Sleep is so important. I know that sounds lazy, but if you aren’t well-rested everything is just harder and your health suffers. We know babies wake up a lot at night, but there is nothing wrong with doing everything we can to help our babies learn to sleep well. The whole family functions better if mom especially isn’t a zombie. There are lots of ways to work on teaching your baby to sleep. And there are several tools to help out as well. Here are some of the best sleep tools so the whole family can rest.
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I think the sound machine is my all time favorite sleep tool. You turn it on and walk away. Baby doesn’t have to do anything to help it work, and it immediately signals sleep time. This small one has worked for us for over two years now. Love it.
I know not everyone is into pacifiers, but I swear by them. You do have to help reinsert them in the early months. But it is so quick to sneak in, pop the pacifier back in, and have everyone back to sleep. Worth it and before you know it baby can put it back in herself.
These blankets are amazing because you can use them to swaddle, but you can also them in other ways: as a regular blanket, as a car seat cover, as a nursing cover, and even as a burp cloth. (Hey, you use what you need to.)
Ben hated the swaddle, but Ali and Sammy adored it. Having a swaddle specific blanket may seem a bit redundant, but in the middle of the night having something that makes for easy re-swaddling in the middle of the night is worth it. Back to sleep quickly is the goal, and this helps.
It sounds obvious, but proper jammies will help with sleep! Ignore the fussy over the top ones. They are cute, but not always best for sleep. You want baby to be super comfy, and you want to be able to get in and our quick for diaper changes.
As great as it is to be home for naps, life just doesn’t always let you do that. This car seat canopy helps baby sleep on time on the go. And it doubles as a nursing cover.
Burping babies is one of my least favorite parts of newborn life. Kind of strange, but I really get frustrated by it. But babies need to burp! Gas drops can help too.
I’ll be honest, I’m not 100% sure what gripe water does specifically. But I do know it helps out with stomach distress where the gas drops leave off. And I have friends who swear by them. Hey, when you need sleep it is worth a try.
If you travel a lot a travel sound machine is a worthwhile investment. The sound machine is always something I almost forget to pack up, so having a travel version means you still have your home sound machine ready to use. If you are on the go for naps (which happens when you have older kids too) this can work for naps on the move.
I can’t leave out the book that teaches all about sleep! And no, it does not tell you to just do cry it out. I didn’t do cry it out for any of my babies and they all still sleep well and did from an early age. Trust me, there is a ton of useful information available in this book, beyond even sleep tips.
This list didn’t just come from me. All the ladies of the BFBN put our heads together to come up with the must-have sleep tools. That is 8 ladies with kids who currently range from infant to preteen. We have 25 kids and counting between the 8 of us. (Man, we have a lot of kids.) And we all value sleep. So you know these products can work.
What are your must-have sleep tools? Let’s help each other out!
Here are some more sleep tips to help you out!