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Immediately following those cozy, cuddly moments of skin-to-skin just after your bundle of joy is born, you might have a moment of worry when you realize that they need to eat around the clock. Or, when you realize that getting baby to sleep more than a few consecutive hours at a time is... challenging, at best. While there are no one-size-fits-all solutions (sleep training and how you tackle it, after all, is a very personal decision!), there are a few products that you can get to help ease those sleepless nights and get baby in a full REM cycle.

We asked the Motherly team for their most-prized sleep-inducing possessions—and good news they're all available to register for at buybuy BABY®. Plus, we circled up with our resident sleep expert Rachel Gorton, certified pediatric and maternity sleep consultant and founder of My Sweet Sleeper, to understand why, exactly, each is so magical.

Here are the items you'll want to register for right now:

Marpac Hushh™ portable sound machine

marpac sound machine

"I am a huge fan of a noise machine with ocean sounds for my baby. It's super soothing and blocks out any noise from his older brother stomping through the house." —Ashley, Strategist

Sound, like so many aspects of your little one's first months of life, is all about familiarity, says Gorton. "Contrary to popular belief, babies don't sleep best in a completely quiet environment. For 9 months they lived in a pretty noisy womb, which is why white noise machines not only help promote self-soothing but give babies that familiar sound for sleep."

$34.99

Woolino® 4 season baby sleep bag

woolino sleep sack

"[I love] Woolino sleep sacks to keep them cozy all year long but also contained so they don't try climbing out of the crib. They even come with a slit for the sleepsack to be worn in the car seat which makes driving at night and transferring into crib soooo easy." —Conz, Editor

Not only are sleep sacks ultra-comfy, but they're also a really safe option, according to Gorton. "The AAP does not recommend the use of a blanket for the first year of life, so sleep sacks/bags are a great way for your child to stay warm and give them that snug feeling. Many babies will create a positive association with sleep sacks which can help promote longer stretches of sleep, as well."

$99.99

Ergobaby™ Original Swaddle

"New Mom Nightmare #234: A child with startle reflex in full swing that 'hulks' out of every swaddle you have in the house. My lifesaver? The Ergo Swaddle. It allowed my baby to sleep in a natural arm position securely while having the free movement of her legs that she clearly wanted. After a few weeks, she was also able to sleep with one arm up while still remaining swaddled. The versatility and strength of this swaddle were just what she (and I) needed to rest well."

—Mary, Sales

This, Gorton raves, is a tried and true tactic. "Swaddling is an art that has been around for hundreds of years and for good reason! It's a great way to help your newborn sleep soundly by recreating that feeling they had in the womb and helping to manage the moro reflex (that startling motion babies make with their hands during sleep) which is most prevalent in the first few months of life."

$24.99

Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier

pacifiers

"When my son was a few months old, we quickly learned how useful a pacifier could be (they don't call them pacifiers for nothing!) to soothe him when he was fighting sleep. The aptly-named Soothie one in particular was great because it was similar to the form factor of his bottles so he caught on pretty quickly." —Renata, Editor

It may not be obvious, but offering a pacifier to your little one for the first 12 to18 months of life is a great way to teach them the skills they need to help get themselves back to sleep on their own eventually. "Pacifiers not only help promote self-soothing," explains Gorton, "but the Soothie is made in one piece, not two, per the AAP guidelines."

$4.99

HALO Bassinest Glide Bedside Sleeper

bassinest

"My daughter loved the Halo Bassinest. Plus, having the mesh siding helped me feel better about her sleeping, and the fact that it swiveled made those nighttime feedings easier." —Elizabeth, Account Manager

Bassinets are a wonderful option for sleep in those early days, says Gorton. "The AAP recommends that you room-share (not bed-share) for the first year of life and these types of bassinets that give you quick access to your newborn to feed or soothe, which can make a huge difference in the first few months as you are all adjusting."

$189.99

Tommee Tippee® Groclock Kids Training Alarm Clock

training alarm clock

"My toddler was waking up super early and struggled with understanding when it was an okay time to get out of bed. Once we got this clock, it put things into perspective for him and he started to understand when it was okay to get out of bed or call for us. It worked wonders for naps, too—even if he was awake, he knew he couldn't call for us until the clock turned on." —Katherine, Marketing

"I am a huge fan of okay-to-wake clocks as it helps promote independence for your child and include them in the process of routine, especially when early risings are a concern," Gorton agrees. Trust us mamas, when those toddler years hit, you're going to relish every last minute of time they spend quietly in their beds!

