Top 5 Products I Used to Help my Baby Sleep Better
At around 3 months old my son had his first sleep regression and I was starting to go crazy from sleep deprivation. I also got sick, my milk production dropped and we had to start supplementing with formula. So let’s just say I got a little desperate during the middle of the night wake up sessions that were occuring every 2 hours (if I was lucky) and I ran google search after google search looking for solutions. Here are a few tricks and products that really helped me get through these tough times as well as some of the earlier months.
There are so many options available out there for every single type of baby product you can think of, and the bassinet is no exception. I had a friend who had told me about this product, but she also told me her baby hated it and never used it. Well, after an exhaustive amount of research I kept coming back to this one and decided to give it a shot. My son was not a huge fan at first but the vibrate option helped calm him a little bit and ordering the newborn insert was also a huge help. It kept him a little more snug and made him feel more secure. Sure there were some nights he would flat out refuse to go back into the bassinet after a nighttime feeding but on the nights he would tolerate it, I felt I had made the right decision. Being able to see him through the mesh (not with the infant insert) and push the side down to peak in on him or grab him out a little easier were two of my favorite features. Also the way it swiveled around made it alot easier to get in and out of the bed especially those first few days back from the hospital. Last, the base is nice and heavy with a very wide stance which was important to me because we have two 80 pound German Shepherds with very poor self awareness.HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeperand HALO Bassinest Newborn Insert
2.THE SWADDLE Birth-~ 5 Months or Once They Can Roll From Back To Stomach For Safety
This was my favorite item out of anything else we used (besides maybe the swing). As my dad called it, the baby straight jacket, must have earned us hundreds of extra hours of sleep. It took a little while for my baby to get used to it but once he did he couldn’t sleep without it. So you can imagine my fear once he was beginning to roll over (which is when you have to phase them out of it) but that is a story for another time. If you are looking for a good baby shower gift or a new mom desperate for some sleep, give these a shot. They are not crazy expensive and are totally worth every penny. I know some people who have said they did not work for their baby but I pray for your sleep that it does!
3. DOCK-A-TOT Birth-9 Month (We Only needed it until about 5 or 6 Months)
The Dock-A-Tot was a purchase made in a moment of complete desperation. I hadn’t had more than 2 straight hours of sleep in about a week and I would have paid almost anything to get more sleep. So while these gadgets are not cheap by any means, if you have a fussy baby who likes to be snuggled, this thing will out help significantly. If funds are an issue you can always try to find it on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, people are always trying to sell their old baby stuff and it should be quite a bit cheaper. One of the greatest features about this item was its ability to travel everywhere with us. It came in a nice plastic protective bag and it has handles on the item itself. We were in the middle of moving out of one house, across the country and into a new house when my son was 5 months old and this item was irreplaceable. We used it everywhere and for everything, even diaper changes or just a comfy spot to put him down in!
The day we brought home the Snuggle Me was a day of constant screaming from my newborn. I had no more ideas left, no idea what to do for him, having already exhausted everything that had worked in the past. The second, and I mean quite literally the very second I set him down in this thing he fell asleep. It was like a switch was turned off and my red faced, puffy eyed screaming baby’s face suddenly went slack and peaceful, his sweet little chest rising up and down. I tiptoed out of the bedroom and collapsed on the couch with a huge sigh of relief. It’s not every day that a product you take a chance on works so completely and so quickly. It is a similar product to the DockATot and we used it at the same time and in the same capacity as the DockATot, but rather than babies being meant to completely fit inside of it, they can grow in this one until their legs hang out over the bottom edge. These are also a little bit cheaper than the DockATot but not quite as easy to travel with. They have a cover just like the DockATot that can come off and be cleaned which is important since babies are still in the prime spit up phase when these products come in handy. Whether you choose to use the DockATot or the Snuggle me is purely a matter of preference in my opinion.
5. BABY SWING – MAMAROO Birth- Weight Limit
I probably should have put the baby swing at the top of this list. I have no idea what we would have done without a swing. There are so many options out there today and some babies will have no preference while other babies might be incredibly picky and you may have to try a few different ones. We got lucky and had the first type of baby so our first attempt, the Mamaroo, was a winner. We called it the little futuristic pod because of it’s unique form and our little peanut took to it almost immediately, giving everyone a little break. From the many many reviews I read about the Mamaroo, it seemed that babies either loved it or hated it. The motion is softer and more fluid than some other swings apparently, so babies who wanted a lot of motion were not happy campers. One of my main reasons for ending up with the Mamaroo was the footprint, it took up a lot less space in our small house than some of the tri-legged swings you will see on the market.
THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER
For those of you wishing and hoping to get your child to sleep in their own space, I hear ya! But also I want to say, savor it. Once my son started sleeping in his crib I realized how much I missed having him with me or near me. The more restful nights of sleep though are not a huge downfall. They change so fast and I still have so much more to learn about being a Mom but I am trying my hardest to enjoy all the moments as they come. Yes even the crappy ones (literally)! And remember, this too shall pass. That was the motto that helped me get through some of the toughest nights!