“How are you doing?”
“Are you sleeping at all? Is the baby sleeping?”
Yep. These are the questions I get asked most often these days. And how an infant sleeps determines a lot in the beginning so selecting what they sleep in can be stressful before they arrive. After reading tons of reviews and researching the best, here are Tommy’s favorite places to sleep and two that I wish got more use!
Fisher Price Newborn Rock n Play Sleeper
This is where Tommy sleeps the most and sleeps the best, especially when he is swaddled. It’s also the cheapest at just $47.99 on Amazon and available at all big box baby stores. The slight incline relieves reflux which can cause colic, and the sides help baby feel snug. We swaddle Tommy at night and he sleeps in this thing right now for 7 hours straight! He would even sleep for 4-5 hours the first month in this thing.
Since it is lightweight too, I can move it around the house and bring it with me into the bathroom when I shower. Tommy loves the bathroom fan too so it’s a positive experience for both of us.
Some people worry these are not safe to use as an every night sleeping arrangement. Tommy will be transitioning out of his by 4 months because he is getting too big but it was a godsend for our family and allowed all of us to sleep at night. Some people have found that too much time in the sleeper can cause a baby to develop a flat head but Tommy at his 2 month appointment was fine. You can google it if you want to learn more but too many word of mouth recommendations were right on this one for me.
4Moms Mamaroo Bouncer
I registered for this and really wanted it. I wrote about last week, too in my 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Baby blog post. However, Tommy hated it the first 6 weeks. I thought it was doomed for donation but he started to come around and now at 11 weeks, LOVES his Mamaroo. This is where we put Tommy when he’s in a good mood and we need our hands to make dinner, eat a meal, do laundry, etc. He smiles and coos when he is in it. Nick calls it the spaceship because of its sleek design. Tommy used to cry to let us know he was bored with it but now, it tuckers him out and he falls asleep.
The Mamaroo is a god swing/bouncer that can entertain as well as put Tommy to sleep. It is pretty light weight so we can move it from room to room unlike large swings. It is pricey but Tommy is a fan.
Fisher Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle and Swing
This is like my secret weapon. When Tommy shows signs of being tired during the day, I put him in the Snugapuppy with a Wub-a-Nub and like a machine he is out within a couple of minutes and will stay asleep for hours! It has various speeds and goes side to side only. It also has music and a mobile. Tommy loves the mobile. It is large and not nearly as attractive looking at the Mamaroo but Tommy sleeps in this for long naps downstairs with me while I work. You can’t move it because it’s too clunky. He will eventually be too big and go to his crib but as a newborn, this was a lifesaver.
Originally I didn’t think I needed a Mamaroo and something like this but they serve two functions for us and Tommy loves them both.
UPPABaby Mesa Infant Car Seat
I dare Tommy each time we put him in his car seat to stay awake. His UPPABaby Mesa Infant Car seat snaps right into his stroller and he loves it! For walks or car rides, Tommy always falls asleep in his car seat. Even after we get home, he sometimes will sleep for an hour in his car seat. Of course they should be buckled in properly so that they do not slump over.
This is also how bring him when we go out to eat. Usually he falls asleep on the walk over. We leave him in his car seat and rock it back and forth for subtle movement on the floor. It is like the iPhone of car seats. Very sleek and modern looking. If he does wake up, he’s quite content sitting in it just looking around.
Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper
I originally had planned for Tommy to sleep in the UPPABaby bassinet on the floor next to my side of the bed. However, after our hospital stay, I desperately wanted Tommy in a bassinet with clear walls and at eye level. I ordered the Halo Bassinest from my hospital bed. I love the colors and design but most importantly the transparent walls so I could see Tommy and knew his breathing would not be restricted if he rolled over. At first we thought Tommy slept well in it but then we tried the Rock ‘n’ Play and realized how much better he did on an incline with sides.
Tommy only sleeps in Halo swaddles. They are the only ones he likes out of the 6 brands we own. However, he just doesn’t sleep longer than 3 hours when he is flat on his back right now making this useful for naps. He loves the mobile, too! My pediatrician suggested I try transitioning Tommy into the bassinest at night but every time we try, he sleeps less and less. I still have it next to my bed for when I’m feeling optimistic but when I know I need a good sleep, Tommy sleeps in the Rock ‘n’ Play.
I love the look of the Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper. It is however really heavy so you can’t move it freely. It takes up little floor space too. I love how I could lean over and grab Tommy to nurse in the middle of the night without getting up. It also has pockets for pacifiers, clothes and nipple cream. It also has a vibrating feature, music and lights for underneath and inside the bassinest.
The Halo is the safest place for him to sleep out of all of the things i listed on here according to the experts. The Halo site is also a great resource for safe sleeping. But unfortunately Tommy doesn’t know that so as his mother, I just have to do what works for us. He enjoys it for naps and loves looking at
Tommy didn’t sleep well in the UPPABaby bassinet either so I think it’s just a matter of him not liking the flat surface or the lack of walls hugging his body.
