As a parent to two children I am so grateful that they can now sleep through the night without waking. I still painfully recall those very early months wishing and begging for them to just go to sleep. Back in those days all I ever seemed to want was for my tired crying baby to just fall asleep so I could get some rest too. Some nights it felt like sleep would never happen for them or for me and that I was slowly losing my mind with sleep deprivation.
With those struggles still clearly in mind, I have looked the world over for what I believe to be the best sleep aids on the market today. These are the I have picked ones that I consider the best sleep aids and sleep trainers for preemies, babies and toddlers alike due to their design, their technology and of course their cute factor for who wants to ruin the look of their gorgeous nursery with a fugly sleep aid?
Knowing that every child is different and so too are their sleep needs I hope you can find something here that can provide some much needed sleep for you, your little one and the rest of the family.
1. Snooze Me All night Long
The Aroma Snooze Sleep Aid Vaporiser ($115 includes Snooze Essential Oil 15ml) has so many sleep inducing features that makes it a game changer in the sleep aid world.
The first amazing feature is the red nightlight. It is a scientifically proven fact that red & orange LED light is known to increase the production of melatonin, the hormone in our body which regulates sleep. This is the same principal used by NASA in space!
The Aroma-Snooze has a additional unique feature of the Red / Orange 8 second sleep cycle light, that can potentially further enhance relaxation and sleep. Watching this cycle is very calming and soothing, and easy on the eye. You can also ‘set’ the light at any stage of this cycle, (and remain on the one shade of red). It also plays 5 different sleep inducing sounds like heartbeat or lullaby or pink noise. Plus you can record your very own message, sound or tune to play back to your child on a continuous loop to ease anxiety and support sleep. Imagine recording your own voice making a shooshing noise and being able to play it over and over again.
It is also a HUMIDIFIER & IONISER to which works to improve air quality! It’s cool mist pumping operation makes it safe and mould free.
2. Lull To Sleep
For many the Lulla Doll ($98) needs no introduction as thousands upon thousands of
Australian mums swear by this effective sleep aid.
It is the result of many years of scientific research that has lead to the creation of this revolutionary sleep companion.
It cleverly imitates the closeness to a caregiver at rest and plays the soothing sounds of real-life breathing and heartbeat.
The best part of the Lulla Doll is that it runs continuously for 8 hours meaning baby can sleep longer with less chance of completely waking mid sleep.
The outer layer of the Lulla doll is made from new, soft material that can absorb scent from caregivers if they first keep it close to their skin before giving it to their child for added feeling of comfort and security.
3. Night Owl
Ollie the Owl ($69.95) is a soft toy sleep aid that wakes when bub does to calm and soothe them back to sleep.
This cute owl plays 4 comforting sleep sounds (Heartbeat, Rainfall, Static White Noise or Brahms Lullaby) with a gentle press of his wings or feet.
Hidden behind his belly is with his gentle warm glowing nightlight that creates a lovely calming environment for your baby to drift off to sleep.
Each soothing sound plays for 20 minutes then shuts off to let bub sleep in peace.
It’s built Cry Sensor cleverly reacts when bub cries out and automatically turns on the last played sound.
He is also super soft and makes a great cuddle toy outside of sleep time too.
4. Sleepy Time Sloth
How can you go past a sleepy sloth for snooze time?
Skip Hop’s Cry Activated Soother Sloth ($89.95) soothes baby with sweet songs, nature sounds and your recorded voice—even in the middle of the night while you sleep!
This soft bedtime friend features an innovative cry-activated smart sensor that automatically responds to cries so baby and parents get a good night’s sleep. The clever sound box has a built in voice recorder lets parents soothe baby with their voice or bub’s favourite comfort sound.
Easy to attach to the cot, it’s also a cinch to set and customise—a voice recording option lets mum and dad comfort baby no matter where they are.
As baby grows, it becomes a huggable friend for toddlers.
