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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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Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

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Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

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Plan Toys sand set

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Plan Toys water play set

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Plan Toys mini golf set

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$40

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Janod retro scooter balance bike

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$121

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plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

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Plan Toys croquet set

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$45

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fathers factory wooden digital camera

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$179

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plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

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janod toys pull along hippo toy

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janod toys baby fox ride on

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Plan Toys balance board

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Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

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