PLEASE NOTE THAT I JUST TALKED WITH MY PEDIATRICIAN AND SHE SAID THAT ANY ESSENTIAL OILS, DIFFUSERS, AND SCENTED BATHS CAN SERIOUSLY HURT AND SOMETIMES CAUSE DEATH IN BABIES AND EVEN TODDLERS. THEREFORE, SOME OF THE PRODUCTS I SHOW BELOW NOW HAVE A NOTE SAYING I NO LONGER RECOMMEND THEM. I decided to keep the product showing just so that people can see which products are highly not recommended by pediatricians.
I WILL MAKE AN ADDITIONAL POST ON WHAT I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THIS TOPIC FROM MY PEDIATRICIAN. Stay tuned.
Our baby boy has just turned seven months at the moment of me writing this post. He still wakes up for a feeding once or twice. He really likes his milky. He has always been particular about his sleep. Everything had to be just perfect for him. Some things took us a while to figure out. Once we did, things have greatly improved.
Below are the products that are for our baby that have helped us to get better and longer sleep at night. This is just going by our personal experience with our son. By no means am I a sleep expert. I am sharing with you the things that have really made a difference for us. I hope these items help you as much as they did us.
These are the 10 things for our baby that greatly improved the quality of our sleep at night and gave us a peace of mind
Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor
Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor really gave us the peace of mind through the night. As a first time mom, when we came home from the hospital I was really stressed out about everything. The last thing I wanted to worry about was whether my baby was still breathing.
This was especially true at night when we couldn’t stay up 24/7 making sure he was still breathing. SIDS is one big factor that no one really knows much about and I was really worried about not being able to keep track of my baby’s vitals.
This device monitors baby's heart rate and respiration to make sure baby is breathing
If for whatever reason baby stops breathing properly, it would alert us by playing loudly a lullaby music.
The base (which is the round part) would also glow brightly in a specific pattern that is designed to wake you up. It really worked for us. There was no way not to hear it when it was activated. Also, the cell phone played loud music through the app on both my phone and my husband’s phone.
It is a two piece monitoring system that also connects to your cell phone
The first piece is the sock. It contains a pulse oximiter which relays the information to the base wirelessly. The base is the round, circular thing which connects to your wifi. The base transmits your baby’s heart rate, respiration and oxygen levels to your phone through the app no matter where you are.
So even if you are at work or your husband is at work, you both can receive the information about your baby’s state. This includes alerts when there’s something wrong with your baby’s breathing, oxygen level, or whenever there is a drop in your baby’s vitals, or the device comes loose.
Gro-egg Color Changing Digital Room Thermometer
Gro-egg Color Changing Digital Room Thermometer ensured that we maintained the right temperature in our son’s room. This device helped us to set an ideal sleeping environment for our baby. I was surprised to discover how easy it was to have the wrong temperature.
This wonderful creation glows in different colors depending on the temperature in the room. For example, if it is too hot it will glow red. If it is too cold it will glow blue. Yellow is the recommended color for ideal temperature for baby, but orange is fine, too.
If not for the Egg I would have never known that a temperature was either too cold or too hot for my baby
Additionally, the display will show you a smiling or frowning faces depending on the temperature levels. The only downside to this device is that it shows you the temperature in Celsius. However, that is really not a big deal because you can just glance at the egg’s color and know if the temperature is ideal or not for your baby.
I was really surprised that sometimes what was comfortable for me or my husband was too hot or too cold for our baby. I’ve often caught myself bringing down the thermostat lower because the Egg had turned red and I had felt just fine. For me that temperature was perfect. If not for the Egg I would have never known that a temperature was either too cold or too hot for my baby.
This device really helped us and we are still using it. I can’t imagine not having this product.
An extra bonus is that it works as a gentle night light.
Babysense Video Baby Monitor with Two Digital Cameras
Babysense Video Monitor with Two Digital Cameras has been a lifesaver for us. We still use it all the time and are not planning to stop using it any time soon. Even though our baby will be a year old in a few months, I can still see the benefits of having this product indefinitely.
This video monitoring device allows to connect up to four cameras. The cameras can be positioned in different areas around the house. It has night viewing capabilities. The view is clear and you can easily see your baby at night.
If you have to monitor several babies or children at once at different locations, it has an option where it automatically cycles from one camera to the other.
This device also allows you to speak through the cameras using the display. For example, when one of us is in there with the baby, we can talk with each other via the display. You can also use this feature to talk to your baby while you are sitting downstairs or in a different room.
It also gives you the option to zoom in and play lullaby music. If you have to monitor several babies at once at different locations, it has an option where it automatically cycles from one camera to the other.
This camera has night vision capabilities. It is also very lightweight.
The power cable is also compatible with android phone and many other devices like cameras and camcorders. This allows you to interchange power cables if you need to.
It is very light weight. The display is small but very clear.
