Parenthood is hard, friends. But do you know what makes it even harder? WHEN YOUR BABIES DON'T SLEEP. I don't know about you, but if my kids don't get a good night's sleep, they (and I) turn into reaaal monsters. Just kidding. Only kind of.
If getting your little one to sleep is on the list of things you could improve upon, this week's Fave 5 is for you! Don't have babies? Read on, anyway - these five are our go-to baby shower gifts for moms!
Most baby experts harp on the importance of swaddling babies 0-3 months in an effort to keep that freaky startle reflex from flaring up and interrupting their precious sleep. We’ve tried every swaddle on the market in an attempt to keep our baby burrito secure. Though our Houdini babies escaped from almost every other brand, the Ollie kept them snug until morning.
The moisture-wicking fabric helps keep baby from overheating, and the velcro ensures that you get the snuggest wrap every time. Extra plus? The bottom opens without unswaddling the arms to make diaper changes a breeze.
The Owlet is relatively new to us, as it hit the market long after our older kids were sleeping through the night. But now, we can’t imagine bringing home a baby without it. The Owlet is a “smart sock” that slips on your baby’s foot and tracks their oxygen levels and heart rates throughout the night, alerting your phone if one dips too low or jumps too high -- reducing the risk of SIDS and alerting parents early to any illnesses.
Though the price tag is steep, we certainly saw the value after a scare with our youngest when she was 3 months old. Her oxygen levels dipped dangerously low, and thanks to the Owlet, we were able to get her to the hospital quickly, where we ended up staying for a few days. While you can’t put a price on peace of mind, if you could - $300 would be a steal!
SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Hear that? It’s the sound of your womb. Babies become accustomed to this sound in-utero, and the artificial noise created by a white machine replicates just that. In the first months, this sound is a comfort to your new babe. As they get older, it’s the perfect way to drown out the sound of your father-in-law screaming at the TV during a football game. Our nine-year still sleeps with one.
We love the Dohm brand because they're sturdy, have a continuous fan that isn't dictated by a time limit, and lasts for years.
They also make the "rohm" Dohm, a portable sound machine that you can take with you for on-the-go naps.
Parenting books are a dime a dozen, but this one is the golden egg! Written by two pediatric nurses with over twenty years of experience, it cuts the fluff and gets right to the point, offering tips and tricks for sleep success. It answers questions that all of us have, like how long you can expect your baby to sleep at each age milestone, potential issues to look for, and sample schedules for your day.
No need to spend an ungodly amount of money on a small camera monitor that fits in your hand -- the foscam is a wifi camera that connects directly to your phone for a fraction of the price. The foscam does everything that a traditional monitor does, but with the added ability to check in on your little ones (or babysitter) while at work or on a date night. At only $69 a pop, we’ll take three, please - one for the nursery, playroom, and one for the living room for those nights when your sister is babysitting -- we know for a fact she’s kissing that baby on the face during flu season and HER TIME IS COMING!
There you have it! Our Fave 5 Sleep Solutions. Have any favorites of your own? Leave them in the comments below!