Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Magic of Sleeping Babies (and a GIVEAWAY!)

It was just last week that I posted a little update on 5 month old Brendan and mentioned how he was the worst sleeper in our family's history.  It was kind of ironic, because although I feel like I make parenting mistakes every single day, having good sleepers was kind of my jam.  I thought I had it all figured out, and have written about it before.  Then we had our seventh baby and BAM!  Humility lesson 101.  


Brendan has definitely taught me that every baby is different, even if we try all the same tricks in our arsenal.  So what was a tired mom to do?  Well I googled how to get babies to sleep, of course!  I kept hearing about Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit.  


So what is the magic of this sleepsuit?  You can read more about it on their website, but basically it was designed by a mother of four, Maureen, who is a pediatric physical therapist.  Maureen saw the need for something to help her baby fall asleep and came up with a cozy and thick suit that keeps the baby warm and, much like a swaddle, keeps their little reflex movements to a minimum so as not to startle the baby awake.  



Brendan did not like being swaddled, and would constantly roll himself over and wake up, multiple times a night.  He only seemed to like sleeping when he was next to our warm body, and we don't do cosleeping well.  So we tried putting a space heater next to his crib, but he still woke up all the time and wouldn't settle back down after he had eaten.  Once we finally bit the bullet and bought the Magic Sleepsuit, we were amazed at how quickly he fell asleep once it was on, and how long he stayed asleep.  You guys, it actually works!!

BRENDAN IS SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!!

(Sorry to yell, but we are so excited and feel like humans again!)

Cue angels singing.

I was so impressed with the product that I reached out to Maureen to ask her to partner with me for a review and giveaway and she graciously agreed.  So I'm not just pedaling a product that came my way, I went out of my way to find this truly magical sleepsuit and had to share it with you all.  I seriously can't say enough good things about it.  

And now for the best part...you get the chance to win one in the color, material and size you want!    A better night's sleep is coming your way.  If you aren't the lucky winner, you can buy one for yourself OR become a hero for another tired mom and pamper her with the gift of sleep!  Spoiler alert: this is going to be my go-to baby gift in the future :)  Just enter below and good luck!

43 comments:

  1. I would love one! We have a 7 week old (2nd baby) and are in a tough phase getting her to fall and stay sleep at night! I keep telling myself this is a phase....but it's hard to remember when she's screaming at midnight! ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  2. Having a little one in 2 weeks with a 14 month old already. Could really give this a try. Thanks for the recommendation!
    Meghan

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  3. Oh man, I've heard so many great things about this sleepsuit! My tips for getting baby to sleep are...try cry it out? I swear it's the best parenting decision we made with our first buuuut we're also only on our second, so who knows what the future holds! haha.

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  4. No tips....baby 6 here who is 5 months, but slept better a couple of months ago and a 2 year old who still doesn't sleep through the night ๐Ÿ˜’....does this come in toddler sizes?

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  5. Our first was a breeze when it came to sleeping through the night. Our second is just eight weeks old, but things are already different. I go back to work in a couple weeks and I'm desperate!

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  6. I would love one! On baby number four! Would love to have sleeping through the night#

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  7. I am so happy for you that he is sleeping!

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  8. Things are going well so far, because in these early weeks I like co-sleeping. Soon, however, I think I will be dying to own one of these. How have I never heard if it before?!? So happy that you feel human again! I'm hoping for that magical day again, too!

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  9. I barely wake up when the baby wakes up. But apparently you can be disciplined about this and move the kid out of your room before their 3rd birthday! Bridget JUST went to her own room and she's 2.5. I need all the help I can get...

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  10. What a fun giveaway!! We are expecting number four in six weeks and I am just starting to mentally review my sleep strategies! I found the feed every three hours was our biggest asset (not insanely strict) but like you said......... every baby is different. I've had this on our short list bc I've heard so much about it! Would love to try. Thank you to you both! And glad your fam is sleeping again!

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  11. I am not going to enter the giveaway because I do not need this magic sleeper (though in the Catholic world I probably just jixed myself...) but I will definitely remember this review the next time I am in need! So glad it is working for Brendan and you are getting some much needed rest!

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    1. HA! I was going to write the same comment! :) Why do they always come up with these awesome things just a little too late for me? He's so cute, I love that pic of him sleeping away in the crib.

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  12. Sleep is so hard for me! My only go-to is nursing them back to sleep which is not really a tip!

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  13. I'm having Baby #4 in a couple of months & would love one of these! I've used sound machines with my babies and that has helped some with sleep, but I don't have any great tips. Each baby can be so different!

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  14. Bore them to sleep. With screens and lights and wild colors and all sorts of gadgets at the ready, I've found that making the room as boring as possible is key.

