The Wedgehog is a foam wedge that helps with the positional management of your baby. The wedge is angled at 18 degrees and can be placed either under the mattress or above it to raise your little one’s head above their tummy. This incline is a tried and tested angle of elevation to help reduce the symptoms of reflux.
The wedgehog options are:
- Wedgehog wedges that sit underneath the baby’s mattress, do not need a cover and are available in 28cm Moses, 38cm Crib, 60cm Cot and 70cm Cot bed sizes. Placing the Wedgehog under the mattress appeals to parents and carers who do not want to put the wedge in direct contact with their baby.
- Wedgehog wedges that sit on top of the baby’s mattress, are covered with super-soft covers. They are available in 28cm Moses, 38cm Crib, 60cm Cot and 70cm Cot bed sizes. Placing the Wedgehog on top the mattress appeals to parents and carers who prefer to put the wedge in direct contact with their baby.
Child and Adult wedges are also available. These are larger wedges, with a removable washable cover suitable for child/single beds and adult beds.
Positioning with the wedgehog under the cot mattress
The mattress is raised from underneathThe Wedgehog supplied without a cover is designed to sit underneath your baby’s mattress so that it does not come into contact with the baby at all. Parent’s who have specialist mattresses or do not wish to put their baby directly on a wedge, often opt for this wedge.
- There is no need to be as scientific about where you put the wedge in relation to your baby, as long as their feet are at the foot of the cot (for safer sleeping) and the wedge is in place underneath their upper body, to provide the essential lift for them.
- It may take some trial and error to get the exact position, but like all things baby related, often it takes a few goes to get it just-so.
- If you find the top end of the mattress begins to flop or bend when your wedgehog is placed halfway down the underneath of the mattress, then you can add a pillow or a rolled up towel underneath the top end of the mattress, to keep it from bending too much.
Positioning with the wedgehog on top of the cot mattress
With any reflux wedge, ensure that your baby’s feet are at the foot of their cot/crib. To do this, you may need to position the wedge half-way down the cot, depending on the size of your baby and type of sleeping bed used. You may place the wedgehog underneath the cot sheet to add more friction and keep the wedge in place better. Your baby’s head and shoulders are positioned centrally on the wedgehog, with the baby’s bottom on the flat area of the mattress. Each baby is unique, so exact positioning needs to be tailored. If your baby fidgets and rolls around on the mattress – it may be advisable to use a sleep positioner to help hold them in place.
- Look to place the wedgehog about half way down the mattress
- Babies feet should be at the base of the bed (for safer sleeping)
- Place the baby on the wedge, on top of the mattress (under the cot sheet if you wish), ensuring that your baby’s bottom is on the mattress itself, so that they are not completely suspended on the wedge.
Cleaning & Care
If your wedgehog is purchased without a cover, then it can be wiped down with a mild disinfectant and allowed to air dry. It will also help the longevity of the foam if you can turn the wedgehog from time to time, If you leave the wedgehog in direct sunlight to dry, it may take on a darker colour, as the UV content of daylight will cosmetically darken the colour of the foam. This is only cosmetic and won’t affect the functionality of the wedgehog.
If your wedgehog has a soft finish cover, specially designed for it, then the washing instructions are:
- Wash on a low temperature using a mild fabric detergent. You may use fabric conditioner if you choose.
- leave the cover to air dry naturally.
- Specific washing instructions for each cover style, will be labelled on the cover itself or on the accompanying leaflet.
- We strongly suggest you purchase a spare cover, so you can have one on the wedge and one in the wash.
The Wedgehog is 100% UK made and conforms to all the relevant British and EU standards – BS 7177 for flammability and BS 1877-10:2011 for safety and performance. We know this because we source foams responsibly. Do you know what foam is used in your baby’s bed?
Please use common sense when using any baby device…your instinct is normally the best.
It is completely normal to have some ‘discolouring on the foam’. Due to the heat involved in the manufacturing process the foam can scorch a little. This does not effect the function of the wedge at all and any colouring is only cosmetic.