8 HACKS FOR GETTING BABY TO SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT
Ahhh sleep. The one thing every mother of a newborn can agree on – you don’t get enough of it in those early months!
I remember attending the NCT course before our little girl was due last year when they handed out a feeding diary that was kept by a new mother. It logged feeds every 1-2 hours. All through the night. ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT! I remember it leaving me very confused: “but…. when do you actually sleep??”
Thankfully those very early days of feeds every hour or 2 only last a few weeks. Once your baby has settled into a nice routine, you should hopefully be waking just a few times a night. But whether you’re on Day 1 or Month 12, or anywhere in between, no mother would turn down a chance for just a few minutes more sleep.
So here are my top sleeping baby hacks, either from personal experience or coming highly recommended by other mummy friends, for helping your little one sleep peacefully and angelically.
Because when baby sleeps, mummy sleeps.
- John Lewis £17.95
Any parent will tell you that newborns LOVE to be swaddled. The Gro Swaddle is fab as it shaped to be the perfect swaddle, with a little flap to tuck up over baby’s legs and long strips to wrap tightly and tuck underneath baby. BUY
- John Lewis £99
We loved the Sleepyhead. Our little girl slept in it from the first day she came home from the hospital, right up till about 6 months. The bumpers make baby feel snug and secure and keep their Moro reflex from waking them up during the night. Added benefits include being able to safely co-sleep with baby during tough nights and also being able to use it as a travel cot until baby can sit up. BUY
- John Lewis £129.95
Similar in concept to the Sleepyhead,, the Cocoonababy cocoons baby in an ergonomic position, keeping baby in a semi-foetal position. We didn’t personally use this but have heard rave reviews from friends. BUY
John Lewis £29.95
We bought Ewan the Dream Sheep in the very early days, and I have to admit to finding it extremely soothing even myself during the first few weeks! Each foot on the sheep activates a different white noise (including womb, rain and musical sounds) and starts Ewan’s tummy glowing a soft red. BUY
- Argos £35.95
Once baby starts being a little more mobile in his cot, cot bumpers really come into their own. While traditional padded cot bumpers are not recommended to be used with small babies, these mesh cot bumpers are a safe alternative and still have all the same benefits: keeping little arms and legs from getting caught in the gaps of the bars, and keeping those dummies in the cot (although they won’t prevent a mischievous toddler chucking the dummies out over the top of the bumpers!). BUY
- The White Company £32
Somewhere around 3 months, baby might start struggling against the swaddle (our little girl lasted until 3 months, although many babies start getting stroppy long before this!). At this point, switching to sleeping bags are a great idea. They keep baby warm and snug no matter how much they move during the night – you will be amazed at baby’s nocturnal gymnastics.
The White Company make gorgeously soft sleeping bags in beautiful prints – you’ll use these every night for many months, so they’re worth the investment! BUY
- John Lewis £17.95
A sleeping aid for slightly older toddlers, the Groclock is an ingeniously simple invention by Gro. Well before your little ones can tell the time on a clock, this piece of kit will tell them whether it’s time to get up by displaying an image of the sun on the “clock” face. If the moon is still showing, it’s not time to get up yet! BUY
- SpaceNK £16
A lovely blend of lavender, Vetivert and Camomile, this spray is meant to encourage sleep through gentle aromatherapy. Hey, it’s worth a go right? And even if it doesn’t help with baby’s sleep, it still smells fantastic. BUY