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Old 31.12.2009, 15:32
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Zewi Decke- Good idea-Bad idea?

Have all the Mums of Babies on this Forum succumbed to the Swiss Tradition of using a Zewi Decke, I was telling my English Daughter in Law about it and suddenly wondered if it was really such a good idea? I have used them for my sons 35/40 years ago but only when we lived in Switzerland but now I have second thoughts and wonder if it could even be bordering on to cruelty?
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Re: Zewi Decke- Good idea-Bad idea?

Had to Google it to work out what you were talking about but I have seen these in Manor. Thought they looked like a good idea but they didn't look warm/thick enough.

My son always slept in a sleeping bag from when he was tiny for the reason that blankets would have easily been kicked off, rolled out of or, worse, kicked over his face in the night.

The Zewi-thingy would only be cruel if you left the child in there in the same way if you left any child in any bed with any blankets or sleeping bag if they are distressed in any way.

For an older child transitioning to a bed it might help prevent him or her rolling out of bed and onto the floor in the early days.
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Re: Zewi Decke- Good idea-Bad idea?

We'd need a few of them with the amount of nosebleeds our son has and when kids are sick. How do Swiss manage with only a couple of these with washroom schedules, since looking at the price I assume the average family can't afford to have a few spare.

As for an older child using them, how on earth are they going to get up and use the bathroom in the night?
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Old 31.12.2009, 17:33
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Re: Zewi Decke- Good idea-Bad idea?

My first reaction to seeing what was being discussed was shock...

Upon reflection though, I recall that even at a very early age my brother was climbing up over the railing in his crib, and of course, the result was that he'd fall to the floor.

I think for that reason, such a thing isn't so bad as long as it is not used as a punishment device.


Meanwhile, I also remember my mother using "sleep sacks" for my younger siblings (and imagine it was so for me and my older sis) for warmth in the night rather than having blankets in the crib.
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Re: Zewi Decke- Good idea-Bad idea?

My aunt used these for her kids as toddlers. They were notorious for trying to get out their beds, so she had this special knotting system worked out (they figured out how to open the regular ones very quickly). When they got too angry, they'd be standing on in the bed boards with the Zewi blanket and the mattress stuck to their backs.
Always thought it was a hilarious image, but still not so sure about how great the idea of the blanket itself is
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Old 31.12.2009, 21:30
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Re: Zewi Decke- Good idea-Bad idea?

Personally, I think it's silly. Why do we think children need to be kept in cages ?

Our kids never slept in cots...yes, they get in and out of bed, but by 2.5 our eldest was getting up 1-2 times a night to use the toilet and was 'dry' almost 100% - so the idea of her sleeping for long stretches in her bed was a bit absurd...we could hardly say 'don't bother using the toilet, just wet your nappy because mum and dad can't be bothered getting out of bed for you'...

HOWEVER.

The flip side is that children will 'adapt' - and somehow, amazingly, most of us are remarkably unscarred from the various contraptions, beliefs and methods imposed on us by our parents, relatives and other carers.

Of course, then again, a close friend of ours was a fourth child who refused to eat, so his mother used to strap his arms to the highchair with stockings (then there's no marks) and force-feed him - and he still has serious eating issues...so you never know...

Most cots you can take the side off. Once the child is at risk of climbing out, that's a good sign that they no longer need to be in a cot, and I know my mum put the cot at the lowest level and removed the side, and 'voila' we have a 'toddler bed'...

Edit to add: yes, I think it is cruel. Actually, I don't like sleeping bags either...for the same reason, and I know of people who put the baby in the sleeping bag and pin it to the bed...straightjacket, anyone ?
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Oh, go on, then...

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My first reaction to seeing what was being discussed was shock...

Upon reflection though, I recall that even at a very early age my brother was climbing up over the railing in his crib, and of course, the result was that he'd fall to the floor.
I think I would prefer to be in a cage than a stray jacket.
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Re: Zewi Decke- Good idea-Bad idea?

Happy New Year All,

I can fully recommend these- the kids are a lot less restricted than you would think, (and can actually stand in them) but it really helps to settle them down.
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Wow...this looks so...Swiss

Ours wouldn't have none of this, we had an anti-swaddling babe (and an anticrib one too, haha). What a weird little contraption. Shouldn't child have free range of motion so it can develop properly motorically? When the little one is wild enough to hop over the bars, the crib time is over I get restless feet just looking at this bub..
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Have all the Mums of Babies on this Forum succumbed to the Swiss Tradition of using a Zewi Decke, I was telling my English Daughter in Law about it and suddenly wondered if it was really such a good idea? I have used them for my sons 35/40 years ago but only when we lived in Switzerland but now I have second thoughts and wonder if it could even be bordering on to cruelty?

Never used it, and wouldn't even consider it for many of the reasons already given by others. If you look at the photo in the ad, the baby is in short sleeves. Who puts a baby in short sleeves and then worries about covering them?
We used duvets (not blankets) when ours were babies and that worked just fine. Mind you, then it was perfectly accetable to put a baby to sleep on his stomach (in fact, recommended)!
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Re: Zewi Decke- Good idea-Bad idea?

I have read a lot of nonsense and people expressing their own fears with no rational thought on this topic.

A Zewi-Decke is a genius idea. From about the age of 8months to 2 years old, our daughter has happily slept in a Zewi-Decke.

It is good for several reasons:
1. It is flexible and allows the child to stand up, sleep on the front and on the back without them falling out of their bed.
2. If you go on holiday or stay at a friends house that does not have a cot or childs bed, you can stretch these sheets over double or single bed matresses and the child will be secure and able to sleep.
3. They are warm and stop the child kicking off the sheets

The only reason I came to this thread was to ask when I should stop using the Zewi-Decke. Of course we want to start potty training soon but I heard night potty training begins a bit later, so maybe we could continue to use the Zewi-Decke until she is 3.

I don't want my child walking around her bedroom at night. She has room to read books in her bed and play with toys in her bed whilst in the Zewi-Decke. When its time to sleep its time to sleep.
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