Essential Baby Sleep Gadgets & Products For New Parents

From 'smart' monitors and sound machines to magnetic PJs and silent swaddles.

by Dave Baldwin
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Baby sleep training, meaning getting your infant to sleep through the night, almost feels as attainable and realistic as doing tequila shots without getting a crippling hangover. And everywhere you look, products from sound machines to swaddles to tricked-out baby monitors promise to help you establish a baby sleep schedule. No, it’s not a pipe dream and yes, you can do it.

Babies need sleep. Newborns sleep up to 17 hours a day. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants four to 12 months old should sleep 12-16 hours every 24 hours. Children one to two years of age should sleep 11-14 hours. That’s a whole lot of sleep.

Here are baby sleep essentials that every new parent needs at home. Will they guarantee you eight hours of blissful shut-eye? Hell, no. But will they make your infant sleep better, and longer? Hopefully, hell yes. Just be aware that roughly two-thirds of babies are able to sleep through the night by six months, so don’t go celebrating quite yet.

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