Here are a few of my favorite newborn sleep essentials:

Fisher Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper – We acquired this from my sister who used this with my nephew when he was first born.  We used to put Baby Checkers to sleep in this ALL the time when she was a newborn!  It is so much more convenient than a bassinet.  It’s about half the cost, and it’s also super light and portable.  Plus, you can use it to rock your newborn to sleep and give your arms a rest.  It was also great for us because we live in a two-story townhouse, and it took so little space in our living room downstairs.


Cloud B Sleep Sheep On-the-Go
– This was gifted to us and I never even knew it existed!  This is a great little white noise/sound machine to put in the crib or travel crib  if you ever need to travel with your little one!

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child – This book was another recommendation from a mama friend and it was great for sleep training.  I guess this is not really a “newborn” essential, but a helpful read for anyone who is thinking about sleep training after a few months.

Miracle Blanket – We tried several different swaddling blankets, but this one seemed to work the best for us and our baby.  It is super easy to use and we used it for months; after Baby Checkers was arms free, we would use it to swaddle her from the waist down.

Wubbanub Infant Pacifier – A fellow mama friend introduced this to me and it is super cute and ingenious!  The plush stuffed animal attached to the pacifier helps it stay in your baby’s mouth and stay asleep.

Summer Infant Day and Night Video Monitor – I read a lot of reviews on different monitors (both on-line and in my Baby Bargains book) and I am very happy with this one!  We can check on our little one when she’s sleeping and be at ease.

Fisher Price Precious Planets 2-in-1 Projection Mobile – After weeks of watching her smile at the ceiling fan, I caved in and bought my child a mobile.  Coolness factors:  1) It plays Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, nature sounds, as well as heartbeat sounds (which worked wonders at lulling Baby Checkers to sleep in the early days); 2) You can remove the “mobile” part as the baby gets older and the device projects animal figurines onto the ceiling.  We still use the projection with Baby Checkers and she LOVES it.

Bjorn Travel Crib – Speaking of travel cribs, this one is awesome!  I know many of my mom friends registered for pack and plays since they are cheaper and are super handy.  The thing I didn’t like about the pack and play was 1) all of the parts to assemble it and 2) it is super heavy (some 20-25 lbs.) and laborious to take anywhere.  What I love about the Bjorn Travel Crib is it is 1) light and easy to carry (11 lbs.) and 2) it comes in ONE PIECE.  For someone who hates assembling and reading instructions, this was fantastic.  It is on the pricey side, but it’s worth it in my opinion.

Is it any wonder that 100% of my favorite things are in one way or another related to SLEEP?  It is amazing how much money you will spend on books and products just to get your child to sleep.  You can hardly put a price on your sleep, especially in those weeks when you are getting absolutely none.

What are some of your favorite sleep essentials?