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Review: The Head Snuggler

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 5 Post-It Notes

Does your kiddo often fall asleep in the stroller or the car? Mine does. ALL the time. It's like as soon as we hit the interstate she falls asleep. That's why I was excited to try out the Head Snuggler by Melrose Kids. I waited till she was asleep like the instructions said and *tried* to put on the Head Snuggler while hubby was driving. Let me tell you it was a little more complicated than it looked. She woke up once and asked what I was doing and I explained that it would hold her head up while she was napping. She said ok and went right back out. It did as advertised and held her head up. However it made her sweat quite a bit. Then it kept slipping down over her face and waking her up. I eventually just took it off. She did say it was *comfy* and maybe for a smaller child who didn't toss and turn as much it would have worked better. The concept is great and if there was a more breathable material it would provide better ventilation. Overall I don't think we will be using this, but I will give it to my nephew who just turned 1 and see if it works better on a smaller child. I'll update you in a few weeks and we'll see how it goes.

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  • Angela Neil said:  

    It's a great concept - I wish it worked better. I hate seeing Serenity's bob and jerk while she's trying to sleep - it makes my neck hurt just watching her! I'll keep checking back for the update!

  • Sarah C said:  

    This is a neat idea. I always worry a bit about my daughter slumping forward, even though I know she's ultimately okay. I'll be interested to see how it works for your nephew!

  • melrosekids said:  

    Hello,

    Sorry you had a bad first experience with our Head Snugglers.
    One thing I would like to point out. Your girl looks like she is old enough to pull it on for herself. Try to explain to her what it's all about and show her how to pull it down for herself and encourage her to put it on when she is about to fall asleep. We only suggest you wait for your child to fall asleep first if they are at an age where they won't understand what it's all about. If she is aware of it and knows what its all about, she will likely work against it less and have a more positive experience with it. My 7 year old still uses it and loves it. In fact, we even have a friend who's 12 year old uses a Head Snuggler.
    We do use a breathable cotton and the tenting that happens around their heads usually keeps things a bit cooler.
    Again, sorry your first go at it wasn't a huge success, but the last thing we want is for people to try it once then give up if they couldn't make it work the first time.
    If you are willing to, try again and this time let your daughter put it in place when she is ready and see if her experience changes now that she knows what it is all about.
    Good luck and if you have any other questions or concerns, we'd love to hear from you. info@melrosekids.com

    All the best and comfy travels!!

  • Candice said:  

    This product sounds like a great idea to some, but it is in fact unsafe. By using the product you are releasing the manufacturer of your carseat from any liability if the carseat fails in an accident. The product also has not been through any type of crash testing, essentially make all children using them crash test dummies. A better solution to the head slump problem is to rear face as long as possible & then use a forward facing carseat that has good head support.

  • Melrose Kids said:  

    Hello again from us at Melrose Kids.
    Candice, thank you for your concerns, but we have in fact crash tested our Head Snugglers and have uploaded the footage to our website www.melrosekids.com
    Have a look at the results and you will see that the Head Snuggler does not cause or prevent injury. It is simply a comfort device that works!! As well, based on the criteria set by Transport Canada, our product doesn't come between a child and their seat, it doesn't come between a child and their restraints nor does it affix to the restraints in any way. Therefore, our product is not one that will interfere with the safety mechanics of a car seat. It is also designed to keep a sleeping child's head within the "side-impact safety zone" of their car seat, so they are in fact sleeping in a safer position on side impact. Just some things we would like to point out to consumers.