12 surprising ways to use your Sleepyhead pod in lockdown

12 surprising ways to use your Sleepyhead pod in lockdown

Keeping your baby safe and snuggled are some of the best functions of a Sleepyhead pod, but there are so many other ways to use both the Grand and Deluxe+ sizes.

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While we are spending more time in our homes than ever before, many parents are finding creative ways to fill the time. DIY projects, baking sessions (hence the yeast and flour shortages) and arts and crafts are some of the most popular activities bringing families together.

Designed to be multifunctional

The Sleepyhead pod was created to be the perfect place for your baby to lounge no matter what the day brings you. It was designed to be a multifunctional resource for busy, overstretched parents.

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From a baby’s tummy time to a toddler’s playtime, or from an outdoor picnic to indoor storytime, there are endless ways to use your Sleepyhead pod during this lockdown season. Let us give you some inspiration!

Cinema time

Place the Sleepyhead in front of the TV, grab some snacks and turn on a favorite film. (Turn it up a notch and make a ‘tent’ over the pod with a pegged up sheet!)

Transitioning to a toddler bed

One mum says: ‘We just recently used ours to transition our baby to her own bed. She was scared of her bed for so long and would make a huge fuss every single day.’

Make the most of this lockdown time, when your little one is more secure with you being at home with her all day. It’s a great opportunity to transition to a toddler bed, and the familiar environment of a Sleepyhead pod will make it all the more easy.

Keeping fit

The Sleepyhead is an excellent prop to keep your baby happy and close to mama while you exercise. You could even incorporate it into your routine! Look at this pair doing ‘Mummy and me’ yoga.

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Photo courtesy of @addiegudry

As a babysitter

While you're cooking dinner, the Sleepyhead pods provide a safe, comfy environment to lounge in. Your baby gets to hear and see you close by. What’s not to like?

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Photo courtesy of @jessicasaramorris



A Sleepyhead can make playtime so much more fun - and comfy. Just look at how cosy this little girl looks. Choose a selection of your little one’s favourite toys and gently sit them in the pod. You’ll be surprised at how well they occupy themselves in this snug environment.

Staying close

A Sleepyhead may even help bring siblings together! Even if your older child isn’t showing much interest in their little brother or sister, just being close-by can increase that sense of connectivity.


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The Sleepyhead pod is so portable, you can put it anywhere. Just remember to place it on a flat surface and not to carry it with your little one inside.

Imaginative play

Some of our little ones have turned their Sleepyhead pods into pirate ships, cars and boats. Give them ideas and watch their little minds wander!

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You could make up a game where your little one is a fisherman, trying to catch fish out of his boat (aka Sleepyhead). Or a pirate trying to find some treasure!

Dinner time

Your Sleepyhead is a safe spot within arm's reach while you're eating dinner with the rest of the family. Connected with the family, yet offering mum the chance to eat and catch up with everyone else.


Photo courtesy of @samantha_erin

Toy arch

Attach the Toy Arch to your Sleepyhead Deluxe+ for hours of stimulating fun. Babies love reaching for the crinkly toys, which helps them to build strength in their neck muscles. It’s also a win for improving fine motor skills.

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Tummy time

One of the most popular uses for a Sleepyhead Deluxe+ is for tummy time. It's an ideal spot to let your little one spend time on their front because the rounded sides help to prop up your baby when placed under their arms.

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Prop up a board book or play mirror just within reach and you’ve got yourself one happy baby.


Sleepyhead pods are the perfect spot for reading books. Let your little ones snuggle in as you share your favourite stories and pictures. Browse through Waterstones’ baby books collection for some inspiration.

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Get Outdoors

Whilst you can’t venture too far, don't forget to go outside for some fresh air and vitamin D. It’s so important for mental well-being and can provide an alternative stimulus for little ones.

Bring your pod outside and watch the stars or have a picnic. Don’t worry the covers are washable!

picnics with the Sleepyhead Grand

Our Sleepyhead Cabana Kit keeps babies protected from the elements while in their pod, so you can get outside more often without worrying.

Sleepyhead pod designs

We hope you feel suitably inspired to make the most of your Sleepyhead pod. View our full collection here, and enjoy its versatility, portability and functionality.