Getting your baby to sleep through the night almost feels as attainable and realistic as doing shots without having a hangover.
Babies need sleep. Newborns sleep up to 17 hours a day. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants four to 12 months old should sleep 12-16 hours every 24 hours. Children one to two years of age should sleep 11-14 hours. That’s a whole lot of sleep. And everywhere you look, there are gadgets that promise that your kids will get more of it.
Here are baby sleep essentials that every new parent needs at home. Will they guarantee you eight hours of blissful shut-eye? Hell no. But will they make your infant sleep better, and longer? Hopefully, hell yes. Just be aware that roughly two-thirds of babies are able to sleep through the night by six months, so don’t go celebrating quite yet.
Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-to-Rise
This combination of nightlight and white noise maker is so handy that we’re amazed no one thought of it sooner.
Controlled via an app from your phone, you can select multiple hues, all of which have been shown to aid in your child’s circadian rhythm, while white noise’s benefits, backed by science, allow for deep, restful sleep all through the night
Miku Smart Baby Monitor
Sure, you can make do with an old-school baby monitor. But, why, when you can download the Miku app, and get all the sleep data you want and need. The monitor measures breathing, temperature, humidity, sound, and motion in real time.
Parents can rest easy knowing their babies are getting their rest, thanks to Miku. This next-level baby monitor tracks everything, from humidity to breathing, and even has night vision paired with top-tier optics and HD storage.
Cocoon Cam Plus – Baby Monitor with Breathing Monitoring
Cocoon is another smart baby monitor that not only lets parents watch live high-def footage of their baby snoozing, but also track their vital signs and breathing using computer vision and artificial intelligence.
And it can do both from across the room, without requiring the child to wear any additional gadgets. Not only that, but when your baby becomes a toddler, the camera’s motion sensor will alert you when they’ve climbed out of bed and are making a run for it.
ZippyJamz Organic Baby Footed PJs w/Inseam Zipper
Ain’t nothing worse than finally getting your kid ready for bed only to realize that ooops-they-crapped-their-pants and, guess who’s starting the whole process over again? If they were wearing a ZippyJam, however, that diaper change would be a breeze.
These sleepers feature an ingenious, patent-pending two-zipper design: one zipper runs from foot to collar for dressing, the other along the inseam for easy diaper access. They’re made of organic cotton, use lined zippers that won’t pinch, and are available in a number of colorful styles with fun names like Go Go Geometric and Sleepy Clouds.
HALO SnoozyPod Vibrating Bedtime Soother
This all-in-one soothing station is equal parts white noise machine, bassinet vibrator, and nightlight. It includes two levels of soothing and vibrations, three types of sounds, and an LED starry night ceiling projector.
It’s designed for newborns to 2-year-olds and it’s obvious why ⏤ with the controls right on the side of the crib, it’s only a matter of time before your kid starts playing DJ/light tech instead of going to sleep.
Here’s the big sell with the SwaDo Swaddle: It’s got a new type of patented fastener that uses friction, rather than Velcro-styled hooks and teeth, to adhere. Essentially, the soft micro-fiber fleece material sticks to itself ⏤ and it’s cool.
It also holds snug and makes zero noise when opened and closed, so there’s little chance of accidentally waking up the baby in the middle of the night with a loud rip.
Storkcraft Tuscany 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Not only does the Tuscany 4-in-1 exceed all US and Canadian safety standards (CPSC and ASTM) and is JPMA certified, but it’s made out of solid wood, has a beautiful classic design, and, is a bargain with a price tag under $200.
Better still, the Stork Craft’s a one-time purchase and grows with your child, converting from crib, to toddler, day, and then full-size bed.
Cloud b Peaceful Panda Sound Soother
This adorable sound soother attaches to the outside of your baby’s crib with Velcro. It has eight sounds and melodies, including those mimicking a heartbeat, spring showers, ocean surf, classical lullaby, and whale sounds.
You can choose whatever animal strikes your fancy. The sound soother has two timer options and shuts in 23 or 45 minutes. Just make sure it’s securely fastened to the exterior of the crib and doesn’t get inside it.
Tranquilo Mat, Large: Vibrating Baby Mat
It can run for an hour at a time using the built-in timer, and the batteries reportedly last up to 60 hours before needing to be replaced. Tranquilo’s washable, water-resistant, and comes in two sizes ⏤ one for the crib, and one for the stroller, carrier, or car seat.
Assuming the Snoo Smart Sleeper is a little too pricey for the baby registry, the portable (and much cheaper) Tranquilo Soothing Mat is also based on Dr. Karp’s five Ss. Created by a maternity nurse and certified Happiest Baby Educator from Boston, the roll-up mat (which was featured on Shark Tank) calms babies using three levels of vibration and two heartbeat modes
Magnificent Baby Magnetic Me Modal Summer Fare Baby Footie
Because zippers are a pain and nobody’s ever explained why they put snaps on baby clothes, Magnetic Me is an ingenious line of infantware that fastens using magnets sewn into the material.
They pop open, they pop closed. No struggle to snap that baby’s onesie up after a late-night diaper change. They’re available for newborns thru 4T and styles include everything from footies and PJs to lightweight dresses and heavy fleece overcoats.
NoseFrida The Snotsucker Baby Nasal Aspirator and Saline Nasal Spray Kit with 10 Hygiene Filters by Fridababy
The Nose Frida is the weirdest most gimmicky-looking product out there for kids. It’s essentially a booger-sucking straw that parents use to suck mucus out of a baby’s nose.
Yes, the concept is disgusting. But here’s the thing: It works. And when your baby is out cold and not crying because their nose is stuffed up, you’ll be swearing by it
BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light – Silver
Ease of use is paramount when it comes to portable travel cribs, which is why the 13-pound Baby Bjorn’s one-motion set up is so attractive: simply pop the frame and the legs automatically swing into place.
It has a slightly tapered pyramid shape for added stability, and your baby monitor shouldn’t have any trouble seeing through the mesh sides.
Moonlite – Special Edition Disney Gift Pack, Storybook Projector for Smartphones
Moonlite is a portable projector that uses a smartphone’s flash to shine bedtime stories up on the wall or ceiling. Just insert the 12-image reel into the ViewMaster-esque device, snap it onto the smartphone, and read the book inside the free iOS/Android app.
Words display on the phone’s screen, HD pics show up on the wall. It uses “page detection software,” so when you manually rotate the picture reel, the pages on your screen turn. Not only that, but each story includes relevant sound effects so you don’t have to continuously make elephant noises every time the story involves … well, an elephant.
Skip Hop Portable Playard and Foldable Expanding Travel Crib
We like this portable travel crib because it also expands into a play-yard when you unzip the sides and suddenly, you have 60 percent more space. Twice the fun, for one price.
You can use this portable travel crib from birth on, until your child turns three. You just unzip the travel crib and it turns into a play-yard. The sides are made of mesh, for air-ability. It fits standard travel crib sheets and folds up for travel and storage.