$39.99

Miracle Blanket® Swaddle

miracle blanket

"Both of my kids were sleeping through the night (I'm talking 12 hours, 7 pm to 7 am!) by 8 weeks, and I'm convinced the Miracle Blanket Swaddle was a huge part of the reason. Yes, great sleep training helped, too, but this is the only swaddle that I both felt confident doing myself (I never mastered the real, from-scratch wrap) and kept both little ones snug all night long. It's my baby gift of choice to all new mamas now." —Daisy, Writer

"I am personally a huge fan of these types of swaddles, which are not only easier to use (especially for those of us who aren't skilled in the art of swaddling) but they also tend to create a tighter swaddle for ninja babies who can break out easily," says Gorton. Because the last thing you want to be doing is laying in bed wondering if you swaddled your baby tightly enough. Best of luck, mamas, and sweet dreams to you both.

$29.99

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We're so glad to live in a time when modern baby gear exists. Sure, no one is going to argue that having a baby is easy—but it can be easier with support from some gadgets designed to help your baby and put your mind at ease.

As you build your baby registry, look for products that go the extra mile to make your life a whole lot easier. For example, what's better than a bassinet? A bassinet that can rock by itself. And what's better than a traditional baby monitor? One that allows you to actually take a peek at your baby. Believe us when we say these upgrades can make all the difference.

Here are 10 baby gadgets that will make your life so much easier… relatively speaking, of course!


A bassinet to promote safe + sound sleep

HALO Innovations Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Essenta Series Nautical Net

The safest place for your newborn to sleep is in your room, but not in your bed. Thanks to the swivel function of the Halo Bassinest, you can easily tend to your baby during the night—which means more sleep for you, too. Trust us when we say that is the best gift you can give a new parent.

$239.99

A smart swing for your baby

4moms mamaRoo 4 Bluetooth Enabled High-Tech Baby Swing - Classic

Believe it or not, many babies are born with strong opinions about how they want to be rocked, swung or shushed to calm down. With the mamaRoo's various motions and reclining positions, you'll be able to find a setting your baby loves when you need to free up your hands for a bit.

$219.99

A complete travel system for car + sidewalk

Chicco Bravo Travel System - Indigo

No matter where the day takes you—or what mode of transportation you need to get there—getting a complete travel system for your baby will equip you for anything.

$379.99

A swaddle you don’t have to wrestle

Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original

What do babies and Harry Houdini have in common? A knack for breaking out of tight constraints—which can be a headache when swaddling is the best way to help promote good sleep. Thanks to a breakout-proof swaddle that allows your baby to sleep with their hands up, you don't have to work up a sweat just to get your baby comfortably swaddled.

$29.99

A nursery wherever you need it

Baby Trend Lil Snooze Deluxe II Nursery Center

During the early days of parenting (when you are feeding and changing your baby around the clock), having convenient access to everything you need with a go-anywhere nursery station can save you serious time and energy.

$99.99

A little help for stuffy noses

Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator

Up until the point years down the road when your child is able to blow their own nose, the sniffles can be a real struggle—but not with a nasal aspirator that makes it easy for you to get that snot out of their nose.

$15.99

A way to keep an eye on your baby

VTech 5" Digital Video Baby Monitor - VM5251

Trust us when we say you'll sleep better when you know your baby is also sleeping soundly. That's why we're so thankful for modern-day video monitors, which allow you to check in on your sleeping baby without running the risk of waking them up when you sneak in for a peek.

$79.99

A bassinet for hands-free rocking

Simmons Kids Silent Auto Gliding Elite Bassinet - Odyssey

Babies are soothed by rocking motions. But what does that mean for you if you can't rock them throughout the night? With an auto-gliding bassinet, they can comfortably drift off to sleep... and continue snoozing.

$99.99

An easy way to contain diaper smells

Diaper Genie Expressions Pail

Sometimes it's the little conveniences that make a big difference in the quality of your day-to-day life. That's why a great diaper pail should not be undervalued: By containing the smell, you will save yourself dozens upon dozens of trips to the garbage can.

$24.99

A white noise machine that pulls double duty

Hatch Rest Sound Machine, Night Light & Time-to-Rise

A phone-controlled sound machine may be something you never considered until now, but it will be a major lifesaver for years to come, especially as it can also function as a time-to-rise clock that promotes good sleep habits for your child.

$59.99

And as for securing all these awesome products? Well, a Target baby registry is the way to do it. By creating your baby registry with Target, you will also enjoy their Year of Benefits registry program, which includes perks like a welcome kit with more than $100 in savings and samples, two 15% off coupons to complete your registry, and a full year of returns. The benefits are better than ever right now: Target just launched the Year of Exclusive Deals perk as one of its registry benefits, and this includes a year's worth of discounts on baby essentials (think diapers and formula) and comes complementary when you sign up for Target Circle.

