Life

ACALU Studio/Stocksy

They Might Seem Silly, But These Baby Sleep Items Are Actually Worth Buying

Much as we love our quality time with our babies, we also love having them sleep. As in sleep. Not just 15-minute catnaps, but two-hour dozes and 12-hour night stretches. That's why the best baby sleep aids on the market today are such a godsend. Because sometimes (okay, a lot of the time), rocking, singing, and dimmed nursery lights just don't cut it.

Even chronic night owls (*raises hand*) who assume they'll be able to handle the sleeplessness of parenthood often find themselves wiped out when they realize how much a wakeful baby can take out of you. 2:00 AM feedings and mornings spent bouncing a fussy infant are way different from staying up to binge-watch The Crown. And while most babies are able to sleep through the night by 6 to 9 months, according to BabyCenter, that doesn't mean they always do; it just means they're physically capable of it. The book Go the F**k to Sleep wouldn't have been such a runaway sensation if we all had kids who magically dropped off at 7:00 a.m. sharp.

For parents who need something more than lovey-blankets and lullabies to help themselves um, I mean their little ones get a good night's sleep, it's time to go shopping for one of these awesome and parent-tested products. They might seem silly at first glance, but you could find yourself thinking very differently as midnight approaches.