The Magic of Sleep.

Yesterday I was singing praises for Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit.  In the effort of full disclosure, Lord Fussington screams bloody murder when I am zipping him up into it!  But the moment I get him zipped and scooped into my arms he’s calm and falls asleep within 2 minutes, and during said 2 minutes it’s as if he’s thinking: “I want to hate this, but it feels so good…”  Up until the introduction of this sleep suit, Lord Fussington was only happy in my arms:

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I’m totally enjoying the snuggles, but…. Sometimes I want my hands back, sometimes I want to pee without holding my baby, sometimes I want to watch RHOBH and not wake my baby with my hilariously snarky remarks. This girl’s got needs.

The most magical part about the sleep suit is that he stays asleep for almost an hour. Which is very, very important for Lord Fussington.  My goal right now is to get him sleeping long enough each day, and I found this chart very helpful:

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Source: Precious Little Sleep

MY LITTLE ASTRONAUT

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So what is it? Besides making my baby look like he’s getting ready for space exploration, this puffy little outfit helps to muffle a baby’s reflexes while they sleep so they don’t wake themselves up. It is exactly the same reason why babies sleep better being swaddled, but (as we all know) babies love to break out of their swaddles- which makes them very, very annoyed. This is meant to be used as the transition from a swaddle to sleeping soundly on their own (hopefully!).

A WORD FROM THE LADIES

I’ve discovered three things about being a mama:

  1. We love consuming massive amounts of sugar during our weeks/months/years of breastfeeding (I can put away a whole batch of cookies in a single sitting right now).
  2. We love giving advice.
  3. What works wonders for your friend’s kid, is not guaranteed to work for yours.

Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit was recommended to me by one of my clients when I was still pregnant. She told me that if I ever needed something to help sleep train my baby, this worked for her and she thought it was one of the most valuable things she had in her arsenal.

So when asked, “What do/did you do to get your baby to sleep?” This is a sample of what other mamas said:

Mama RP. said: “The bouncy seat that has the vibration mode.  Or we would strap him into his car seat and put it on the dryer then turn it on. Then if those didn’t work I would take him for a drive or put him in the ergo carrier.”

Mama EB. said: (My first) baby liked sleeping on my lap, face down, head toward my knees while I gently bound her up and down on said knees. (My second baby) liked face down, on my arm, while I was standing. Her crotch was at my elbow, face at my hand, my elbow was bent so the forearm she rested on was parallel to the floor. Then I twisted at the waist.”

Mama RS. said: “…first the hairdryer goes from high to low (pause for 2 minutes), then I open the bathroom door since it’s so hot I don’t want to move out to the cooler hallway to startle her, then I stop my bouncing (but keep swinging), then i shut the hairdryer off and all that’s (left) on is the heat fan and my hairdryer white noise app, then I slowly stop swinging, then the fan shuts off and it’s just me and the white noise app, and I creep like a robber VERY slowly to the bed or the swing.  It’s absurd, so we have to laugh at it!”

Lord Fussington was not impressed with the blowdryer.

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He just cried and looked at me like, “Yeah, it’s a blowdryer… What am I supposed to do with that?  Now, get me out of this carrier!”.  So alas when I have failed at getting him out of my arms I fall back to the gold standard of baby sleep… Swaying and bouncing to music.

BEST SONGS FOR NAPTIME BABY BOUNCING

“Work Song”, Hozier 

“Thinking out loud”, Ed shereen

“Emmy Lou”, Vance Joy

Sway on, sweet mamas.