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  15. No tips except mine usually finally sleep all night around 6yrs old! I would LOVE this for my little one now. I would LOVE to sleep lol. Last 2 nights were like 4hr nights..... it's been a long 18yrs with little lol.

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  16. I don't have any tips as I'm still trying to figure this out myself! I'd love to try this suit! Though! My little one still isn't sleeping on her own through the night.

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  17. Ugh! I hear you Mama. Our youngest was born in early August and a sleeper she is not. Help!

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  18. Gus is having some kind of sleep reversion and it's making me cry. He *was* my best sleeper ever but now takes 30 minute naps. ๐Ÿ˜ญ Night time sleep is a little better but he could still use some help there too. I literally got on the internet to research sleep tips and your post came up, so I know my guardian angel is watching out for me.

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  19. Would love to try one for my 5 month old granddaughter-I watch her during the week and she only takes cat naps unless I hold her which I love to do but I need to get some things done. I'm sure the Baby Merlins Sleep Suit would be a wonderful substitute for an hour or two for Grandma's comfy body. I'm sure Mom & Dad would love it too! Thanks!

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  20. My tip to get a baby to sleep is..well, I have a 1yo who still doesn't sleep through the night!! But, I do like to try stoking their nose as a newborn to get them to close their eyes so there's a truck!

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  21. Seeing as how my almost 2 year old is still not sleeping through the night, no tips from me! But I'm having a baby next month and praying for more sleep this time around!

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  22. I won't enter since I don't have a bubs to put in one, but I had to comment anyway.

    Seeing the baby looking like the little brother from A Christmas Story is a hoot! It's like a little marshmallow baby! :) :) :)

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  23. I'm all about good baby sleep habits and I've heard some great things about this suit, not just from you! I don't know what my #1 sleep tip would be... maybe settle into a routine as soon as you can and try to be as consistent as possible? Since I still have little ones it's easy for me to be really consistent about naptimes and bedtimes, but I worry about kindergarten starting next year and our day revolving more around drop off and pick-up than baby's naptime...

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  24. You are the second person I heard rave about the sleepsuit. I have a question about it..though. It says in their FAQ to transition out of it once a baby starts to roll over in their sleep. Mine is 6 months old and has been rolling over in her sleep for at least 2-3 months now. Does Brendan not roll over? We are co-sleepers so I'm not that worried about night-time sleep, but I've been really working on helping my baby take longer naps. For me the biggest tip is using white noise. That seems to help her nap longer as it drown out all the household sounds.

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    1. I believe it says stop using once baby can roll over while wearing the suit. Brendan can roll like crazy, but not in the suit :)

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  25. My kids sleep well with white noise and a regular routine that we can count on. Unfortunately, it's been hard to get my 6 month old into a routine so far, and I would love to try this sleep suit on him!

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  26. My sleep advice is don't let them get overtired. Mine seemed to sleep better when I put them down before they got super tired and cranky.

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  27. This sounds great! Would love to try it with my 5 month old. He ends up in our bed more than I like.

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  28. AMazing! I am constantly amazed at the products out there. Kolbe isn't our best sleeper either. Maybe this is what I should try next. He likes to snuggle too, but co-sleeping also means he eats way more at night than he really needs to just because I'm there.

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  29. Ugh! I need them to make one to fit my 30lb 2yr old.

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  30. My tip isn't really a tip... we just do what works for the kid. For Felicity, it was nursing. For Clare, it's rocking. I follow the path of least resistance lol!

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  31. No tips :( I have a 2 month old who has superpowers and hardly sleeps.

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  32. My only tips are to put them down while they are awake, so they can self-soothe, and to let them get used to hearing noise while sleeping- tiptoeing around while they sleep is no fun (and not realistic)! I'm having my third in the next few weeks and would love to get this :)

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  33. Try using white noise..some babies like it.

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  34. We are tearing our hair out with two neither of whom sleep well. White noise, nursing, swaddling, rocking, comfort object, all have been tried. The rock n play has been awesome for the newborn stage.

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  35. I rock mine to sleep. I've heard good things about the merlin sleep suit!

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  36. A swaddle sack!

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  37. My biggest tip - a big success with Baby #1 - is to invest in a white noise machine. But then, my current baby is defying all my sleep knowledge, so I'm grasping at straws at this point. ;-)

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  38. I would love to win this for my SIL expecting her 2nd little baby. I've also been blessed with great sleepers until recently then we tried liquid melotonin and it has greatly helped out. Also turning off all tvs, iPads, kindles, and what not about 2 hours before bed has helped as well.

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  39. The only sleeping trick that worked consistently for my four boys was co-sleeping. Now that I am pregnant with my fifth child, I would love to find something else that works!

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  40. Trying cry it out... Rather unsuccessfully. We were cosleeping, but baby is not a peaceful sleeper anymore. And he has become a biter, and neither my husband or I can take it any more :(

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