Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Magic Sleepsuit.... it's really magic y'all

All it took was reading this post once and I had a sleep suit of my own on order. We had successfully eliminated the swaddle for Ford but he was still in the bassinet or Rock and Play which made him feel safe and secure. I was absolutely dreading the transition to his crib and after 3 nights of chaos (read my vulnerable mommy post here), it was time to bust out the sleep suit. If you aren't familiar, Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit is just that, magic. It is basically a marshmallow suit that makes baby feel secure and help the transition out of the swaddle. Seeing how well it helped Ford's baby friend Christian, I wanted to give it a shot and am so glad I did. 

The night before we used the suit, it took Ford 3 hours to go to sleep... yes you read that right, 3 hours. Shushing, patting, nursing, singing, rocking, he wasn't gonna have it. The next night we zipped up our little Michelin man and he slept 10 hours straight. Zing!


Ford is currently wearing the 3-6 month size and growing out of it quickly. We have the 6-9 month size suit should be here tomorrow! The tricky part is knowing when to stop using it. Ford is now rolling from tummy to back and will soon be rolling from back to tummy so the worry wart in me doesn't want to risk it but then again when you see the suit, it looks nearly impossible for baby to roll in it.  Weaning from the suit... TBA...

The sleepsuit is designed for back sleeping and eliminates the need for blankets in the crib (SIDS risk). You'd think my sweaty baby would bake in it but the lightweight cotton material keeps him cool. On warm nights I put him in a onesie and socks and cool nights a cotton sleeper. Now that he's getting stronger and stronger he can bend his hands in the suit to suck on his fingers (the stinker doesn't take a paci so I'll take any form of self soothing!). 

If you're a mama who lays awake at night stressing about the swaddle transition (or Rock and Play transition in our case), I highly recommend trying out the sleep suit. It was life changing for us and could be for you too!



Moms, what are your sleep training/transition tips and tricks? Any moms have a non paci baby? Would love your input!

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11 comments:

Kate said...

I have a 6 month old lil guy who sleeps 12.5 hours/night and takes 3 naps/day, and has since he was 4 months old. I completely credit the "Moms On Call" book/program. It's the best sleep training book I've ever heard of and I'm proof that it works. It's also a dummies guide for new moms, including info about sippy cup usage, teething, various illnesses & their remedies, feeding schedules based on age, etc. It's my baby bible :)

Sia Cooper said...

Thanks for sharing! I am due in 5 weeks with my little man and will keep this in mind :)

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Veronika said...

we used a woombie as our main swaddle when Harper was a newborn and then when she could roll both ways she became a stomach sleeper so no swaddles or anything for us anymore! I thought it would be a really tough transition but it was actually kind of okay because she loves sleeping on her stomach (which of course freaked me out as a first time mom) so she didn't care to be swaddled. We do use the A+A sleep sacks.

Sarah @ Life, Love & Dinner said...

Do you have him on his contoured changing pad, too? My little bug wakes herself up still if she's not swaddled at 3 months old and I wonder how we will transition from the RNP & from a swaddle..

Megan C said...

I remember you sent me that link but I have yet to buy one. Seth is getting better about sleeping in his crib for naps most days but is still in the rock n play at night. I'm worried about that transition as well. I just might have to get one this week. How long do they take to come in?

Sarah said...

i had NO idea how we would transition off the swaddle because crue was so obsessed with it but one night he was crying and we unswaddled him to go see if the diaper was his problem and he ZONKED. so we tried the next without and its been working. i guess he just kind of weaned himself off! but we still might end up with this suit because he's not out of his RnP yet! he seemed to wean himself out of his mamaroo too so maybe he will with the RnP but i have no idea! i actually think i am going to bring his crib into our room because i am not ready for him to be in his own! eeeek!

Gina said...

When my son stopped being swaddled, around 4.5-5 months I was petrified of the transition out of his rock and play and into his crib and especially unswaddled. We bought a halo sleepsack with the swaddle option and would leave his arms out but tighlty wrap the swaddle part around his tummy. This made him feel secure but allowed him to roll over and back. Surprisingly after a few nights he transitioned well. Truth is after this transition you will then have to deal with when he can stand in the crib and then when he can try to get out of the crib. Having a baby is always about transitions and many of them are hard (like molars, I hate molars!). We also gave our son a "night night" (Aden and Anais security blanket) this helped him to feel comfy and also he knows when he has it with him it is sleep time.(I would nurse him with it). You are doing great and every baby is so different.

Dana said...

Do they make this in adult sizes? I'd LOVE 10 hours of sleep! ;)

Emily said...

I have a 5 week old and I am always laying him on his sides to sleep because I don't want him to get a flat head. He sleeps in the crib which is in our bedroom and will be until he comes out (because we have two kids already and live in a three bedroom house so he has no choice but to bunk with us until he is in a real bed) ..... I am curious how this can be used (if it can be) for newborns when you still lay baby on sides to sleep... I know all about SIDS risk and he does sleep on his back,but I make sure to do side lays to avoid flat head.

dreambigrunner.com said...

It truly does sounds magical! I need to remember for our little girl.

Kari said...

Ruthie- I just ordered one of these for Colin. Can you update me on if you are still using the Magic Sleep Suit and if not, how did you transition out of it? Let me know your thoughts! Colin is currently sleeping 5-5.5 hours before feeding but he can wake up anywhere from 0-4 times in that 5-5.5 hours stretch.

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