ftm series: baby merlin’s magical sleep suit.

by Janetha on February 20, 2015

in giveaway,product review

oh.. sleep. i kinda forgot what it’s like to sleep for more than a few hours at a time. when i was pregnant, so many people told me to get my sleep now, because when the baby comes.. you won’t get to sleep.

they were right.


getting fox to sleep has been a really hard thing for us ever since he was about 12 weeks. he is reliant on lots of crutches… especially being swaddled.

this boy loves to be swaddled! he has been since day 1. oh, man, he was so teeny tiny!

fox is now six months (tomorrow!) and is growing like a weed. he is growing out of his rock’n’play and will soon need to be in his crib.. but when we have tried putting him in his wide open crib, he hates life unless he is swaddled! he’s outgrown his swaddle sacks and we are now just using swaddle blankets to keep those arms down. he’s sitting up and is getting more and more wiggly.  i am afraid that the swaddling is going to have to come to an end soon.. and i couldn’t be more nervous about it.

yes, my baby’s need to be swaddled is giving me major anxiety. we have tried to get him to sleep at night and nap during the day without being swaddled, but his startle reflex is still so strong that he wakes himself up (or rips his binky out with his flailing arms!) he will only sleep 30-60 minutes at a time without the swaddle.

i have a full post coming up this month that is allllll about fox’s sleep habits (or lack thereof). it’s going to be a long post and i am working on it.. slowly but surely i will get it published. but today, i have an awesome giveaway lined up.

i know i am not the only mom out there that is dealing with a baby who hates sleep, which is why i got really excited to share this post with you mamas.

when i have posted about sleep issues in the past, a few readers suggested i try baby merlin’s magical sleep suit.


i have to thank those of you who gave me this tip, because i really am hopeful it’s just what fox needs to break his swaddle habit.

baby merlin’s magical sleep suit is a family owned and operated company. the suit was designed by maureen, a pediatric physical therapist who is a mother of four. the invention of the suit came about when she wished to get her first baby to sleep longer and better.

i have to say that the company is awesome. i spoke with a representative on the phone for about ten minutes. we discussed fox’s sleep habits, his size and weight, his environment, and other factors that would play into if the suit was right for him. once it was decided it would be, she helped me determine the size of suit and also choose between cotton or fleece. we went with cotton since it’s pretty warm here in utah these days.

the concept of the sleep suit is pretty cool. the suit is made with a weighted fabric. the weight of the fabric kind of acts like a hand gently placed on your baby. it calms the twitches and involuntary movements that can wake a baby prematurely. it allows babies to sleep better for longer periods of time.

the suit is warm enough that you don’t need to use any blankets with the suit, but you can have your baby wear PJs or a onesie under the suit. there are two sizes, small and large, and the weight range is from 12-21 lbs.

it is designed to flawlessly transition out of the swaddle. the suit is designed for back sleeping, so if your baby is a stomach sleeper or rolling around, it’s not for you. fox is not rolling from back to tummy yet, so it’s the perfect time for us to use it.

you can read more about the suit on the website’s very informative FAQ page.

marshall opened the sleep suit when it came in the mail, and he had it laid out ready to go before i even got home. clearly he was excited to try it out!

the small fit fox perfectly. it’s made for babies 12-18 lbs and he is 16 lbs right now. he is really short, too, so i think this should fit for awhile, even though it says 3-6 months. the 6-9 month one is recommended for babies 18-21 lbs. he thinks it’s pretty comfy!

on the first night using the suit, we put fox in his crib at first. i headed to the store and got a text from marshall, letting me know that he woke up about 45 minutes in. i think we were a little too ambitious thinking he would be okay in the crib, haha. but he moved him to his rock’n’play where he went right back to sleep—no swaddle.


that night went just like his swaddled nights went. (he wakes up a couple times in the night to eat, and at least once to shout.) i was astonished that he wasn’t up every 30-60 minutes like he is when his arms aren’t swaddled.

the second night, fox went down without a problem and slept soundly for five hours. marshall said, “you know, i think there’s something to this suit!” i agreed.

i definitely KNOW there is something to this suit. sure, his sleep issues aren’t solved.. but he is able to sleep for as long as he was sleeping WITH the swaddle, but he doesn’t have to be swaddled. i consider that a HUGE step in the right direction! he is learning to sleep without his arms swaddled tightly against him. i am confident the sleep suit is going to help with some of his sleep issues.

now that you know all about baby merlin’s magical sleep suit, you may be interested in getting your hands on one for your baby. or for a relative’s baby. or a friend’s baby. it’s giveaway time! there are five ways to enter and the giveaway is running until next friday.

