Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Review: Miracle Sleeper - Miracle Blanket Company

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I was very lucky to receive the new Miracle Sleeper: a wearable blanket designed for babies who have graduated from swaddling, to review. The Miracle Sleeper is newly introduced by the Miracle Blanket Company, and is available in five colors and three sizes, Small (3-6 months), Medium (6-12 months), and Large (12-24 months). Natalie is weaned from the swaddle; which was incredibly easier than I ever imagined it would be. Once she started turning over in her crib, I stopped swaddling all together, so she can push herself up when she rolls to her stomach.

I requested a large because I was afraid Natalie would grow out of the medium in just a few months, and I don't have any light wearable blankets for her beyond the 6 month mark (she is juuuust fitting into her Halo Sleepsack right now). The Large is....Larrrge. Long, rather. I probably should have gotten the medium at this point, but at least I can be assured that this will fit Natalie for a very long long time. I was almost tempted to try this on myself!
At first, I imagined her getting all tangled up in it, or that the extra fabric would feel heavy on her, but she hasn't minded it at all, and she's been sleeping "like a baby" in it. (Or should I say "like a husband?" eh? eh? am I right folks?... I'm here all week...) She likes to pull on it, and the extra material acts sort of like a blanket...except that it doesn't cover her face - the ultimate goal and reason for these in the first place. The material is very light, which is absolutely perfect for summer, but I would want something heavier for the cooler months.

Features of The Miracle Sleeper include:
  • Shortened zipper with top snap to ensure the blanket zips easily and avoids pinching baby's chin
  • A bottom-up zipper to provide a safer start for restless squirming babies
  • Sleeveless blanket allows freedom of movement for self-soothing and prevents overheating
  • Scoop neck keeps blanket from baby's chin to avoid triggering rooting response
  • Padded underarms absorb perspiration and eliminates chafing or heat rashes
  • Tapered design retains warmth and provides room for development of hips and knees
  • Zippered bottom allows for easy diaper changes
I wonder, once babies can stand up, do you still put them in wearable blankets? I feel like she would trip all over herself if she tried to stand up in a sack. When do they graduate away from sleepsacks and go to blankets? I asked my contact, Jenny, at Miracle Blanket about this and she had a great response:
"I think it's different for every kid. They can stand and move around in them just fine, but if they start crawling out of their crib, you may want to retire the sack.  The funny thing is that even when kids move to a big kid bed, they often like wearing wearable blankets, so that is why we have the Large size.  Kids at this age, however, can unzip the blanket when they wake up."
Clearly though, she's happy in this:

This ended up arriving at the perfect time. I only have one swaddle/blanket for Natalie right now because all her others are fleece and it's too warm for them. Natalie hasn't leaked through her diaper during the night in a long time, but of course the one time I bragged to my Mother-in-Law about how she hasn't wet the bed in a long time, she then...of course...wet herself during the night. She didn't leak through her diaper though, she just peed everywhere while I was changing her at 4:00 am, and it got everywhere (how do girls manage to do this?!) That's what I get for being all "ohhh my baby doesn't wet the bed" So, she leaked through the one swaddle I had for her and the whole time I was changing her I was thinking "What am I going to put her in?" It was way too hot for fleece that night, but not hot enough to have her in just a onesie. Luckily, this new wearable sleeper came that same day and I sent Chris downstairs in the middle of the night to grab it, even though I hadn't washed it yet. She slept just fine in it and I was so thankful we had it on hand and (sort of) ready to go, sans washing it!
Once she no longer fits the Halo Sleepsack, I'm going to have to get another Miracle Sleeper to have on hand in case I run into a similar situation. Always best to have at least two of everything with a baby around (or five)!

To purchase a Miracle Sleeper, visit themiraclesleeper.com. They are also widely available on amazon.com. Do you use any sleepsacks for your babies?

Disclaimer: I received one complimentary Miracle Sleeper in exchange for this review. All opinions, are my own. 

10 comments:

  1. What a great product. Wish we had stuff like that when we had children. I've seen how Natalie loves being swaddled and being in her blanket and it's amazing how she just settles down and is ready to sleep once she's put into them. And of course, she's a perfect model! <3

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    1. Yea, I should have said that the miracle sleeper does not include the cute model baby when purchased!

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  2. I was using the fleece sleep sacks with Jeanette until it got hot out, then we just moved to footie pj's but she still likes to have a wearable blanket. I found a few Halo sleep sacks at Once Upon a Child (our news children's clothing store here in Ohio) and she seems to like those a lot. I may need to get one of these blankets however because Jeanette is so long and she seems to outgrow sleepers faster than anything else!

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    1. If you're having a length problem, then I'd highly recommend this one, it's so long, Jeanette will surely fit in it for a very long time!

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  3. I love using these. John hated to be swaddled from day one, but he needed a little extra something while he was sleeping. I don't have this exact brand, but I have a couple different types. Light & heavy. I also love them for the nights where I think he's fine, but then he gets up in the middle of the night and is cold. I always have one next to his changing table and just throw it on quick and he doesn't even notice. It's nice to not have to change him into something warmer in the middle of the night!

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    1. Yea it's so hard sometimes to know how warm to dress them at night, it might start out warm but then get cold, or vice versa! Good idea to keep one on the changing table to quick add in the middle of the night.

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  4. I use the Halo sleep sacks but they're pretty much the same! I still use the fleece from time to time even though it's warm because we keep it cooler at night and James' room is the coldest in the house. I worry about him being too cold and he's never hot when he's in it. I plan on keeping James in a sleep sack for as long as he's in his crib! I've had friends that have their kids in it even when they can stand and it's never been a problem. My reason for that is it will keep him from climbing out. I want to keep him in his crib for as long as I can and I don't want a climber haha.

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    1. Yea same idea at the Halo sleepsack, That's a very good point about it preventing them from crawling out of their cribs, I don't want a climber either, that terrifies me!!! Yea, I guess as long as she's fine and comfortable in this, is how long I'll keep her in it!

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  5. I was so nervous transitioning Olivia out of the swaddle but it went ok as well. I'll have to try this one next (maybe sooner since Olivia is so long already!) We have the halo sleepsacks now and I had the same thing happen when I changed her in the middle of the night once so I have two for that reason, LOL.

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    1. Yes, the lesson here is always have two on hand! I do recommend these if you're in the market for a new one!

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