April 19, 2021
In the parenting world, finding a sleep routine that works and that allows both baby (and parents) to get quality, consistent sleep is considered the holy grail. Everybody seems to have their own tricks and opinions on what works and what doesn't.
Sorting through that advice and seeing what works for your family can be a lot of work. That’s why simple can be better when starting out a routine. Having a few consistent steps you can rely on is a great start to expand on or adjust to fit to your family needs.
Read on for why you may want to take the time to develop a good bedtime routine, as well as a list of essential steps that will help you create yours.
Bedtime routines are key because they reinforce your baby's natural circadian rhythm and help teach them the difference between night and day. A regular bedtime ritual creates a sense of comfort for a baby that is especially helpful during difficult sleep periods, including sleep regression and sleep training. Your baby’s ability to sleep through the night can be aided by a solid bedtime routine.
Babies sleep much better when their tummies are full. If your baby gets sleepy right after a nighttime feeding, you may choose to give your baby a bath or gentle massage beforehand. Just remember, based on their age, they may not need a bath every night. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends not bathing newborns nightly because of their sensitive skin.
Many parents find it helps their little one to wind down when they have a ritual of a book or song time before bed. This time of reduced stimulation can help them to calm down before bed. You can help them prepare for sleep by turning down the lights and cuddling with your little one during a song or story.
Swaddling is an excellent way to get your baby feeling soothed and comfortable to better doze off. Swaddling has many benefits, including helping your baby to sleep longer and better, and preventing unnecessary wakeups caused by the startle reflex.
When your baby has aged out of a swaddle and is ready for a swaddle transition, a Magic Sleepsuit can provide them with all of the benefits of a swaddle and allow you to keep this part of your bedtime routine consistent.
Parents frequently swear by a quality white noise machine to help their little one sleep soundly. Infants find white noise soothing because they are used to the muffled sounds of a noisy uterus. It can also help keep them from waking up from other outside noises. Place your baby in their crib and turn on their noise machine or lullabies. And finally, it's time to...
Once you’ve completed the bedtime routine steps and have said goodnight, make your exit. If you have a habit of lingering, your baby may stay awake longer, and they might become dependent on you being there to help them up until the moment they fall asleep. This can make it difficult for them to develop the independent sleep skills they need to learn to go back to sleep with nighttime wakeups.
These baby bedtime routine basics are meant to help you start out. On your way to finding the perfect routine, you may have to make some tweaks and changes. As your baby grows, you’ll need to make changes that fit with their new stages. But as you work to develop and stay consistent in your baby’s bedtime routine, you’ll reap the benefits. Just remember, consistency breeds comfort, which enables your baby (and you) to have better sleep.
Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit and Dream Sack products are designed to help your baby have a good night’s sleep. Take a look at our full sleep system and get the benefits of swaddled sleep today.
April 12, 2021
Most parents share a room with their newborn initially, but you may start thinking about when it’s best for your baby to move out to start sleeping in their own space. Having your baby move to a nursery can help them to develop a healthy and independent sleep schedule. So when is the best time to help them make that transition?
The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that babies share a bedroom with their parents for at least the first six months to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This recommendation can reduce SIDS risk by 50 percent!
Some parents might choose to keep their baby in their room until they are a year old, while others want to help their baby transition sooner. Be sure to discuss the timing of your baby’s move to a nursery with your pediatrician to get personalized guidance.
As you get ready for the milestone of transitioning your baby to their own room, you may be worried about how the change may affect their sleep schedule and overall mood. Let’s go over some tips for a smooth transition.
If there’s one thing babies don’t like, it’s change. To help reduce the difficulty of the transition in being suddenly placed in a strange, empty room, start slowly. Practice at least one nap a day in the crib in the baby’s nursery for the weeks leading up to the big transition. It’s important to allow them time to adapt properly to this new independent environment.
In addition, go into the nursery without your baby throughout the day to change your baby’s diaper, get them dressed, and bring them to play on the floor. If your baby is transitioning into their own room closer to the one-year mark, designate some special toys that stay in the nursery for play to help them warm up to the space.
On the first few nights of the room swap, keep your baby in the same bassinet they used in your room, just move it to the nursery. Try to keep everything else surrounding bedtime the same. Maintain your regular bedtime routine to keep consistency. Turn on your baby's favorite white noise machine. Make sure they have the room darkness and temperature and that they’re used to when sleeping in your room.
