What’s your favorite place for a newborn to sleep?
I’ve tried several different options, and so far the The Arms Reach Mini Arc Co-Sleeper Bassinet is my favorite for the newborn stage (I use it until about 5 months, and then transition baby to crib in another room). Comment below if you like something else better.
This model can be used as a free-standing bassinet, or a co-sleeper. I lower the side use it as a co-sleeper, but I actually don’t attach it to my bed. It’s nice and small, and easy to bring from room to room if need-be. It’s a flat surface, so transition to a crib later on is super simple.
I love that this model collapses and folds up small for storage in between babies. Some of the other models by the same brand need to be disassembled before storing. Who has time for that?? 🙂 Check it out on Amazon HERE.
Do you use white noise machines in your house? I received our first Marpac White Noise Machine as a gift, and have since purchased one for each bedroom.
It doesn’t block out ALL noise, but I find it’s a nice buffer while the kids are sleeping – especially in a ranch house where the bedrooms are so close to all the household noise. We stuck one in the guest room so that visitors can sleep comfortably and soundly through footsteps, other people talking, or children up early. I even put one in my own bedroom!
I initially worried – would this be “addicting”? Would my children have trouble sleeping without it? I have not found that to be the case. We often stick one in the suitcase when we’re traveling if there is room, but have certainly successfully traveled without it as well.
Check it out here: Marpac/Dohm White Noise Machine
Kim West, The Sleep Lady, writes what might be the best sleep book out there. There is no perfect sleep book, and no magical solution — however, this book gives an organized, helpful breakdown of what to do when.
It has a more middle-of-the road approach… great for those parents who feel that cry-it-out is too extreme in one direction and who feel that sleep training with no tears is too extreme (or unrealistic) in the other direction. She teaches how to effectively calm and soothe your baby without un-doing any progress in sleep training.
Kim West empowers the parent to be the baby’s coach, gently encouraging healthy sleep habits from early on. She divides the book by age, and reminds us what the goals should be at each stage. Check it out on Amazon…. or Kindle… here!