One of the benefits of this device is that the cameras are not connected through wifi. This minimizes the risk of someone hacking into your system and being able to see and hear everything that the camera captures. This one was a big plus for me.
SwaddleMe Original Organic Swaddle
SwaddleMe Original Organic Swaddle was another major lifesaver for us. As most people nowadays do not know how to properly swaddle a baby, this little garment is extremely handy.
I am a first time mom. I had no idea that swaddling babies could be a major headache. This little thing saved me from losing my mind on many occasions. It is extremely easy to use. It has adjustable flaps that you just wrap around your baby and viola you’re done. The flappy things are velcro and they really stick.
This swaddle is perfect for the summer. We’ve used these all the way until he just didn’t fit into it anymore. I highly recommend this swaddle if you don’t want to have the extra headache of figuring out how the old school swaddling works.
HALO SleepSack Micro-Fleece Swaddle is another swaddle that has truly changed our lives. This one we used once our baby was too old for the above one. Also, this one is perfect for when the temperatures are dropping and the winter is coming. We used this one in the summer, too.
The best thing about this swaddler is that it is also perfectly easy to use and really does its job. There is a zipper that goes down the sack. Then there are two flaps that are like wings that you wrap around your baby and velcro in place.
Another perfect thing is that once the baby is getting a little older that it is time for him to have his hands out for safety reasons you can still use this sleep sack. You just wrap the wing flaps around the baby going around his body and leaving his arms out.
Mr Bubble Bubble Bath Extra Gentle
Mr. Bubble Extra Gentle Bubble Bath is one of the things that we started using once our baby could have baths. I would get in the tub with him and hold him on me. This way I was also able to enjoy a bath myself.
The best thing about this guy here is that it is just like swimming – it wears you out and makes you tired. It was a perfect bed time routine for us. It significantly made our baby more drowsy and tired and allowed him to get better sleep. In turn, we ourselves got some rest, too.
I NO LONGER RECOMMEND DR TEAL’S LAVENDER BATH PRODUCT – NOT SAFE FOR BABIES ACCORDING TO MY PEDIATRICIAN
Dr Teal's Foaming Bath, Soothe & Sleep Lavender
Dr Teal’s Foaming Bath Soothe & Sleep with Lavender is another little bath time helper that has been working magic for us. We add just a few drops into the Mr. Bubble bath above. The lavender is known for its soothing effects. It is perfect to get the baby ready for bed and sleepy.
Not only that, but you yourself are also enjoying it. This helps you to de-stress at the end of a long day, too. I really recommend you give this a try.
NO LONGER RECOMMEND ANY ESSENTIAL OILS AND DIFFUSERS – CAN KILL BABIES ACCORDING TO MY PEDIATRICIAN.
NOW Essential Oils, Ultrasonic USB Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser
NOW Essential Oils, Ultrasonic USB Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser is another great product that helped our baby sleep better. This helped us get some sleep, as well. This oil diffuser operates in three modes. First mode is off. Second is when it emits gentle colored patterns of light and diffuses the oil at the same time. Third is when the colors are off but it is still diffusing the essential oil.
It has a small capacity when it comes to water. However, it does last us several hours and we only use it for a few minutes to get the essential oil smell diffused lightly and evenly through the room before we put our son to bed.
If you have an android phone, you can use the phone’s charger to charge it. This is great if you’re traveling and need to take it with you. You don’t have to worry about losing the cable in the hotel. Also you can use the cable that comes with this device on any other compatible devices such as camera and camcorder.
I NO LONGER RECOMMEND ANY OILS REGARDLESS OF WHAT VARIETY OR KIND THEY ARE – OILS CAN KILL BABIES ACCORDING TO MY PEDIATRICIAN
NOW Foods Lavender Oil
NOW Essential Oil Lavender is the oil we use in the above described diffuser. It has a gentle fragrance. It is not overpowering like other oils out there that just blow your sinuses away.
This was a great purchase for us. Just a few minutes of this lavender oil working its magic in the diffuser above and the room is filled with soft scents of lavender.
Lavender is known for its soothing properties. It is great for bed time and not only helps your baby and also you to relax.
Carter's Baby Bear Outfit
Carter’s Baby Sherpa Pram Sleep and Play was truly an incredible stroke of luck for us. This outfit is so soft and warm that our baby doesn’t even want to cry once we put this on. We use it during his daytime naps. We also use it at night, but we cut off the hood.
I do not want to risk my baby rolling around and the hood being there. So, I just cut off the hood and it is perfect!
When we put our baby into this little bear outfit, he just does not want to cry anymore and settles in comfortably
Another great thing about this product is that it has the footsies and mitts that you can either close or open. Our boy is a total scratcher so for us, those mitts have been a lifesaver.
I really can’t imagine not having this outfit. He is 7 months old now and he now sleeps only in this little baby bear outfit at night. Also we put him into another one we got for his daytime naps.