Let’s face it, when transitioning a baby into their own room, we need all the help we can get. Having the right equipment can make a big difference. When it’s time for your baby to transition from a swaddle, a Magic Sleepsuit can help them to maintain good sleep patterns they had with a swaddle.
So it’s a good idea to start with a Magic Sleepsuit while they’re still in your room so they can get used to it being a part of their bedtime routine. Being snuggled into their Sleepsuit will act as a sleep cue and notify them that it’s bedtime—no matter what room they’re in.
If you’re ready to put these tips to work, check out the full Baby Merlin Sleep Collection to ensure the baby has a comfortable, safe, and long night’s sleep!
March 29, 2021
Having a baby with colic can be a scary and frustrating experience. Nevertheless, nothing lasts forever, and there are a few things you can do to lessen the symptoms and help it go away faster. With that in mind, here is an overview of colic, how long it lasts, tips for dealing with it, and more.
Colic is a relatively common condition that affects up to 1 in 4 newborn babies. It typically starts within the first 6 weeks and goes away within 4 months, although it may last up to 6 months. It is marked by extended periods of crying for no obvious reason. Babies suffering from colic are typically gassy, fussy, and have trouble getting to sleep.
Colic episodes often begin suddenly with loud, boisterous, non-stop crying and typically include crying that:
Symptoms of colic include:
Colic can only be diagnosed by a doctor. If your baby has some or all of these symptoms, talk to your pediatrician to see if they might have colic. They will talk to you about your baby’s symptoms and give them a physical exam to provide a diagnosis.
Although experts are not quite sure what causes colic, here are some possible contributing factors:
One possible cause of colic is that the baby is not capable of soothing themselves. Their nervous system is still developing, and they may be sensitive to stimuli of all kinds.
A theory suggests that babies who suffer from colic are simply struggling to adjust to the outside world. Although all newborns have to get used to the bright lights, loud noises, smells, etc., babies who suffer from colic seem to have an especially difficult time adjusting to these things.
Another potential cause of colic is an allergy or food intolerance. If the baby is drinking breast milk or formula that contains allergens, and they can’t tolerate it, this may lead to belly pain.
While there is not much evidence to support this as a cause for colic, some colicky babies tend to pass gas more than non-colicky babies.
Dealing with colic with your newborn can be difficult and stressful. Be sure to talk to your pediatrician about your baby’s symptoms and potential treatment options. In addition, here are some tips for dealing with colic at home:
Feedings: If the baby starts crying, make sure they aren't hungry.
Singing and Talking: Singing and talking to your baby can be a great way to distract them and help them calm down.
Change Their Position: Changing your baby's position from lying down to sitting up or from rear-facing to forward-facing can help reduce colic symptoms.
Limit Stimulation: Limit the amount of stimulation your baby is being exposed to.
Take a Ride: Going for a long drive can help calm your baby down.
Swaddling: Since colicky babies have trouble sleeping, swaddling them can be a great method of helping them calm down. As your baby continues to age, you can work on transitioning from a swaddle by switching to a Magic Sleepsuit to get the same sound sleep benefits of a swaddle.
Hugging and Cuddling: There is no way to spoil a baby with too much love and attention. Hugging and cuddling with your baby is a great way to bond and provide comfort.
If your baby has colic, talk to your pediatrician about your concerns. They can make specific recommendations and monitor your baby’s condition. Make sure to get support for yourself as well—colic can cause lost sleep for parents and babies, and it is hard to function well and be your best self without sleep. Take turns with a partner, friend, or family member to watch your baby while you get rest.
March 22, 2021
Learning how to share is one of the biggest challenges for toddlers and young children (and let's face it, some adults). Although the big bro or big sis-to-be may initially be excited about the idea of a new baby in the home, when the baby arrives, it ends up meaning a lot of sharing—and that can be a hard adjustment. Even if an older sibling is comfortable with the idea of sharing their toys, sharing their parents’ time and affection can be a harder thing.
Read on for some ways to ease the transition to big brother or sister for your child.
This should be done in the weeks before the birth of your new baby and once the new baby is born. It doesn't have to be a full day, but even taking 30 minutes to watch an episode of Peppa Pig and have a snack and chat with your older child will go a long way in easing any jealousy or feelings of lack of attention. As the baby gets older, you may want to extend the time of these outings with the older child. Go for lunch, to the park, or any other activities your child loves.
