Nothing feels more critical to your sanity and health as a new parent than getting adequate rest. We speak from experience when we say that some of our poorest parenting decisions have come when we’re sleep-deprived.
And while we’re not fans of conventional sleep-training for babies, there are some tricks, tools and natural baby sleep aids that can help make those zzz’s come more consistently for your little one – and mercifully, you.
When choosing baby sleep aids, you’ll want to always keep safety top of mind. Parenting and safety experts advise against placing additional objects in baby’s sleeping area (pillows, blankets, bumper pads, and loose sleep aids) until your child is 18 months or older.
These tools and ideas can work for co-sleeping families or when baby sleeps in a separate room. Keep in mind, the term “co-sleeping” doesn’t just mean bed sharing. It can be any form of children sleeping in the same room as their parent. It’s commonly practiced in many cultures around the world—whether by necessity or choice.
Nighttime help – even for a couple of nights a week – can be a game changer with a newborn. This may be the best, yet often overlooked, natural baby sleep aid out there. Trust us. This can be through the help of a grandparent, family member, friend, or a postpartum night doula (a person who provides in-home overnight support for families with a new baby).
Swaddling your baby can help them feel safe and secure, prevent flailing arms or legs and startling awake, and keep them cozy and warm.