Every parent will do whatever is best for their new baby and family when it comes to the most precious thing: sleep. There have been studies upon studies on whether mom or dad gets more sleep, how much sleep new parents get with a newborn (and other little ones), and what tactics work to best help everyone get sleep. We can’t attest to any of these studies, but in honor of May being Better Sleep Month, we wanted to highlight two of our favorite new brands that will help baby and parents get more sleep!
Snuggle Me created the original, award-winning, multi-functional lounging and co-sleeping system for babies 0-6 months old. Its patented center-sling technology "snuggles" your baby as though they're being held – and all parents know that babies can instantly fall asleep in your arms and the second you go to lie them down they awake! The system soothes common newborn sleep issues like frequent waking, startling awake, and the general unsettling feeling babies can sometimes exhibit.
One of the many benefits of the Snuggle Me system is how it works beautifully with co-sleeping! Co-sleeping is the act of regularly sharing a bed with your newborn, baby, or child instead of sleeping separately. This could mean baby has their own crib in the same room, a sleep space adjacent to their parent’s bed, or simply sleeping in the same bed as their parent(s). While there are tons of myths surrounding co-sleeping, the trend of co-sleeping is on the rise. Snuggle Me has found that “bringing baby to bed not only helps mama and baby get the rest they need, it also helps regulate breastmilk production, baby's breathing cycles and mama/papa/baby bonding. The Snuggle Me gives parents the perfect aid in this nighttime relationship.”
A main concern of parents have with the idea of co-sleeping is the safety for baby. To combat this, the Snuggle Me system provides a barrier within the bed, helping with the biggest fear parents have of rolling onto baby. By giving your baby their own sleep space within the bed, this allows for parents to sleep confidently and soundly – a success for everyone!
Safety Advice from Snuggle Me:
Snuggle Me recommends “that you do not use the Snuggle Me in a crib or leave baby unattended in the nest whether they are asleep or awake. It can be used for co-sleeping, but not separate room sleeping. Keep baby in the same room for napping during the day as well.” Additionally, “The safe sleep guidelines [from the AAP] state that nothing be placed inside a crib to sleep with baby, not even a blanket. Snuggle Me is to be used for co-sleeping or daytime napping, but not separate sleeping or crib sleeping.”
Nook Sleep Systems
Nook has created a beautiful, healthy, all-in-one sleep system that includes a mattress core and a removable, washable cover. The various crib mattresses offered allows parents to choose between several organic, eco-friendly, and sustainable options – but parents will always know baby is resting safely at nighttime and naptime.
The company wants to create a product that not only allows babies to sleep soundly, but also eases parents’ concerns with safety. Nook has taken time to investigate the tough topic SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome); while no one product can eliminate the risk of SIDS, Nook has done their due diligence to create a product that makes sure your baby is safe, healthy, and comfortable. Learn more about their research and approach here.
Each crib mattress is safe from the very core and all the way to the cover. Their mattresses meet safety standards after being wrapped in a non-toxic fire barrier without the use of any toxic fire-retardant sprays. The cover that surrounds each mattress is 100% organic! The breathable covers are immersed in a NanoSphere® bath to make it liquid- and stain-resistant – extra bonus! The covers are also infused with zinc to fight microbes, mites, mold, fungus, and allergens.
We love the quality, thought, and safety that has gone into creating the Nook Sleep Systems’ products. Their mattresses are perfect for those who choose to crib sleep from the beginning or for when baby is older and sleeping on their own.
To help both parents and baby get the necessary sleep it takes to tackle growing and parenting, we encourage families to try everything and find out what works best for them. Be sure to speak with your pediatrician and do research into what is the safest option for everyone at home!