You might be up every hour with a baby that won’t settle, have a daytime sleeper on your hands, an early-riser or a total non-sleeper. But, just like us, babies can sometimes drift off easier with a little help from a snooze-inducing aid or two.
The best baby sleep aids might not be able to guarantee you get your uninterrupted eight hours, but they can help to ensure your baby, and therefore you, get more sleep, and a better quality one, too.
Sleep aids can come in the form of cosy night lights, soothing sounds that echo the effect of the heartbeat in the womb, snooze-boosting natural-remedy pillow sprays, or super comfy pods for baby to feel safe and secure in.
We’ve rounded up the the best settle-to-sleep products below that will help you both get through the night more comfortably. Get set, sleep…
Best baby sleep aids
Help settle your baby with a natural sleep solution that’s popped onto the pillow for a calming effect. Infused with relaxing lavender, vetiver and camomile, it’s a soothing more sleep in a bottle.
Free from any nasties like parabens, phthalates, sulphates and sythetic fragrances, for a happy baby and a happier you.
Price: £15.60, Amazon – buy here
This stylish and cute baby sleep aid helps to comfort you baby and help them to drift off more easily.
How? Well, there’s four soothing sounds, including pink noise (the deeper alternative to white noise), a heartbeat (to mimic that of pregnant mum’s womb), a lullaby and a waterfall.
There’s also two light options, calming pink glow and a soft white night light. The soft fabric is nice to touch, and there’s a built-in timer that lets the sounds play and lights stay on for 20 minutes. Attach to the cot with a velcro strap, or take it out on the pram or car seat. Genius.
Price: £24.95, John Lewis – buy here now
Cute little Ewan has amassed quite the celebrity following (Lily Allen and Amanda Holden were apparently fans) and there’s no mystery as to why.
Firstly, the soothing night light is adorable to look at, but most importantly it’s expertly designed to settle babies and children who find it hard to drift off.
It mimics the comforting sounds and environment of the womb, with a soft pink glow, and soothing sounds that include an actual recording of a heartbeat and womb to newborns into a peaceful slumber.
There’s also a harp melody, white noise and rainfall that all come with a 20-minute auto-timer. The cutest bit? A velcro ‘tail’ that you can strap to the cot.
Price: £40, JoJo Maman Bebe – buy here now
Ensure your baby is at optimum sleep temperature with this award-winning thermometer and night light in one.
If your baby’s room is too hot or too cold, it could affect their sleep pattern. The Groegg makes sure it’s just right, and also gives off a soothing, gentle light that has four levels of brightness so it can be used for comfortable night changes or has a sleep-booster.
Price: £13, Amazon – buy here now
This nifty little ‘bedbug’ boasts LED technology for the ultimate sleep-optimised technology. It helps to aid sleep by minimising the disruption of your baby’s natural night time rhythms.
The low-blue light (white light with very low levels of blue) helps avoid stimulation during the bedtime routine, while the two sunset options are perfect to induce a snooze. Th gradual sunset feature will gently dim the light over 15 minutes. It provides a gentle transition to night and promotes your child’s natural sleep response.
Set the Bedbug to turn off fully at the end of the sunset, or leave the light on one of the two nightlight levels. There’s also an optional night light that offers enough light for feeding and changing.
Price: £40.87, Amazon – buy here now
This much-lauded product like the holy grail of baby sleep aids. The multifunctional and multitasking marvel and provides a comfy spot where your baby can sleep, rest, co-sleep, play and have tummy time.
Perfect for babies aged 0 to 8 months, it recreates the snuggle of the womb, helps reduce the risk of flat head syndrome, and even offers a cosy place for nappy changing.
Price: £110.50, Natural Baby Shower – buy here now
With parents changing their baby’s nappy on average three times a night, the SnuzPouch sleeping bag helps them to do that with the least disturbance possible.
The handy nappy change zip makes the process quicker and easier, keeping your baby snug and cosy while you do it. What’s more, the sleeping bag’s made of top-quality cotton for super-snuggly sleep.
Price: £28.99, Wayfair – buy here now
Encourage a soothing sleep with this rather clever ocean musical projector. It has two pre-set expert sleep cycles to suit a calm child or to settle a restless child. They both have individual rhythms and light effects to boost the best sleep possible.
The musical ambiance goes through three phases of descending intensity design to help baby gradually relax and drift off. And, what’s really nifty, is that it contains a baby cry sensor that automatically turns the ambiance projector back on if the newborn cries in the night.
Price: £36, Mamas and Papas – buy here now