There are so many options when it’s coming to baby products. There are a million different items, and then a million different brands that make that same item. It’s overwhelming. What’s a mama to do?! Well, feel free to take my advice and just use what I used.
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I loved having this bassinest by my bedside. I knew I wanted the baby in our room, and I knew I wanted her next to my side of the bed, opposed to the foot of the bed or off to the side. I wanted to be able to just pop the paci back in or feed her without getting out of bed. We considered a pack n play, but the space between my bed and the wall wasn’t big enough. I also liked that the bassinest swivels 360 degrees, the height is adjustable, and the sidewall lowers.
This might be my favorite sleep-related purchase. It fit perfectly in the dockatot and kept her from rolling all over the place. It was so snug and comfy for her. Also, I love that it was easily transported to wherever I needed it. When we would go anywhere and wouldn’t be back for naptime I would just throw it in the van with us and set her up in a dark closet. She slept so well because she was still in her bed no matter where we were!
My favorite swaddle varies with the baby’s age, but some type of swaddle is a must over here.
For newborns, my hands down favorite is the SwaddleMe Pod. They’re specifically made for newborns and have a double zipper, which makes middle of the night diaper changes so much easier. They’re also made of really lightweight material, which is a huge plus for my warm-blooded Everly. Even if she wasn’t so hot-natured, I like that the swaddle is light and I can just change the type of PJ’s she wears underneath the swaddle.
After she grew out of the SwaddleMe Pod, we moved to the Woombie. The Woombie is basically a bigger version of the pod. It has a zipper so they can move their arms around to wherever they like them (by their sides, across their stomach, up by their chin), but it’s difficult to bust out of. If you need a swaddle that keeps baby’s arms straight down by her sides, I like the SwaddleMe Swaddle.
When Everly could roll both ways in the Woombie, we transitioned to the Zipadee-Zip. It’s basically a wearable blanket that contains baby’s arms and legs but also gives her room to move around and use her limbs fairly freely.
The sound machine is a sleep essential, especially in a house with so many other kids and dogs. The white noise blocks out practically every noise that’s going on outside of baby’s room. You can move around normally instead of tip-toeing around the house during naptime and after bedtime.
You never know if your baby is going to like the pacifier or not. And if they do, you can’t be sure which pacifier they’re going to like best. The two we tried were soothies and MAMs. So far Everly has loved the soothie pacis, specifically the 0-3 month soothies. I bought some 3+ month soothies, which are made of a firmer plastic, but she hated those so we’ve stuck with the softer 0-3 month ones. I’ve also heard lots of babies love the MAM because it’s easy to keep in their mouth because the end is a little bigger.
The Owlet is not a necessary sleep item, and it’s definitely on the pricey side, but we invested in one, and I loved the peace of mind that it gave me. Also, I had some postpartum anxiety and having the owlet helped calm my crazy.
We bought this wedge to incline her dockatot to help with her reflux. So this isn’t an essential for everyone, but if your baby has reflux it is really helpful! It just adds a slight incline, nothing super dramatic that causes baby’s head to slump, just enough to help keep milk down.
I’ve babywised all the kids that have come into our home (foster, adopted, and bio), and I love it! The principals outlined in it just make sense and really to facilitate a good routine, good habits, and good sleep. I know it’s not for everyone, but it definitely is for us. If you’re interested in learning a scheduling framework to help you anticipate your baby’s needs and meet them in ways that promote healthy habits and good sleep, pick up a copy of this book! The best thing about babywise is that you make babywise work for you, so you can take what you like and leave the rest. The myths aren’t true – you don’t have to do CIO (we didn’t, and CIO isn’t even mentioned in the book anyways), and you can co-sleep if you want to (Everly was in our room until 5 months old and ended up in our bed TONS of times).
It took me awhile to figure out what I wanted after Everly was born. We tried several different things before we finally settled on these. They’re mama-tested and baby-approved. I love all these baby sleep items (I hope you do too!) and will definitely be using all of these things if/when we have another baby.