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Throughout your pregnancy, people love to scare you into thinking you will never sleep again once your baby is born. Since so many haters would comment about my future lack of sleep, I became obsessed with learning about and registering for all the different types of place my baby could sleep to solve this problem when baby arrived.
As the registry gifts started pouring in, I realized my house had become full of sleeping vignettes, complete with every type of baby sleep furniture on the market. Seriously, if this little sucker didn’t like something, we were ready with the next venue.
Now that he has graduated to his own crib, we’ve started to pack away all the places my newborn slept.
There are many different pieces of furniture that exist out there and numerous brands to choose from. Although it’s pretty overwhelming, you are a modern mom, and you want to be as over prepared as possible for your future situation.
So which ones should you actually use in order to get both you and baby those much needed ZZZs?
Whether you’re registering for your arrival or have a newborn that just won’t sleep, I want to make your life easier by sharing items I selected for my registry based on thorough research and reviews.
1. My Favorite Swing Sleeper:Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Swing
This Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Swing worked wonders with getting our newborn to sleep in the early days! It gently sways in different directions and is equipped with a moving mobile and stationary mirror.
Our baby loved watching himself in the mirror, which kept him occupied for at least 30 minutes while I desperately chugged my morning coffee.
I know this baby swing is a popular item with others as well, because just minutes after posting a picture of it to Facebook, I received tons of comments from Facebook friends about how much their babies loved to sleep in here!
2. My Favorite Rock and Play: Graco DreamGlider Gliding Seat & Sleeper
After weeks of a baby who wouldn’t sleep in his flatter, more spacious cosleeper crib, someone mentioned trying a rock and play.
In my tired haze, I realized we had one stashed away from one of our baby showers, still in the box. See, non-minimalist baby shopping can come in handy sometimes!
Around 9 PM, my husband ravenously started piecing together this bed. He even ran to the store for special batteries. Could you tell we were desperate for sleep? The best part is, it freaking worked, and we ended up using this rock and play as his main sleeping space until he was 3 months old.
The Graco DreamGlider Gliding Seat & Sleeper rocks and vibrates on its own via various buttons and settings. It also features soft bedding that creates such a snuggly, small space for baby to drift off to dreamland.
Beware- the music can get pretty high pitched, but I rarely trust the music on a baby product will be any good.
3. My Favorite Cosleeper:Arm’s Reach Concepts Mini Ezee 2-in-1 Bedside Bassinet
I loved this little Arm’s Reach Concepts Mini Ezee 2-in-1 Bedside Bassinet.It’s designed for easy placement next to your bed, so you can feel close to your baby and make night feedings much simpler.
I admit, we did start out with this cosleeper, but our picky little prince did not like lying flat, so we eventually moved to the rock and play described above.
Luckily, it came in handy during our baby’s transition from a rock and play to crib and during travel.
4. My Favorite Portable Sleeper:Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
This product is a pretty straightforward version of a rock ‘n play, as there are no buttons that allow it to rock without you having to push it yourself. Pretty inconvenient, if you’re trying to sleep. But, this piece of equipment has come in handy in the later months for us, as I now use it as a safe place to put him while I shower, eat, cook, or pump.
It’s also easy to fold so you can move it to different rooms throughout the house or pack it for travel.
Although my baby rarely slept in this rock and play, I would highly recommend it for a stationary place to put your child.
5.My Favorite, Fully Equipt Pack and Play: Lullaby Dream All-in-One Play Yard
Although expensive, you get what you pay for. This pack and play is well made and fashions a clean design.
We mainly used this as a “station” for our downstairs area, since it comes with an infant napper and changing area. Our baby loved the napper, which is also easy to carry around to different locations.
My favorite features are the compartments on the side for diaper changing storage.
You will definitely want a pack and play for traveling, so keep this in mind when registering for baby sleep furniture!
Your Baby Can Sleep in Endless Options
The theme of your new life will be sleep and how to get more of it. Luckily, there are several products on the market dedicated to helping your baby get some shut eye. Whether you are just registering for baby or dealing with a baby who doesn’t enjoy sleep, any of these pieces of furniture can make a great addition to your first-time mom life!
Keep in mind, some of these sleeping arrangements may not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, so make sure to consult with your child’s pediatrician and/or other doctors before trying them out!