Since day one, Eric and I have always made sure to follow all of the safe sleep rules and guidelines. So naturally, when it came time to transition Olivia out of her swaddle we went straight to researching the best way to do this. We knew the startle reflex would wake Olivia if she wasn’ in her traditional swaddle. But we also knew it was time to move away from the traditional swaddle. This is when we came across Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit.
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What is Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit?
As we researched Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit we learned that the suit was designed by a fellow mom (who was just as sleep deprived as I am). Maureen, the creator of Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit, is also a pediatric physical therapist. Her goal when creating the suit was to develop a safe way to for babies to sleep longer. The Sleepsuit is designed to muffle the startle reflex that prematurely wakes babies while keeping them cozy and secure.
Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit recommends introducing the suit to your baby when they are around three months old. Because Olivia was born early she did not need it till later – we introduced it at five months.
When introducing the sleep suit to your little one make sure you are using the ABCs of Sleep – alone, on the back, and in the crib. The Sleepsuit comes in four colors (yellow, pink, cream and blue) and two fabrics (cotton or micro-fleece). We opted for a yellow cotton suit. Even though we keep our house at the recommended temperature I couldn’t imagine putting Olivia in fleece, living in Florida.
How the Sleepsuit Worked for us
Because the Sleepsuit was still a tad bit big on Olivia, we introduced it during nap time. Her feet shouldn’t be covered so we cuffed the legs. During nap time I monitored her to make sure she was not able to bring her legs up into the suit. The Sleepsuit need to fit properly to do its job – which means it can’t be introduced too soon.
From the first nap in the Sleepsuit, Olivia slept longer. Her naps are typically anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour (normally on the shorter end). Her first nap in the sleep suit was two and a half hours! She continued to get in good naps with her Sleepsuit. After monitoring her naps for a few days we tried the sleep suit at night. It was once again a success.
The Sleepsuit helped me feel comfortable transitioning Olivia to her crib. Prior to having the Sleepsuit, Olivia slept in a bassinet in our bedroom. The first night in the Sleepsuit Olivia slept about 4 hours during her first block. While this may not be a miracle to some people it was for us. Prior to this, she had only been sleeping about 1.5 to 2 hours (she hit the four-month sleep regression HARD). Every night Olivia’s sleeping has improved. Sometimes Olivia still has a slip of waking up more often than normal. I have been blaming her teething on that one. But overall Livey is doing great and she only wakes up once for a feeding and goes right back to sleep. If your little one is struggling with sleep and is ready to transition out of the swaddle, the Sleepsuit might be the answer to all of their sleeping problems. Which might make you feel like a new person again, once you catch up on your sleep!
To learn more about the sleepsuit visit their website and use the code “Lund15” for 15% off. This code is good until February 28. I will also be doing a giveaway on my Instagram account until February 2nd, head there for your chance to win a Sleepsuit! You can also purchase the Sleepsuit on Amazon.
What have you done to get your baby to sleep through the night?