My entire life, I’ve been told what a terrible baby I was. I didn’t sleep, I screamed 20 hours a day, etc. I was also told that one day, I would be paid back for my non-sleeping antics.
So imagine my delight when I had a baby that DID sleep. Starting around 10 weeks, G was sleeping through the night like a pro. I was SO happy. I started back to work when she was 12 weeks old and thought, “I got this”. Because as long as we were sleeping, I could manage.
But then, a terrible thing happened.
G started breaking out of her swaddle. And that dang startle reflex – the evil reflex that makes babies flail their arms – would wake her up. We battled this all night every night for WEEKS. We were all exhausted and on the brink of losing our minds.
I know I have mentioned that time spent with our babies in the middle of the night is precious and dear, but, at some point getting up and going to work every day with little to no sleep is just HARD.
I lamented the complete lack of sleep to a friend who told me that I needed to get a Merlin Sleepsuit for G. I looked it up and it was the most hilarious thing I’d ever seen. It’s basically like putting a baby to sleep in a marshmallow.
I read up on it, and thought “nah”. I just didn’t want one more thing. I figured that I could just swaddle better and we’d get through.
Bless my heart.
There was no such thing as a better swaddle. There were only arms of terror and NO sleep.
A few nights later, as John was trying to get her back to sleep at 3 am, I got on Amazon and Prime’d one of these bad boys as fast as my fingers could type.
2 days later. It arrived.
And, just like the name implies. It worked like magic. G slept through the night, not only the first night, but night after night after night. My only regret was that I hadn’t bought one earlier.
The suit is made in such a way that it allows a baby’s arms to be free, but it “muffles” the movements caused by the startle reflex. So instead of G’s arms flailing up and then landing – thwack – back down on the mattress and waking her up, her arms would raise and then lower like they were landing on a cloud.
Basically this is all the coziness and comfort of the swaddle while allowing your baby an appropriate amount of freedom that will help him/her as they are transitioning from swaddling.
This was quite possibly the best money we spent on any single baby product. I loaned ours to a coworker who was going through a similar sleep regression with her daughter. She had tried other products and a variety of swaddle set ups. The Merlin Magic Sleep Suit worked wonders for her, too.
The suit comes in 3 colors: Blue, yellow or pink. And 2 styles: microfleece or jersey cotton. I realize these kinda resemble sumo suits. But they are SUMO SUITS OF SLEEP SO WHO CARES?
We used the fleece for G. In June and July. In Oklahoma. And never did she ever overheat in it. The inner layer is a breathable cotton that keeps babies dry.
Just. I could go on for far too long about this thing. YOU NEED ONE.
And, luckily for you, I have one to give away!
Since this is my first giveaway I’m going to keep this very, very simple. No going to seventy-two social media portals to enter. Simply leave a comment on this post and you are entered.
The contest will close on Sunday (3/1) at midnight. I’ll draw a winner using a random number generator & announce the winner next week.
Good luck – and please – share this with your friends (so I can do more fun giveaways in the future!)
P.S. If you are at the state of sleep deprivation that I was and cannot wait for this contest to end before getting a sleep suit of your own – you can go HERE to read all about the suit and buy one. Or HERE to get one for yourself on Amazon. I promise you will not regret it.
I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own. The Baby Merlin Company is providing the prize for this giveaway.