About Askr & Embla
At A&E we believe in following your intuition and learning from the experience of those who came before us. We believe that parenthood is about growing alongside our children to build lives that nourish our souls.
We believe our Sleepod will allow you to be close to your newborn while offering your baby a safe cosy bed of his/her own—in your bed at night and moving with you throughout the day. From room to room and place to place, to allow your baby the familiar comfort of home wherever you go.
We love the simplicity in Scandinavian design, items that blends in beautifully in your home while reflecting your style. We let the materials speak for themselves by creating multi-use items that allows you to live your life better with less.
Judith made her first Sleepod using her middle school sewing skills while expecting her daughter 2014. As a Scandinavian transplant to Southern California and parents to be, she and her husband began to crave the simplicity of the Scandinavian lifestyle. Co-sleeping is a natural part to parenthood in Scandinavia and after endless research on safe co-sleeping she turned back to the traditional Swedish bed nests—updating the materials and aesthetics to suit her family’s eco-conscious, Californian lifestyle.
The name Askr & Embla comes from norse mythology where Askr and Embla were believed to to be the first humans—fashioned from the wood of trees. To us, Askr & Embla symbolizes new beginnings and to use what you have to create great things.
The design difference
The Sleepod in-bed baby sleeper and lounger is perfect for co-sleeping, napping, tummy time, nursing, travel & play. The wool mattress acts as a natural pressure reliever that wicks away moisture and regulates body temperature to prevent the baby from getting too hot or cold. It is lightweight and folds up for easy travel and storage. The organic, removable hemp covers makes washing easy. The Sleepod is designed to mimic the womb to soothe your baby and facilitate bonding, from infancy and beyond.
The Sleepod is made to create a safe bed within the bed for co-sleeping families and designed to harbor babies from 0-7 months. Keeping your baby close, facilitates bonding and post-partum recovery for the mother and child.
All our products are made of the best natural materials available. All our Sleepods come with a wool mattress, 100% free from off-gassing chemicals found in foam and other synthetics. We always use organic when available and look to the production process as a whole, from growing fibers to production, transportation and dye to determine the most sustainable option for each individual product.
You may read more about the properties of our materials and manufacturing process here.
Made in the USA
All of our products are made in the US. By working with local suppliers and manufacturer we get to support local business while making sure our products are made under good working conditions by adults making a living wage.
Hemp has been used for thousands of years and its strength and durability is superior to most man made fibers. The toughness of hemp helps to protect the plant against pests which allows it grow well even in poor soils without using fertilizers and chemical pesticides. In good conditions hemp can yield up to 100% more fiber per acre than cotton on 50% less water, properties that makes hemp one of the most sustainable fibers available.
Organic cotton has the plush softness of cotton without the chemicals that comes with conventional growing. Organic cotton is free of toxic residue making it perfect for baby items. By removing the harsh chemicals from the process you preserve the soil while improving conditions for the workers handling the cotton fibers.
Organic wool is cut off the sheep without harming the animal. After cutting, the wool is washed (without harsh chemicals) and molded into shape using heat and pressure. Wool has been used for infant bedding for centuries as it creates a perfect micro climate for sleep. Wool felt makes a steady surface with high airflow. With the lanolin intact the wool helps to regulate body temperature, preventing the bedding from getting too hot or too cold. The lanolin also works wick away moisture, keeping the bed dry and clean. Wool loves air and hanging your wool products outside regularly will keep them fresh over time even with heavy use.
Kapok is a silky soft fiber that was commonly used in bedding and furniture before the introduction of synthetic fibers. It grows in South America, Asia and certain parts of Africa and the fibers are picked by hand as the seed capsule matures and falls off the trees. Kapok is naturally mold, mildew and dust resistant.
Babies have very thin and sensitive skin as just as you shouldn't use strong scented soaps or wash detergents, you should also avoid chemically treated fabrics and synthetics. Infants sleeps for up to 18 hours a day during the first few months of life so you want to make sure to keep their sleeping place free from harmful toxins and synthetic off gases.
Even natural fibers may contain toxins as conventionally grown cotton and even wool is treated with harsh chemicals during the production process. This treatment damage the natural properties of the fibers and is know to leave toxic residue on the fabric. Organically grown fibers will be cultivated in a sustainable manner without the use of bleach, flame-retardants and other common toxins. Not only is it better for your families health but it also helps to keep the integrity of the farmland for future generations.
Non organic wool has very little regulation to animal welfare and after its shorn (cut) the wool usually go through several bleach washes to remove farm residue, a procedure that strips the wool of all the fat (lanolin) and makes it brittle and dry. Organic wool comes from hormone free sheep that is only given organic vegetarian feed and instead of chemical cleaning it is washed in a gentle manner that removes dirt without washing away the lanolin.
We know that exposure to lead, phthalates, formaldehyde and flame retardants gives negative health effects and that there is really no guaranteed safe minimum exposure. By reducing toxins in your home and choose organic natural fibers that unlike synthetics never even been in contact with these substances you will come a long way in reducing the everyday exposure for you and your family.