Certain factors can contribute to creating the perfect sleep environment for your baby and if your little one has trouble drifting off to sleep, baby sleep aids such as the best cot mobiles can help.
For many of us, getting to sleep is all about creating the right atmosphere. Fresh sheets, a hot drink, lights off, the perfect pillow… these can all help when trying to achieve the magic eight hours of sleep.
Your baby is pretty similar, and they might need you to make their own little bedtime environment, such as a soothing white noise machine, to create a relaxing atmosphere or light projector for calming lighting. Sleep aids can also help when trying to settle your baby in a new place, either while on holiday or staying at a relatives, for example, using baby sleep sprays for familiar calming smells to help them settle at night.
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Using a sleep aid may help your little one drift off to sleep. They can include baby sleep toys that play lullabies, a sleeping bag, so they feel cosy and safe, or a room thermometer to make sure the temperature is just right. If a baby sleep aid sounds like something both you and your bundle of joy could benefit from, we've rounded up the best ones below.
The best baby sleep aids 2023
Best sound machine sleep aid toy
The super cute Sweet Dreamers Ewan Deluxe emits a soft pink glow and soothing sounds to remind
- Has 5 sleep-inducing sounds
- 20-minute timer with automatic shut off
- Smart-CRY sensor
- Operating buttons are inside the sheep, so a bit fiddly to get to
Best sleep bag baby sleep aid
Your baby will sleep soundly in the mum-favourite Tommee Tippee Original Grobag. This super soft
- Frog-legged sleeping position for correct hip development
- Fabric is 100 per cent cotton rich and fluorescent free
- 1.0 tog may not be warm enough for colder nights
Best portable black-out blind baby sleep aid
A black-out blind is ideal if your baby's room is bright and in summer when they can't sleep with
- Comes with a travel bag
- Velcro to adapt the size to suit your window
- Not suitable for windows above 130 x 198cm
Best digital thermometer baby sleep aid
This multi-purpose Philips Avent Digital Thermometer can be used to check the temperature of both
- Sits upright for clear and easy reading
- Display is easy to read
- Some had issues with the sealing
Best baby sleep spray
Spritz some of this magical sleep potion on your little one's pillow to help them fall into a deep
- 99 per cent natural
- Therapeutic fragrance
- Ensure to avoid spraying on your baby's skin
Best audio baby sleep aid
If your mouth has gone dry from reading so many bedtime stories, why not try this Yoto player
- Includes six audiobooks
- Can be used as a portable Bluetooth speaker or with headphones
- Additional charge is required for additional books
Best mobile baby sleep aid
This sweet SnüzCloud Baby Sleep Aid has four soothing sounds, including a heartbeat, pink noise,
- Ideal as a night light
- Lightweight with a Velcro strap
- Light colour may get dirty more quickly
Best pink baby sleep aid
The Tommee Tippee Dreammaker is a scientifically proven light and sound sleep aid inspired by the
- Pulsing glow to mimic deep breaths
- Red light allows the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone
- Some customer reviews mention the buttons can be quite fiddly
Best rechargeable baby sleep aid
With a soft-glow nightlight, intelligent CrySensor and six soothing sounds and lullabies, the
- Adjustable volume and brightness controls
- Automatic shut-off after 20 mins for sound and 30 mins for light
- Some reviewers wished the CrySensor was a bit more sensitive
10. Tommee Tippee Groegg2 Thermometer and Digital Colour Night Light
Best night light and thermometer baby sleep aid
The Tommee Tippee Groegg2 changes colour with the temperature of a room, so you'll know just by
- Easy to read and understand the display
- Adjustable brightness levels for night light
- Some reviews have mentioned the USB power cable is fairly short
Best compact baby sleep aid
The small but mighty Dreamegg White Noise Machine combines a noise blocker, nightlight and sleep
- Has different length timers
- Compact and lightweight
- Some reviewers wished the battery life was better
12. INFANTINO 3 in 1 Projector Musical Mobile
Best 3-in-1 sleep aid
Help your bubba feel safe at night with the INFANTINO 3 in 1 Projector Musical Mobile, which plays
- Convertible mobile, table and cot light
- Wake-up mode stimulates daylight
- 6 melodies and 4 nature sounds
- Some reviews mentioned it didn't fit their cot - so double-check measurements first
Best cot clip baby sleep aid
Available in blue, pink and grey, this Chicco Next2Stars night light has three different light
- Lots of different musical genres to choose from
- Changes colour
- Some reviewers mentioned the batteries ran out quickly
Best Smartphone app intergrated baby sleep aid
The Momcozy White Noise Machine can be adjusted remotely via a Smartphone, so you can adjust it as
- Can be controlled by physical buttons or Smartphone app
- Auto-off timer
- Wide variety of sound choices
- App requires Smartphone
Best sleep trainer baby sleep aid
If you have an older tot that struggles to stay in bed until it's time to get up, the Tommee
- Child lock to stop little fingers from changing the settings
- Some parents found it difficult to connect to Wi-Fi and the accompanying Smartphone app
Baby Sleep Aids - All you need to know
Tips on how to get your little one to go to sleep
Making sure your little one gets all the sleep they need is often much easier said than done.
If you're having trouble getting your baby to have some shut-eye, we've got some sleep advice that will help you through the newborn stage and beyond.
• Set a sleep routine: creating a baby sleep routine can be helpful for your little one and for you. It can help your baby to relax, and they will eventually pick up on their bedtime cues. This could be giving your baby a relaxing bath followed by a baby massage.
• Let them self-settle: once you've fed and rocked your baby, it's usually the case that when you lay them down, they wake up. By having a mobile over the cot or light projector, you can stay with your baby and let them coo over the relaxing atmosphere, which can help them to self-settle.
• Recognise their sleep cues: there are little tell signs that your baby is tired such as yawning frequently or staring into space. If you start settling them for sleep when these signs first show, your baby won't become overtired.
• Create a good sleep environment: baby sleep aids are a great way of creating a great sleep environment. Blackout curtains can also help, making the room dark, so your baby doesn't think it's daytime.
Are baby sleep aids safe?
Before choosing any sleep aid for your baby, you must think about safety. The Lullaby Trust advises that a clear cot is a safer cot as babies are at higher risk of SID if they have their heads covered, stating, "it is safest to keep baby's cot clear of any items such as bumpers, toys and loose bedding." With this in mind, a sleep aid shouldn't go in the cot with your baby, and because of this, you'll find that most sleep aids are designed to sit or hang on furniture instead.
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