What is the Magic Sleepsuit® and how is it different from baby sleepsacks and sleeping bags on the market?
The Magic Sleepsuit is a patented swaddle transition product designed for back sleeping in a crib. It provides babies with a cozy, secure feeling and helps muffle their reflexive startles to aid in their sleep. The Magic Sleepsuit prevents 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 by helping to muffle 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. The Magic Sleepsuit was created by a mother of four who is also a pediatric physical therapist.
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. It is not recommended for co-sleeping, in the Rock N Play, in the DockATot, or with any positioners. 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. We recommend no more than one layer of cotton for breathability. The Magic Sleepsuit 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 swaddle transition product. It is best introduced when babies are outgrowing/breaking out of the swaddle, which it typically around 3 months of age. The Magic Sleepsuit offers the next step from the swaddle as it provides babies with a cozy, secure sleep environment to help muffle their reflexive startles and aid in their sleep. 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 transition 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, and is back sleeping. You should enjoy the restful nights and naps until your baby is ready to transition out of the Magic Sleepsuit. When babies start to roll over in the Magic Sleepsuit, this is typically a sign that they are ready for more movement in their sleep, so should be transitioned out of the Magic Sleepsuit. Also, the Magic Sleepsuit is specifically designed for back sleeping, so it is not recommended that babies use the Magic Sleepsuit in any other sleep position. 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 freedom of 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.
What is the difference between the microfleece version and the cotton version of the Magic Sleepsuit?
Both versions have the same jersey cotton inner layer and the same layer of polyfil. The only difference is the outer layer - microfleece in one and jersey cotton in the other. By nature of the fabric, microfleece is a bit more cozy and puffy, and cotton a bit more breathable and flexible. Both versions should be used in rooms at an appropriate temperature for a baby. We offer both versions to give our customers a choice based on their fabric preference. Please keep in mind that the cotton version will be more likely to shrink with laundering.
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 adjust 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 available on our product page and below that will provide an approximate guideline to choose an appropriate size for your baby. Babies are all different sizes and shapes so the weight ranges are just guidelines. 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, or being able to wiggle out of it. Additionally, the Magic Sleepsuit will not do what it is intended to do if it does not fit properly. 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.
3-6 Months 12-18 lbs.
6-9 Months 18-21 lbs.
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. Babies dissipate most of their heat through their head and feet. If the baby is too warm in the suit, remove foot coverings to help 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 diaper, a onesie, lightweight cotton pajamas, etc. We do not recommend any more than one layer of cotton for breathability. 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 (SIDS prevention guidelines recommend keeping baby's room on the cooler side). Parents are responsible to make sure that the baby does not overheat (e.g. your baby should not feel sweaty to the touch). Conversely, if the baby is too cold, then simply add a layer of clothing, cotton is recommended for breathability. 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. The Magic Sleepsuit is available in a microfleece exterior or a jersey cotton exterior so you can choose the fabric option best for your baby.
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 scooped neck was designed to keep fabric as far from the baby's face and mouth as possible. The top of the zippers should lay on the baby's chest, not near the face or chin. 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 when most babies are transitioning from the swaddle, yet still need a cozy and secure feeling to help them sleep. This is also the age when babies are generally transitioning from smaller sleep spaces such as a bassinet or Rock N Play to a more open and spacious cribs. The fit and timing of introduction are very important to the effectiveness of the Magic Sleepsuit. If it is introduced too early or too late, it may not be the right match for your baby. It is designed for a specific developmental window. Please feel free to call us and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about timing of introduction (1-877-458-0130).
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 start to roll over in it, and/or show signs that they are ready for the next stage of having more movement in their sleep. Typically, when the timing is right, the transition out of the Magic Sleepsuit goes smoothly.
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. To prevent any shrinkage, it can be hung dry inside out. The cotton version Magic Sleepsuit is more likely to shrink especially if washed in warm water and dried in a heated dryer.
Is the Magic Sleepsuit sprayed with any flame retardant chemicals?
The fabrics used in the Magic Sleepsuit are not sprayed with any chemicals. The Magic Sleepsuit does comply with all CPSIA safety requirements as required for all infant sleepwear products.
How many Magic Sleepsuits do I need?
We recommend having two Magic Sleepsuits if you are using it daily for naps and nighttime sleep. Babies may wet through the diaper, which may leak through to the suit, so it is 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!