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.