My health visitor says that babies should lie on a firm surface. The Red Castle Cocoonababy nest seems soft so I’m not sure about using it, is that true?

She is quite right – a child should not be placed on a soft surface as his body will “sink” into it. However on a flat, hard surface a baby cannot lie in a cradled posture which reminds him of his mother’s womb and reassures him. The Cocoonababy® nest is neither soft, flat, nor hard:  it is designed in such a way that its base is firm yet its surface soft. This ergonomic design has many advantages: it keeps baby on his back but cradles him, allows him to move his arms and head freely and to interact with those around him.

After using the Red Castle Cocoonababy for a few days my baby seems to lie more deeply in it. Is this normal?

This is perfect - This means that the special fabric covering the foam has moulded itself to the shape of the foam.  Your baby is really in his nest!

What is the purpose of the Tummy band of the Red Castle Cocoonababy?

The Cocoonababy® nest includes a Tummy Band which, thanks to its special design, does not restrict the child’s movements. It reassures parents worried that their child might roll out of the nest. It calms the child as would the light pressure of your hand on his tummy or swaddling him. It has been validated by the medical profession.

I read that a child is able to move in the Red Castle Cocoonababy nest but you say that he can’t get out of it?

When we say that a child can move in the nest we mean that he can turn his head and move his arms allowing him to discover his hands. However, during the first months of his life he is unable to roll onto his side or turn over in the nest.

Can the Red Castle Cocoonababy® nest be used day and night? Is that not too much?

A new-born baby sleeps most of the time – apart from when you are feeding, changing and bathing him. Thanks to its shape and the materials used to make it, Cocoonababy® nest is the only product which can be used day and night for the first months. The posture adopted by your child in the nest has been studied in depth by medical specialists and is the best one for your baby’s comfort and development. Cocoonababy® nest reassures and comforts your baby, gives him the freedom of movement which encourages his eye-hand development, and allows him to interact with those around him when he is not asleep. However, when baby is awake, take him out of the Cocoonababy® nest. carry him in your arms or in a carrier, play with him, put him in a playpen, lie him on his tummy on a play mat (under adult supervision).

I am worried that my baby may slip between the Red Castle Cocoonababy bars of his cot and the sides of the nest, is there a risk?

There is no risk of this happening so long as you follow the Instructions for use closely and stop using the nest as soon as your child starts trying to change position in the nest. A child is physically incapable of getting out of the nest alone before 3-4 months.

You seem to find it important that a baby can touch his face in Red Castle Cocoonababy®. Why is this?

In the womb a baby can touch his face and even suck his thumb. If he is on his back on a flat, hard surface a newborn’s arms will lie on either side of his head in a “3 branch candlestick “posture. He can’t touch his face as he hasn’t the strength to move his arms upwards – some say that in this posture babies suffer from "separation anxiety" as they are lying in a space too big for them and they lose their bearings. In the Cocoonababy® nest baby can touch his face, mouth and body thereby feeling the limits of his own body.

Some mothers say that there are other products on the market made in visco-elastic foam (foam with a memory) which are the same thing as the Red Castle Cocoonababy® nest, is this true?

This is not true. The Cocoonababy® nest is not made in visco-elastic foam. It is made from two different kinds of foam, one used for reactivity, the other for comfort. The products made in visco-elastic foam maintain the child in the position in which he is placed on them and are therefore to be avoided until the child has gained his own motor skills (around 4-5 months). The Cocoonababy® nest produces the opposite effect: it helps the child move his head and arms at an early stage thus gaining motor skills.

Can the Red Castle Cocoonababy nest be placed in a carrycot?

No because a carrycot is not deep enough. The sides of the cot or the cradle should be at least 20cms higher than the top of the nest (in conformity with the safety regulations and bedding standard).


Can my baby wear a sleeping bag in the Red Castle Cocoonababy® nest?

Yes, he can– however, choose a small size (65cms maximum) suitable for a baby up to 4 months. A bigger size would be too bulky. You can also put baby in the Cocobag™ swaddle bag, specifically designed for the use in the Cocoonababy® nest.

My baby seems a little hot in the Red Castle Cocoonababy® nest. What should I do?

It is normal that lying in a cradled position your baby will feel warmer than if he is lying flat on his back. Imagine if you yourself were to sit curled up in an armchair, as opposed to sitting on a straight backed chair with nothing around you.  Just put less clothes or covers on him and by touching the nape of his neck you will be able to establish if he is too warm or not.

I have seen baby “beanbags” which look as if they are similar to the Red Castle Cocoonababy® nest?

No they are not the same. The products which are filled with small polystyrene beads maintain the child in the position in which he is placed (just like ‘memory foam’). The effect they have is totally opposite to the advantages procured by the Cocoonababy® nest.

Can I use the Red Castle Miracle Blanket™ to swaddle my baby when he is in the nest?

Yes, it is possible to swaddle your child in the Cocoonababy® nest.  However, a child which starts life in the nest will most probably not need to be swaddled: in fact, the semi-foetal, cradled posture which his body adopts in the nest will help the child to feel secure, prevent him suffering from startle/Moro Reflex (sudden, uncontrolled arm movements) and reduce the chances of his suffering from gastric reflux. It will help him sleep better too.

The Red Castle Cocoonababy® nest seems quite small to me. I don’t really think my child will be able to use it for four months, what is the recommended age?

If you have a big baby, when he gets to 4 months old he may be longer than the nest – but this is not a problem. Simply remove the wedge and allow your baby’s legs to rest on the bottom edge of the nest with his feet over the end.  What is important is that at all times baby must not be able to push against anything with his feet and put himself into a hyper-extended posture.

Can I use a cushion  to cradle my baby like the nest during the first few months?

Support/feeding cushions are generally filled with polystyrene beads. If you place your child in the centre of the cushion it will effectively make him feel cradled or “contained” in a small space but he will automatically remain in that posture - which will not necessarily be the right one. Leaving him lying in an incorrect posture for a few hours during the day or during the night is not recommended.  Products made from beads can sag so parental surveillance is essential at all times.   There is no substitute for the Cocoonababy® nest which has evolved through years of medical observation.

If I put my baby in the Red Castle Cocoonababy nest during the daytime, how can I distract him?

You could put the nest onto a play mat with a toy bar on it or put him in his cot with a musical mobile to look at - but ensure that the toys are level with his feet and not directly above his head. Contrary to usual practice, it is very important that a child lying on his back should have his gaze drawn towards his feet to encourage him to adopt a cradled posture. If his gaze is drawn above his head this encourages a hyper extended posture which is detrimental to his comfort and development.  When lying in the nest, baby will also be able to watch the other family members – and he will be happy to participate in what is going on around him.

What is the price of the Red Castle Cocoonababy Nest?

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What is the difference between regular Redcastle cocoonababy nest and Redcastle cocoonababy nest special edition?

The difference between regular Redcastle cocoonababy nest and Redcastle cocoonababy nest special edition is that the special edition fitted sheet has a grey color star print.