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Sleep is just one of those things that you don’t truly appreciate until you’re a parent. The other day my husband totally chastised me for sleeping in until 9am. Nine is the new noon, apparently.
When you have a newborn, your sleep is just not great. But it works – broken, light, sweaty, interrupted- you really do figure out how to make it work. With that said, in those first 6 months, I would have sold a kidney to help my kid (and me) sleep through the night. Both kidneys still in tact, both my kids did start sleeping though the night right around 6 months. These are my favorite sleep essentials for baby.
Good Sheets I don’t mean 1000 thread count but elastic all the way around the sheet ensures a snug fit. You WILL need at least two sheets; not having multiple will guarantee the one you do have gets barfed on in the middle of the night.
Sound Machine You want one that plugs into the wall so it can run all. night. long. I want this one for myself.
Video monitor Before I had kids I thought video monitors were ridiculous and a little creepy. Now I see the light – you need the ability to asses the situation without opening the door. Look for one with the ability to add multiple cameras that all show up on the same monitor, night vision, zoom, and, most importantly, the ability to talk to your child through the monitor. Use a scary voice and put the fear of God into your misbehaving 3 year old. This is what I would register for today.
Woombie Hands down, the best swaddle for baby. No folding, tucking, wrapping, thinking. You just zip it up.
Footie Pajamas When my babes were itty bitty, they lived night and day in these footie PJs. Get several pairs that zip up – skip the snaps with wiggly little ones. When baby is a little older, these are my absolute favorite jams – they are expensive but I buy them in neutral colors and prints to get max use from them.
Aden & Anais Blankets These are soft, lightweight, and come in a million beautiful patterns. You really only need one set – I used them for everything besides swaddling.
Rock ‘n Play Sleeper The “taco” is hands down my favorite baby registry item. No, it doesn’t do anything – but it does make baby feel safe, secure and comfortable. Almost all of them come with a vibrating feature but I would avoid using it; my sleep philosophy is to keep it simple and avoid “extras” to get baby to sleep.
Sleep Sacks Baby is only swaddled for a couple months but still way too young for blankets – this is where sleep sacks come in. We have them in just about every size in my house, including the kind for early walkers, which basically just means it’s a sleep sack with holes for their feet. Coop is still in one at 18 months old because even though I feel confident putting a blanket into the crib with him, I know he would kick it off all night long.
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Anything I missed? See all my baby registry essentials here.