Review: ZIPaboo Footed Onesie

Zipaboo ZipBefore I became a mother, I knew I’d have to change diapers, obviously. I didn’t realize how many I’d have to change the first few months, day and night. As my son gets older, I keep finding products I wish I’d known about while I was pregnant or when he was a newborn. The ZIPaboo is one such product- it would have made my life so much easier! I’m very grateful I was sent one to review.


Created by a mother of two very active little boys, the ZIPaboo is a patent-pending, long-sleeved footed onesie that allows parents to change diapers more easily. This is done by the unique zipper that starts at one foot, zips up and around the belly, and then down the opposite leg and foot. Made with renowned Peruvian pima cotton, the ZIPaboo is available in five different colors/patterns and five sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, and 12-18 months.

Watch this short video to see the ZIPaboo in action:

Our Experiences:

I’d never heard of pima cotton before the ZIPaboo, but I started researching it and discovered it really is considered a luxurious fabric. And, it does feel softer than my son’s other cotton sleepers.

Although I can definitely see the benefits of using a sleeper like this with a newborn, I was excited to try it on my 11 month old son. He doesn’t go #2 at night anymore, but his cloth diapers are soaked through by morning. I’ve wanted to be able to change him during one of his nightly feedings, but usually when I do, he’s awake for the next 1-2 hours! Snap sleepers take too long to get snapped after changes. Baby J is completely awake and angry by the time I finish. Regular zipper sleepers aren’t much better, because you either have to bend one leg back unnaturally (you know what I’m talking about), or you have to take one arm out of the sleeper to get one leg in and out.

Enter the ZIPaboo test-  After nursing him the first time, I went ahead and changed him. He was barely awake for it, and as soon as I finished and laid him back down- he went to sleep. No question- the ZIPaboo is easier and faster for diaper changes. I’ve tried changes several times since then, and it was the same each time. I’m impressed! It’s such a simple idea, but very effective.

Baby J is around 29 or 30″ in length (I can’t get him to stay still long enough to get an accurate measurement). I weighed him a couple weeks ago, and he was 24 lbs. Most of his 9-12 month sleepers are about to bust open, so I ordered a 12-18 month ZIPaboo in the “Sam” color. You can see in the photo below, that Baby J is stepping all over the feet, so he has plenty of room to grow. There’s even room for his fat cloth diaper booty. =D

ZIPaboo Collage

Before bed, I put the ZIPaboo on Baby J usually while he’s standing or cruising around. He squeals in outrage at the interruption of his play time, but fortunately, it’s a quick process. The legs of the ZIPaboo really are easier to get on and zip than any of his other sleepers (I keep saying it, because it’s true!). I should add, that these are marketed as footed “onesies” not “sleepers,” and I think the idea is they can be worn all the time, not just at bed. I’ve left Baby J in his all day a couple times now, because…well…it’s easier to change diapers in the ZIPaboo than his other clothes.

The ZIPaboo retails for $36 each, which is definitely pricier than your standard, mass-produced sleeper. I would guess that the cost is a reflection of the higher quality of fabric. My take on it—- if there’s something that will make my life easier night after night in those exhausting, zombifying early days of parenthood and keep me from losing my sanity—- then it’s worth it. In addition, because pima cotton is known for its durability, you can easily use the same ZIPaboo for multiple children, pass it on to a friend, or sell it on consignment.

 The Scoop:

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Note: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. The opinions expressed above are mine. They may differ from yours or the opinions of others.

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Review: PishPoshBaby

*Updated 4/17/13

I recently received a $50 gift code to spend at PishPoshBaby in order to share my shopping experience with you all. Started by a fellow mother, PishPoshBaby is an online and brick-and-mortar retail store featuring high-quality baby gear from strollers, to layettes, to furnishings.