Most toddlers and young kids crave independence and love feeling grown-up. They might love playing “mom” or “dad” themselves with a baby doll. Now that your child has a real life baby at home, get them on board with helping out where they can.
A good place to start is bedtime. Depending on their age, your older child can bring you diapers or a bottle, pick out the baby's pajamas, brush baby's hair, look at books with them, and even help you swaddle the baby. Show your older child how you swaddle the baby and have them practice swaddling on their baby doll. When your baby is transitioning from a swaddle, your older child can help you by bringing the Magic Sleepsuit to you, and helping zip it up.
One thing about toddlers and young children is that they often have seemingly boundless energy. Have them use that charm, silliness and energy to keep baby entertained so that your infant can get their tummy time in. Big bro or sis will be there to keep baby engaged and distracted while baby is working on building muscles. Remember, it’s important that you stay in the room and supervise both of them.
It can be easy to get frustrated if your child starts to go through a regression when a baby is born. One of the best ways to focus your teaching as they’re getting their skills back is to encourage good behavior by praising it when it happens. Try giving your older child small age-appropriate jobs and responsibilities. Make sure you praise them when they do a great job at being helpful. You want your older child to feel as if they are on your team to take care of the baby, rather than them being in competition with the baby for attention.
It's normal for your child to act out some or regress in abilities they've already mastered when their new sibling comes home. Be patient with them, recognize why they are acting out and talk to them about it, and most importantly, show them love. Remember, this is a huge change in their lives, so the more patience and love you can pour on them, the easier the adjustment will be.
There is no better motivation to get a toddler sleeping in their own bed and through the night than a new baby. If the toddler sleeps in your bed, it's going to interrupt your sleep, and the crying baby can interrupt the toddler's sleep, too. Avoid this vicious cycle by having your toddler sleep soundly in their own room. If your child is 18 months and younger, we recommend using a baby sleep sack to help them feel comfortable as they snuggle up with soothing, soft fabrics.
For more options to keep your babies and toddlers snuggly and sleeping through the night, check out our complete Magic Sleep System line.
March 15, 2021
If you’re a soon-to-be mom or dad, congratulations! You are about to embark on life’s sweetest journey. There are probably millions of thoughts and questions running through your head, and if you’re like most parents, at least some are about what to expect.
In this post, we will go over everything you need to know about how many diapers you can expect your baby to go through in their first year of life.
Most babies will wear diapers until they start potty training around the two-year mark. Until then, you are going to go through a ton of diapers. Diaper sizes you’ll need correspond to the age and weight of your baby. For example:
In the first year, you can expect your baby to go through about 2,200 diapers. You can pick your jaw off the floor, though, because there is some relief in sight. A baby’s bladder grows as they age, meaning as time passes, you will change fewer diapers. Here’s what that will look like:
Newborn: 10–14 diapers/day
Infant (3–9 months): 10–12 diapers/day
Baby (9–18 months): 8–10 diapers/day
Toddler (18+ months): 6–8 diapers/day
Here are a few of our tried and tested tips to help you get through the diaper years.
In order to make frequent changes easier, make sure to set up a designated changing station where you can easily access diapers, wipes, bibs, clothes—and anything else you may need in a pinch. Also, for convenience on the go, keep a well-packed diaper bag that will allow you to create a "pop-up diaper changing station" no matter where you are. Don’t forget to refill it regularly, so you don’t find yourself out of diapers in bad timing.
Invest in some sleepwear for your little one that makes diaper changing a breeze. Sometimes, the hardest part about changing a baby’s diaper, especially in the middle of the night, is dealing with all the buttons on their onesies. For late night diaper changing that doesn’t leave you pooped out, try the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. This swaddle suit has double zippers to make diaper changing a dream.
Finally, invest in a quality diaper pail that will control odors and fit as many dirty diapers as possible. This reduces your trips to take out the garbage while still keeping your nursery (and house) smelling fresh.
Our best tip for dealing with the cost of diapers is to stock up when you can. Buying in boxes is usually cheaper than in bags, for example. Look for sales and opportunities to buy in bulk.
Another money (and time) saving tip is to try a diaper subscription service. Most services will send different amounts of diapers based on the child’s age, and they will automatically change sizes as your baby ages.
You may also want to consider cloth diapers that can save money and garbage loads. Though the initial investment is a bit more for cloth diapers, once you own them, they're yours for life, which leads to less cost over time.
