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Pregnant women deserve rest: Our favorite products  for your best night’s sleep

You’re glowing, you’re growing...but you sure could use some sleep! Mama, we feel you.


Although pregnancy is one of the most amazing times in your life, it can also be one of the most challenging when it comes to catching a full night of Zzzs.

Body aches, night sweats, and swollen ankles are just a few of the things happening right now that you may not have counted on when you began your pregnancy journey.

Motherly is here to turn your nights of tossing and turning into a distant memory.

So lie back, snuggle in, and check out some of our favorites to make your next night’s sleep the best one yet—

1. A body pillow that slows down the tossing and turning: Nook Pebble Body Pillow

Finding a comfortable sleep position is no joke when you’re pregnant. We’ve shoved pillows under every nook and cranny trying to get it just right – until we discovered Nook’s Pebble Body Pillow. 100% organic cotton, this huge but super breathable pillow lets you settle into whatever cuddle position you want. We love that it’s weighty enough to keep a stray leg propped up, but still easily moved around at midnight if you need.

Pro tip: Keep it around post pregnancy as a great sitting support for your little one.

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2. The ultimate snuggle buddy: the Snoogle

If you’re more of a full cocoon type, you will LOVE the Snoogle. This uniquely shaped pillow totally spoon-worthy: it follows your body’s contours and tucks into your curves in all the right places. And it does so without adding extra body heat. (Clearly we’re split here at Motherly on who loves the Pebble Body Pillow vs. the Snoogle more. The more options the better, we always say!)

Pro tip: If even the pillows aren’t helping, put your snoring husband on the couch for a night. We kid. Sort of.

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3. The softest PJs around: Ingrid & Isabel Drop Cup Nursing & Lounge Cami and Shorts

We mayyy admit to sometimes stealing our husband’s t-shirts when we can’t fit into our favorite PJs anymore. But you deserve better! As if you needed another excuse to stay comfy all day, Ingrid + Isabel’s Drop Cup Nursing + Lounging Cami and Lounge Short are just the right things. We love the soft, stretchy fabric, the little bit of under-boob support, and the adjustable drawstring waist. Enjoy while you’re still sleeping through the night (even though we know you’re up at least once to pee!) and after baby’s arrival if you’re nursing.

Pro tip: Those hospital gowns aren’t so pretty. Or comfortable. Or Modest. Do yourself a favor and pack some PJs in your bag.

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4. A bra you’ll actually look forward to wearing: Cake Lingerie Milk Bamboo Maternity and Nursing Sleep Bra

The idea of sleeping with a bra may seem strange to you, but as the ladies get larger and heavier, you might actually find yourself uncomfortable come bedtime. That’s where sleep bras come in. We’re always a fan of Cake Maternity’s bras, and that holds true for their new Milk Bamboo Maternity and Nursing Sleep Bra. It has good support and soft elastic, plus nice, thick straps that won’t dig in.

Pro tip: You’ll keep wearing this wonder after baby is born to hold nursing pads so you don’t leak all over the sheets. Since you’re likely to keep growing, we suggest buying up a size if there’s any question about going smaller or larger.

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5. Moisturizer for the smoothest skin: Beauty Counter Hydrating Body Lotion

It’s one of those weird, unexplained pregnancy things that happens to a lot of women – itchy nighttime legs (and all over extra dry skin). Beauty Counter’s Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa blends oils and butters to give smooth, satisfying, and great smelling coverage to your body. We also love that since it’s from Beauty Counter, you can trust that it goes way above and beyond to ensure safe ingredients. That’s always a bonus, but especially when you’re pregnant.

Pro tip: Stock one in the bathroom for post shower care and another bedside for those middle-of-the-night itching wake up calls.

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6. To put a stop to the snores: Breathe Right strips

Suddenly starting to snore was one of the last things we were expecting towards the end of pregnancy. Then one morning, we woke up to a video recording from our dear partner showing the buzz saw sounds coming out of us the night before. Short of kicking everyone out of hearing-proximity, the best solution we’ve found are Breathe Right Strips. Yes, you may feel a bit silly, but there’s no question they’ll help you—and the rest of the house—sleep more soundly.

Pro tip: The snoring will probably go away as soon as baby is out, but keeps these around anyway. They do double duty when you’ve got a stuffy nose come winter.

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7. Something to soak up the sweat: McKesson StayDry Underpads

Another not-often-talked-about side effect of pregnancy? Sweat. Lots of it. Especially while you sleep. (The hits just keep on coming, eh?) Both while pregnant and especially in the weeks just after birth, we must have lost half our body weight at night, sometimes waking up needing to change clothes. Sheets and jammies are washable, but your mattress? Not so much. We felt better knowing ours was covered in underpads to soak up all that moisture. Any brand should work, but we think the McKesson StayDry Underpads are a bit comfier to lie on.

Pro tip: Buy in bulk. These things are also great to use as disposable changing pads in the trunk of the car, on an airplane, or in your kid’s bed when they’re potty training.

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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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