The Magic Sleep Suit

I used to consider myself to be “in the know” about mommy products.. probably because when I was the mother of one I had time to be active on places like the bump.com where I learned about these things seemingly through osmosis. Now my time is limited to participating on FB groups while I’m nursing in the middle of the night!

It was during one of these one handed iPhone FB browsing sessions that I saw other October 2012 mommies posting about “Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit” and how it helped their babies transition out of the Rock ‘N Play.  The problem with the Rock N Play is that it is SO effective at keeping baby from startling that transitioning to a completely flat crib can be hell.  So hellish in fact that I had been putting it off for weeks.

In my defense, the girls have been sick, so I didn’t want to lay them flat in their cribs when they had terrible coughs and congestion, then they got the stomach bug and I wanted them close to me and also their tummies were so gassy that I had to repeatedly rock them back to sleep in the RNP.

Finally though I realized that the time had come – Sasha’s head is starting to look mis-shapen (from the RNP or maybe swing?) and they also are getting too mobile to be trusted in the RNP so I ordered the magic sleep suits and with a LOT of anxiety I decided that last Saturday night would be their first in their nursery.

Well, the magic sleep suits are pretty hysterical. All I can think of when I see my girls in them is that they look like giant pink marshmallows! Or as my friend Chastity pointed out -like the kid who falls over in his snowsuit and cant’ get up:

Stay tuned for a blog post about the magic sleep sack!

Giant pink Marshwillow

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So yes, they look ridiculous but they actually SLEEP! I mean, no better than in the RNP, but also no worse because the weight of the suit just envelops them and keeps them from startling awake. It’s also convenient that they are so heavy because the girls’ room is in the old part of the house that is quite cool, so I don’t have to worry about them getting too cold and not being able to have a blanket.

Now my only concern is that the largest size of sleep suit is 6-9 months-  Willow is almost into 9 month clothes already – what will I do when they outgrow them?

Time to browse on FB for a new idea..!

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Judy N says:

I read an article recently about babies in Norway (or some cold cold place) where the parents commonly nap babies outside, and the thought there is that babies sleep better outside (even in freezing temperatures). And a part of the article mentions the thick clothes they have to wear that may act kind of like a swaddle to keep them feeling snug and asleep better!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21537988

Emily says:

My 6.5 month still is swaddled and there’s no problem, but I feel like she won’t be fully sleep trained until we stop relying on the swaddle! I’m tempted to transfer her to this sleep suit, but then what do I use after that!? ;-) Gotta have her sleeping alone in her crib soon enough. Keep us posted on how you get them from sleep suit to no sleep suit.

pam says:

My nephew had one of these. So funny, but hey, whatever works. Man, the things they’ve come out with in the last five years…

Samm says:

Wow! Those look so comfy! I want one!

Jocelyn says:

My 5 month old has been waking up every 3 hours lately to eat at night since moving him out of his swaddle..which he was getting out of all the time. I wonder if this would help him get back to the days when he slept 7-8 hours at a time.

Thanks Ariana for sharing this story. It’s so helpful. My 11 week old baby still sleeps RNP and I’m terrified of transferring him to his crib. I’m going to order one of those suits ASAP.