A terrific tip to reduce crying and wiggling through diaper changes is to get a wipes warmer. You can eliminate the shock that comes with a cold wipe on a baby's tush with a warming dispenser.
In order to minimize the pain and severity of diaper rash, you have to treat it immediately. There are several creams, powders, and even antibiotics to treat diaper rash. Call your doctor to find the best treatment for your child. Also, avoid future outbreaks by ensuring your baby doesn't sit in their wet or dirty diaper for too long.
Diapers are a huge part of any baby’s first year. If you're in the process of planning a baby shower or putting together a registry, don't forget the value of diaper-related gifts to make all those diaper changes easier! Whether it’s a box supply of diapers or a Magic Sleepsuit for easy nighttime changes, you’ll be glad that you’re prepared for the time ahead!
February 19, 2021
Your baby’s first 18 months are filled with many exciting new changes. You want to soak up the time with your little one at any stage while looking ahead to the next steps in their development.
This timeline of developmental stages represents some of the most common milestones your baby will have and when they occur most often. Keep in mind that all babies are different in their development. Your little one is unique, and it’s normal for babies to reach milestones in different timing, or sometimes to skip them entirely. If you have any questions about your baby’s development, ask your pediatrician.
Within the first 2 months, your baby:
Starting at month 3, you can look for the following:
Around month 6, you may start to see some of these milestones:
Between months 6-12, your baby’s increased motor skills and developing strength prepares them to start rolling more at night. When your baby shows signs of rolling over while in the Magic Sleepsuit, they are ready to move to a Magic Dream Sack. This roomy sleep sack gives your baby familiar comfort from the same cozy fabrics as the Magic Sleepsuit, but in a style that helps them sleep in their next stage of development.
At month 9, it’s common to see that your baby:
When your baby is around 12 months, you can expect the following:
Around 12 months, your baby may be phasing out of the Dream Sack and ready to upgrade. The Magic Dream Sack Walker is for babies 12-18 months who need sleepwear that offers the same comfort with more mobility. It has foot openings that allow for more movement needed for crawling and walking.
At month 18, it is common to see these milestones:
Baby Merlin offers a complete sleep system that offers sleepwear solutions from the time your baby is first transitioning from a swaddle through their 18 month mark. We’re here to help your baby to get good sleep so that you can enjoy your time together in every developmental stage.
February 12, 2021
Every family manages their baby’s nighttime wakeups differently. Many parents are on a schedule for who gets up with the baby when. Some play it by ear according to who wakes first. In other situations, one partner may take on responding to all night wakeups.
Many dads find themselves taking on the night shift either short term or permanently. There are a lot of reasons this changes throughout your baby’s life, including a parent’s work schedule changing, illness, or a transition such as weaning. Whatever the reason, it’s important to help your baby sleep well consistently no matter who is getting up with them.
If you’re making a change to take over the night shift, here are some tips that can help.
Being woken up by a cry can be a little disorienting. If you’re new to night shift duties, thinking through the steps of feeding, changing, and re-swaddling can be hard when those aren’t yet routine for you. If your baby is in a swaddle transition, you can help them keep the benefits of steady sleep with a Magic Sleepsuit.
Make sure before you go to bed that you have everything in place so you don’t end up searching when half-awake. Get a diaper out and set it ready to go on the changing table. Have a bottle prepared and in front view in the fridge so you can grab it and warm it quickly.
Consistency is key to helping your baby settle down sooner after a nighttime wake-up. Make sure to coordinate with your partner to both have the same nighttime routine. That way, no matter which of you is responding to the cries, your baby knows what to expect.
This is especially important if you’re taking over night duty after your partner has managed it for a while. Keeping the same routine can help your baby adjust sooner and calm down more quickly. If you’re making changes to your routine, talk with your partner about goals to help your baby sleep better and decide on plans together.
Taking on the bedtime routine when possible can be a great help to adjust your baby and yourself to your nighttime role. It can be helpful for you to walk through the same steps of a night time wake up while it’s still light. And it can help you build the muscle memory for where things are so you can access them easily when you’re sleepy.
If you’re new to the bedtime routine, it’s a good opportunity to learn what riles your baby up rather than helping them calm down. As your baby associates you with getting to sleep instead of only daytime play, it can help them to know it’s time to calm when you are getting them at night.
