The first time baby sleeps soundly through the night, the relief is palpable. Not only has she accomplished a major milestone, but you likely got some precious shut-eye, too. It’s a win all around. Unfortunately, getting there is often the hardest part. Whether babies are fussy, always hungry or simply night owls, their sleep schedule is often irregular and intermittent at best. To help get the snoozes your little one (and everyone in your household) needs, there are a few nighttime essentials you might want to try. See our picks for the best products to ensure a restful slumber, including a few must-haves from Halo.
1. A Bassinet
Experts agree: Both of you will sleep more soundly (and safely) when your newborn is close by. In fact, the AAP recommends keeping baby in your room—but not in your bed—for at least the first six months. The easiest way to achieve this is with a bedside bassinet. The Halo Bassinest swivel sleeper rotates 360 degrees, so you can get in and out of bed easily. Plus, its bedside wall lowers and returns automatically, allowing you to soothe or bring baby closer to you for feedings without having to get out of bed. Bonus: The Premiere Series comes with calming sounds including lullabies, nature, womb sounds and vibrations to ease him into zzz’s.
2. Blackout Curtains
Keeping the room dark and cozy can encourage baby to fall asleep easier, as well as help distinguish between day and night (a difference many newborns have a hard time figuring out). Blackout curtains or blinds are designed to block any light that filters in through the window to simulate nighttime even when it’s light out (like 7 p.m. in the summer), so your bundle has the best chance of falling—and staying—asleep.
3. A Swaddle
A snug swaddle mimics the cozy feeling of being in the womb, so your newborn feels calm and relaxed. It also minimizes his or her movements, which can easily startle baby awake in the first few months. A versatile wrap like the Halo SleepSack Swaddle not only helps ensure a restful night, but also a safer one. The adjustable design makes it easy for parents to wrap baby (no fancy origami folding skills required), and features three different positions: arms in, one arm out, or two arms out, depending on baby’s preference. But once she’s able to roll over or tries to break free, it’s time to stop swaddling and transition to a wearable blanket like the Halo SleepSack. It avoids the hazard of loose blankets in the crib while keeping her warm and comfy, with arms and legs unrestricted.
4. Overnight Diapers
These potty essentials are like a nighttime insurance policy for deeper sleep. They’re made of more absorbent materials designed for 12-hour stretches. What this means: Baby won’t wake up as easily from a wet mess, will stay drier longer, and the best part: You won’t suffer from interrupted sleep.
5. A White Noise Machine/Soother
Even adults know, ambient or outside noises can make all the difference between a good night’s sleep and insomnia. Blocking out excess sound with a white noise machine is often touted as a game changer for any infant. In this regard, the Aden and Anais Serenity Star is a major multitasker. It combines a feeding diary, room temperature indicator, sound machine, night-light and clock, all in a cute and compact star shape. It plays two lullabies as well as a heartbeat that mimics the sound in the womb, so he’s lulled to sleep all through the night.
6. A Relaxing Rub
We know you already can’t resist squeezing those delicious thighs, but believe it or not, there are actual benefits to massaging baby. Gentle strokes all over can help her relax so she’s less fussy and calmer before bed. For a double dose of relaxation, combine your tender touch with a soothing lotion like Aden and Anais Ultra-Gentle Lotion which will leave your little one’s skin (and yours) baby soft.
7. Soothing Vibration
The transition from womb to outside world is bit of a shock to baby’s system in a number of ways. For one, he’s used to being rocked, jiggled and bounced in your belly constantly. The Halo SnoozyPod mimics that feeling by slipping under the mattress to provide gentle vibrations that lull infants, and even toddlers, off to dreamland. It’s designed to fit most cribs, toddler and twin beds, plus it plays comforting sounds and has an amber glow light. And since you have to keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib, including pillows, blankets and bumpers (per AAP guidelines), the SnoozyPod can help create a more comfortable—and safe—sleep environment.
This post is sponsored by Halo. To shop more safe sleep solutions, visit HaloSleep.com.