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if you want to get in touch or follow baby merlin’s magical sleep suit, check out their pages! they post awesome info about helping your baby sleep.



good luck to you all, both on this giveaway AND on getting your little one to snooze!

xo. janetha g.

i received a sleep suit free of charge. the company is providing the giveaway prize. i was not compensated monetarily for this post. all opinions are my own.

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Amanda Etzkorn February 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

I’ve been wanting to try this so bad for my baby with reflux!

Kristy P February 20, 2015 at 10:03 pm

We’re working on transitioning our 4 month old from the rock and play to the crib. He fights the swaddle all night long so this sounds amazing!

jodie February 20, 2015 at 10:37 pm

I would definitely try this out with my baby who is due is April. It’d be a while but would definitely come in handy around Fox’s age:)

Janey February 20, 2015 at 10:51 pm

My little girl hates being swaddled but I still think this would help her sleep better. She often wakes herself up from her little movements throughout the night.

Cassi February 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm

I just mentioned to my husband that we should consider getting one for our daughter. I’ve heard great things about the mmss! Would love to win and try it out!

Katie K February 21, 2015 at 4:13 am

When I first heard of these things I was very skeptical of the “bubble suit.” I did not believe it would help a baby to sleep, but the more I hear about it, the more I think my baby needs one, it sounds perfect!!

claire February 21, 2015 at 7:16 am

I’m due in May and definitely adding one to my registry!

Kaci February 21, 2015 at 7:33 am

Thanks for the chance to win!

Alyssa February 21, 2015 at 7:42 am

You actually just described my life. I just texted my friend five minutes ago a link to an adult sleep sack
Meant for camping or something to tell her our boys can wear those to college bc they are such swaddle junkies. And I am so relieved to hear fox still eats a few times at night. My son is a month younger and does the same (also with the screaming wake up). The dr said it was fine but I feel like the word on the street is all “sleep train! My baby slept through the night at five minutes old bc I sleep trained!” And I’m not feeling it.

Amber February 21, 2015 at 8:20 am

Our LO is 4 months and is just the same. I long for the days of more than 3 hour sleeps. Swaddling is a must for us still.

Trisha February 21, 2015 at 8:42 am

I’m pregnant with my first and would love to try this out when our little guy gets older!

SuzanneW February 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

I have added this to my baby registry. Baby is coming in May and I am already anxious about sleep issues. Can’t wait to try this.

Erika February 21, 2015 at 11:07 am

I have a 4 week old and I have a feeling we’re about to encounter some sleep issues pretty soon, considering our daughter was a horrible sleeper. I wish I had known about this sleep suit a few years ago. I really hope I win this one!

Erin February 21, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Funny, I have the Baby Merlin website open on another tab on my phone, as I’ve been considering buying a suit for my 3 month old. Glad to hear it is working for you! One question – is Fox able to raise his arms much? I’ve been holding off on a purchase as I want my baby to start figuring out his hands and how to self-soothe.

Janetha February 21, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Yes, he can still get his hands to his mouth!

Leigh B February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

I would like to win this for my daughter who is expecting her first baby this summer. This would be a great gift for a first time mom!

Rachel February 21, 2015 at 3:49 pm

I would love to have it for a transition from the swaddle for my little girl!

nicole February 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm

I wish I had this for my first, so I’d love to try this with my second!

Kate February 21, 2015 at 6:13 pm

I am due Aug 1st – and I’ve been readying your blog for years! Our lives have followed similar paths – single, to married, to kids. I have loved reading about your recommendations (and stuff not to bother with!)

Sarah R February 21, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Oh how I would love some sleep. We are in the same boat- little chunker is growing and needs to be transitioned to her crib. This sleep suit seems like it would be right up her alley!

