Wondering what to get for the new parents in your life?
As postpartum experts, we can assure you "better sleep" is at the top of their list.
You're probably thinking its impossible to give the gift of better sleep, but there's definitely a few gadgets on our wishlist that can make a big difference in the sleep quality of new parents.
As parents with a new baby we've even searched tirelessly through Pinterest for ways to get a better night's sleep and usually left with a bunch of Pinterest fails instead of any real solution.
But there's hope!
Think outside the box this year and take a look at these sleep products for the 2016 Holiday Season that are bound to keep visions of sugarplums dancing in the heads of the new parents on your list.
Silence can be deafening and background noises can be distracting while you're trying to catch up on some valuable shut-eye. Research suggests that most people actually experience better quality sleep when there's a subtle noise in the background. The Dohm White Noise Machine provides a calming and steady noise on a frequency that blocks out other disruptive sounds to help whisk a pair of sleepy parents (and baby) off to a better night's sleep. The machine itself is simple and compact with two "volume" settings to choose from (or save a few bucks on the single sound machine, we only ever use the louder setting anyway!). The parents on your gift list will love this little sleep helper so much they might not be able to sleep without it!
Looking for a white noise machine for parents on the go? This Homedics model features a backup battery power source and doesn't require an outlet.
Winter leaves us waking up constantly throughout the night looking for some water, or feeling dried out. Indoor winter air is usually uncomfortably dry and sleeping with a humidifier makes a world of difference. Unfortunately they don't usually make stylish gifts. Crane decided to improve the air quality of homes with a stylish twist and introduced the colorful Drop Shape Cool Mist Humidifier. These fun colors and shape fit into your home's decor or stand out with bold designs. They're fancy enough to sit out all the time and adds quality moisture back into the air in your home. They are safe for nurseries and kids' rooms, making these great gifts to improve the sleep experience for the whole family. Sleeping with a humidifier also does wonders for dry winter skin, hair and nails by hydrating you at night while your pores are more open to absorb the moisture in the air.
Sometimes having your baby sleep in a nursery all night just isn't realistic. Co-sleeping can be a welcome solution for parents who need their baby nearby through the night. The Snoo Smart Sleeper by Happiest Baby is the safe sleep solution for new babies and designed by doctors to keep a new baby swaddled and safely on their back throughout the night. When the baby gets fussy during the night, the SNOO gently rocks them to a soft buzz of white noise until they settle back to sleep. This intelligent design helps babies self soothe and sleep more soundly through the night, giving parents a most restful night's sleep! Not to mention it's design is elegant, contemporary and compact for any bedroom space.
Looking for the convenience of a bedside bassinet without the SNOO price tag? We also love the Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper Bassinets.
It's so uncommon these days for families to live near enough to provide a lot of hands on, around-the-clock support for the new parents in their lives. Thankfully our Doulas of Asheville postpartum doulas are great at filling this gap. We are happy to offer gift certificates good towards the purchase of our doula and other services so that you can give the new parents in your life exactly what they need - an extra set of skilled, compassionate hands (and a few hours of uninterrupted sleep!). Contact us to talk about putting together the perfect gift package for your loved ones.
Quality sleep for new parents and their precious bundle is the gift that keeps giving.