I am convinced you could sell anything to a sleep deprived parent. The desperation you feel is at a level that cannot be described and you would do the rain dance if it promised your baby would sleep better. I have been there, I know. I know about those nights when you wonder “will they ever sleep?”, “will I ever sleep again?”. While this is NOT a post about sleep training ,it is a post with a list of items that I have found helpful in the sleep department. I don’t promise they will cure your sleep woes but give them a try if you haven’t. Also, I am here to tell you that YES, you will sleep again.
1. A Crib. As with most things baby related there are differing opinions as to whether you need certain items and what not. We bought a crib as one of our first purchases and I am very glad we did. It was something we wanted to invest in for all of our babies to come. We bought from Target online and got a great deal (and free shipping!) on a beautiful crib. You could also find it on Amazon and get free shipping! While My babies do not sleep in the crib until they are around 5 months old, it is invaluable to have when you are ready for them to be out of your room. And trust me, the moment can come upon you suddenly.
2. Crib Mattress. We bought a mattress similar to this one. There are about 5,876,966 mattresses out there so you have to do your research and make the best decision you can. We have bought the same mattress for both of our girls and they seem to find it really comfortable. A good mattress in very important.
3. Swaddle Wraps. For the first few weeks of Emma’s life and for the first 5 months of Alina’s ,swaddling was essential to our sleep and theirs. I loved Aden and Anais swaddle wraps because they are lightweight and have the cutest patterns. When you are through the swaddling phase they can be used as a lightweight blanket or nursing cover. There are other types of swaddle wraps out there and by all means try them! If you haven’t given swaddling an honest try, you may be missing an important key to help your baby sleep.
4. Loveys. At first I didn’t know what a lovey even was or what it’s purpose was. Both of my girls have one now and I used them in the early days as a sleep cue. When the lovey came out they knew it was time for sleeping. Or that was the idea. Now they still sleep with them and really find comfort in having their “lovey”. I have to say, please use caution. Don’t leave a sleeping baby alone with a lovey.
5. Rock and Play Sleeper. Do yourself a favor. If your baby has reflux or even just doesn’t seem to like sleeping flat in a bassinet. Stop what you are doing and go get a RNP. You can thank me later. Both of my girls slept in this in lieu of a bassinet.
6. White Noise. I cannot say enough good about using white noise. We have used it since day one in some form or another. Either a fan, portable heater or most commonly the white noise app on my iPad. There are many different free white noise apps out there. Just choose one you like. Or if you prefer to get a portable white noise machine, that works just as well.
7. Zipadeezip– This is a new addition to my ” must haves” list. There was no need for this item with my oldest, however when when my baby was 5 months old and still addicted to the swaddle but sleeping terribly, I desperately searched for a solution. This is an ingenious product that helps your baby ease the transition between swaddle and no swaddle. She now sleeps 12+ hours at night in her zippy. See what I mean? Go get one. Read more about how I used the Zipadee-zip to transition out of the swaddle here.
8. A swing. Like I said, sleep deprived parents will try anything. When a pregnant mom asks me what is the #1 item she needs. I say, get a swing and get a good one. Get one that looks comfortable enough to sleep in because that’s what they’ll be doing. And get one that plugs in to an electrical outlet so you don’t break the bank on batteries. My babies spent a lot of precious hours resting comfortable and happily in their swing. It saves your sanity.
These are the most important sleep items that have helped my babies sleep. I would love to hear what has helped you.