It seems like an appropriate time to review this product, since our baby finally outgrew even the largest size. We’re sad about this because we loved this silly, adorable thing. Like, really loved it. We loved it as much as we (used to) love sleeping at night.
We should start by saying that when Baby Flyer was a newborn, we were avid swaddlers. We had several kinds- first the blankets, then the wraps and pods, then the sleep sacks. In short, Baby Flyer spent her first about six months sleeping like a baby burrito.
But like all good things, swaddling only is an option for so long. Baby Flyer never really was a roller so we got a couple extra months of swaddling in, but eventually she was too crafty and could break herself out of even the strongest wraps.
And thus, the ultimate “now what”? She still needed some containing to get a good night’s sleep, since her grabby little hands would inevitably wake her up if she was left to just sleep in PJs. Enter the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit. The Suit is marketed as a “swaddle transition” and it’s a pretty apt description. While it doesn’t hold baby’s arms down as firmly as a swaddle and allows them to move a bit more, it will dampen their involuntary twitches and movement while they’re sleeping, which helps minimize middle of the night wake ups.
It’s pretty warm too. Though Baby Flyer wore it in a variety of temperatures and didn’t seem to get sweaty or over heated. In warm weather she could wear it with just a short sleeve onesie and socks, while in cooler weather we dressed her in her full PJs under it. We do have central AC and heat at home though, so in general her room is pretty comfortable. They make both the original and fleece versions, but living in Southern California we only tried the original.
We actually ended up having two of these, one of each size. The small fit her from about 6-9 months, and the large from 9-12 months. She pretty well slept in the Suit every night. We just stopped using the large a few weeks ago, and transitioned her into a wearable blanket. The transition’s going…okay so far. We do miss the suit sometimes, even just for how cute our little ‘spacesuit baby’ looked in it.
In short, all babies are different in their preferences for sleeping, but we found the sleep suit to be very worth the price. It even made it onto our short list of bulky things that still ended up on the ‘to pack’ list. We’d definitely recommend it to anyone needing a swaddle transition option, or if you’re looking for a unique but very practical baby shower gift.
~CET & CAR
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