Get your baby to sleep well with our baby sleep aids that include sleeping bags, blackout blinds and comforters...
If you’ve got a baby or toddler, you’re probably desperate for a good night’s sleep. And if you think you’ve tried everything, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve to help with your baby’s sleep problems…
Get your child to sleep through the night using one or a few of these carefully-selected baby sleep aids like Gro-egg room thermometers which glow in the dark, or easy-up blackout blinds and cuddly soft toy blankets.
The Gro-eggs carefully monitor the temperature of your baby’s bedroom, showing a blue light when it’s too cold, red too hot and in between yellow and orange for just right. This works to help your little one off to sleep because babies sleep best at between 16 and 20°C.
We love the Gro Anywhere Blackout Blinds, too (in fact, we’re tempted to get one for ourselves). With rubber suckers they can be attached wherever you are. Perfect if you have to take your baby away on holiday or to see family for the weekend. With not a crack of light being let in you’re more likely to get a lie in and your baby should sleep soundly, without morning waking them too early.
Cuddly soft toy blankets can help by comforting babies and some of the options in this round up have added bonuses too. For instance, the Slumber-Bear Plus has a sound box in it that can play gentle sounds of the ocean, or even a recording of your own voice. This kicks in when your baby stirs, to soothe them back to sleep quickly.
With just a little help from these clever baby sleep aids, which have been designed with mums and babies in mind, your sleepless nights could become a thing of the past. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
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Young babies have a reflex called a Moro or startle Reflex. It's when they raise their arms suddenly into the air to grab hold of something, thought to be because they have a fear of falling. This reflex frightens babies and just when you thought they were sinking into a deep sleep, the reflex kicks in again and disturbs them.
The answer is a swaddling blanket. These may look cruel, but they actually make babies feel more secure as they're wrapped up in the same position that they were in in the womb and then they sleep better!
It's important to make sure that your baby isn't too hot or too cold - this could be a reason why your baby keeps waking up, so that's why the multi-tasking Gro-egg is ideal. Firstly it's a room thermometer with a digital display that tells you the exact temperature in the room.
Babies rooms should be kept at between 16 and 20°C. The egg also changes colour according to the temperature - blue = too cold, red - too hot, so you can tell at a glance whether to adjust bedding or heating in the room. Some babies are also frightened of the dark, so the egg works as a nightlight too.
Slumber Bear Plus is a cuddly and friendly bear with a sound device that lives in his tummy that plays womb sounds, lullabies and the sound of the ocean.
The sound box can also record your own voice or any sound that will lull or soothe your baby to sleep. Sound and motion sensors that are built in mean that the sounds come on automatically if the baby stirs to gently send them back to sleep again.
When babies are small they don't know how to settle themselves, so when they're upset, they just get more and more upset until someone intervenes to help them. Sucking on a soother can help a baby settle - have you ever watched a contented baby sucking on a dummy with their eyes shut?
There's also been recent advice from FSID (the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths) that says putting a baby to sleep with a dummy can reduce the risk of cot death. These Born Free Soothers have an angled teat to help the pallate develop normally, are free from harmful ingredients such as BPA, phthalates and PVC and feature a perforated shield to prevent moisture and protect skin.
Attach this to the side of your baby's cot and help them drift off to sleep with a light display and music. The front of the V Tech Sleep Bear Sweet Dreams displays twinkling stars which move around, but the highlight is the light projector that projects soft patterns onto the ceiling and the result's mesmerising.
It plays lullabies and natural sounds and also features a sound sensor which activates lullabies if the baby wakes up and cries.
In the womb, babies get used to being moved around as they're bounced while you climb stairs or sit down suddenly, which is why many babies like being rocked to sleep.
If you've bought a Moses basket for your baby, this Moses rocking stand is a brilliant purchase to go with it as you can gently rock your baby to sleep without the expense of a rocking crib.
If your baby's got a cold, chances are they'll wake up grumpy and tired in the night. That's why this Calpol vapour plug and nightlight is brilliant.
You simply add a refill which contains a combination of essential oils, such as lavendar and chamomile, and plug it into the wall, helping your child to breathe more easily. Suitable for children 3-months and older.
