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8 Pieces of Baby Sleep Gear All Parents Should Know About

From a high-tech baby monitor to a soothing bear loaded with a "cry sensor".

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How is the baby sleeping? How well do they nap? Are they sleeping through the night? How’s sleep training going? Are you getting any sleep? When you become parents, Zzzs and how you and your kids achieve them become the hottest topic around. That’s because nothing dominates a new parent’s life than how they — and their kids — are sleeping. It’s a trying time for all involved but, with the help of some essential sleep gear, parents can gain the upper hand. Here are eight baby sleep items we love.

Hatch Baby Rest

This combination of nightlight and white noise maker is so handy that we’re amazed no one thought of it sooner. Controlled via an app from your phone, you can select multiple hues, all of which have been shown to aid in your child’s circadian rhythm, while white noise’s benefits, backed by science, allow for deep, restful sleep all through the night. We especially like its swappable coverlets, which are a fun way to customize its appearance as he or she grows older.

Buy Now $60

Noni Crib

Simple to assemble and strong enough to endure a shipwreck, the Noni Crib is made from solid birch plywood that slots together without tools. In fact, it’s so easy to assemble (literally four steps) that many owners disassemble it and store it away when not in use. It also comes in two different sizes (one for smaller spaces at 43 inches long and another, at 57 inches long, for when space isn’t a consideration) and a host of attractive, baby-safe finishes.

Buy Now $499

Raybaby Baby Monitor

The Raybaby baby monitor keeps a watchful eye on your baby’s sleep and breathing from up to five feet away via a noninvasive, radar-based technology (the first of its kind). Meanwhile, it also captures encrypted HD video with night vision, viewable through an app on your smartphone, which allows you to check on your child whether you’re in the next room or on the other side of the world. Bonus: The Raybaby is one of only two FSA/HAS hack-proof monitors on the market.

Buy Now $269

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Sleepea 5-Second Swaddle

Made to keep parents sane, this swaddle can zip up or down to make cinching up baby quick and easy, and to enable quick diaper changes. An inner band keeps squirmy babies snug, and it’s quiet velcro won’t startle them awake as you adjust it. Breathable mesh keeps them cool, and there’s extra room in the hips for growing babies. Plus, the medium and large sizes have openings for babies arms, as they start to wean from swaddling.

Buy Now $24

Chicco Lullago Primo Portable Bassinet

A lot of parents love this excellent, well-priced, portable bassinet — and so do we.  It has mesh walls and a memory foam mattress to help baby sleep comfortably. It sets up quickly with clip-on legs and breaks down quickly and stores flat in the included, zip-up carrying case. All fabrics are machine-washable, including the zip-off mattress cover and the extra soft-knit sheet. Usable from birth until baby reaches 20 pounds or starts to sit up on hands and knees.

Buy Now $150

Whisbear

Secured to the crib by magnets, this plus bear’s “cry sensor” technology actively listens for a baby’s wails for up to 40 minutes after you turn it on. If your little one starts to whimper, it emits a soothing symphony of pink noise, which mimics the sounds of the womb, and helps relax him or her back to sleep. If your baby is sleeping soundly, Whisbear goes into standby mode, ready to turn back on at the first sound of trouble.

Buy Now $50

Colgate ZenBaby 2-in-1 Hyperallergenic Mattress

This dual-firmness, infant-to-toddler mattress is constructed with a base of soft-yet-sturdy eco foam, and a soft-knit, organic cotton cover. The cover also features waterproof backing, and a flammability barrier. The real draw here, though, is the presence of two specific mattress sides: one for infants, and one for toddlers. The infant side is coated with KulKote Gel for optimal temperature regulation, while the toddler side features durable and supportive microcoils, which help relieve pressure and improve posture.

Buy Now $234

Beaba Mini Call Baby Monitor

We get it: Tricked out, Wi-Fi baby monitors aren’t for everyone. If you’re looking for something a bit more low-tech, consider this pair. The rechargeable shock- and water-resistant monitors have a 1,000-foot audio range, 25-hour battery life, and fat buttons on the side. They audio is clear enough to hear cries wherever you are and the units themselves are durable enough to toss in a bag when you need to travel.

Buy Now $60

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