Sleep better with these long-term sleep solutions.
It turns out that sheer exhaustion isn’t the only side effect of being up with your baby at 4 o’clock in the morning. For many of us, those midnight feeds are accompanied by online shopping sprees, with quick clicks to buy anything that promises to get our baby to sleep — no matter the price tag. We get it. But while that fancy, $1,400 self-rocking cradle might help your newborn baby now, after a few months you’ll need to find a longer-term solution.
You might want to consider products that will help you create safe and healthy sleep habits for your baby. Products that will help them get a good night’s sleep every night, through the toddler years and beyond. And we’re here to help. Because once you have the right tools at your disposal, sleep will become the routine you both need.
We recommend investing in sleep products that will grow with your baby. These are products you can purchase for your newborn and use for a long time, often for a different purpose in the toddler years. The longevity of these products gives you more bang for your buck, and gets your baby used to routines that will serve them well in their sleep journey.
Like many wellness routines, sleep takes a lot of consistency and practice. It also takes education and experience. That can be hard to do all on your own. So our experts have put together recommendations for our favorite products that will help you get a better night’s sleep now…and for years to come.
We love a sound machine, and the Hatch is our favorite. We suggest utilizing white noise as part of your bedtime routine because it’s soothing, and can also help block out disruptive noises in the home (and pro-tip from a sleep consultant: your sound machine’s volume shouldn’t be louder than a bathroom shower!). The Hatch can be controlled by your phone and also used as a time-to-rise clock for toddlers and preschoolers, saving you money and giving you a little extra time to sleep in.
This incredible crib mattress is the only one you’ll need until your child moves into a big kid bed. It grows with your baby from infancy to the toddler years, with just a flip. While one side is more firm for the support newborn babies need to stay safe, the other is just a bit softer for the comfort toddlers need to stay asleep all night. We love this Sealy mattress because it’s cushioned in environmentally conscious soybean memory foam and Greenguard certified.
This audio and video monitor pulls double duty on form and function. It’s cute enough to look like part of your decor, but goes the extra mile in detecting crying or other loud noises and sending alerts straight to your phone. It’s great for peace of mind when your newborn is sleeping on their own, and for keeping tabs on your toddler when they’re engaging in independent play. We also love that the Lollipop comes with a multi-streaming feature so you can watch from everywhere, at the same time.
No, you don’t need a bassinet and a crib. Choose one bed, like the bloom mini+ crib, that serves as both! The mini+ starts out as a US standard size mini crib with caster wheels to move around your room, since room-sharing is recommended for the first 6-12 months. It converts to a full size crib for the toddler years and even has a toddler rail option for transforming it into a bed! The mini+ eliminates the “transition” anxiety that inevitably comes when you move your baby from bassinet to crib, and helps your baby form a healthy sleep association with the crib. It also saves space in your house, and it saves money. This is a win all around.
For children 12-months and older, a lovey can provide much-needed emotional support during any bout of separation anxiety. Having something to hold on to is good for creating healthy sleep associations, and it’s super helpful when travelling to adjust to new sleep environments. They can even take it to daycare or nursery school if they have to take a nap there.
A classic book like Goodnight Moon can be an integral part of your bedtime routine. Bedtime routines may change as your baby grows into toddler years, but a bedtime book is always a great way to signal to your child that it’s time to wind down and settle in. And though your toddler may eventually outgrow Goodnight Moon, keeping the classic in the rotation is a clear signal to your child that it’s bedtime.
Scent is so strongly tied to memory, which is why we also love incorporating organic essential oils into a bedtime routine. Choose a calming scent, like lavender, to signal to your baby that it’s time to relax. For tiny babies, diffusing lavender in the room is a great way to add the scent into your routine. As your baby gets older you may try adding a few drops into their warm bath water, or applying directly with a carrier oil to their chest or back. It creates an almost pavlovian effect: once your baby smells the scent of lavender, expect yawns!
Running a humidifier at night is an excellent way to make sure your baby (or toddler!) wakes up feeling their best. It keeps dry skin and stuffy, dry noses at bay and is extra helpful when your little one gets sick. We love this H2O humidifier because it’s wireless which makes it easy to move around, and has an automatic shut-off when it runs out of water.
Upgrade your baby’s room (and your own!) with blackout curtains. We always suggest keeping the bedroom pitch black if possible. Even the smallest amount of light can impact your child’s natural melatonin production, an important part of the sleep process from the earliest newborn days through adulthood. These days, blackout curtains can actually be super luxe. We love this velvet set!
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