Sleep is a rare commodity especially during the newborn days, so it isn’t any wonder that parents are constantly searching for sleep solutions to ensure a better night rest, for all. I decided to do some digging and put together a list of some of my favourite sleep essentials!
1. Chicco Next2Me Crib
If you are hoping to enjoy the benefits of co-sleeping without the stress of rolling over your baby or compromising on your own space, then the Chicco Next2Me Crib is the perfect sleep solution. The crib conveniently attaches easily and securely to your bed, offering 6 different heights to adapt to any bed. It can also be detached and used as a stand-alone crib, with a base that has the ability to incline, helping your baby’s breathing which is especially helpful when your baby has a blocked nose. The crib has wheels making it easier to move from one room to the next, and can be packed away in a compact carry bag, doubling up as an awesome travel buddy, too! The Chicco Next2MeCrib is a great innovation which provides moms the ability to keep their little ones nearby, to cuddle and breastfeed, while still having peace of mind and allowing a safe night’s rest.
2. Lulla Doll
The Lulla Doll is newly available in South Africa and very quickly becoming a popular sleep companion for preemies, babies and even toddlers. Babies tend to wake at the feeling of their moms putting them in their crib or pram, so it can be helpful having a sleep companion that provides comfort and encourages self-soothing. The Lulla Doll imitates closeness, with its soft feel of natural cotton and soothing sounds. When her chest is pressed, Lulla plays a real-life recording of the breathing and heartbeat of a mother, for up to 8 hours. The outer layer of Lulla is made from soft natural cotton, which absorbs the scent of mom, dad or a caregiver, providing comfort while baby rests. Lulla’s unique design is based on scientific research that shows how closeness helps to improve sleep, well-being, and safety for children, thereby aiding parents and their own pursuit of sleep.
3. Schnooky Pie Onesie
Although not traditionally a “sleep” baby grow, I personally prefer having my babies dressed in the softest cottons, and who better to support than local #MomBoss and owner of Schnooky Pie. Schnooky Pie continues to leave me in awe of their commitment to developing a range of clothing that is not only unique but offers high quality and is proudly sourced and manufactured locally. Their baby grows and onesies can be worn on their own, which is great for when your baby is going to sleep as the material is light, breathable and perfect for summer nights, or you can conveniently add layers, making sure they’re warm for the cooler season too. You can also dress up their baby grows with cute harem pants, booty shorts or Ra-Ra skirts.
P.S. Be sure to keep an eye on their website and social media, as they’re in the process of launching the most adorable winter range!
4. Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s Good Nights Range
I was quite surprised to learn that few parents knew of the incredible Good Night’s Range, offered by Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s. The range aims to make bedtime a little more special with products that are mild and gentle but also offer the added benefits of soothing and calming ingredients like Chamomile, Lavender, Tea and moisturizing Almond Oil. The range has been developed to keep skin nourished, cleansed and protected while also helping to soothe and calm your baby before bed. Included in the range is the Aqueous Cream, Baby Oil Gel (highly recommended for massages), Baby Oil Lotion, Creamy Petroleum Jelly, Baby Cornstarch Powder, Body Wash, Baby Soap and Head to Toe Baby Wash.
5. Baby Sense Bamboo Receivers
Receiver blankets are on the top of any baby shower gift list, as they offer versatility and can be used to wrap and swaddle your baby, or cover their pram, car seat or yourself while feeding. The bamboo receiver blankets from Baby Sense are generous in size, offering you practical and versatile use, no matter the season. The bamboo fabric is a silk-like texture, that is lightweight and has a gentle stretch, allowing for a snug and comfortable wrap, that is soft on your baby’s delicate skin. Best of all, bamboo receivers are antibacterial, as it absorbs more moisture than cotton and is naturally silky to the touch, breathable and eco-friendly.
6. Oh So Heavenly Mum & Cherub Sweet Dreams Room Mist
This affordable room mist is a great addition to any nursery and helps to gently calm your baby, before their bed time. Oh So Heavenly’s Mum & Cherub range continues to grow, offering new and exciting products that help leave mom and baby feeling pampered. The Sweet Dream Room Mist is made up of an aromatherapy blend that includes calming lavender oil, to help soothe and calm your baby, while you gently rock them to sleep.
7. Baby Sense Taglet DooDoo Blanket
You may find that your baby likes the feeling of certain materials, and will rub and touch them to try to comfort himself, before bed. The Baby Sense Taglet DooDoo blanket is a great security blanket that is made up of soft textures to help soothe and comfort your baby, at bedtime. The perfectly sized DooDoo blanket is made of soft chenille and offers smooth satin tags for your baby to explore through touch. The optional dummy tag also means that your baby’s dummy is always within reach.
8. Sleepyhead Sleep Pod
The Sleepyhead provides versatility, multi-function, and convenience to new parents, as babies can enjoy sleeping, lounging, nappy changes and playing in their Sleepyhead pod, without the restraint of buckles and the overstimulation of too many bells and whistles. The pod is designed to be lightweight so that parents can easily move the Sleepyhead from room to room, or even take it along when traveling. The materials used are hypoallergenic and the pods are made with hygienic fabrics that include air-permeability. The pod is designed to imitate the womb, to help soothe and comfort your baby with the feeling of a safe and secure sleeping environment.
9. Chicco Next2Stars Night Lamp
The Next2Stars night lamp from Chicco is a great addition to any nursery, as it creates a relaxed and soothing atmosphere, in time for bed. The night light offers 3 different effects that range from a colorful starry projection, soft projection and night light. The music and projections last for 30 minutes, so you don’t have to worry about going back to the nursery and risk waking your baby, just to turn off the light and save some battery life. Impressively, the Next2Stars nightlight also includes a sound sensor, so that if your child begins to cry, the sensor will automatically activate the light and music.