Truly Julie’s son Driggs with his favorite Goods That Matter blanket!
Often times, the hardship surrounding mommyhood is focused on pregnancy and labor. But for me and many new mommies I’ve spoken to, neither can compare to the difficulty of what follows once the baby is here. Those first few months are brutal, especially on the lack-of-sleep front. With that in mind, here are my top five picks to make bedtime a bit easier.
1) Goods that Matter blanket. It’s natural cotton and customized with your baby’s name! And if swaddled, it completes a picture of a heart. And fittingly so, this social conscious brand donates 10% to rebuild communities that have been hit by hard times i.e., Hurricane Sandy.
2) Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. Nevermind that your baby looks like a mini-sumo wrestler, this padded onesie works (at least it did for Driggs). Babies have natural body reflexes that make them twitch, wiggle, and whack themselves in their sleep. The Magic sleepsuit keeps this from happening, so they sleep longer and deeper. And don’t worry, it’s not as Hannibal-Lecter as it sounds or looks. They can still move around, but just enough to not wake themselves up. And yes, Driggs’ sleepsuit is pink. Clearly a hand-me-down. Ain’t no shame in the game when it means more sleep for mama:) (Caveat: The suit maybe a bit too warm for summer)
3) Primo Eurobath. It’s true what they say, babies behave better with some sort of routine. I give Driggs a bath an hour before his bedtime everynight. It kind of cues him to relax and get ready for bed. I really love the Primo Eurobath for a tub. The inner molding is good for his infant days and really keeps him stable while I soap him up. The outer molding is good for as long as he fits it, which I presume will be about a year. All this for $25. Yes, please.
4) Mustache pacifiers. I’ve spent hours trying to put Driggs down for a nap. Usually what works is taking him for a walk in the stroller with a pacifier in his mouth. And since my hipster days are officially over with mommyhood (ha!) I try to keep it hip with Driggs. He is named after a Brooklyn street after all! The humorous pacifier keeps me entertained when I stare into his little face, even when he’s on a sleeping strike. Plus, it makes anyone that walks past us smile. And just as I write this, Driggs has decided to not take pacifiers anymore. Argh! It was fun while it lasted…onto the next tactic.
5) LittleMooseByLiza bedding and accessories. What in the world did we do before Etsy?! Half of my furniture and almost every item for my wedding were found on Etsy. And so it goes with Driggs’ nursery. I found the cutest, trendy cribsheets on Etsy, specifically on LittleMooseByLiza’s page. Thank God for this crafty midwestern brand because all I was finding for our oval Stokke crib were super expensive sheets from Australia. Little Moose also handmakes adorable burp cloths/bibs/fitted sheets for diaper changing pads, and she’s got a ton of fun fabric selections (all organic!). And for what it’s worth, LittleMooseByLiza offers one of the friendliest customer service I’ve ever received on Etsy. Trust me, as a new parent, you spend LOTS OF TIME trying to put your baby to sleep. You might as well like their bedding:) And judging from Driggs’ face below and the fact he slept 10 hours straight last night (insert: mommy doing backflips), he likes his bedding, too. (This crib sheet print is #2 from the Spoonflower series on LittleMooseByLiza)