Answers to the frequently asked questions.
What is the Magic Sleepsuit™ and how is it different from baby sleepsacks and sleeping bags on the market?
The Magic Sleepsuit is an innovative baby sleepwear product designed for back sleeping in a crib. It provides the coziness and fabric weight of a baby blanket without the risk of loose bedding. The Magic Sleepsuit does prevent the need for loose blankets like other “wearable blankets” on the market, such as sleepsacks and sleeping bags, but additionally provides a contained and secure feeling that is soothing and facilitates sleep. The gentle weight of the fabric is a unique feature that provides input that calms the twitches and involuntary movements that can wake a baby prematurely. It allows babies to sleep better on their back for longer periods of time.
How do I use the Magic Sleepsuit?
The Magic Sleepsuit is designed to be used in the crib for back sleeping only, the recommended position for sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS. You use the Magic Sleepsuit the same way you would a traditional sleeper. You simply place the baby in the suit and zip it up. Depending on the room temperature and the heat regulation of the baby, you can place the baby in the suit with a diaper only, a cotton onesie, or in a traditional cotton one-piece sleeper. It is constructed with two zippers to allow easy placement of the baby in the suit and easy diaper changes. The feet and hands are open for play and ventilation. It is up to the parent or caregiver to monitor the baby in the Magic Sleepsuit and determine an appropriate room temperature. They are responsible to make sure that the baby does not overheat. Please see the Safety page for links to websites with information on safe sleep tips for babies.
Why and when should I use the Magic Sleepsuit?
The Magic Sleepsuit is a great product for you to try if your baby is within the suggested age range and you would like to provide a cozy and secure sleep environment without the need for loose blankets. The Magic Sleepsuit is designed for back sleeping in a crib. The crib should be approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and have a firm, tight fitting mattress with a tight fitting bottom sheet. There should be no soft objects or loose bedding in the crib. We suggest that you begin using the Magic Sleepsuit with naps and check on your baby frequently the first few days to monitor your baby while in the suit. We recommend starting to use the Magic Sleepsuit as close to the 3 month age as possible to get the maximum benefits from the product.
How and when should I wean my baby from the Magic Sleepsuit?
The Magic Sleepsuit can be worn as long as your baby fits in it or is comfortable wearing it. You should enjoy the restful nights and naps until your baby is ready to be weaned, or has outgrown the Magic Sleepsuit. Typically, when babies are around 9 months of age they have had many months of good sleep, are in a good sleep routine, and have learned to self-soothe. Additionally, they are more mobile by this age, and their reflexive startles have diminished. Therefore, when it is time to transition babies out of the Magic Sleepsuit, they are usually ready to do so, and the transition goes smoothly.
If my baby has started to roll over in the Magic Sleepsuit, should I transition him/her out of it?
Yes. The Magic Sleepsuit is designed for back sleeping in the crib. It is not to be used for tummy sleeping. If your baby has started to roll over in the Magic Sleepsuit while sleeping, then it is time to transition him or her out of it. This is typically a sign that babies are ready for the next stage of having more movement in their sleep.
Why use the Magic Sleepsuit instead of blankets?
First Candle (SIDS Alliance) recommends that babies should sleep on their back without any type of loose bedding in the crib (see safety information on the bottom of the Product Page for a link to First Candle's website). The Magic Sleepsuit should be worn without any additional blankets, because the baby is essentially wearing a blanket.
Is the Magic Sleepsuit a good value?
The Magic Sleepsuit replaces costly bedding and the need to supplement the heat in the baby's room or raise the temperature in the house, which makes it an exceptional value. Additionally, it eliminates the need for other sleep aides. Regardless, our satisfied customers agree that you cannot put a price on the happiness that the Magic Sleepsuit has brought their family. A sleeping and happy baby makes for well rested and happy parents and caregivers.
Will the Magic Sleepsuit work for all babies?
While we would certainly hope that it will have an immediate and noticeable effect on your baby's sleep patterns, it may not always be the case. Some have immediate results, while others may take a little longer to "get used to" the suit. We suggest that if you don't see immediate positive results, keep trying for at least a week or two. Please be aware of other issues such as gas, colic, growth spurts, hunger, teething, illness, etc. which may at times affect your baby's sleep. If the baby has a stretch of bad sleep, keep them in the suit. If it persists, consult with your pediatrician to see if other factors are affecting their sleep.
