Not only do parents need a good night’s sleep, babies do too. Infants actually need more sleep than adults, even though the adults are the ones that seem to suffer more. To make sure you are both able to get some rest at night, here is a guide to bedtime toys that will help your baby sleep.
Fortunately these noise makers are not the same ones you use at birthday parties, these toys create white noise. White noise almost sounds like gentle gusts of wind that supposedly help to drown out distracting sounds and help lull your baby to sleep. Some come as plush toys that can be put directly into the crib with baby and others look more like clock radios and can be placed on a changing table or night stand. Most white noise toys also come with other sound options like music, heart beats and nature sounds.
Glowing, Glowing, Gone
Glow worms were popular back in the 80s and have come back into style, as well as similar models from other companies. If you never had the experience of owning a glow worm, these toys had a plush body and a soft plastic face that lit up when the body was hugged. Newer models of glow worms on are the market as well as seahorses, giraffes and turtles with glowing tummies. These are great for older babies that can understand cause and effect, or toddlers that are afraid of the dark. One light squeeze turns on a dim light and prevents mom and dad from having to wake up to turn on a night light and saves on electricity now that hall lights won’t have to be left on.
Remote Controlled Mobiles
Crib mobiles have been around for decades, but a new, high tech twist makes them even better now. A hanging mobile is great for daytime naps, but now many models come with a nighttime setting that projects lights on the walls or ceiling and plays music. They come with a remote control that allows parents to turn on the mobile, and change the light or music settings without having to get out of bed. These mobiles automatically shut off after a certain amount of time, so even if you fall asleep before your baby, you don’t have to worry about having a light show going on in the nursery all night long.