8 Products Designed to Help Babies Sleep

Are you having a hard time with your baby's sleep? There are products out there designed specifically to help you - some of which were created by parents that once were in your situation. Here is a list of 8 products designed to help babies sleep.

Are you a Futurama fan? Even if you aren’t, you’ve probably already seen this meme:

Shut up and take my money!

I know, it’s old.

But this is exactly how I felt during those long nights when my baby refused to sleep:

“If someone could just take my money and put this baby to sleep for me.”

You can read here about the reasons why my baby wasn’t sleeping.

So I did the next logical thing and searched for products designed to put babies to sleep.

Are you having a hard time with your baby's sleep? There are products out there designed specifically to help you - some of which were created by parents that once were in your situation. Here is a list of 8 products designed to help babies sleep.

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Mommy Brain – Bigger, Smarter, Stronger?

Mommy Brain - could it become bigger, smarter, stronger? Click through to read what the research says.

Soon after I found out I was pregnant with my little guy, my IQ promptly dropped 20 points. At least, that’s my approximation and I’m sticking with it (because, ahem, I didn’t have the courage to actually measure this). I think I could hear my estranged IQ points crashing on the floor.

My memory also gave me a saddened look, packed a small suitcase, kissed me on both cheeks and flew to Hawaii. It used to send me a postcard from time to time and seemed to be doing well over there.

I also started using often in conversation the expressions “this thing” and “that thing”, while pointing a lot, in order to refer to complex abstract concepts like “plate”, “sweater” or “sheets”. My son is about to inherit a wealth of knowledge.

And that’s how I first became familiar with the term “mommy brain”. Sounds cute, doesn’t it?

But the cuteness of the term is deceiving, just like the internet “cookies”. Ah, all this talk about cookies while casually surfing the web can make a nursing mother hungry.

I had to look into this mommy brain issue because I really enjoyed using my brain before having a baby and thought it would be great to get it back.

So let’s get started!

Mommy Brain - could it become bigger, smarter, stronger? Click through to read what the research says.

Yes, a mother’s brain does change during pregnancy and after childbirth

From an interview with a UBC expert, I learned that the mother’s brain can shrink up to 8% during pregnancy, but it bounces back about six months after birth. This can explain the impaired memory that mothers experience on the short-term. On the long-term, though, motherhood can actually improve brain activities.

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My Baby’s Favourite Sources of Entertainment

My baby's favourite sources of entertainment (that aren't toys). How we discovered that random items in our house are priceless in our baby's eyes.

Before we had a baby we thought that we will not be those people whose house transforms into a big baby playground. Our little guy was going to have only a handful of toys on which he would focus his entire baby attention during playtime while sitting quietly on his playmat. And then we were going to put them neatly away when not in use. Flawless plan, right? How hard could it be?

Pretty hard, apparently.

My baby's favourite sources of entertainment (that aren't toys). How we discovered that random items in our house are priceless in our baby's eyes.

Big pile of toys from family and friends? Check.

Now we are the proud owners of an activity table, activity cube, rattles, cars, cubes, squishy books, musical toys, you name it.

He seems to like them. Sort of. We also learned that babies aren’t very good at focusing for long periods of time, so he needs to bang on different toys from time to time. Babies like variety.

Well, while his toys are expensive, we discovered that some random items in our house are priceless in his eyes. Here are his favourite activities and most loved items:

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Playful Little Songs and Rhymes for Your Baby

In need of some baby smiles and giggles? Try these sweet little baby songs and rhymes that help you play and interact with your baby!

One of the first big, ear to ear, intended and long-lasting smiles my baby gave me happened around 5-6 weeks when I first put him on my knees, facing me, and sang The Wheels on The Bus while helping him “dance” with his hands.

We had a blast and it turned into a daily routine.

In need of some baby smiles and giggles? Try these sweet little baby songs and rhymes that help you play and interact with your baby!

But after a while, The Wheels on The Bus got old and so did the other nursery rhymes that felt too long and “advanced” for my tiny guy. And I started looking for songs and rhymes more baby friendly and that involved baby-level interaction.

I joined a baby group and had a lot of fun learning interactive little songs.

But alas, mommy brain came in strong and prevented me from transferring this precious knowledge into my long-term memory. Then, my friend the internet rushed to help. So today I present you some of my favorite baby songs and rhymes. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as my baby & I do.

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7 Reasons Why Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping

7 Reasons Why Your Baby Isn't Sleeping. Click through to read about resources and tools that aim to solve baby sleep issues.

Before my little guy was born, I had this idyllic image of babies sleeping like angels, reinforced by most of the newborn pictures (and real babies) I saw by that point in my life.

While I was pregnant I read some articles and tips on putting babies to sleep and thought – great, there seem to be lots of options and tools out there, this should be easy!

It wasn’t. Stubbornness was strong with this little one, so experience proved me wrong.

My baby’s sleep proved to be the most difficult, tiring and resource draining challenge that I had to face as a new parent.

My baby’s sleep proved to be the most difficult, tiring and resource draining challenge that I had to face as a new parent. So I made a list in which I compiled all the resources and tools that helped me through our rocky sleep journey

We had times when no amount of swinging, rocking, singing, shushing, swaddling, nursing would do it. I remember the first night at home with a screaming baby who was freshly changed, fed, burped and still didn’t want to sleep. And I was helplessly wondering “How do I troubleshoot this?”.

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