13 best sleep aids for babies

Get little ones off to the land of nod with a bit of help. IndyBest finds comforters for tired infants (and new parents)

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Any new parents will agree that anything that helps a baby sleep is worth the cost. There are several ingenious inventions to help settle and soothe babies and make the lives’ of parents easier. Here we present the best products.

{1} Ewan the Dream Sheep: £29.99, amazon.co.uk

 

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Multi-award winning Ewan has been proven to settle restless babies by playing sounds that mimic the noises babies hear inside the womb from the mother’s heartbeat to white noise. And he’s cute, attaches to the cot bars or sits beside your baby’s crib.

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{2} SnüzPod Bedside Crib: £169.99, toysrus.com

 

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Of all the bedside cribs on the market which enable safe co-sleeping for you to comfort, settle and feed your baby from your bed, thanks to the zip down wall, the Snüzpod’s invaluable feature is its removable rocking bassinet so your baby can sleep anywhere around the home. Or use it as a standalone crib. Comes in white, natural, grey and black.

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{3} Gro-swaddle blanket: £9.99, kiddicare.com

 

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A perfect compromise between a swaddle and blanket, this well-shaped cotton jersey wrap from the makers of the famous baby-sleeping Gro-bags keeps newborns secure and comforted without the need to be tightly swaddled.

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{4} Trousselier Musical Bunny: £33, piccoliandco.com

 

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From the traditional French toy specialist, the soft plush rabbit is adorable, plays crystal-clear twinkly Mozart’s “Lullaby” to soothe your baby to sleep, and makes the perfect gift.

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{5} SnuggleBundl: £39.99, boots.com

 

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This award-winning hooded baby blanket has soft, strong handles that allow you to lift your baby in and out of car seats, prams and pushchairs and lay them down so gently that they’ll stay asleep. It helps with post C-section lifting, too.

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{6} Tiny Love Soothe and Groove Mobile: £49.99, mothercare.com

 

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Suitable from birth, there are 18 tunes and sounds in six different musical styles to lull your baby to sleep with 40 minutes of continuous music from high-quality speakers, while the overhead light provides reassurance.

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{7} Serenity Star: £64.99, uk.adenandanais.com

 

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The five-in-one gadget helps babies fall asleep with its room temperature indicator, sound machine, gently glowing night light, clock and the feeding diary which is invaluable for tired new mums. And it looks super in the nursery.

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{8} SnoozeShade : £19.99, argos.co.uk

 

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Parents needn’t be tied to their babies’ restrictive sleep routine – this breathable blackout blind enables baby to sleep on the move in their pushchair or pram while protecting them from the sun. There’s also a version for car seats.

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{9} Cologne and Cotton Cashmere blanket: £85.50, cologneandcotton.com

 

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Temperature and comfort are both factors in keeping new arrivals awake. So keep your little one cosy under this luxurious blanket, hand-knitted from the softest of all fabrics: pure Scottish cashmere. Perfect for cold winter nights, this one is a luxury but you’ll be able to pass it down to any brothers or sisters.

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{10} Sleepyhead Deluxe: £99, johnlewis.com

 

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A top recommendation from mums, the Sleepyhead is a light, portable baby bed you can take anywhere. It’s perfect as a bed, for daytime naps around the home, as a play pod and for tummy time. Coloured covers sold separately.

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11. Musy Mate Lovey: £19.95, uk.adenandanais.com

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Babies love comforters to help them settle and this cute puppy one, handmade from aden + anais's famously soft cotton muslin, is the very best and looks adorable, too.
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12. Trousselier White Sheep Musical Mobile: £59, piccoliandco.com

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This classic French style mobile is beautiful, with soft ivory sheep and the gentle Mozart’s Lullaby melody to soothe your baby to sleep. Fastens easily to any cot with bars.
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13. Pampered Baby's Sleep Kit: £46.54, amazon.co.uk

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From UK brand Shea Mooti, this gift set contains natural organic essentials to hel p babies sleep, including soothing bath soak, gentle massage oil and slumber-inducing room drops.
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Verdict: We love cuddly Ewan the Dream Sheep which has been proven to soothe newborns to sleep by playing real sounds from the womb, from the mother's heartbeat to white noise. Soft night lights are ideal for comforting babies and the Serenity Star is both lovely-looking and an excellent value multi-purpose gadget that glows white when the room is at the perfect temperature for your little one, blue when too cold and red when too warm. And the feeding diary is invaluable to breast-feeding mums. We think Trousselier's musical bunny is the sweetest addition to a nursery, and you can't beat a cashmere blanket for baby's comfort. The SnuggleBundl and the SnoozeShade are both clever inventions to keep baby undisturbed from their sleeping. But it's the lightweight and comfortable Sleepyhead, a versatile bed to take wherever you go, that wins mums' votes every time.

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