If you’ve been following my blog, you know how much I believe in swaddling to ensure your little one gets a good night sleep, and even did this easy Russian swaddle tutorial a few weeks back that has been keep to helping our guy to sleep through the night. Well, eventually your little one will break through the swaddle, and it happened to us. Hello 4am – it’s been a while since I’ve seen you!
After a few nights of waking at 4am to find my lovely swaddle in shambles, we decided it was no longer safe to swaddle the baby, because the extra loose fabric could be a SIDS risk. As far as I knew the only other option was a sleep sack. So we put S in a sleeper and zipped up the sleep sack leaving his hands free to roam about. Yeah, that worked for one night. All the following nights we still had that lovely 4am scream.
During that same time I had joined a few mommy groups on Facebook. There was all this chatter about Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit, and the mommies would exclaim “it really is magic!” I saw pictures and I just kept thinking this contraption is so odd looks so hot and I moved on. But the suit would come up again and again, and I decided to do a little more research.
So, you know how when you were a little kid, and just loved the feeling of heavy blankets over your body? This suit is made of material that has the same heaviness without the heat. I don’t know what material it’s made from, but S never wakes up sweaty (like he often would in just a regular cotton swaddle). The heaviness of the materials helps him to feel secure, and keeps his reflexes in check so he doesn’t inadvertently wake himself up at night.
The suit retails for about $40 on Amazon, but I actually found mine Craigslist for half the price. I figured the suit was so in demand, if it didn’t work out, I could just go right around and re-sell it for the same price. The sleep suit comes in a small and large size. Many recommend not going too big with the suit, but my kid is so long, a size large seemed like the right choice. When I picked up the sleep suit, the mom who sold it to me exclaimed “You will love it!!!”
A week later I’m here to tell you I do love it! Little guy has not only been sleeping through the night, he’s been consistently extending his sleep time from 10.5 hours to 11 hours. The two zippers make it easy to get him in and out (though we still have to pull his legs and arms through their ports – not the easiest task). When we first put him in the suit, he could barely lift his arms, but now he’s gained a little strength. Who knows? Maybe Merlin will eventually help S with other tasks like rolling over. This will definitely be my new go-to gift for baby showers.
The “new way of doing things” has been a little tough for my mother. When I was a baby, we slept on our tummies with soft cushions and blankets. Now with the Back to Sleep campaign, the shocking starkness of how babies are supposed to sleep has come as a little surprise. I can’t imagine what she’s going to say when I put S in this contraptions while I’m staying with her this week. It is kind of comical, like watching A Christmas Story with the kid in the snow suit.
Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit is for back sleeping only, and should be used as a transitional suit from swaddle to sleep sack. Once your kid can roll over it, time to get rid of the suit! Also, see that adorable green blankie laying loose? It was made my friend’s mom, and we love it for cuddling! But don’t worry, S doesn’t sleep with any loose blankets in his crib.
Put this on your registry or remember it for a friend – pin this pic!