborn babies. The harnessed seat is designed to be used up until Bubba is able to sit upright on their own.
After that, simply by switching over the infant harness seat top, to the toddler top (no harness), it becomes a normal beanbag for 'big kids'.
The Snuggle Pod baby beanbag is so comfy, we even chill on them when our desk chairs become too much! But they're so comfy, we get a little tired and they end up becoming the comfiest pillow for resting our little minds whilst we think up new and inventive products for your child!
What’s included in a Snuggle Pod® purchase?
Inside the gorgeous designer packaging, you will find:
- The Snuggle Pod® base design of your choice (ie: Moxie Foxie, Whimsy, etc).
- A Baby seat top (harnessed) in your selected color. Features a padded pillow-top and water resistant lining. For use from Birth.
- A Toddler seat top (non-harnessed) in the same color as baby seat. For many more years of use! Features a padded pillow-top and water resistant lining.
- An ‘Inner filling bag’ which you easily fill with beans, and insert into the beanbag cover. This is also easily extracted, for washing or storing of the Snuggle Pod bean bag cover.
- A very cool Chibebe gift card for writing your message to the giftee (even if that giftee is your own bubba!).
- An Instruction & Information booklet
But wait, there’s more…!
The Snuggle Pod has an accessory line. Because we all like to accessorise!
The Pod Warmer®: In the past, when it was cold, it was the norm to place a loose blanket over Bub. We didn't like this, as Bub can lift the blanket over their head and become scared. So we designed a blanket for the Snuggle Pod.
The Pod Warmer (aka footmuff) is a blanket that stays put. It comprises of a special baby seat with an extra zipper that the blanket part zips and off easily. The top part also extends as Bub gets bigger, giving more months of use.
The Pod Rocker®: Every Bub needs a rocker. But they also need a Snuggle Pod! What a conundrum! But never fear, Chibebe is here! The Pod Rocker® is designed so that the Snuggle Pod sits snugly in the frame, allowing you to gently rock Bubba back-and-forth whilst they rest in their Snuggle Pod. It’s the ultimate Podding experience for Bub to enjoy (and us big people to be a little jealous of).
How do parents benefit from owning a Snuggle Pod?
When we ask parents what they like most about the Snuggle Pod, their first words are along the lines of: "it’s a lifesaver” and "it’s the single most used product I have bought since having my child". We never tire of hearing how parents and bubs love the Snuggle Pod,. Here are some examples of the things we commonly hear:
It’s practical, I use it everyday because I can take my baby from room to room easily;
Bub looks so comfortable, and can see their surroundings thanks to the inclined angle of the Pod;
The Snuggle Pod has helped my baby with his/her reflux and helping him/her breathe easier;
The Pod has helped with my baby’s flathead;
The Snuggle Pod makes it so easy for feeding time;
The Snuggle Pod has been the only thing to help relieve my baby's reflux!;
The addition of the Pod Rocker helps to settle my baby;
The cover is so easy to spot clean and wash when required;
The best investment ever! It has been an absolute lifesaver!
To date, the Snuggle Pod has over 800 positive reviews on the Chibebe.com.au website alone. You can also find parents of happy Podders bragging about our Pods on Facebook, Instagram, online review sites, and so on. The proof is in the podding!
Let’s get factual, shall we?
The Snuggle Pod seat tops feature several layers. One of these layers is an integrated foam pillow-top for added comfort. This padding also helps to suppress the bean noise from the inside of the beanbag whilst allowing them to be subtly heard, soothing Bub.
There is also a layer of water resistant fabric on all baby and toddler seat tops, which prevents little 'accidents' and sippy cup spills reaching the beans inside the base. In case of ‘oopsie’ moments, simply remove the seat top and wash it, knowing that the contents inside the bean bag cover are dry.
Parents and other carers of little Podders are consistent in their reports that the Snuggle Pod helps to relieve reflux (GERD) in babies. They also credit the Snuggle Pod for reducing symptoms of flathead syndrome (Plagiocephaly).
We know you're busy. That's why we designed the specially shaped inner bag that holds the beanbag filling. The inner bag is easily to remove and put aside, so that the Snuggle Pod base can be washed or stored easily. After washing, simply pop the inner bag containing the beans back inside the base, ready to use again. If you stored the cover for a while and have disposed of the beans, you can purchase new inner bags anytime here.
The Pod Rocker®, Pod Warmer® and Inner bag are registered designs for the Chibebe® brand.
The Chibebe®, Snuggle Pod®, Pod Rocker®, Pod Warmer® brands are trademarks of Brands United Group Pty Ltd.
