Most new parents know the benefits of swaddling babies and how the technique can lead to a better night's sleep. Infants feel more secure when wrapped tightly, and a proper swaddle will mimic the feeling of being in the womb. In addition to swaddling baby in a muslin blanket, many mamas rely on products specially designed for ensuring a better night's sleep. Here, we share some of the best sleep sacks and swaddle "helpers" on the market today. Sweet dreams!
It's prime vacation time! While your pre-baby trips probably involved stocking up on sleep, travel with a lil one can be anything but restful. Just ask me: my 9-month-old was sleeping 12 hours a night last week, but since we arrived in Florida a few days ago, I'm back to 3-4 hour stretches. Torture. Luckily, one of the fellow guests at our resort is a pediatrician, and she helped with a few tips to get my go-go baby — and yours, too — back on the right track.
- Try to arrive before bedtime so your lil one has time to acclimate. Let her explore the new room, and explain where you are and where everyone will be sleeping.
- Bring a white noise machine or fan to mask strange new noises.
- Follow your at-home bedtime routine; give your baby a soothing warm bath, read books quietly, nurse in a darkened room . . . whatever usually works for you.
- Try to re-create her sleeping location as best you can by bringing a crib sheet or blanket from home (even a worn shirt of mom's can help). Also make the new room's lighting as similar to home as possible. Keep clicking for four more tips.