Winnie slept in her Smitten next to our bed until she was four months old. Then, Smitten was clutch for the crib transition. We put the box directly in Winnie’s crib for a week or so to help her get used to her nursery. Then, we took the Smitten away and just used the crib. It was seamless. Now, we’ve transitioned Smitten into an easy-to-carry play space when we’re on the go.
#3 Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit
My little astronaut naps in her Sleepsuit.
Winnie slept so well in her Miracle Blanket that I was devastated when it was time for her transition out of it (but, safety first!). Enter Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit.
Winnie started to roll over when she was still pretty young (three months). That meant no more swaddle, but her startle reflex would still wake her. The Sleepsuit was a perfect middle ground. The trick is the weight of the fabric – not so heavy that babies can’t move, but heavy enough to muffle their startle response. It provided just enough resistance that Winnie didn’t flail in her sleep but still let her move her arms and legs. Plus, she looked like a little baby astronaut, and who doesn’t want that?
Side note: I worried that Winnie would be too hot, but the fabric wasn’t *that* thick – more like a summer weight comforter. We dressed Winnie lightly underneath (onesie only – no footie pjs) and she slept great. I never found her to be sweaty when she woke up. If you have a baby that runs super-hot, it might help to go diaper only underneath the Sleepsuit.
#4 The Halo SleepSack And Wearable Blanket
Winnie’s ready to party after a good night’s sleep in her Sleepsack.
To help prevent SIDS, it’s best to keep baby’s room a cool 68-72 degrees. It’s also safest to keep loose blankets out of the crib (or Smitten!) for the first year of baby’s life. Plus, no swaddling or restrictive covers after baby can roll over.
Brrrr. That’s a recipe for a baby popsicle.
Enter the Halo SleepSack – a safe, wearable blanket to keep baby warm, but not too warm, at night. Halo offers staged wearable blankets ranging from a velcro swaddle up to a walker. Winnie escaped the swaddle easily (see: Miracle Blanket), but the wearable blanket has been excellent. Winnie is free to roll, keeps warm, and her blanket stays a safe distance from her mouth and nose. That means mama and baby are both happy.
As a health educator, I love that every SleepSack comes with the “back is best” label to promote safe sleep. Three cheers for well-placed, well-timed public health messaging!
#5 The Marpac Dohm White Noise Machine
This thing. Oh this thing. It’s a sleepy-time miracle for babies and parents alike. For babies, Dohm helps drown out background noises and cues your little one that it’s time for sleep. For parents, Dohm helps dampen the normal vocalizations that babies make while they’re sleeping. You can still hear it when your baby cries out, but you are less likely to wake up when baby murmurs in her sleep.
Why Dohm in particular? The Dohm is a fan, not a recording. I tried a white noise app on my phone, but would lie in bed listening for the hiccup of the recorded track starting a new loop each 23.5 minutes. Dohm doesn’t have this because it’s mechanical, not electronic. Dohm makes a nice, soothing, low whir without any loops, all night long. That’s my kind of lullaby.
#6 (BONUS) The Newton Mattress
I’m hesitant to recommend this because it costs the Earth, but the Newton mattress really is amazing. If you have a pile of cash lying around, or if you freak out about suffocation risk like I do, the Newton mattress is a great option because it’s completely breathable. Completely. Your little one can smash her face into it and breathe normally. (Trust me, the first thing I did was mash my face into the mattress and inhale. Mind blown.)
The Newton itself looks a little like a plate of stiff spaghetti and is pretty firm. The breathable mattress cover makes it a little cushier, but we ended up appreciating the firmness. It made it easier for Winnie to push-up and roll from her belly to her back when she flipped herself in the nighttime.
You can also wash the Newton down in the shower to keep it clean. Yes, that’s right. You can hose this mattress down.