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    Hola peeps! Welcome to Casa de Lewis. We are twenty somethings who got married in 2010, bought a house in 2011, and had a sweet baby girl in 2012! We both started our careers as CPAs and now Reagan works in finance and I have my own photography business. I blog about my baby girl (obviously), products we love, crafts, photography, DIY projects, sweet treats, random life tidbits, and the balance of being a mom and business owner! Our house is always a work in progress but we love working on it and making it our own. Thanks for stopping by!

Baby Essentials // Sleeping

I’ve been a mom for a whole whopping 12 weeks, so I am obviously not a pro, however, I’ve had a lot of questions about what my favorite baby products are so far. So, I’m breaking it down into a couple of different groups, but here are my favorite baby essentials for sleeping. There are MANY different products and techniques out there, this is just what has worked for us.

1. Footie Pajamas with a Zipper – After trying out all sorts of clothing options, we think the footie pajamas with a zipper are the easiest to get in and out of. Snaps seem to be much more common than zippers, but at 3am I found myself cursing the snaps because I never lined them up right and it took way too long! Maybe we were just sleep deprived but a zipper is pretty hard to mess up!

2. Phillips Avent Soothie – I know there are different beliefs on using the pacifier but when we were in the hospital we were told that as long as our little one was latching fine, she could take a pacifier. So we have been using these since day one. We’ve never had an issue with Paige latching and she also takes a bottle easily so it hasn’t been an issue for us. This is the brand that our hospital recommended. We really only use them to put her to sleep, she doesn’t just chew on it all day long.

3. White Noise Machine – We live by white noise in this house. It is probably our number one tool for getting Paige to sleep! It calms her down and keeps her sleeping for longer periods of time. This particular clock has nature sounds on it and also doubles as a iPhone/iPod dock. I also like it because it is small and sits nicely on a little side table we have next to the rocker. I also have a white noise app for my iPhone – White Noise App – for when we are on the go. There is a free version you can also try – White Noise Lite App.

4. Fisher Price Rock n Play Sleeper – I can’t recommend this sleeper enough! Paige LOVES it and everyone else that I know that has used one has absolutely loved it. Paige sleeps in it exclusively right now. It is nice and cozy and it rocks which is SO helpful when the baby just needs a little bit of movement to fall asleep or to get them back to sleep. If Paige starts to rustle a bit, her movement makes the crib rock and so she has often rocked herself back to sleep if she wakes up mid-nap. It also folds up so that it is easy to transport if necessary. Please register for one of these if you are pregnant!!

5. Soft Blanket with Clips – I actually found this same blanket at TJ Maxx for about 1/3 of the price that it is sold at Bed Bath and Beyond (just fyi!). I love this blanket because you can use the two way clips to secure the blanket down. We actually use it to line the Rock n Play Sleeper so that it is a bit cozier. Using the clips we secure each corner down so that there are no worries about the blanket getting in the baby’s face.

I also found these baby sleep guides on the website, Toublesome Tots,  helpful, particularly this article which includes a sleeping chart that spells out what your baby’s sleeps patterns should generally look like.

This is just what has worked for us! Hope this is helpful for all you mamas-to-be!

February 11, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Kiersten - My #1 baby gift to buy for 1st time Mom’s are sleepers with zippers!! They were my must have for all 3 of my kiddos. I always found a good selection at Target. Also when my 3rd baby arrived my friend let me borrow her Rock n play sleeper and it was seriously a life save. Our Kinsley had terrible acid reflux & was constantly spitting up and was in great discomfort when laid flat on her back. The rock n play sleeper’s inclined seat was just what she needed to get to sleep. We kept her in that until she was about 5 months old. So you may have only been a mom for 12 weeks but I have been a mom for just over 6 years & we like the same things!!
Wishing you many blessing for your cute little family!

February 11, 2013 - 10:28 pm

Sada - Awesome Kiersten! Great minds think alike! And thank you! :)

February 11, 2013 - 10:52 pm

Christina - The rock and play sleeper helped us so much, too! Our little one is 10 months old now and, unfortunately, had reflux and the croup twice, and she would not have been able to rest well during these times were it not for this rocker! It made her feel ‘snuggled’ and the incline was great when she had congestion. So glad it is working so well for you all, too….and white noise is a must for our whole house, too! She is beautiful, by the way!

February 12, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Kim - We LOVED the rock-n-play sleeper! Our little guy was a noisy newborn who would not sleep soundly for more than maybe 45 minutes at a time. We were in pure misery his first few months of life (this was after having a daughter who slept through the night at 6 weeks old without a hitch!). So when I discoverd the Rock-n-play, I immediately ordered it with rush shipping (none to be found locally). It saved our lives!! He slept soundly for the first time ever that very first night. I dreaded moving him to his crib when he outgrew the sleeper, but it wasn’t too bad of a transition. Best invention ever!!

February 12, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Sada - Love seeing all these comments about the Rock N Play Sleeper!! It’s the best!

February 12, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Kelly - The rock-n-play sleeper is the one thing I tell every pregnant friend is a must get. I have actually told random people in stores that I see looking at it how amazing it is. I was also worried about transitioning to the crib, but my son had no problem with it. We also use a noise machine and it has been a lifesaver. I tell everyone to get a real one and not the lamb. Someone got us one of those and I thought I would try it one time, but it woke my son up when it turned off after 30 minutes. It quickly became one of my least favorite baby items). I’m so excited to know about that blanket for next time. We put one in the rock-n-play to make it more comfortable but as a new mom I always was a bit nervous. We had the yellow one and it seems like the ones they are coming out with now with the animals have more padding.

February 14, 2013 - 8:15 pm

Kelly - Zippered sleepers are the best! I loved them for those night time diaper changes when I was half asleep;)

February 17, 2013 - 8:30 pm

Molly - Good to know!!!! Ahhhhhh :)

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