Olviya@servingsisters.com February 21, 2015 at 8:52 pm

i’m having a hard time transitioning my four month old to sleep through the night without being swaddled..Hopefully I win this suit, and it helps. <3

Sarah LJ February 21, 2015 at 9:09 pm

My friend just had a baby! I’d love to give this to her to get her little one to sleep through the night!

Melanie February 21, 2015 at 10:19 pm

I have a little guy who is about a month younger than Fox, and he absolutely cannot sleep without being swaddled. We need one of these sleep suits!!

Eric February 22, 2015 at 6:24 am

We’ll be 1st time parents in August and will be traveling the world for my job. Anything that’ll let the little one (and us) get some sleep while traveling would be priceless!

Kelsey February 22, 2015 at 11:56 am

I have a new baby on the way and would love to try this

Carolynne February 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Oh my gosh this sounds AMAZING!!!! I so want this suit for my daughter. She is 3.5 months right now and her longest stretch of sleep is 4 hours (if we are very lucky). I think this suit would be PERFECT!! Wow. I will probably buy one anyway because it sounds so great. Thanks for sharing!!

Gretchen @ Mama's Fuel February 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm

This would be great for my little guy. He’ll be three months next week, and he has to be tightly swaddled in order to sleep. But, as he’s getting stronger, he’s now busting out of his swaddle me wraps, then he can’t get back to sleep. This would be super helpful when the dreaded transition happens!

Becky February 22, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Due with my first any day now! You can never be too prepared with sleep options.

Amy February 22, 2015 at 10:00 pm

I would love to win because I am due in 5 weeks! Would love to try this

Amy February 22, 2015 at 10:30 pm

I would love to win one because I am due with my first baby in less than 5 weeks and I am terrified if having a terrible sleeper!

Kaci February 23, 2015 at 1:30 am

Thanks a bunch!!

LindsayH February 23, 2015 at 8:22 am

I think this suit really is magic! My chunky girl is outgrowing the small so we would love to get a large! I almost have a panic attack thinking about being stuck without it some night.

Kandi February 23, 2015 at 8:22 am

My baby rolls over (and often sleeps on his tummy now) so we can’t swaddle anymore. But, I have a friend who could totally use this. Plus, I’ll definitely be having another baby at some point. :)

Terra February 23, 2015 at 8:36 am

I used one of these and it was a serious game changer! I would love to add another one for my next baby. LOVE this sleep suit, we used it for about 5 months

Lindsay February 23, 2015 at 9:11 am

I’ll be a fellow clueless FTM in a couple of months, so I would love to have this on hand!

Jen February 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

I’m a teacher so I need sleep to function at work and all the work I have to do at home

Jam Ris February 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Love hearing about new products that work. Keep it up!

gina blades February 25, 2015 at 4:21 pm

I have been wanting to try this since I had my first baby. Now that I am on number 2 (3 months), I need one of these. Owen prefers being swaddled, so I know this suit would help him transition to the crib.

Kristy February 25, 2015 at 5:38 pm

We are in the midst of some crazy sleepless nights and would LOVE to try this out!

Alaina February 25, 2015 at 7:26 pm

We are expecting our first child and would love to have this on hand for when the time comes!

Katie Stastny February 25, 2015 at 8:19 pm

My son is 9 weeks old and he is still up every two hours! I’m exhausted!

Chely February 26, 2015 at 1:04 pm

I have 2 under 2 and I need more sleep!

Beth March 7, 2015 at 7:29 pm

How is this sleep suit working out? We transitioned from RnP to crib at exactly 4 months but she is still swaddled. I tried an arm out, no go. I really want to get her away from the swaddle soon but fear sleepless nights. Right now she sleeps 9-10 hours with the swaddle.

abbeymangus April 9, 2015 at 10:12 am

Hi Janetha!

I know this post is a couple months old but I am wondering if you are still using this sleep suit. I am trying to get my almost 6 month old to transition from swaddling as well as the rock n play and I am desperate! Did it continue to help Fox sleep well? Was it hard to transition out of it?

Janetha April 9, 2015 at 11:10 am

He is still in the suit! We also made a makeshift “nest” in his crib to replicate the cozy feeling of the RNP. Good luck!

Jodie February 15, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Hi janetha
I know this was an old post, but how did you make a “nest” in the crib when u transitioned fox from r n p to crib in the merlin suit?

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