When pregnant, most people tell you that you will have sleepless nights once the baby is here and to sleep as much as you can. You know what? They are absolutely, positively correct because, my friends, this is an accurate statement. Not only do babies sleep a lot during the day, but their schedule is unpredictable and they can’t tell night from day and vice versa, so what this means is their sleep pattern will be all over the place. What I’ve learned from having two children is that you need to become best, best, best buddies with the swaddle. Once your baby is born, you’ll realize they have an interesting and restless startle reflex, which can wake them up from the deepest (darkest) sleep. This can even be caused by a slight gust of wind (caused by the nursery door) or even a stifled giggle. What do you do to make your baby’s sleep better? I’m no sleep therapist nor am I an expert, but I learned (via experience) that a swaddle that has velcro wings to keep your baby’s arms to the side works beautifully. No, I did not get a full night’s sleep (because hangry babe) but it was restful enough to manage and take care of (myself and) my children. Sleep, oh, dear sleep, is quite necessary for this. I was really grateful to get the opportunity to test out the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts about it with you, so let’s jump right into it!
I want to first address the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit look-wise. It definitely gives astronaut, bubble suit vibes, but this cotton sleepsuit is lightweight and warm at the same time. It is recommended to put your baby in a onesie underneath to avoid overheating, but if your climate is cooler than most, it will do well with your baby’s regular pajamas because of the open hands and feet. The zipper goes from bottom to top and has a cotton closure to cover the zipper tab. The neck is also scooped so that you do not have to worry about it bunching up over the baby’s mouth and nose. This is a great feature because there are many times when a mother and/or father wakes up to check on baby because of that fear. The fabric is sewn to muffle the baby’s natural startle reflex, which definitely DID work for my daughter.
Since my daughter uses a binky to self-soothe, she often times does manage to bend her arms (however it can be impossible for older babies at 12 pounds, which is the recommended weight for use) to remove her binky (which she does no matter how much she wants to use it) but she still managed to fall asleep in it. It took about 3 – 4 days before she was okay with sleeping with her arms out. Another thing I feel the need to mention is washing the sleepsuit. Since the fabric is somewhat thicker (yet lightweight) it does not dry well in the dryer and nor did I trust that because I was afraid of shrinkage. Because you need to air dry the sleepsuit, this can create an interruption in the transition. During this transition period, she also started to roll from back to stomach. For this reason, I have gone back and forth from the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit to her original swaddle. I have gone back to the swaddle because she was getting more restful sleep and her pediatrician said I could easily swaddle until she was 6 months old. I am planning to transition her back to the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit AGAIN because she is almost 6 months old, and this means that the startle reflex should (almost completely) disappear.
My little lady has definitely been an iffy sleeper like my son, so it has been interesting to try a product like this because with my son it was touch and go with the swaddle and sleeping through the night. What products have you used for your babies that worked for you? Would you try the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit to transition your babe(s) from the swaddle?
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