Our Sleep Problem
Ahh sweet sleep. I miss you so much. Ezra’s sleep (or lack thereof), is really giving me a run for my money these days. Sam never really had the dreaded four month sleep regression….he was up every two hours from birth to six months. Ezra on the hand, started out as a great sleeper. He was giving me five to seven hours as a newborn. Lucky me! And then the dreaded four month sleep regression hit us. Hard.
The Sleep Solution
The hardest thing for us is that Ezra loves to be swaddled. There are two problems with this. First, he thinks he can’t fall asleep unless his arms are burrito wrapped. Second, his 99% body is too big for most swaddles. When this first became a problem, Ez was still young enough to be swaddled. Because of being able to roll over, swaddling is no longer a safe option. Thankfully, this sleep deprived mama with and extra-long baby discovered a solution – Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit. My mother-in-law first told me about it. I have to admit, I laughed out loud when I heard the name. Silly, right?! But as I started reading the amazon reviews, I came to the conclusion that it would be worth a try. Thanks to being a prime member, this magical sleep suit arrived just 48 hours later. I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
So, here’s the deal with Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit. It basically looks like a snow suit that you zip your sweet, sleepless baby in to. It has multiple layers that muffle their startle reflexes in a way similar to what a swaddle does. The multiple layers also help keep them warm. It should also be noted that your kiddo will look hilarious when in the suit. When I first put Ezra in his, I started laughing, which made him get excited and start kicking and flailing everywhere….which led to more laughter on my part. Needless to say, good times were had by all.
Is It Worth It?
So, the big question: Does Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit actually work? Well, yes and no. In my experience, the suit served it’s purpose in that it muffled Ezra’s reflexes and kept him warm without being swaddled. And because of the way it is worn, it fits my big baby and will continue to for quite a while, I think. It did not, however, help him sleep any more or any longer than he was before the sleep suit.
Several of the reviews that I read claimed that after a couple days of the suit, their sweet angels were sleeping several hours at a time or even through the night. I wish that were the case for us, but it just wasn’t. It also seemed like Ezra got a little too warm in the suit. Maybe if we kept our house even colder, but that’s not going to happen. And with winter coming, that means the heat will be on in the house. I definitely won’t be able to put him in it at that point.
So, if you are desperate and willing to try anything, I would give the suit a chance. Your baby may be one of the ones that wears it and magically sleeps through the night. You can buy it on Amazon HERE. If you’re not totally desperate or on a budget, I do not recommend. It just wasn’t amazing enough for me. And while I enjoy the laughs I get from it, I’m not totally in love with it.
Anyone else out there have experience with Merlin’s Magical Sleep Suit? How did work for you? Any other tips for sleep deprived mamas?