To clean simply remove the sound box first and throw Slothy in the machine.
Available in Unicorn too!
5. Sonic Sleep
Henry the Hedgehog ($69.95) is the companion to Ollie Owl.
He has all the sleep inducing features of Ollie. Playing the 4 comforting sounds of heartbeat, rainfall, static white noise or Brahms Lullaby he can gently lull your little one to sleep.
Each sound runs for 20 minutes allowing enough time for bub to drop off to sleep and then sleep in peace.
You will love the little buttons in his paws that toddlers can press to start up his sounds enabling them to self soothe.
Henry’s gentle warm glowing tummy that activates when gently pressed creates a lovely soothing environment for your baby to drift off to sleep in.
Choose from three different levels of light to ensure the perfect ambience for bub. The light automatically switches off after 30 minutes.
The built in CrySensor cleverly listens in and should your little one stir or cry out he will will start playing his most recent sound. This can prevent bub from fully waking themselves, and the rest of house. Choose from three different levels of sound to suit bub.
6. Sleep in a Heartbeat
They look like a gorgeous soft toy that complements the modern nursery but hidden inside is a removable sound box that plays a range of sleep inducing sounds & melodies.
The best bit is they are sound activated which means you don’t need to go and turn it on again should they wake and start to cry.
You can even activate the sounds by shaking it which is a dream come true in the middle of the night when the last thing you want to be doing is searching for a tiny little on switch. This shake to wake feature is also perfect for when they are a little older and grab their toy for comfort.
I love the modern Scandi look of these plush animals and they look so cute in a nursery.
7. Monkey Business
This fun range of ZAZU sleep companions ($49.95) is just the thing to keep your little one company during dark nights.
Max the Monkey, Bo the Bunny and Katie the Kitty are soft plush toys that function as night lights that play soothing music to help kids get to sleep, walk around the house at night or provide comfort during nap-time.
Each one has a sound box hidden behind their belly that plays 3 different gentle sleep sounds designed to gently soothe bub off to sleep. This cever sound box features 2 volume settings & 3 different melodies; Lullabies, Lounge & Nature sounds so you will be able to find just the right sound to gently lull bub to sleep.
Another great feature is the soft glowing night light in their belly that can be easily turned on by pressing their tummy.
They are the right size for toddlers too and can be awesome glowing companions for night time wanders to the bathroom.
To clean simply remove the sound box and throw in the wash. Easy.
8. Sleep Walking
The Skip Hop Stroll & Go Portable Baby Soother ($26.95) is the perfect sleep soother for when you are on the go or away from home.
It features two peaceful nature sounds and two lullabies designed to calm and lull baby to sleep.
It also has a volume control and an auto off timer allowing bub to fall asleep and continue on sleeping in peace.
The auto timer three auto-off timer settings of 15, 30 and 60 minutes making it easier for carers to select time for bub to fall into a deep sleep whilst saving the batteries.
Use the silicone strap to attach it to the stroller, car seat or travel cot and create a soothing sleep environment for baby, wherever you are.
The portability of this sleep aid takes the stress out of travelling with bub.
Create the same environment as home whether you are at a friends house, the grandparents house or away on holidays.
9. Like Clockwork
One of the greatest challenges with toddlers is the super duper early wake ups! They don’t have much of a concept of time and a sleep trainer can help with this.
The Skip Hop Moonlight And Melodies Sleep Trainer Nightlight ($64.95) is a 4-in-1 design that works as a sleep trainer, soother, nightlight and alarm that’s a cinch to set and customise for your needs.
When it is in sleep trainer mode it will glow red when it is time for bed, yellow when it is almost time to get up and green when it is okay to get up.
When it is in soother mode it plays two calming sounds and a lullaby.
In nightlight mode it will provide comfort with a warm glow and 3 brightness levels
When in alarm mode it wioll gently wake-up your little one with a sweet song and lights.
Shaped like a cloud it is super cute too!
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