It's no secret that the arrival of a new baby can do some serious damage to your current sleep pattern. Forget sleeping in on a Saturday; those little bundles of joy have no regard for your much-needed night's sleep, and they often seem to go out of their way to make sure you don't get more than two or three hours of uninterrupted rest at one time. If you are losing sleep, there are sleep items you need to add to your baby registry to ensure plenty of Zs for baby and her parents.
Creating a comfortable environment is the key to a good night's sleep, and that means keeping baby warm, eliminating noises that can cause distractions, and blocking as much light as possible. You basically want to do everything you can to recreate the cozy womb that your baby called home for nine months.
Although the things on this list won't be able to guarantee that you get a full eight hours, they can help make the precious time you do get to sleep a little more comfortable for everyone involved. Remember, this time won't last forever, although you may wish it would as soon as your kid hits the teen years.
Additionally, Parenting noted that swaddling blankets give babies the same nice, warm environment they had when they were in the womb, helping them have sweet dreams.
Try: Swaddle Me Swaddle ($15)
3White Noise Machine
According to Baby Center, white noise makers can help drown out other noises in the environment that might keep your baby awake.
4Soothing Bath Products
The Mayo Clinic also suggested reading a story as a great addition to the bedtime routine, and a nice, quiet way for parents to bond with baby.
Try: Fisher Price's My First Books set ($13).
On his website, baby expert, Dr. Sears suggests massage to help soothe baby's muscles and make them comfortable enough to get a good snooze.
7Light Blocking Curtains
Dr. Sears also recommended parents make the room as dark as possible while baby is sleeping. Light blocking curtains will give you a few extra hours of darkness, and make sure baby isn't up at the crack of dawn.
Try: Eclipse's Blackout Thermal Curtain Panels ($12)
8Nursery Rhyme CDs
You probably don't want to play any hard rock, but soft, soothing lullaby music can calm baby's busy mind and help them drift off to sleep.
Try: Baby Einstein: Lullaby Classics ($32)
10A Rocking Chair
12Feeding & Sleep Tracker
A tracker helps new moms and dads keep track of feedings, diaper changes, and medication, eliminating some of the late-night guess work.
Try: Itzbeen's Pocket Nanny ($68)
13A Stuffed Animal
Or better yet, find one that doubles as a noise machine. It will lull baby to sleep with soft sounds and vibrations.
Try: Snugapuppy Calming Vibrations Soother ($14)