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These surprising products help me sleep like a baby 😴

I don't know if you've heard but pandemic insomnia is real—and it's making some moms very tired. Me. I'm some moms.

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I don't know if you've heard but pandemic insomnia is real—and it's making some moms very tired. Me. I'm some moms. Add that to my already natural tendency for anxiety to well up in the darkest of late-night hours, and, well, you used to catch me yawning at noon and begging for a nap by 4 pm.

Notice how I said used to?


I was determined to find something to help me sleep better because I have a 4-year-old who likes to eat three meals a day and a million snacks (how dare he), a demanding work schedule, mountains of laundry, and oh yeah, a pandemic going on that requires my full attention and energy. I cannot afford to lose any sleep right now. (Can a mom ever?)

So, I set out to find some products to help improve the quality of sleep I'm getting and make the most of every single one of those zzz's. Here's the best of what I found.

Popmask starry eyes sleep mask

Popmask starry eyes

When I found these self-warming masks, I was super excited. Made from non-woven cotton and are self-heating, they provide this amazingly comforting warmth right over your tired eyes and they induce relaxation like I've never experienced before. Bonus: They also help get rid of headaches.

I have to admit, I was skeptical about the self-warming properties at first. I didn't want to put chemicals over my eyes and I was actually wondering if it would get too hot. Well, I was reassured when the package gave details on what creates the warmth in the mask—only naturally occurring ingredients. It starts to warm up and will stay warm for about 20 minutes. Just enough to help you melt away your day and then fall asleep into a deep night's rest.

$20

Sunday Citizen snug comforter

Sunday Citizen snug comforter

Our commerce editor has been raving about this uniquely cozy comforter for weeks now. She says, "I've always been a down comforter sort of girl, but after a week of testing the ridiculously plush and aptly named Snug Comforter from Sunday Citizen, a brand that's run by 'curators of soft, seekers of chill' who 'believe in comfort over everything,' it's safe to say I've been converted. My only complaint? I've slept through my alarm twice."

$249

HappyLight® Lumi light therapy lamp

HappyLight\u00ae Lumi Light Therapy Lamp

Spending hours parked in front of the blue light from my phone and laptop definitely has an effect on my ability to properly regulate my sleep patterns. At night, I'm often exhausted but find it difficult to actually fall asleep. Enter: non-UV light therapy. Sitting in front of this portable lamp for 20-30 minutes provides a dose of light that is supposed to trigger biochemical changes in your brain, regulating the production of melatonin while boosting serotonin. The result? A sleep cycle reset and better rhythms all around. After all, the laptop isn't going anywhere any time soon.

$50

Slumber app

Slumber app

Imagine the most soothing storyteller and all of nature tucked gently under your pillow lulling you to sleep. This awesome app is all that and more. It has an extensive library of stories, meditations and soundscapes which can all be customized to dial background sounds up and down. It even has stories for kiddos that can help make bedtime routines a little more enjoyable for everyone. The free version gives enough options to realize it's well worth the few dollars a month to unlock more.

$5.99

This Works deep sleep pillow spray

This works deep sleep pillow spray

Made from a power trio blend of lavender, camomile and vetivert, this pillow spray is some sort of sorcery in a bottle. I'm not sure if it's a placebo effect or I've conditioned myself to this awesome scent=stop fretting and go to sleep, but I'll take it. Just spritz over your pillow and give yourself license to get off the worry express for 6-8 hours.

$29

Hatch Restore

hatch restore

Hatch is known for their baby sleep products so when they launched Restore for adults, I was intrigued. It's part bedside alarm clock, part sound machine, part smart light—and it's genius and all controlled via an app. You can customize the lights and sounds to wind down (and wake up) easier. My fave part? The reading lamp setting that involves no blue light.

$129.99

Altwell gummies

altwell cbd gummies

Our managing editor swears by CBD for restless nights and recommended these gummies to do the trick. The CBD and melatonin blend helps you gently calm down from even the most hectic days, and the tropical flavor is actually delicious. It comes in child-resistant packaging, too to be extra safe. (You should always consult your doctor before consuming CBD products, especially if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.)

$54.99

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I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

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Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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

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