Baby sleep products to help your baby sleep better – these are all items I’ve personally used with my babies and recommend.
Are Baby Sleep Products the Answer?
If you’ve come from one of my other posts about baby sleep then you’ll likely have discovered already that I don’t necessarily believe in trying to shoehorn a baby’s natural circadian rhythm to better fit an adult’s schedule.
Before I lose you, allow me to qualify that…
If you’re struggling from a severe lack of sleep then I’m 100% on your side. Something has to give, and hopefully some of the products in this post will help you.
But – I like to encourage new mums to step back and look at the big picture first. Why? Because so often in our culture we have other people telling us there’s a problem where none actually exists.
So, before we get to trying to fix a problem, first take a moment to check in with yourself that there’s a problem that needs to be fixed.
Baby Sleep Products I Recommend to Support Improved Sleep
If your baby is waking six times a night but your lifestyle and/or support system allows you to catch up in the day, and therefore you’re actually not suffering from the ill-effects of insufficient sleep – then there’s no problem.
Even if you’re living nocturnally, if your routine is working for you, you don’t have to change anything.
On the other hand, if you’re done in and need a break, I totally understand because I’ve been there. It led to me trying what felt like every product under the sun, and I kept a record of what helped and what didn’t, in the hope of helping other desperate mums.
In this post I cover reviews of the following products, in order of relevance by age, from youngest to oldest baby:
- Chicco Next2Me crib
- Sleepyhead Grand
- Gro Blinds
- Alexa white noise
- Gro Clock
Next to Me Crib
When my eldest daughter, Pixie, was tiny I wasn’t really aware of bedside cribs, and so I didn’t use one. When I fell pregnant with my youngest, it was the one product I was adamant I wanted this time. I could envisage it solving so many issues, making life so much more comfortable, and most of all – facilitating better sleep!
Of course, the reality is that these cribs have pros and cons.
If you’re curious about using a side sleeper cot then I highly recommend checking out my post. I cover the safety of the crib, as well as its benefits and what I feel lets it down:
I was so determined that I wasn’t going to bed share, and with Pixie I didn’t. But let me tell you, when your baby has colic, that notion goes right out of the window.
When Elfin was tiny she ended up mostly in bed with me, while her poor dad was banished to the sofa. Not really, I think he was relieved. In fairness he was truly brilliant, taking her for hours in the evening while she screamed and I got some rest, and then passing the baton to me at around 10pm. She would usually collapse with exhaustion by around 1am. It was not my favourite phase of parenting.
By the time she was around 9 months old, there appeared to be a light at the end of the tunnel. As I write she’s just turned 4 and still gets up at 5am most days – but we were beginning to consider repatriating Dan to our bedroom.
In the meantime, I really wanted to find a way to keep a wriggly baby safe while in a high bed, while also giving me some space from flailing fists. It seemed like the ideal time trial the Sleepyhead.
If you’re looking for Sleepyhead Grand reviews, it was actually a really interesting experience and fair test.
Unfortunately the Sleepyhead no longer seems to be available on Amazon, but this product looks very similar:
Gro Anywhere Blind
While most people look forward to summer, there’s no scarier time in a parent’s calendar than the changing of the clocks in the spring!
With Elfin already being a dreadful sleeper, I was desperate for some decent blackout blinds to keep her bedroom in near-total darkness.
Read my Gro Anywhere blind review to see how they fared.
These soft toys are super cute – but do they work?
They’re also a bit pricey, so before you part with your hard-earned cash it’s well worth reading reviews first. Naturally, when you’re desperate for sleep, no amount of money is too much for a product that does the trick, but wasted cash is wasted cash.
Check out my post about the MyHummy white noise toy to find out how we got on with Fleur the bear.
Alexa White Noise
I’ve not got a posts dedicated to this one, but I wanted to mention it nonetheless.
Because we actually rely quite heavily on Alexa, even now our girls are (just) 4 and nearly 7.
If you read the above post about Fleur you’ll see that we had some legitimate complaints about Alexa at one time. They’re still valid on the odd occasion, but having the same white noise in both girls’ bedrooms is really useful.
If you’re looking for Gro Clock reviews, this is our one. Have a read, you might be surprised!
I hope these reviews help you, but if you still need more support with baby sleep, you might be interested in reading about respectful sleep training.