GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Do you feel like your baby is a magician? Because sometimes an infant's ability to escape the swaddle can be considered magical.
The tightly folded blanket is supposed to keep babies asleep through the night, but most find their way to escape, ultimately waking up themselves... and their parents too.
Grand Rapids mom Liz Hilton had enough of her baby escaping the traditional swaddle, so she took matters into her own hands.
Her 3D knitting machine had been used for making everything from office furniture to dresses, but now Hilton is using it to create a unique swaddle that allows the baby to have movement of its arms and hands, but does not allow the baby to escape.
The moisture-wicking combination of spandex and yarn is knit into a sleep sack that is supposed to keep babies comfortable through the night.
"This is what I call 'hug technology', says Hilton. "it’s lightly compressive so it’s supposed to give him the sensation of getting hugged all night long."
The Hoodini is already a winner in one local competition. Hilton's creation captured one of 100 $1000 prizes from Start Garden's 100 Ideas competition and is now eligible for one of ten $20,000 grand prizes.
Hilton hopes to have enough funding to begin selling her creation online following her Kickstarter campaign.
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