One of the biggest benefits of night time duties is the added bonding time with your little one. It’s a unique opportunity for quiet one-on-one that is hard to get at other times of day. Holding your little one close while they watch you during feedings is a sweet time for a parent.
Resist the temptation to check emails during late-night feedings. Take advantage of that time to be present in responding to their focus with your own smiles, coos, or songs, and see how their demeanor changes as they associate you with comfort and security.
If you and your partner are getting on a new schedule or plan for who gets up with the baby, make sure to communicate clearly. Talking about nighttime changes is a lot easier when you’re both awake, so make sure to discuss in the daytime so you both know what to expect at night. This is especially true if you’re making a change to how you respond to nighttime wakeups.
If you’re encouraging your baby to sleep through the night, you might decide to wait a certain amount of time before responding to wakeups. If you’re working on weaning from nighttime feedings, you may choose to change how to respond to your baby. If you and your partner are on board with the same schedule and plan for your baby’s sleep, it makes the night wakeups a lot smoother.
February 02, 2021
January 29, 2021
If there’s one thing parents can agree on, it’s that quality sleep is critical for their little ones, and is also often hard to achieve. Some parents decide to get their baby on a set sleep schedule, while others choose to let their little one lead out in sleep timing. No matter your approach, a good routine surrounding sleep can be critical to help baby be calm and ready for sleep and to sleep more deeply.
If it’s your resolution for this year to help your baby (and yourself!) get better sleep, here are some tips to help you meet your goal:
It can be very helpful to create a consistent routine that signals it’s time for sleep. Familiar steps can provide sensory indicators to your baby that prepare them for bedtime. This can include a bath, gentle massage and change into pajamas, a bedtime song or story, final feeding, gentle rocking, or any other steps.
It’s likely your baby’s nap routine will differ some from their bedtime routine. However, you can choose to incorporate elements of the bedtime routine with naps to maintain some consistency. A feeding right before sleep, a white noise machine, and a swaddle, swaddle suit, or sleep swaddle sack are all great ways to help signal sleep.
The transition out of the swaddle can disrupt your baby’s sleep routine, especially once they associate it with sleep. Baby Merlin offers swaddle solutions that give your baby the benefits of a swaddle throughout their stages of development. The Sleepsuit, Dream Sack, and Dream Sack Walker allow babies to maintain consistency in this part of their sleep routine as they grow.
Look for your baby’s signs that they’re starting to get tired, including eyes looking a little glazed. This is likely to start before the more telltale signs of sleepiness like eye rubbing, yawning, and crankiness, which are often signs your baby is overtired. If your baby gets overtired and cranky, they might end up fighting sleep, and it can take them longer to settle down.
To avoid overtired little ones, it’s best to make any changes to sleep timing gradually instead of all at once. For example, if you have an older baby and you’re trying to cut down to fewer naps a day, try reducing the morning nap or slowly pushing it later into the day, and see if your baby responds with an extended afternoon nap.
Despite your best consistent efforts, your baby’s sleep won’t always go as planned. Flexibility is key to roll with your baby’s sleep needs at the moment. As your baby grows, their sleep will change, and your routine will evolve. Feel out what your baby responds to and be flexible in making changes when they work for you and your baby.
If your baby is sick or teething, it’s likely to throw off their patterns. They may need more sleep, wake more during sleep, and have a harder time settling to sleep despite being tired. Flexibility is important to keep in mind if you’re in the midst of a planned change, like weaning from night feedings. Remember that it’s okay to take a temporary step back on sleep changes and wait until your baby is in a better place.
Many parents find it helpful to keep a simple record of their baby’s sleep patterns. This can be a calendar by your baby’s crib or phone app where you can make quick notes at the end of the week or day.
Having that historical record can make it easier to identify causes of change. For example, if your baby’s sleep was disrupted when sick or in a growth spurt, it can be easier to identify their same patterns if they recur later. Be sure to take note of anything unusual, including significant, persistent changes in your baby’s sleep patterns.
If you have any concerns or questions about your baby’s sleep, a record provides a great reference to bring them up with your pediatrician. You can also ask your pediatrician for help and advice about how and when to make sleep schedule changes based on your baby’s patterns. Your pediatrician can make specific recommendations based on your baby’s individual needs.
January 22, 2021
2020 was a difficult year for families all over the world. Drastic lifestyle changes, uncertainties, and individual and family struggles created a year filled with heartache, fear, and challenges for many. Parents of little ones definitely faced unique challenges in trying to care for a baby in different circumstances.