What size should I buy for my baby?
Please see our sizing chart that will provide an approximate guideline to choose an appropriate size for your baby. Some parents or caregivers may try to save money and buy a larger size for their child to “grow into”, but please understand that this compromises the safety of the baby with the risk of the baby slipping down inside the suit. If your child falls outside of average weight guidelines for their age, do not hesitate to contact us so we can suggest the best size for your baby. Correct sizing is paramount to the comfort and safety of your baby in the Magic Sleepsuit, and we want you to feel 100% confident that you’ve made the right choice.
Why does the Magic Sleepsuit have open feet?
The feet are open to allow the option to have the feet completely exposed for increased air flow and heat dissipation or to cover the feet with socks or baby booties for warmth. Babies dissipate most of their heat through their head and feet. If the baby is too warm in the suit, remove foot wear to dissipate heat and regulate the baby's body temperature.
What should my baby wear under the Magic Sleepsuit?
The baby's body temperature is the best indicator to determine what the baby should wear under the Magic Sleepsuit. We suggest putting your child to bed in whatever makes them comfortable - a onesie, lightweight cotton pajamas, etc. If the baby is too warm, simply remove a layer of clothing. Monitor the baby and if the baby continues to be too warm in the most minimal of clothing, then remove them from the suit and contact us for advice. It is up to the parent or caregiver to monitor the baby in the suit and determine an appropriate room temperature. They are responsible to make sure that the baby does not overheat. Conversely, if the baby is too cold, then simply add a layer of clothing. Please remember that babies have immature circulatory systems, so cool fingers or toes are not a good way to gauge body temperature. A quick way to check if your child is comfortable is to place your hand underneath their clothing on their stomach or back. If they feel hot and sweaty, remove a layer of clothing or remove them from the suit. If they feel cold, add a layer of clothing.
Is the Magic Sleepsuit too warm to wear in the summer months or in warmer geographic areas?
Remember that outside temperature and times of the year (seasons) are not good indicators of inside, room temperature or the baby's ability to regulate temperature. Let common sense prevail, if the room is warm and your baby is too warm, remove them from the suit. Problems with overheating are just as likely to occur in colder outside temperatures where room temperatures are too warm and/or babies are over-bundled. If you follow the guidelines listed above in how to dress your baby and regulate the room temperature, their body temperature should remain consistent all night long.
What is the recommended room temperature?
First Candle (SIDS Alliance) recommends to keep room temperature at a level that would be comfortable for a lightly clothed adult. (see safety information on the bottom of the Product Page for a link to First Candle's website). Please remember, however, that all babies regulate temperature differently. Please monitor your baby to be sure that they are not too cold or too warm.
Why does the Magic Sleepsuit have a scooped neckline?
The "scoop" neck was designed to keep the suit fabric as far from the baby's face and mouth as possible. If the baby is too small for the suit and slips down into the suit causing problems with material near the face, consider using the smaller size. If they are already in the smaller size, they may be too small for the suit. Wait until they are large enough so that this is not a problem or contact us for advice.
How old should my baby be to start using the Magic Sleepsuit?
The recommended starting age for the Magic Sleepsuit is approximately 3 months of age. This is the age when the infant should be transitioning from the bassinet or cradle or more confined sleeping spaces to more open and spacious cribs, which may disrupt sleeping. It is also the age when most babies are growing out of swaddling, yet still need the cozy and secure feeling to help them sleep.
How long can my baby wear the Magic Sleepsuit?
For the majority of babies the ideal time to stop using the Magic Sleepsuit is when they are sitting or standing independently. This is also an age when good sleeping patterns should be established. We use 9 months as a guideline.
How do I launder my Magic Sleepsuit?
Your Magic Sleepsuit can be machine washed cold on the gentle cycle with like colors and tumble-dried on the low heat setting. As with all cotton goods, there may be a small amount of shrinkage. Avoid hot water temperatures and high heat drying, and use only non-chlorine bleach if necessary.
How many Magic Sleepsuits do I need?
We always recommend having two Magic Sleepsuits. Babies may wet through the diaper, which may leak through to the suit, so it’s convenient to have a spare suit while the other is being washed. Once your baby is accustomed to it, you do not want to be left without the Magic Sleepsuit at nap time or bed time!