Did ya’ll know that May is Better Sleep Month? I sure didn’t, and if you had told me that this time last year I would have LAUGHED IN YOUR FACE because we were in the midst of the dreaded 4 month sleep regression with G and I was sure that I would never sleep again.
Fortunately, things have changed and I have learned a thing or eighty about what works well in helping G get, and stay, asleep. And lucky for all of us, the fine folks at Wayfair are sharing all kinds of good ways to help your little ones get better sleep this month. Follow their hashtag at #mysleepstyle to figure out just what you need for better sleep!
You learn quickly when you have a baby that they are the Supreme Dictator of Sleep and if they aren’t sleeping, neither are you. So when my daughter was little we used the Merlin Magic Sleep Suit to transition her out of the swaddle and help her sleep through the night. I wrote a full review here but the short version is: I would have paid ALL THE DOLLARS for this thing because it is so, so wonderful.
Now that she’s older and we are entering full-on toddlerhood, I’m learning that sleeping well is really the result of a good routine and a happy space. I adore G’s room and I’ve given the full tour already, but there are a few things in it that have to be right to make sure we all have the opportunity for a good night’s rest.
The Right Light
This little lamp is a key part to our night time ritual. I can turn just the base of it on and it casts the softest light to read and rock G to sleep by. Perfection.
Sad news though – it’s from Pottery Barn and I just saw it’s no longer available. So I went a Wayfair-ing and found this beauty:
Say it with me: Ooooohhh, ahhhhhh. And while I was in their lighting section I found a chandelier that is a need, not a want. Because while G’s light is on a dimmer, which is fab, it’s also a boob light. And why should she have to endure that when she could be sleeping under this:
So pretty. So so pretty.
The Right Reading
One of our favorite rituals is reading to G before she goes to sleep at night. We have a lot of favorite books on the book rack that my aunt gave to us right out of her kindergarten classroom.
It’s hard to narrow down which book I love best, so I’ll just tell you that these are among our most read:
Do Crocs Kiss? We love this book & there are more in this series of lift the flap books. We have so much fun pointing to each animal and helping her learn what they all say.
Moo, Baa, La La La – I love anything by Sandra Boynton and you should, too.
Corduroy – Because sometimes there’s nothing better than reliving your own childhood by reading one of your old favorites to your little one.
The Right Chair
I think I may be the only mother in my generation still rocking a baby in a rocker instead of a glider but I don’t even care. This little chair and I have logged many miles and it’s a special family heirloom. Oh, and it is SO COMFORTABLE. I highly recommend a rocker if you are short on space – they are supremely under-rated (and I think this one looks fab if you’re decorating a small nursery!)
I completely under-estimated how much time I would spend in this chair. We rock and read in this every night. It’s where I sat when I nursed her as an infant, and it’s where I rock her now when she’s not feeling well. Pick out a good chair for your nursery, mommas. It’ll be with you for a long time.
The Right Bed
Ah finally, the ultimate goal, getting your child to sleep happily in their crib or bed. I was really choosy when it came to G’s crib because lo, I am very short. I scoured the internet and stores, and kept my trusty tape-measurer with me until I finally found this beauty at Pottery Barn:
But, most of all, we love Bop. Who is Bop, you ask?
This is Bop. Bop came to us by way of the hospital gift shop after a particularly awful visit at the pediatrician. G pointed to this little puppy as we were waiting for a prescription to be filled and since Mommy Guilt is very powerful I immediately bought it for her.
Best. Purchase. Ever.
She loves this puppy so much. Now after we have adjusted the lighting and read books and rocked and cuddled, she will lunge for her bed and wrap her little arms around Bop’s neck.
It’s the sweetest ever.
But aren’t all babies the sweetest ever when you’ve finally gotten them to sleep?
There’s nothing better.
I wrote this post on behalf of Wayfair as part of their #bettersleepmonth and #mysleepstyle promotion. I wasn’t compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.