You can build over 800 different Snuggle Pod® combinations using our exclusive Build-A-Pod Snuggle Pod baby beanbag builder.
How does it feel to rest in a Snuggle Pod®?
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine how good you would feel laying in a super light, bean filled chair that lightly cuddles you all over with it's ultra soft padded seat top cradling you, making you feel supported yet free to stretch your arms and legs to the moon!
You're slightly angled in the perfect seated position so that you can watch TV, eat, or just chill-out and observe your surroundings. The Snuggle Pod is designed to give that Cloud 9, supportive experience, incorporating high end standards that parents expect in a product designed for babies.
How do I fill the Snuggle Pod®?
Every Snuggle Pod baby beanbag comes with its own internal Chibebe filling sleeve (aka: inner bag). It's an exclusive design we invented, to be used with the Snuggle pod. Filling it is as easy as 1,2,3!
Handy Hint: We recommend filling the beanbag sleeve in a dry bathtub...this way you can quickly scoop up or vacuum those rebel beans that get away.
- Using a paper clip, unzip the beanbag sleeve and open it up nice and wide;
- Pour the beans in to the desired amount (see below guide);
- Sit the inner bag on the floor, with the flat side down. If you shuffle the mid section down, you will see that it forms the shape of a seat. When you place the inner bag into the bottom of the Snuggle Pod base, make sure 'highest end' or 'top end' of the inner bag meets the 'highest end' of the cover inside. The rest should settle nicely inside the cover.
How many beans are needed to fill up a Snuggle Pod?
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 to fill a Snuggle Pod for a newborn (about 2/3 of the 100lt bag).
Remember, like all beanbags, the more beans you add, the harder and flatter the Snuggle Pod becomes. If fewer beans are added, the more the baby will be cradled and supported in the Snuggle Pod.
Ultimately, it is up to the discretion of the carer to ensure the right amount of beans for the ultimate Podding experience for Bub!
How do l know if l have over-filled or under-filled the beanbag?
An inclined seated position is the best position for Bub to get the best use of their Snuggle Pod. It enables them to be involved with the world around them, and is the best position to potentially help relieve any reflux symptoms they may experience. It also means that the Pod is stable on flat surfaces.
You will be able to tell if the bag is too full if you cannot shuffle it to an inclined, upright seated position.
It is too empty if you shuffle it to a seated position and can feel the floor through the seat top.
Please note that it is up to the carer to determine when it is full enough. For more information, refer to the instruction booklet.
When should I replace the Baby Harness seat with the Toddler seat?
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, as Bub starts to get a little fidgety and is able to sit unaided, you might consider swapping to a toddler seat.
Who else uses the Snuggle Pod?
Chibebe Snuggle Pods are designed for use by all babies. They have become increasingly popular and are now used in Ronald McDonald Retreat Homes and by babies all over the world! Even celeb Mums such as Tania Zaetta, Fifi Box and Jodi Gordon love our Snuggle Pods!
Parents swear by the Snuggle Pod to relieve reflux in their child. They also credit the Pod for preventing flathead, thanks to the Pods ability to mold to the childs body instead of forcing the head to go flat.
The Snuggle Pod is reported by carers of babies with the breathing disorder, Laryngomalacia (LM) to help them breathe easier, and babies with Hip Dysplacia rest easier in it.
Can the Snuggle Pod replace my baby's cot?
No. Baby bean bags are not designed as replacements for a bed or a cot. The Snuggle Pod is simply the worlds coolest baby bean bag! We designed it for use by all babies, with the added benefit 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 comfortable always and you get to do your thing with Bub close by. 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!
If you have a Bub who refuses to chill out in anything else except their Snuggle Pod, or who suffers reflux and you find that the Snuggle Pod is the only thing to help relieve it, we recommend popping him/her in their Pod until they get drowsy and relaxed, and transfer them to their cot to sleep.
How do l clean my Chibebe Baby Bean Bag?
Simply unzip the seat from the base and pop into large delicates wash bag, and wash on gentle cycle, in cold to warm 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 that contains the filling, and wash the whole bag in cold water, on gentle cycle. Dry naturally or on low setting in dryer.
In addition, our pods have undergone laboratory testing via a leading international recognised consumer testing agency to ensure they're of the highest standards for use by babies. This is a non-mandatory practice, but it gives the concerned Chibebe parent assurance that product that their child is resting on a certified, exceptionally made baby bean bag that not only meets mandatory standards, but also standards that we personally feel are also important, such as flammability, small parts & chemicals & workmanship. It also makes us feel good to know we do way more than is required of us, to ensure we make a product that we call ‘fussy parent' safe.