Unfortunately, many difficulties are carrying over into the New Year. But equipped with the experience gained from the last year, and the hope for improvements in 2021, many have found added strength.
We surveyed parents to ask them what takeaway or tip they learned from raising a baby in 2020. Here are some of the most common answers we heard:
Ask for help and take care of yourself. It can get lonely and isolating without normal social opportunities. Make time to call a friend, or have a socially distanced walk with a family member. It’s so important to realize you don’t need to do it all on your own—and that trying to do so can be damaging to yourself and your relationships.
All the parenting rules you thought you had for your child don’t apply anymore. Sure, they can draw on the walls or watch two movies a day! Also, not every meal has to be nutritious—talking to your baby while prepping dinner can be more valuable than what’s on the plate.
With parks, playgroups, and other outings on hold, you have to get creative to keep yourself and your baby sane. It’s okay to give your child 2 baths a day if they love bath time play! And your activities don’t have to be well-planned, scheduled, or educational—your baby just wants to spend time with you!
Getting enough sleep is so important. Don’t underestimate the power of a swaddle and white noise machines in helping babies fall and stay asleep!
At Baby Merlin, we know and believe in the power of a good swaddle! The Magic Sleepsuit was created by a mother and pediatric physical therapist to help babies who are transitioning out of the swaddle to have the benefits of swaddle sleep as they age.
Having more forced family time helps you see how happy your baby is with just you. You might notice your calendar looks empty, but all your baby knows is that they are spending lots of time with you. Don’t worry about what things they’re missing out on, they have everything they need with you.
Anyone with an infant knows how many diapers they go through a year. With so many diaper changes, you’ve got to do what you can to make the process easier and less stressful. Put a small clip-on light on the changing table for easier nighttime changes. Do diaper changes 5 minutes before the baby is done eating. And double zip pajamas are absolute lifesavers.
At Baby Merlin, we agree! We designed our Magic Sleepsuit to feature double zippers to make diaper changes easier.
“A year with so many changes is a great time to make the changes you’ve always wanted.”
We love this comment from a parent who was inspired by the adjustments they were forced to make this year to use it as a launching point for their own changes. We applaud all of the parents who have faced down the challenges of this year while raising little ones!
December 31, 2020
Wondering when to start tummy time and how to go about it? Here are answers to the top questions about tummy time:
Tummy time is daily time your baby spends on their stomach playing in order to build their muscles. This is an important precursor to milestones like reaching, rolling, and crawling.
Sleeping on the back is essential for infant safety, and it’s one of the 3 main recommendations in the ABCs of safe sleep for prevention of SIDS. Daytime tummy time is the best way to help babies build motor skills safely.
According to the AAP, tummy time can start right away! They recommend you start as soon as the first day home from the hospital. You can also do adjusted tummy time for newborns by laying your baby flat on your stomach or holding them up in an airplane position.
Experts recommend starting in small increments of 3-5 minutes at a time, several times a day, and increasing gradually. As you give your baby this practice, over time they will develop stronger muscles and be able to play on their tummy for longer periods of time.
Put down a flat blanket or towel on the ground to place your baby on. Other toys placed around your baby encourage them to lift their head and reach. You can roll a blanket tightly to place under the infant’s chest to help them as they build muscles. Just as with crib sleep time, don’t put any soft objects or pillows near your baby’s face, as this can cause a risk of suffocation.
Make sure to never leave your baby to play alone. If your baby is enjoying tummy time play with an older sibling, make sure to monitor their play. Supervision is important to make sure they don’t get into a position where it’s difficult to breathe.
Your baby should only have tummy time when awake and alert so they can actively use and strengthen their muscles. In addition, falling asleep on their stomach can pose a safety risk. A good time to initiate tummy time with your little one is after naps or diaper changes. Remember that your baby should have tummy time on the floor, not in their crib or changing table.
It’s important to practice “back to sleep, tummy to play”. Make sure that for nighttime sleep and all naps, you place your baby on their back only. If your baby falls asleep during tummy time, shift them to their back before putting them to bed in their crib.
Within months, your baby will begin to develop the muscles needed to push up and then tip over onto their back. Your baby will later begin to roll at night from back to stomach, at around 4-6 months. It is still important to put your baby down for sleep on their back, but if they roll onto their stomach on their own, it is okay and they don’t need to be turned over.