Because while parenting may not be "easy," deciding to register with Target definitely is an easy decision. Start your Target baby registry now and enjoy shopping with a Year of Benefits featuring a Year of Exclusive Deals available via Target Circle, two 15% off coupons, a year of hassle-free returns, a free welcome kit and more!

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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9 products that will help baby sleep better (and longer!)

For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

How do I get my baby to sleep? This is one of the most commonly asked questions among new parents, and it makes sense, given that babies are born with their days and nights mixed up. For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

And while that might not exist (yet), we have found some of the best products out there that can help baby fall asleep faster and for longer durations. Because when baby is sleeping, so are you!

Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack and swaddle

Designed by a mama, parents swear by this weighted sleep sack. It mimics your hug to give your baby security and comfort that helps them get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. The detachable swaddle wing makes it easy to transition as they grow.

It's also super easy to get on and off, and includes a bottom-up zipper for late night changes, so you don't have to wake your baby in the process.

$79

Yogasleep Hushh portable sound machine

Yogasleep hushh sound machine

With three soothing options, this is a perfect solution to help your baby settle when naps are on the go and during travel! I love how compact this noise machine is and that it can run all night with one charge.

$30

Bebe au Lait muslin crib sheets

Burt's Bees Organic Crib Sheets

With a variety of print options to choose from, these breathable sheets are *so* soft and smooth, even through multiple washes. The luxury fabric keeps little ones warm without overheating—a formula that helps ensure more sleep for everyone.

$32

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

You know what's going to help baby have their best sleep ever? Some quality, super soft pajamas. The timeless (and aptly named!) Perfect Pajama from The Simple Folk are some of our favorites. They last forever and they're made from organic pima cotton that is safe on baby's precious skin. They come in a wide range of sizes so siblings can match and feature fold-over hand covers on sizes up to 12 months.

$37

The Snoo bassinet

Snoo

Designed by expert pediatrician and sleep guru Dr. Harvey Karp, the Snoo bassinet gently rocks your baby to sleep while snuggled up in the built-in swaddle. Not only does it come with sensors that adjust the white noise and movement based on your baby's needs, there is also an app that allows you to adjust the settings directly from your phone.

While this item is a bit on the expensive side, there is now an option to rent for $3.50 a day, which is a total game changer!

$1295

Hatch Baby Rest sound machine + nightlight

best baby sound machine

The Hatch Baby Rest is a dual sound machine and nightlight that will grow with your family. Many parents use this product with their infants as a white-noise machine and then as a "time to rise" solution for toddlers.

The thing I love most about this product is that the light it gives off isn't too bright, and you can even select different color preferences; giving your toddler choices at bedtime.

$59.99

Crane humidifier

Crane Humidifier

The only thing worse than a sick baby is a baby who is sick and not sleeping well. The Crane humidifier helps take care of this by relieving congestion and helping your baby breathe better while sleeping.

Personally, I think the adorable design options alone are enough of a reason to purchase this product, and your child will love watching steam come out of the elephant's trunk!

$46.99

Naturepedic organic crib mattress

Naturpedic Lightweight Organic Mattress

In the first few months of life, babies can spend up to 17 hours a day sleeping, so choosing a mattress that is safe (read: no chemicals!) and comfortable is incredibly important.

Naturepedic uses allergen-friendly and waterproof materials with babies and children in mind, making them easy to clean and giving you peace of mind.

$259.00

Happiest Baby sleepea 5-second swaddle

best baby swaddle

There are baby swaddles and then there is Sleepea. Similar to the brand's swaddle that is built into the Snoo, the Sleepea is magic for multiple reasons. First, it's got mesh panels ensuring baby never overheats. Second, the zipper zips from the top or the bottom, so you can change the baby's diaper in the middle of the night without ever waking them. Third, it's hip safe. Fourth, the patterns are SO cute. And fifth, the interior swaddle wrap that keeps baby's ams down has a "quiet" velcro that won't wake baby if you need to readjust while they're asleep.

$27.95

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To the mama who had a baby during the pandemic

You deserve hugs, love, recognition and so much more. But I will settle for the next best thing, which is to write you a little love letter.

I am a midwife, and that means two things:

  1. I am a total birth nerd
  2. I want to hug every new mom I see

But we are in a pandemic, which means that the latter is impossible—and this makes me impossibly sad. You deserve hugs, love, recognition and so much more. So I will settle for the next best thing, which is to write you a little love letter.

Darling new mama. Here are seven things you need to know:

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