10 of the best baby sleep time aids

Try these baby sleep time aids for a more relaxing bedtime

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Turn bedtime battles into bedtime bliss

Let’s face it, having a good night’s sleep is one of the top items on the parenting agenda.

After all, if your little one has a happy night, chances are the whole family will wake with much more of a spring in their step.

It might not seem like it, but newborns can sleep for up to 16 hours each day, while an 18-month-old toddler could be on 13-14 hours a day, of which night-time sleep makes up about 11.5 hours.

And while that might seem like a far-off fantasy, there are ways to help make night-time – and those precious hours you might get in bed – a tad easier.

We’ve got a whole series of guides on bedtime, from safe sleeping to different methods of getting your baby off to sleep, and how to cope with a disrupted sleep routine.

And why not try some of the 10 products we’ve picked out to help bring a bit more calm to the bedtime routine…

1. Sleepyhead Deluxe+, £130

Type: Sleeping pod

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Baby Sleeping Aid – Gold

The original sleeping pod is still clearly loved by mums everywhere – and takes the top spot as our best sleeping aid.

Intelligently designed in soft washable fabric, the Sleepyhead Deluxe+ cocoons baby, keeping little ones snug, super comfortable and more inclined to sleep.

It is also lightweight and portable allowing the freedom to let your baby nap anywhere – even beside you in bed. You can also add a touch of personality to the pod with a fabulous range of interchangeable covers.

MadeForMums judge Laura says: “A nice naturally designed way to get baby to sleep safety. It is pricey but then again it saves you having to buy a travel cot.”

Read our full MadeForMums review

Available from: Amazon, Mothercare and John Lewis

2. BleepBleeps Suzy Snooze, £99

Type: Nightlight, soother and baby monitor

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Baby Sleeping Aid – Silver

Can a sleekly designed orange-coloured device really help babies establish a good routine at bedtime and then sleep through the night?

Enter the BleepsBleeps Suzy Snooze. An ingenious sleep aid that not only emits a soothing glow and music, but also helps train toddlers to learn when to get up in the morning.

Meanwhile, it also acts a baby monitor  – parents can get clear audio via an app on a smartphone, as well as control other features in the same way.

And while it may not look as cute and cuddly as the Grofriends, it is a sophisticated piece of tech. MadeForMums judge Anna says: “This is a truly innovative product – to have a baby audio monitor, soothing light and sound and wake-up aid all in one is a brilliant idea.”

Available from: Amazon and Bleeps Bleeps

3. Grofriends Light and Sound Sleep Aid, from £24.99

Type: Nightlight and soother

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Baby Sleeping Aid – Joint Bronze

When MadeForMums judge Tara loves the Grofriends Light and Sound Sleep Aid, she says: “An absolutely lovely, lovely mellow glow, that you can adjust, gorgeous sounds and soft. A big thumbs up.”

Our Joint Bronze winner is not only cute and soft to touch, but has a range of innovative features from four soothing sounds including White Noise and Rainfall, and a smart CrySensor which reactivates should baby stir or wake up.

Take your pick from an owl, penguin, hedgehog and bear, which can be taken out and about, too, by simply using the hook to attach the cuddly comforter to a pushchair.

Available from: The Gro Company, Amazon and Mothercare

4. ErgoCocoon, from £23.99

Type: Swaddle bag

Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Baby Sleeping Aid – Joint Bronze

Newborn babies like to feel safe and secure, which is why the ErgoCocoon’s brilliant sleeping bags not only offer swaddling without the need for complicated wrapping, but easy transition into a sleeping bag when your baby gets bigger.

Simply pop the poppers and arms are free! Made in a stretchy, soft organic cotton, and in a range of beautiful designs, the ErgoCocoon also has a two-way zip which makes for easy nappy changing.

MadeForMums judge Stacey says: “I liked the ErgoCocoon, the main reason is the material felt breathable and wouldn’t be too hot or stuffy at night. The swaddling design made my daughter feel secure and when she was using it in the moses basket or crib, it didn’t feel like too much material, like blankets and other bag types can feel. Also very positive was the two way zip.”

