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Sleepy Time Tips & Must-Haves for Baby

We've picked our favorite products to help baby sleep.

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Getting babies to sleep each night can be a real struggle. While there's no magic trick for getting the job done—trust us, we wish there were too—there are healthy habits you can establish with your little one to make sleepy time a little more peaceful. Studies show that a consistent nighttime routine leads to better-rested kiddos, and factors into childhood development, day-to-day behavior, and temperament.

We've rounded up some of our favorite products to help babies sleep better:

Rub-a-dub-dub—There are few things more soothing for a baby than a warm, relaxing bath. We love Ultra Calming Bubble Bath from The Honest Company because it's completely organic and super gentle on baby's sensitive skin. Moms can rest easy as their babies unwind in its hypoallergenic, vegan, tear-free, pH balanced suds, free of sulfates and parabens. A peaceful hum—Humidifiers are known to remedy the issue of dry, stagnant air which can serve as a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. Doctors suggest keeping a humidity level of around 50 percent in the nursery to prevent your baby from developing a stuffy nose, which might cause waking at night. But they also have a second benefit. The rhythmic, vibrating humming noise of a humidifier can serve as a white noise machine for your baby’s nursery. Dr. Harvey Karp, pediatrician and author of 'The Happiest Baby on the Block,' maintains that babies sleep best in a non-silent room. According to Dr. Karp, the noises babies hear in utero are twice as loud as a vacuum cleaner. As a result, strong and consistent noise can be familiar and induce sounds sleep. We love Crane's Sydney the Sheep cool mist humidifier A delightful dock—Babies love compact, cozy spaces which mimic the mother’s womb. DockATot creates a soft and tender surrounding for little ones to lie in, leaving them snug and comforted. We love its sleek Swedish design and that fact that you can take anywhere. Swaddled sweetly—Swaddling is an age-old practice revereed by mothers all around the world. There's no better way to calm your infant while promoting peaceful sleep. Recommended by moms and medical experts alike, Ergobaby's Classic Swaddler helps prevent your baby from startling awake, while the ergonomic design allows for natural movement of baby's hips and legs.

A luminous companion—Think of Skip Hop's Melodies Nightlight Soother as the ultimate night light, perfect for lulling baby to sleep. Adorably designed in the mold of a wise, feathered friend, it emits a warm glow and calms baby with eight different melodies and tranquil nature sounds.

A cuddly tale—Story time is always a great way to get your little one to wind down. Guess How Much I Love You is a tender picture book about the boundless bond between parent and child, illustrated by the devotion felt for Little Nutbrown Hare by his father. 'I love you all the way to the moon and back,' he says. Snuggle your babe and tell them the same. Read here for more tips on establishing a bedtime routine with your baby.
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