It’s impossible to predict whether a family will be blessed with a miracle sleeper or not, and what worked with one baby may not work with another. Some babies will only fall asleep to that lullaby once heard in a remote Cambodian village (that you can no longer remember) or, if you’re a frequent-flying expat, the rocking of a business class basinet. In any case, tips, gadgets and products promising to get your baby to sleep are as varied as are the children of the world. Unfortunately we don’t have a magical solution for you (sorry!), but we can share some of our favourite baby sleep buys available here in Singapore… add these to the baby shower gift wish list!
Here’s part 1 one of our series on baby essentials: Sleeping
Moses basket and bassinets
The transition from the womb to cot can be a little daunting for our newborn babies, but moses baskets and basinets are nice, small, cosy mini-cots for babies to snuggle into. Chose one with wheels if you want your baby to follow you from room to room, or if you’re healing from a C-section. Places like Motherswork Singapore and Mothercare have a good selection to chose from. Another option is to rent a hospital trolley either directly from your hospital or from the RentInfantStuff page on Facebook.
Try: Motherswork Singapore, Mothercare and RentInfantStuff
Nests and pods
A space-saving alternative to the basket and bassinet is the Red Castle Cocoonababy baby nest pod (easily available in stores or use Google translate to buy it via the French Amazon site for a really good price) and the Sleepyhead (available online via John Lewis UK). These pods can be used for daytime napping and night time snoozing and can be popped on the sofa, or into the larger cot, or as a safer way to co-sleep (please do read all the advice you can on co-sleeping before choosing this as an option).
Try: Motherswork Singapore, Mothercare or the links provided above
Cots and beds
An all-round stylish and functional bassinet/cot/bed is the The Stokke (round to oval) Sleepi Bed. On wheels, it transitions from newborn bassinet to a full-size children’s bed. On the less pricey side there’s a whole range of IKEA budget options, some with matching bedroom sets to chose from! For the baby who truly has it all, Ford has recently made a cot that mimics a car ride, complete with the muffled sound of an engine, for those who snooze best on the road.
Try: Stokke Sleepi Bed; IKEA cot options
Other sleeping options
The Chicco Next 2 Me co-sleeper cot is compact and adjustable in height. One side of the cot folds down so that you can pull it right up to the bed next to you. This is really practical for night feeds, and especially for co-sleeping in a safe way. Visit the large Chicco showroom at Tanglin Mall to see the latest models. Some babies who need lots of settling really take to the 4moms MamaRoo Infant Seat, which is great for daytime snoozes and will bounce and sway your baby to sleep.
Try: Chicco Tanglin Mall, 4moms MamaRoo at Pupsik
These nifty gadgets transmit sound (or video) from one room to another, so you can keep tabs on your tot from anywhere in the house. You can also download an app and use a smart phone option. Make sure that you don’t have any interference in your home from nursery to lounge room and check the distance the signal can comfortably reach.
Try: Angelcare baby monitors; download Baby Monitor app from Google Play or Cloud Baby Monitor (you can easily set up a long-range video monitor just using two smart phones and wifi) from iTunes. Also, check out the Mimo Baby, which includes a monitoring device that attaches to a specially designed onesie.
A swaddle blanket
Singapore’s hot, humid weather means that muslin wraps are a great option. Once you learn the art of the swaddle, they’re easy to use and also make great shade cloths over a pram. Additionally, they provide warmth to a sleeping baby in air-conditioned malls. Another option is the zip-up swaddle suit from Love To Dream.
Try: Aden + Anais, Love To Dream,
Swaddling is designed to keep babies from waking themselves with their startle reflex. Once you’ve moved on from swaddling and half-swaddling and your baby is starting to want to roll over, it’s best to move onto a sleeping bag. Make sure it is tried and tested as safe and won’t give them the opportunity to smother themselves.
Try: Gro-Bag, Love To Dream
Don’t underestimate the power of a lovely or cuddle blanket. They may not show any interest in one initially, but continue to keep a soft item nearby and they will grow to love it. This can help bring comfort to your child during any periods of separation anxiety. The Cheeky Chompers ComfortChew incorporates a teether too, which is ideal for any little slobber monster.
Try: Jelly Cat, Cheeky Chompers
Trying to get baby to snooze in the daytime might become a daily struggle. Blackout curtains help block out most light and will insure quality sleep. Portable versions are available for travel.
Try: Gro Anywhere blackout blind; IKEA block out roller blind
These are great to use when checking in on the baby, or during night-time feeds. They can be used right through to toddlerhood and some have multi-functions such as the Gro-Clock which teachers toddlers the difference between sleep time and awake time. On your next visit to IKEA (there will be many) check out their cute rechargeable SPÖKA night lights. And for soft light adorableness, the Mini Moon Light from Deer Industries (and it’s friend the star) gives off a soft yellow light, and has a built-in timer option.
Try: Gro-Clock sleep trainer, Deer Industries and IKEA SPÖKA.
White noise and soft tunes
White noise is useful for blocking out other background noises which might wake your baby. A few we like are the Cloud B Sleep Sheep, which also plays soft tunes or a heartbeat – aw! And the Baby Shusher strangely but effectively says “shush” on repeat. Who are we to judge?
Try: Pupsik Studio or Amazon for the Baby Shusher, which ships to Singapore
Mobiles can be soothing and hypnotising. The best ones move naturally in the breeze and are hung at a good distance above your baby’s lower body. Beware of the ones with too many lights and actions as they can cause over-stimulation. It’s important that your baby cannot reach or pull a mobile into their cot and risk choking or strangulation. Etsy has many beautiful mobiles to choose from, or there’s also the Flensted range at Playhao, which is simply lovely.
Try: Playhao, Etsy or make a DIY mobile with your older kids.
It’s a personal choice as to whether you offer your baby a pacifier or not. They can be a godsend for unsettled babies but baby-wranglers advise that you wean them off when the suckling reflex subsides, which is around three to five months to avoid dependancy. But we’re all for whatever works for our families!
Try: Phillips Avent soothie pacifiers; NUK soothers, MAM pacifiers (and teethers)
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