Available from: ErgoPouch, Amazon and Scandibørn

5. Merifor Serenity Cotbed Mattress, from £99.95

Type: Mattress 

The Merifor Serenity is all about giving you peace of mind. Protecting your little ones while they’re in the land of slumber, it’s scientifically advanced anti-allergy core means that it has an eliminating shield to prevent harmful bacteria from growing, not only reducing irritants, but producing the optimal sleep environment for your baby.

It’s supportive pocket spring mattress also adapts as your baby grows and offers a truly luxurious night’s sleep.

“It is designed to adapt to child’s change in weight and shape as they grow so I’m expecting we will be using it for a long time. I am extremely happy with this product, which I would definitely recommend or buy if needed for another baby,” says MadeForMums judge Luisa.

Available from: PreciousLittleOne

6. myHummy Teddy Bears with Bluetooth, £49.99

Type: Soother

Research has shown that white noise and pink noise (which has a lower frequency) improves babies’ sleep – and the cute myHummy washable Teddy Bears emit 5 types of sounds – including falling rain and ocean waves – which can last up to an hour helping little ones drift off into a peaceful sleep.

The myHummy’s unique sensor also means that should baby stir, the background noise will automatically increase.

Even though myHummy doesn’t act as a nightlight like the Grofriends Light and Sleep Aid, myHummy’s secret weapon is it can stay on for a full 12 hours for those newborns who really struggle to fall asleep.

MadeForMums Judge Alice says: “I definitely noticed an improvement in my 14 month old’s sleep after we started using it.”

Available from: Amazon and myHummy

7. Mummy Loves Organics Shhleepies Feet, Splash and Bed & Buggy, £65

Type: Sleep aid and soother

Wallow in the heady scents of Manderin, Frankincense, English Lavender and Roman Chamomile with this lovely calming range from Mummy Loves Organics.

Shhleepies foot oil, cot and buggy mist, and baby bath milk contain absolutely no nasties and the combination of scents not only help babies feel calm and secure, but establish a healthy sleep pattern.

MadeForMums judge Laura loves the scent. She says: “The Oil we now use as part of a nightly baby massage routine, it smells lovely. We have also used the spray to take away wish us and it has helped settle him in unfamiliar surroundings.”

Available from: Mummy Loves Organics and Amazon

8. aden + anais Muslin Swaddle, from £10.99 

Type: Swaddle

aden + anais’s super-soft extra large swaddles come in a multitude of delightful designs – from pretty floral prints to bright colourful animals, these multi-purpose muslins should be a staple in all changing bags.

From swaddling newborns in 100% breathable cotton and keeping them snug at bedtime, to a sunshade on the pram, burp cloth, nursing cover, and blanket, MadeForMum judge Kayleigh just couldn’t do without hers.

She says: “I love the feel, quality and look of this product. My little one liked being swaddled in the first few days of her life, and now she no longer seems to enjoy it as much I use these as muslins, which they are perfect for. I have also found useful to use when out in public and breastfeeding. I cannot recommend these enough.”

Available from: Amazon, aden + anais and John Lewis

9. Rockit, £38.00 

Type: Sleep aid and soother

Imagine a handy device that actually rocked a pram for you? If your little one likes to nap in a pushchair, then this is the gadget for you. No more achy arms or strolls up and down the street, the Rockit rocker attaches to any pushchair or stroller and gently vibrates to mimic hand rocking, even when you’ve stopped.

Lasting 30 minutes, the speeds can be adjusted to maintain baby’s sleep.

Our MadeForMum home tester says: “Although I think the Rockit Rocker is expensive, it has been invaluable when out and about and I need a little more time to finish my chores.”

Read our full MadeForMums Review

Available from: Amazon, Jo Jo Maman Bébé and John Lewis

 

10. Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind, £19.20 

Type: Sleep aid

Trying to fall asleep when it’s not pitch black, especially during the summer months, is difficult even for adults. The Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind is the perfect solution and because it’s portable and compact, it also makes for a great travelling companion. Simply use the suckers and away you go…

Available from: John Lewis, Amazon and Boots

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