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10 products that helped me with postpartum insomnia

I didn't even know it was a thing until I was wide awake at night while everyone else peacefully slept.

products that help with postpartum insomnia

The phrase "sleep like a baby" always cracks me up because, as mamas know, babies don't necessarily sleep well. In fact, when they are brand new, they sleep only a couple of hours at a time, which shocked me when I first became a mom. I need a lot of sleep and my first was a terrible, terrible sleeper. After weeks of very little rest at night, I was miserable. Not surprisingly, my mental health took a toll.

When I became pregnant again, I made sure to focus on my postpartum plan, hoping I could prevent finding myself in the same spot I was with my first. One of the biggest splurges we had—and one I'm aware not everyone can afford—was a night doula. Because I knew I was going to have twins via a repeat C-section, I wanted to make sure I could get some nights of semi-full sleep between pumping so I could be better to my babies than I was the first time around.

O course, things don't always go as planned. The first night our doula came over I was so excited to finally get some sleep. I tucked myself in bed, closed my eyes, and... I couldn't fall asleep. My husband laid next to me, snoring. My toddler was in his room, snoozing. The babies were quiet and taken care of, and I still could not drift off. The hours went by, and it was time for me to get up to pump again. I did it while crying my eyes out and sobbed so loudly that I woke up my husband. He was concerned that something was physically wrong, and when I told him what truly was up he worried that I was going to fall back into that dark place from a couple of years before.

I didn't sleep at all that night.

The next morning I called my doula friend and asked what was broken in me. "Nothing" she said reassuringly, "it's probably postpartum insomnia from all the adrenaline in your body." Great. I hadn't planned for this. I posted about my experience on one of my parenting Facebook groups, and so many moms told me they had been there as well. Graciously, they shared their tips and tricks on how to be able to get some rest. I applied all of them the next time our night doula was at home with us and guess what? I slept, not like a baby—like a log.

For any mama who is going through the same struggle, here are my product recommendations to battle postpartum insomnia:




Oriane pajamas

Rachel Pajamas

These pajamas are so soft and comfortable, I recommend them to all pregnant friends. They are also ideal for postpartum as the waistband is elastic, and it accommodates whatever stage your body is at from postpartum swelling and recovery.

$30

A SNOO bassinet

Snoo bassinet

I discovered the SNOO with my first, and it was a total game-changer. The peace of mind that I had knowing that my baby was in the safest sleep environment meant I could relax and sleep myself. Even more impressively, the innovative SNOO helps babies connect sleep cycles, which means more sleep for baby and mama in the long run. Can't beat that.

$1395

Motif Medical breast pump

Luna Double Electric Breast Pump

When I found out I was expecting twins, one of the first decisions I made was to pump overnight instead of breastfeeding to optimize time and get more sleep. My husband or our night doula would feed the babies while I pumped that way feeds would take minutes versus hours. I still woke up even if babies didn't so I could empty my breasts and keep up my supply, especially when they were little.

$260

Sunday Citizen comforter

SUNDAY CITIZEN  Solid Snug Comforter

Believe me when I say this comforter will make you feel like you're sleeping in a cloud.

$249

Dohm white noise machine

The Original White Noise Machine

I discovered the magic of white noise machines after traveling and sharing a room with our first kid. It works. So now we have one of these in each room for everyone in our family to get restful sleep at night.

$35

Comotomo bottles

Comotomo - Baby Bottles - Baby Feeding - Green

With pumping came bottle feeding in the middle of the night. Knowing how much milk my babies were taking gave me the peace of mind I needed to be able to fall back asleep quickly even in those early newborn days. These are the bottles we used with all our babies. The wide nipple resembles a breast, making it easy to switch from bottle to boob without any strikes from baby. They are made out of silicone which makes cleaning them so much easier. They come in two colors, pink and green, so if you have multiple children you can assign a color for each.

$40.75

Layla weighted blanket

Layla Weighted Blanket

I'm sure you've heard about the benefits of weighted blankets for both adults and kids, so it's no surprise this is on my list. However, the Layla blanket is next level. It's super soft and hugs just right. Also, I haven't had issues with my temperature even after sleeping under it during the winter and summer. I still remember the first time I pulled this blanket over me and immediately let out a sigh of relief because it felt so good.

$149

A blackout eye mask 

Sleep Mask, 100% Blackout 3D Contoured Sleep Eye Mask

One of the first things I packed in my hospital bag was this eye mask. For my first birth, I was totally unprepared and didn't bring one, which made sleeping at the hospital challenging (it's never pitch black like I'm used to). Also, having something tightly around my eyes helped me relax, so I still wore my mask even at home when it was super dark in our room.

$9.99

Kapok pillow

Layla Kapok Pillow

This pillow is everything! Plush and airy, soft and supportive, I actually discovered it after suffering from tension headaches caused by the very very old pillow I had been using. The fabric is comfortable enough that you could even use it sans pillowcase.

$99

Sunday Citizen snug throw

SUNDAY CITIZEN  Casablanca Snug Throw

This throw is made of two layers of super soft fabric that will have you snuggling with it while you watch TV or get ready to snooze all night long. Our toddler loves it also, so it works for the whole family.

$139

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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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.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

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

Comforts electrolyte drink

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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A few years ago, while my wife's baby bump got bigger and my daddy reading list grew longer, I felt cautiously optimistic that this parenthood thing would, somehow, suddenly click one day. The baby would come, instincts would kick in, and the transition from established couple to a new family would be tiring but not baffling.

Boy was I wrong.

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