If your child is afraid of the dark and sometimes needs to venture out of their bedroom in the night to go to the toilet, the Lumilove Barbapapa night light could be their new best friend!
Their tummies gently glow with a reassuring light. You charge them up during the day and then they last for 11 hours with no wires or batteries. They're also cool to the touch, so your child can pick it up and safely take it to the toilet with them so they're not scared.
How many times have you seen a child in their buggy, clutching a worn out old teddy or frayed old blanket? Children form strong bonds with their favourite toys and these are great for using as comforters at night. Start by putting a comforter, like this rabbit, in their cot and before long they'll be clutching it to them every night as a security blanket before they go to sleep.
Just one word of advice, though, make sure you buy two, because all hell will break loose if rabbit goes missing and it's also handy if you need to wash it!
Warm, milky drinks are thought to be soothing and settling at bedime and Hipp Organic's good night milk has been specially designed to help children have a good night's sleep.
It's a blend of follow-on milk and gluten free cereals, so it's satisfyingly creamy and should help a hungry baby feel fuller and sleep better. It's suitable from 6 months.
When the clocks are going back, or forward, it can play havoc with your baby's sleep routine as they can be very sensitive to the light in their rooms, both from windows and under doors and start waking up earlier and earlier.
The Gro Anywhere blackout blind attaches to windows using suckers, so you can put it up in their room whenever early morning light is a problem, or pack it up and take it with you if you're going on holiday or to stay with friends.
Everyone knows that a relaxing routine before bedtime can help a baby sleep better and a warm, soothing bath can work wonders. That's why Johnson's has come up with a special bedtime bath range with lavender and camomile, known for their soothing and relaxing properties. Simply add to your baby's bath.
You could also follow up with Johnson's Baby Bedtime Lotion before putting your baby down to sleep.
Temperature is a big deal to babies and they won't hesitate to let you know if they're too hot or too cold. Blankets get in a tangle and sheets can be kicked off and so the crying begins. This is why Grobags are a brilliant invention as they're like a wearable blanket. The baby is secured inside the bag with either a zip or poppers so they can't slip under the covers or kick them off and they can still move around comfortably.
They've also won lots of awards and work with the FSID (the UK's leading cot death research charity) to ensure they're as safe as possible and come in different togs (warmth). Suitable from birth as long as the baby weighs 8lb 8oz.
The BT baby monitor 250 in itself isn't a sleep aid, although it can help parents get a better night's sleep if they're sure they'll hear their baby if they cry. But, it does include one very handy tool. The large part of the monitor goes in the baby's bedroom and the charger and small, portable handset are in the room with you. If your baby cries, you can send them a lullaby remotely with just the press of a button.
The lullaby (Twinkle twinkle little star) plays in the baby's room, comforting and distracting them from crying and back off to sleep they go! You might not believe it, but it really does work.
Babies love listening to music and the more soothing it is, the more likely they'll drift off to sleep while listening to it. The Baby Einstein Wake Up and Goodnight CD has been specially designed to help babies go to sleep and wake up with classical music.
It also teaches them the difference between night and day - daytime music is lively and fun, nighttime music is soothing and sleepy. Skip to the soothing songs on the stereo when you put your baby down to sleep and see what happens.
If you've got a toddler, or small child, you'll know that trying to stop them getting up at 5am is a constant battle, which is where the genius Gro-Clock comes in. The glowing screen shows images of stars when it's night time and they should be asleep, which disappear one by one through the night.
When you think it's a reasonable time for them to be getting up, you can set the sun to appear. Kids soon learn that the star means sleep time and the sun means wake time! There's also a fun bedtime story book to go with the clock. Suitable from 2+.
If you've got an active baby, then their bumps and bangs could be keeping you and your baby awake at night. If you rolled over and banged your head in the night it might take you a while to get back to sleep, but if you banged your head on a cushioned surface it might not be so difficult.
Obviously, this is why bumpers were designed, but the Airwrap bumper is made from a mesh fabric and allows maximum airflow to reduce overheating and can be breathed through if the baby's face comes into contact with it. It also stops limbs from getting caught in the bars.