I‘m not a veteran mama by any stretch of the imagination, but now that I’m two kids into this motherhood gig, I’ve found some essential items that greatly help with getting my kids to sleep, and to sleep well.
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The vast majority of newborns sleep much better being swaddled. There is the odd exception, of course, but even if your baby seems to not like being swaddled, I would recommend persisting. The startle reflex that they’re born with can really be disturbing to their sleep, so a nice tight swaddle is just the thing for helping them feel secure and warm.
For a list of popular swaddle options check out THIS post, otherwise, below are some of my fav. 🙂
Blankets in the crib before age one are a no-no. But how to do make sure your babe is not too hot and not too cold without one? Well, truth be told, my kids don’t stay under their blankets until more like age 2 anyway. In the meantime, the answer is a sleep sack. These are probably one of my favourite baby sleep products. It makes life so much easier for everyone. You can get them for all seasons and they go up to fairly big sizes.
This. White noise of some kind is a MUST in any busy household. Even if your household isn’t busy it is great for masking all of those little noises that may just wake your baby. It means you and the rest of your household don’t have to creep around everywhere. It is also great for helping your baby get into a nice deep sleep and stay that way until they are well rested. If you have an old phone that you’re not using then you can download a white noise app (THIS is the one we use), otherwise, there are some great white noise machines that you can also purchase.
Black Out Blinds
Having a darkened room can make all the difference to your child’s sleep, especially when it comes to early waking. Y’know, those 5 am starts? Ugh. We have blackout roller blinds and then blackout curtains in both of our children’s bedrooms. As well as helping darken the room, they also help with temperature control. For travel solutions, there’s the Snoozeshade, which we LOVE, and also Gro Blinds.
Pick whichever one you want. We’ve got video monitors like the ones below in both our children’s rooms. They have an intercom option, which is awesome for our toddler, and we can listen if we need to. Because our home is on the small side we haven’t really needed an audio option, however, I did use THIS one when Annie was really little.
Now, the monitor doesn’t directly help your baby sleep better, but it does prevent parents from running in and potentially waking them when they hear a little noise. I love having a monitor because it means I can check on my babies sleeping without the risk of waking them up.
What are your baby sleep must-haves? We used the paci for the first 3-4 months of our babies lives, but they both lost interest at that point.
Until next time!