Just like the title says, the Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit really is magic. As you may (or may not) know from my previous posts, I am a huge advocate of babies and children getting enough sleep. If you would like to know more about the importance of sleep in babies and toddlers, please read the articles:
Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit Review
What Exactly Is A Magic Sleepsuit?
This is probably one of the best named products out there. It does exactly what it claims to do. It is a sleepsuit that magically gets your little one to sleep for longer stretches!
My daughter was a great sleeper. She transitioned from swaddling to a sleepsack with no interruptions in her sleep. She was happily swaddled until she was about 7 or 8 months long. Most babies are not fans of swaddling for that long.
My son on the other hand, started fighting the swaddle at about 3 months old. We tried putting him into a sleepsack, however he still had many primitive reflexes (e.g. arm and legs flailing, twitches, jerking movements) so when he was in a sleepsack his reflexes would startle him and cause him to wake up every few hours.
I was very frustrated and sleep deprived and spent hours throughout the night online in hopes of finding a solution to help my baby sleep. This is when I stumbled upon the Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit. This was back in 2009 so I couldn’t find very many reviews on it but if it did what it claimed to do I would be one very happy customer. I decided that my sanity was worth the money (between $30 and $40) and I placed my order and waited patiently for the Baby Merlin sleepsuit to arrive in the mail. I wish I would have saved some pictures of my son in the sleepsuit to share with you.
Key Points of the Magic Sleepsuit
- great for transition from swaddle to sleepsack
- inner layer of polyfil provides some weight to the sleepsuit which is what inhibits the startle reflexes
- choose between jersey cotton or microfleece (both options have a cotton inner layer and the polyfil middle layer)
- available in pink, blue and yellow
- 2 size options (3-6 months – 12-18lbs and 6-9 months – 18-21lbs)
- scooped neckline keeps fabric away from baby’s face
- double zipper to make getting baby into and out of suit easier
- open hands and feet to allow for airflow and grasping
- makes baby feel comforted and secure thus reducing the need for parent intervention (e.g. rocking back to sleep).
- can be machine washed and tumbled dry
Here is a full list of frequently asked questions regarding the magic sleepsuit.
Check out this video to see just how easy it is to use the magic sleepsuit!
My Personal Experience with the Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit
As I mentioned above, we used the magic sleepsuit with my son when he was around 3-4 months old. He had started resisting the swaddle and had figured out how to get his hands/arms out of it, no matter how tightly we swaddled him. However, he was still startling awake due to primitive reflexes. We were given many tips to help our baby sleep through the night, but none worked as well as the magic sleepsuit!
The magic sleepsuit was the perfect transitional sleep aid for us.
My son was big as a baby (you would never know it now, he is a very small almost 6 years old) weighing almost 18 pounds at 4 months old, so I ordered the 6-9 month size. It fit him well but he still had room to grow into it. I used it for a nap the day we got it and he slept an extra 45 minutes longer than he normally would. You may be wondering how I remember all of this, but when it comes to sleep, or lack thereof, I have a very vivid memory.
We put him to sleep in it that night and he slept for a good 4-5 hours before waking and wanting to be fed. After that he went back to sleep on his own without much (if any) fussing. He continued to sleep for longer and longer stretches until he grew out of the sleepsuit at about 7-8 months old. But by then the reflexes had subsided and he was able to continue sleeping fairly well in a sleepsack.
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Drawbacks to the Magic Sleepsuit
There really aren’t any major drawbacks to this product! Some people are concerned with their baby overheating, however we did not experience this. We always kept our baby’s room cool because they were swaddled. And we have an air conditioner running in the summer. Just use your judgement, if it is really hot in your home and you do not have an air conditioner, then it may not be a good idea to use the sleepsuit.
If your baby is able to roll while wearing the sleepsuit, that is an indicator that it may be time to put it away. However, if your baby is rolling without the sleepsuit, but not when wearing the sleepsuit, this is great! It means that your baby won’t end up on her stomach and then cry because she can’t roll onto her back again.
I wished that there would have been another size beyond the 6-9 month size because my son could have stayed in it for another month or 2 if he wouldn’t have outgrown it.
I highly recommend ordering 2 of these because we only had one, and when there were accidents (pee, spit up, etc) we were stuck until I had laundered our one and only sleepsuit.
I highly recommend the Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit to any parent who is struggling to get their little one to sleep more soundly. Yes, it does cost a bit more than a sleepsack (prices start at $15, but can go up to $45 for “designer” brands), but it is more than worth it. My sanity definitely was worth the money!
I know that now there are similar products on the market, however when my children were babies, this was really the only option. And it’s a product that has been around for 7+ years now!
Have you tried the Baby Merlin Magic Sleepsuit? Would you be willing to try it for your baby? Do you have any other tips to help a baby sleep through the night? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!