8 Best Sleep Products for Baby of 2020
The 8 Best Products to Help Baby Sleep
September 11, 2020

The 8 Best Products to Help Baby Sleep

The 8 Best Products to Help Baby Sleep

We all know that babies need sleep. Just try explaining that to your crying newborn at 2 a.m…

Figuring out baby sleep is probably one of the biggest frustrations of new parenting. And although there are many baby sleep products that claim to help, figuring out what works and what doesn’t is the last thing you feel like doing when you’re exhausted. And that’s where we come in.

We’re not going to promise you that there’s a magical solution to it all—because there isn’t. But there are some baby sleep products that really do make a difference when it comes to helping your little one sleep better and longer.

Hit the Lights

While natural light is a must-have for babies during the day, it also suppresses the production of melatonin, the hormone that makes us sleepy. Blackout shades to the rescue. These easy-to-install shades block 99% of that sleep-disrupting natural light from your baby’s nursery. You won’t need any tools to put them up (or to take them down, for that matter), and since they’re made of paper, you can trim them to fit your exact window size and toss them when you’re done. They’re perfect for those early months when you’re trying to establish healthy sleep patterns with your little one.

A Safe Sleep Space

A safe space for baby to sleep is a must-have. A bassinet offers a snug, safe spot for baby while also keeping them close by. The Lullago is one of the most basic bassinets available—but also one of our favorites. It’s lightweight, doesn’t take up a lot of space, and features mesh sides for maximum breathability. It’s also easy to set up and break down for easy portability both inside and out of your house. And at just over a hundred bucks, we think it’s a pretty good deal.

A Snug Swaddle

According to pediatrician Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, swaddling is essential to helping newborns fall asleep and, more importantly, stay that way. But if you’ve ever tried swaddling a newborn with a traditional swaddle blanket, you’ve likely realized that it’s not as easy as it looks. Traditional swaddles can be tough to wrangle and often come loose while baby sleeps. But not the SleepSack! This cotton swaddle has a pouch for your little one’s lower half, sleeves to keep it in place on their upper half and two side “wings” that wrap snugly around the upper part of their body. Simply follow the directions (we promise you’ll get the hang of it after only a few tries), and you’ll be amazed at how snugly it fits, how well it stays in place all night and how much it helps your baby stay asleep for longer stretches.

All-in-One Sleep Solution

While there’s no perfect product that’s going to turn your nursery into a magical sleep wonderland for your baby, we think the Rest+ comes pretty close. Need a night light? Check. How about a sound machine with sounds and white noise? Check again. And what about a time-to-rise clock? And a two-way monitor? And a digital clock? Rest easy, because it’s all covered. The Rest+ is an all-in-one solution that helps parents create the ideal sleep environment for their little one. And the best part? It’s all easily controlled—and customizable—via your smartphone.

Peace of Mind

High-tech baby gear isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a parent who thinks you’ll be reassured by access to more information rather than less, then this Nanit bundle is for you. The Nanit Complete combines a monitor and a movement/breathing tracker in one so you can rest easy while your little does, too. The monitor delivers a crystal-clear, bird’s-eye perspective on your baby, along with a host of other helpful pieces of information like room temperature and sound and motion data. Add the custom swaddle band to your baby and the camera is then able to track your little one’s breathing. If anything looks outside the norm, you’ll be alerted both through the app on your phone and the monitor itself.

Cozy Comfort

A newborn sleep staple, footed pajamas are the perfect one-piece solution for keeping your new addition warm and cozy during bedtime. (And anytime, really.) These PJs from Burt’s Bees are made from 100% organic cotton so they’re extra gentle on your little one’s delicate new skin. They offer a looser fit that allows for lots of baby wiggles, and the newborn sizes feature no-scratch convertible mittens. But our favorite feature by far is the diagonal zipper. It may not sound like a big deal now, but you’ll be thankful for it during that 2 a.m. diaper change when it saves you the hassle of fumbling around with snaps.

A Silly Story

Starting a bedtime routine from as early as the newborn days is a great way to set the stage for good sleep habits as your little one grows—and every bedtime routine needs a good book! Reading even a quick story to your baby each night will help stimulate language skills, build your little one’s vocabulary and introduce concepts like letters, numbers and more. This bedtime classic from bestselling author Sandra Boynton is one of our all-time faves. It will fill your nighttime routine with giggles and is perfect for winding down the day with your little one.

Breathe Easy

Trying to sleep with a stuffy nose is pretty uncomfortable for anyone, but especially for a tiny baby. Adding a humidifier to your little one’s nursery—especially during the cold, dry months—is a good way to get moisture back into their sleep space, preventing the stuffies before they even have a chance to start. This cool-mist option from Crane features a simple, modern design and is easy to use and fill. You will have to clean it on the regular, but we think it’s worth it all in the name of a good night’s sleep!

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