The Nested Bean Story
It all started with a baby boy who wouldn’t sleep unless his mum had her hand on his chest. That mum was Manasi Gangan, the founder of Nested Bean.
Guided by a mother’s intuition and driven to help her baby, she created a garment of sorts that simulated the pressure of her touch with lightly weighted parts. Slowly her little one started to drift off and stay asleep when separated from her.
After witnessing similar results with other babies using an early product model, Manasi realised that she just had to spread this simple idea to other mothers in need.
She had discovered that harnessing the power of a mother’s touch is an essential part of soothing new arrivals, aiding their transition from the womb into the world.
In fact, as it turns out, simulated touch is so powerful that it is used on pre-term babies in NICUs to calm them, boost their socio-emotional development and bolster their immune systems.
Manasi gathered a team of professionals from engineering, juvenile product design, retail and marketing. They began by meeting with pulmonary cardiologists, researchers and child safety experts in order to gather as much research as they could on infant sleep issues, touch therapy and sleep safety. Then they set about applying these principles to the creation of the Zen Swaddle, the only swaddle to truly feel like a parents embrace.
The lightly weighted and adjustable Zen Swaddle from Nested Bean allows your baby to feel like they are sleeping in your arms. Your reassuring touch can signal comfort, security and love to your baby, allowing them to calm down and sleep peacefully. The weighted Zen Swaddle duplicates that sensation.
Based on the medically proven benefits of touch, the Zen Swaddle includes lightly weighted areas on both the centre (where your palm would go) and sides (where your arms would go) to simulate the feeling of being held. Mums who have used the Zen Swaddle Blanket say their babies get up to two additional hours of nighttime sleep within one to three nights.
Two sizes in one lasts twice as long – a small interior to keep your baby’s legs snug during the first few weeks; the extra-long sack provides additional leg room as your baby grows from 0-6 months.
Made from 100% luxuriously soft cotton for your baby’s tender skin, it is washer and dryer safe. The weighted pads are filled with non-toxic poly beads, the same as you find in children’s stuffed toys.
The Zen Swaddle exceeds safety standards. It has passed 12 mandatory and 7 voluntary tests. All materials are BPA, toxic and Phthalate free.
I think this swaddle makes a fantastic gift for a new baby. It’s something that a new mum wouldn’t even realise she needed until she found that she couldn’t live without it. I wish I’d discovered these when my son was small. I remember balancing my yoga eyemask on his chest so I could move away for a minute. That worked fine until he moved.