Snuggle Pod FAQ's
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 baby close at all times in a portable, safe seat that allows them to be fully independent and totally chill. Every Snuggle Pod comes with a baby *(harnessed) OR toddler (non-harnessed) seat, so you can have many years of use from it. Weighing around 1.5kgs when filled, the Pod is highly portable and easy to move around.
Does the Chibebe Snuggle Pod meet safety standards?
Yes, of course! Our Snuggle Pods have been laboratory tested, via a leading international recognised consumer testing agency. This gives the fussy Chibebe parent assurance that the product their child is resting on is a certified, exceptionally made baby beanbag that not only meets mandatory standards, but also standards that we personally feel are more important, such as flammability, small parts, chemicals, labeling and instructions. It makes us feel good to know we do our best to ensure we make a product that we call ‘fussy parent' safe.
How is the Snuggle Pod ‘adaptable’?
The Snuggle Pod is designed to last for many years, from the day the baby is born. So it comes with ‘zip on - zip off’ swappable baby OR toddler seat tops. This is all you need to make your child a Happy Little Podder from the day they're born, and for many years to come!
The baby seat top is harnessed, for use from birth, until baby is able to sit unaided.
The toddler seat top is non-harnessed, and can be used for many years afterwards.
All of 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 can buy available additional seat tops separately, as you wish.
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.
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 specifically designed for newborn babies, using the baby harness seat, and this would be used your child can sit upright on their own, or at the carers discretion.
After that, once the child becomes a toddler and is able to use the Snuggle Pod as a normal beanbag, simply switch over to the optional toddler top (no harness)! This is perfect for use up to about 8 years of age, but due to the generous size, has been known to be used up to pre-teen! They are so comfy, we even curl up on them here at Chibebe HQ for pow wows, but mainly as a pillow for resting our little minds and coming up with new and inventive products for your child!
How does it feel to rest in a Snuggle Pod®?
Just imagine how good you would feel laying in a super soft, bean filled chair, with the softest cushioned top cradling your body. You're inclined in the most natural way, and you can stretch your arms and legs to the moon and back! Imagine yourself slightly angled so that you can watch TV in, feed, or just chill-out in to 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 the most important person in their lives...their child.
What’s included in a Snuggle Pod® purchase?
50% of our buyers are gifting a new parent or parent-to-be and the other 50% are purchasing for their own little future Podder. We love to be loved by all, so we have created the ideal experience for both scenarios!
The Chibebe experience starts off with the delivery of a cute little fabric package, buttoned closed, with our wonderful logo emblazoned across the front, and info about the Pod on the back. Inside the gorgeous designer packaging, you will find the below:
- A Snuggle Pod® base design of your choice (ie: Chirpy, Woodlands, etc).
- A Baby (harnessed) seat with padded pillow-top and water resistant lining. For use from Birth OR a Toddler (non-harnessed) seat with padded pillow-top and water resistant lining. This means the Snuggle Pod can be used for many more years to come!
- 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
* bean filling is not included but can be purchased at any good department store, like Walmart, for around $16.
But wait, there’s more…!
The Snuggle Pod has an accessory line. Because that’s how we roll.
The Pod Warmer: For colder days, most people place a loose blanket over the baby. We don't like this, as a baby can lift the blanket over their head, causing them to become scared, or worse. The Snuggle Pod® has it’s own Pod Warmer blanket (aka footmuff) that stays put, unable to be kicked off or lifted over Bubs head by Bub, or anyone for that matter! 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! Don't despair...we've got it covered! The Pod Rocker® is designed solely for the Snuggle Pod to be gently rocked back-and-forth, giving your child that soothing rocking motion to relax them to a calmer state. It's the best of both worlds, and it’s the ultimate experience for Bub to enjoy (and us adults to be a little envious 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 website alone. You can also find parents of happy Podders bragging about our Pods on Facebook, Instagram, Google, 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. These layers include an integrated foam pillow-top for added comfort and support. The added bonus? This padding helps to suppress the bean noise from the inside of the beanbag, giving babies a quieter resting experience.
There is also a layer of water resistant fabric on the seat top, under the padding layer, preventing little accidents and spills reaching the beans inside the base. In case of ‘oopsie’ moments, simply remove the seat top and wash it, knowing that the beans inside are dry.
Carers of little Podders are consistent in their reports that The Snuggle Pod helps to relieve reflux in babies. They also credit the Snuggle Pod for reducing symptoms of flathead syndrome (Plagiocephaly).
The Snuggle Pod was designed with the busy parent in mind. We designed the specially shaped inner bag that holds the bean filling, to be easily removable and put aside, so that the Snuggle Pod base can be washed easily. Simply pop the inner bag containing the beans back inside the base once it’s all washed and ready for use again.
Chibebe®, Snuggle Pod®, Pod Rocker® and Pod Warmer® are registered trademarks.
How do I fill the Snuggle Pod®?
Easy……. Every beanbag comes with its own internal Chibebe monogrammed beanbag filling sleeve (aka: inner bag). 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.
Once filled, you will notice that this inner bag is the same shape of the outer cover.
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 'highest end first' so that it meets the 'highest end' of the cover on the inside. The rest should settle nicely inside the cover. Don't forget to remove the paperclip from the zipper afterwards!
Where do I purchase the bean filling from?
Beans can be purchased from your local department store, like Walmart. It will cost approximately $16 for a 100lt bag. Otherwise, you can add beans to your Snuggle Pod order for $29.99 and we'll arrange it to be sent to you via a 3rd party.
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, 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!
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, about 6-8 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, and don't want to be restricted by a harness!
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; by babies with breathing disorders such as Laryngomalacia; parents with reflux bubs; babies with Hip Dysplacia; special baby practices and by thousands of happy babies all over the world!
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 design of The Snuggle Pod is intended to be a lounger only and always supervised, the bonus is that they are super comfy for babies, 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!
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.
The Snuggle Pod is NOT a sleep product. If your baby happens to fall asleep in one of our non-sleep products, it's mandatory to immediately transfer them to a safe sleep location.
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 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 and wash the whole bag in cold water, on gentle cycle. Dry naturally or on low setting in dryer.