Babies who learn to roll at night are still able to be in the Magic Sleepsuit until they start to roll while in the Sleepsuit. When your baby is able to roll over at night while in the Magic Sleepsuit, it is time to transition from the Sleepsuit to a Dream Sack to allow more movement.
December 14, 2020
Baby Merlin products have been used by parents across the world to help their little ones get better sleep. We call our sleepsuits and sacks “magic” because they truly are—they help babies of many different ages get a great night’s rest, which in turn helps parents sleep better, too.
Of course, our Baby Merlin products aren’t a secret our fans want to keep to themselves—many recommend our products as the perfect gifts for baby showers. After all, every parent deserves to know about solutions to help their little ones get the sleep they need.
Now, during this holiday season, there’s plenty of Baby Merlin magic to go around. With our new Baby Merlin’s Dream Sack and Baby Merlin’s Dream Sack Walker, we’ve expanded our sleep system to cover even more of the parents and babies on your gift list. For those looking for gifts for parents, Baby Merlin’s products are sure to get rave reviews.
To make it easier for you to choose from our products, we’ve put together a guide to help you know which suit or sack to send to that lucky family on your holiday gift list.
Our founder Maureen, wife and mother of four, struggled just like so many parents do with getting her first baby to sleep well in his crib. She knew he slept well in cozy environments like his carseat, so using her intuition as a mom and her experience as a pediatric physical therapist, she developed the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit.
The Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit spoke for itself when she gifted it to friends and family—they raved about the extra sleep they and their babies were getting because of it. Since then, countless families have benefited from the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit and its ability to recreate a familiar, cozy sleep environment for their babies.
Now, Baby Merlin has developed two new products—the Baby Merlin’s Magic Dream Sack and Dream Sack Walker—to accommodate babies when they outgrow the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. We take great care to develop our products using the highest quality materials, with our mission to encourage the ABC’s of safe sleep always in mind, reassuring parents throughout their baby’s sleep journey.
Our three-stage Magic Sleep System encourages safe sleep for babies ages 3 to 18 months, helping parents get better sleep in the process, which is why our sleep suits and sleep sacks are the perfect gift during the holidays.
Whether you’re transitioning your baby out of a traditional swaddle, looking for a new solution once they start rolling, or wanting to allow greater range of mobility, our products are designed to meet parents’ and babies’ needs.
The three stages of our Magic Sleep System each involve one of our unique products:
Stage One: Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit
Stage Two: Baby Merlin’s Magic Dream Sack
Stage Three: Baby Merlin’s Magic Dream Sack Walker
Below, we’ve outlined how you can know which stage the baby on your gift list is in and which product would best suit his or her needs.
The Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit is designed for babies ages 3–6 months (size small) and 6–9 months (size large). It’s the perfect gift for babies who are about to transition out of traditional swaddles.
Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit’s cozy cotton or microfleece fabric helps babies feel comfortable and relaxed, allowing them to get better rest. Its breathable layers muffle babies’ startles and make the transition out of traditional swaddles easier. The double zippers also make diaper changes, and taking the suit on and off, simpler for mom and dad.
Below are the age, weight, and developmental stage recommendations for using the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit:
The Baby Merlin’s Magic Dream Sack and Baby Merlin’s Magic Dream Sack Walker are designed for babies ages 6–12 months (small/Sack) and 12–18 months (large/Walker). They are the perfect gift for babies who are beginning to roll in the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit or who need increased mobility as they begin to crawl or walk.
Baby Merlin’s Magic Dream Sack and Dream Sack Walker are made of the same cozy fabrics as the Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit, helping babies continue to feel cozy even as they grow. It has a roomy design that allows for greater range of motion, as well as a soft cotton inner layer and a cotton or microfleece exterior layer to keep them comfortable all night long. Two-way zippers make diaper and clothing changes easier.
Below are the age, weight, and developmental stage recommendations for using the Baby Merlin’s Magic Dream Sack and Dream Sack Walker:
Baby Merlin products make gift-giving for the parents and babies in your life easier than ever. The entire baby swaddle set is specially designed to fulfill our mission of encouraging a good, safe night’s sleep for babies, and we’re happy to continue helping families achieve this for their precious little ones.
The gift of a good night’s sleep is priceless, but all our products are affordably priced. We also often offer great deals, so be sure to check them out!
For a limited time, get 15% off when you buy two or more sleep suits or dream sacks!
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