The first two weeks of sleep were hard in that Tommy only wanted to sleep on me. I thought I was creating a monster and I felt terrible when I’d wake up if we both fell asleep while he nursed. I didn’t want to be a co-sleeper but I was one for a little bit. The Rock ‘n’ Play saved me and if you don’t have one, I highly recommend getting one!
And if you’re wondering why he hasn’t slept in a crib yet… here is your answer. Babies are recommended to sleep in your room to reduce the chances of SIDS the first 6 months. Not all moms do the 6 but most do follow the guidelines for at least 2. I don’t want my son to leave yet so we may follow the rule because mom likes her baby being close.
Yup. My SIL’s mom is a nurse who works on spreading the word about SIDS…and even she admits that babies don’t know the rules or the dangers, they do what they want! Our little one (8 weeks old) will only sleep with me in bed at night. Whoops. I always SWORE I wouldn’t bedshare, but sleep wins over all. I can’t be a good mom if I don’t sleep, and she can’t be healthy without sleep either! She sleeps in a swaddle on her back in bed next to me and it works for us so far (not forever). We also have a Halo bassinest that she won’t sleep in for more than 30 minutes at a time (luckily it was a gift, so at least we didn’t pay for it). She’ll nap in her swing or RNP (she prefers the swing because of the motorized mobile, she LOVES that thing!), or in my arms. We hope to have her out of the bed by 4 months, but still in our room until she stops night feeding…I don’t want to go too far when I’m the sole food source at 3am!
Did your nurses recommend the baby sleep in your room to reduce the chance of SIDS? Genuinely curious because I delivered at BI and had my son in special care at Winchester (jaundice) and was never told this. Tommy is so sweet! We love the puppy swing too, it was a lifesaver for sure.
I don’t Remember but I heard many times, it was something I learned in breastfeeding class too.
Great post -- I agree you definitely need to do what’s best for you and your specific baby. Bodhi sleeps in the halo or the rock n play. After she eats we put her in the rock n play because it’s elevated. I have the owlet monitor which makes me feel even better about her sleeping.
I’m so envious that Tommy will sleep for that long in the Rock n Play. My son is 9 weeks old and we borrowed a Rock n Play from a friend at about 4 weeks and it’s been great for naps, but he won’t sleep in it at night for longer than about 30 minutes, so he ends up in bed with us every night.
You mention that the Snuggapuppy swing only goes side to side, but if it’s the same as the Snuggabunny that we have you can hold down the button on the front and swivel the swing to make it go front-to-back as well. Just FYI in case he decides he wants something different. We never really use ours because even on the lowest setting I think he gets a little motion sick.
I THOUGHT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO BOTH WAYS!!!! OMG. THank you for commenting!!!!
Ana S says
My daughter is 7 weeks and did great in her halo bassinet for awhile but we switched her to a RNP with automatic rocking motion to reduce gas at night and she now sleeps from 7pm to 7am in it with only 1 or 2 feedings. We use the miracle blanket swaddle on her and she is out! We did move her to her own room last week because she makes crazy loud noises when she sleeps and so we just use a monitor on her now. Thinking of getting her a mamaroo for naps!
My baby LOVES the rock n play. That’s what she sleeps in every night. I was initially hesitant to use it for night sleep because it hasn’t officially been ‘blessed’ but it’s what works. She wasn’t having the flat back sleep and would only sleep for short periods. She now sleeps anywhere from 10-12 hours each night with the occasional middle of the night snack. She’s 3 months now and we’ll have to transition her into the crib soon and I’m scared! I don’t want her sleep to regress.
I stumbled upon your blog when I was about 30 weeks pregnant and I have loved following your journey since our babies are about the same age. I’d love to hear how you transition Tommy out of the RNP and how it goes. It’s been nice having someone going through the same experiences. Most of the time it feels like I’m reading my life. It’s nice having the validation that what we’re experiencing is normal! So, keep us posted!!
PS You’re doing good mama!
congrats to you and glad you found my site. I was hesitant to post baby stuff out of losing my old audience but it seems like I’ve built a nice new addition 🙂 Thanks for commenting
This is so helpful! I’m also from Boston and I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and always enjoyed your health and fitness posts, but I’ve been loving your pregnancy and new mom posts recently as a mom-to-be in just about 7 weeks! I’m glad you’ve been blogging about your new role as a mom too!
I’m seriously considering the Rock n Play now after reading this! There’s a few different ones on Amazon but I see the one for $47 and assume that’s the one? Also, is there an infant insert you need or is it fine as is? Thanks again and congrats to you and your adorable family!
No infant insert. I linked to the one I have in the post but if you don’t have another swing or rocker, I’d get the one that rocks itself and spend the extra $30-40 if you can
Nancy L. Rohrer says
Thanks Sarah for your wonderful writings. I have learned so many on co-sleeping. I have got an opportunity to know new co-sleeping products and their review. Co-sleeping is getting popular gradually. Parents will not hesitate to choose co-sleeping as it has several benefits.
Sarah can you inform me regarding the baby mattress? As baby will sleep most of the time the Mattress should get extra importance. Should one go for the soft or hard mattress for their baby girl?