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.
Let's start with a classic: A beautiful cradle that rocks, either when you push it or in response to your baby's natural motion. It's suitable for babies weighing 8-17 pounds. It has mesh sides so you can see your baby, and it only weighs 13 pounds, so you can lug it around your house.
A smart bassinet that costs a fraction of what you'll pay for the Snoo, this one connects to your phone with an app. It features 5 motions (car ride, wave, kangaroo, tree swing and rock-a-bye), it vibrates, and has 5 speeds. Plus, it has multiple white noise options. You can use the app to help set up a bedtime routine as well. The weight limit is 25 pounds.
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. Plus, it's also a handy audio baby monitor, and a sleep training clock.
This baby sound machine also projects stars and the moon onto the nursery ceiling. You can choose between four lullabies and four nature sounds, and set this to play through the night.
You know how you shouldn't stare at a computer screen before bed? Well, that same concept applies to this gadget, which uses sleep-encouraging red light to get your baby to snooze. It's also a sound machine, a humidifier, and if you're so inclined, an aromatherapy diffuser.
Here's a handy idea: A voice-activated night light and projector that turns on when your baby cries. It plays soothing music while projecting images onto the ceiling. It shuts off after 30 minutes and has a timer.
Yes this set is pricey and yes you have to commit to using Pampers diapers. But it includes a great baby monitor with 1080p HD and night vision, coupled with a sleep sensor system that works with Pampers dipes. You attach the sensor to your baby's diaper to track sleep (and naps), tracks wet diapers, lasts through 1000+ diaper changes, and has a battery that lasts three months. The diaper sensor is suitable for babies from birth until age 1. Everything works together through the Lumi app.
Download the Miku app, and you get all the sleep data you want and need. The monitor measures breathing, temperature, humidity, sound, and motion in real time. Parents can rest easy knowing their babies are getting their rest, thanks to Miku. This next-level baby monitor tracks everything, from humidity to breathing, and even has night vision paired with top-tier optics and HD storage.
The Nanit Plus is a beautifully designed baby monitor that provides a clear, bird’s eye view of a child in-crib. More so, it has a deep array of sleep-tracking tech that logs enough data to put even the most neurotic of new parents’ minds to ease. Nice touch: even when the Internet is down, the Nanit continues to stream over Wi-Fi. All of these features allow for a perfectly framed view of a baby in their crib.
Weighted blankets have no proven therapeutic value, but adults swear by them. This is the baby version thereof. This baby sleep sack is lightly weighted and the chest pad is filled with non-toxic poly beads.
Made from super-soft bamboo fabric, this sleep sack has two zippers, which make midnight diaper changes a breeze. And mean, a quicker return to sleep.
An inner band keeps squirmy babies snug, and its 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.
This brilliant swaddler allows for self-soothing, unlike traditional swaddles which hold your baby’s arms down while he or she sleeps. Instead of keeping your baby's hands at his or her side, this baby swaddler lets them keep their arms up, around their head. It has a dual zipper for easy diaper changes, and its wings prevent any face-scratching.
This swaddler keeps your baby wrapped up like a burrito, without using any zippers, Velcro, or snaps; it has arm flaps and a foot pocket instead. Use it with newborns, up to 14 weeks, and the Miracle Blanket will reduce twitching, startling, and movements that can wake babies.
Both a great travel sleeper and portable bassinet of sorts, this one has mesh sides that let you see your baby. Your child can sleep near you, which can help sooth both the baby (and yourself). You can use it from birth up to 15 pounds, and you can use it outdoors as well, since it has a removable canopy and bug net.
The Nose Frida is the weirdest most gimmicky-looking product out there for kids. It's essentially a booger-sucking straw that parents use to suck mucus out of a baby's nose. Yes, the concept is disgusting. But here’s the thing: It works. And when your baby is out cold and not crying because their nose is stuffed up, you’ll be swearing by it.
Ease of use is paramount when it comes to portable travel cribs, which is why the 13-pound Baby Bjorn's one-motion set up is so attractive: simply pop the frame and the legs automatically swing into place. It has a slightly tapered pyramid shape for added stability, and your baby monitor shouldn't have any trouble seeing through the mesh sides.
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