PishPoshBaby Screen Shot

With an easy-to-navigate site, PishPoshBaby has a great deal to offer if you’re looking for baby products! Their product selection comprises quality brands like 4moms, Tiny Love, Bugaboo, BOB, Boon, Graco, Medela, ErgoBaby, Petunia Pickle Bottom, and many more. If you have questions about anything, their Mom reps are available to answer your questions by phone or chat 9am-9pm Monday to Thursday, with limited hours on Friday and Sunday. And, yes, they’re real moms!

PishPoshBaby offers fast, free shipping on orders more than $75 which is great for larger items like strollers, car seats, and bassinets.

I really needed something to block the sun and wind when jogging at the park with Baby J, so I ordered the BOB Revolution Sun Shield (SALE $52).

BOB sun shield 1

 Our Experiences:

I called PishPoshBaby to order the sun shield. First I spoke with a mom rep briefly, but was transferred to a sales rep to make my purchase. The ordering process was fast and painless, and the two employees I spoke to were both very courteous and patient- even when I was spelling out my looooooong email address. 🙂

The sun shield arrived incredibly fast. I ordered it on a Wednesday morning, and it was here by Friday afternoon!

The packaging (and the Web site) say the shield is for the BOB Revolution or Stroller Stride single stroller models, but after browsing a bit and checking the specs, I was sure it would fit our BOB Ironman jogging stroller. And it does!

BOB sun shield 2

I haven’t been able try it out with Baby J at the park yet, unfortunately. After I opened the shield package, the inside information told me if I had a stroller model before early 2011 (I do), then I’d have to order a free Retrofit Kit from BOB. Turns out BOB did a voluntary recall of their canopy strings in 2011, so now I need a different attachment. It looks like I can use it without the attachment, but I’m waiting for it to arrive, just in case.

Here’s a shot of inside the stroller with the sun shield from the back vent, so you can see how it will look from Baby J’s eyes. It doesn’t block all of the sun, but it does block most of it, which is exactly what the product specs claim. I also have the stroller directly pointed into the sun at this angle, and it’s about 2pm.

BOB sun shield 3

If you live in or near Jackson, N.J., you can check out the interactive baby gear experience at PishPoshBaby’s brick and mortar store. For the rest of us, visit PishPoshBaby on the Web, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

You could win your own $50 gift code to PishPoshBaby! Click HERE.

Note: I was provided a $50 gift code towards my purchase at PishPoshBaby but was not asked to provide a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own and may differ from the opinions of others.

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Sleep training update: We’re seeing progress!

Sleeping BabyFirst of all, I really don’t like the words “sleep training.” He’s my baby, not my dog. Is there another word/term for it? If you haven’t read any of my previous posts, our son slept in our bed with us until he was past the high-risk age for SIDS. I’d read all the info saying it could be dangerous to sleep in the same bed with your child, and we had a little bassinet…but the first two months of his life, that kid did NOT sleep, unless he was sleeping on my or Daddy’s chest. When he was about 4 months old, I went through several weeks of torture (more so for me, than him, I think) to get him to fall asleep in his crib. It was finally starting to go better; then came the holidays. For about a month and a half, we had guests staying with us, on and off, sleeping in my son’s room. So we moved him back in with us.

Anyway, I started off almost two weeks ago now, by co-sleeping with my son in his room (in the spare bed). After 3 nights of that, I started moving him in the middle of the night into his crib (I stayed sleeping in the room). This past Monday, I started putting him in crib to start with, and I slept away from him with Hubby in our bedroom.

The first night he cried for about 40 minutes. I felt terrible, but just kept going in and checking on him, picking him up, patting his back, whispering to him…basically comforting him in whatever way I could other than giving in and taking him back to bed with me (which is what he wanted).

The second night he cried less. The third night he cried for maybe 15 minutes. Last night he didn’t cry at all.


Now, I have enough experience with babies to know that he might just turn around and say, “Psyche!” tonight or tomorrow night or a month from now and start crying again. But last night was wonderful. I can hope that tonight will go just as well, can’t I?

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