After Walker's 4 month checkup, the pediatrician gave us the green light to start sleep training him. I was SO nervous to embark on this next step because it meant a lot of big changes--like moving him to the nursery in his crib *cue tears*--but the thing I was most nervous about was the transition out of a swaddle. Up until just a couple of weeks ago, it was necessary to wrap him up tight and rock him to sleep before gently placing him in the Rock n Play and carefully tip-toeing out of the room.
I first heard of the Magic Sleepsuit back while I was pregnant. A lot of my seasoned mama friends swore by it and it instantly popped into my head when Joel and I started to discuss our sleep training method. It arrived on my doorstep and I giggled as I tore open the package--it looked like a little marshmallow suit and I KNEW Walker was going to look adorably ridiculous in it.
The suit was developed by a pediatric physical therapist after experimenting with ways to get her own baby to sleep. It's made out of soft, breathable layers of cotton and polyfil and is designed to muffle the moro (startle) reflex and provide just enough security and comfort to promote restful sleep (for both baby and parents!) It's basically a hug for your baby that soothes them and lasts all night!
The first night I put Walker in the suit he slept 7 hours straight(!) He has NEVER slept that long of a stretch or through the night so I was immediately impressed, but still a little skeptical since he still fussed/cried as we worked through the Sleep Wave. The next night we put him in the suit with just his diaper on (he runs hot) at 9pm and he INSTANTLY fell asleep. Like, I'm talking I kissed him goodnight, shut the door and by the time I made it downstairs and turned on the monitor he was OUT. I looked at Joel and was like HOOOOLYYYY SHIT. He didn't wake again until 2:45am for a night feeding and then back down again until morning at 6am. I will say that I think he's still trying to figure out a "wake up" schedule because we've been putting him down at 9pm every night and he has woken up at 6/7/8 and 9am haha. Pick one, (preferably 8am) kid! He's also been going down for naps in the suit which have also gotten increasingly better than they were pre-sleepsuit.
It's only been a couple of weeks but I think it's safe to say--IT WORKS. I am eternally grateful to Maureen and the rest of the Magic Sleepsuit team. They have been so incredibly helpful and personally invested throughout this process. I called them after the second day to express my concerns about how much Walker sweats in the suit, which was when they advised me to go ahead and try letting him sleep in just his diaper with it. They answered all of my questions and addressed my concern with in-depth knowledge I trust coming from another parent who has gone through my same experiences with sleep training.
Once he can start to roll over in the suit is when they recommend retiring it, but until then, I am going to relish and enjoy these restful nights! If you're interested in trying the sleepsuit yourself, I'm hosting a giveaway today over on my Instagram or if you simply can't wait and you need it now (I don't blame you) you can get 15% off the sleepsuit of your choice by entering LF15 at checkout.
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