Six ways to help your baby sleep
Great products to promote a peaceful night
A soft toy can give your little one comfort when she wakes up, and you can buy toys that have special soothing features to aid the self-settling process. The Whisbear was developed by two mums and is especially aimed at newborns. What makes it truly unique is the CRYsensor technology – which automatically activates calming white noise when it senses that bub is starting to cry, so you don’t need to step in.
If your tot has already got a plush toy they love, soothing sounds from a device could help your baby to settle. Why does it work? It reminds your baby that they’re back in the womb, which makes them feel safe and secure. We love the portable Baby Shusher’s timer that you can set for as long as you need to.
Read a story
This book is the bedtime story parents are raving about. It uses child-tested and parent-approved techniques to encourage your baby to sleep, with a distinctive language pattern that helps tots relax and escape to the land of nod. It won’t be effective on a newborn, but it’s a good buy for when they’re older.
Relax at bathtime
Your bedtime routine helps your baby wind down and prepare for sleep. A soothing bath with calming products can help relax your bub even more. Usually bath milk or a few drops of bath oil with lavender can set your bub up for a restful slumber.
Your baby will sleep well if she’s comfortable. There are many reasons why she may be unsettled, but as the weather warms up, a room that’s too hot can result in broken sleep. With an easy-to-read room thermometer you can ensure the temperature is just right.
After a calming bathtime routine, bring that same relaxed feeling into bub’s room. A few pumps of this lavender-based room spray in your baby’s nursery will ensure your bub feels even more calm and soothed – hopefully helping to give her a good night’s sleep.
Encourage your bub to settle at night with these handy products
Whisbear ‘The Humming Bear’, $99.99
The Little Elephant Who Wants To Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin (Penguin Books, $19.99)
Baby Shusher, $59.95
Jurlique Baby’s Calming Bath Oil, 100ml, $25
Milk & Co Baby Nighty Night Room Spray, 75ml, $12.95
Gro-egg2 room thermometer, $59.95