6 Products to Ensure a Good Night's Sleep for Baby, from PEOPLE's Health Squad Pediatrician
WEARABLE BLANKET/SLEEP SACK
"These come in a variety of sizes and fabrics and will keep your baby warm without running the risk of their face accidentally becoming covered," PEOPLE’s Health Squad Pediatrician, Dr. Elizabeth Murray, says of her first product recommendation that will help set babies up for sleep-time success.
"I live in the northeast and even during the coldest of winters, my daughters were kept warm and safe by using a wearable blanket," she adds. "Always have a few on hand because diapers sometimes leak and spit-ups will happen. It's my go-to baby-shower gift!"
Buy It! 100% Cotton Wearable Blanket/Baby Sleep Bag ($20 to $22), amazon.com
OTC PAIN MEDICINE
"A fever in an infant under 2 months of age is a medical emergency and should your young infant have a rectal temperature of 100.5 or greater, contact your pediatrician immediately," Murray advises. "For everyone else, it's okay to treat for comfort with a dose of fever-reducing medication."
Buy It! Infants' Tylenol Oral Suspension, Fever Reducer and Pain Reliever ($9), amazon.com
"Speaking of temperatures, yes, you need to have a rectal thermometer," she says. "For infants, this is the best way to determine an accurate temperature."
"In this case, less is certainly more," Murray adds. "Super-fancy thermometers that speak with your smartphone or create spreadsheets are not needed. Spend a few dollars on a basic digital thermometer and you will have the same device we use in the emergency department to check vital signs."
Buy It! White Coat Fast Reading Digital Thermometer for Oral, Rectal and Underarm Use ($11), amazon.com
"This is the fancy name for the thing that can help suck mucus out of your baby's nose," Murray jokes. "Even very small amounts of mucus (or breast milk/formula, if a baby spits up and out their nose) can clog those tiny nostrils. If your baby is having trouble feeding or resting because of a stuffed-up nose, you can use this to help clear things out."
Buy It! BoogieBulb Baby Nasal Aspirator and Booger Sucker ($13), amazon.com
"Keeping the room as dim as possible will help everyone transition back to sleep after that 2 a.m. feeding, but you also don't want to stub your toe on the corner of the changing table," she points out.
Buy It! Hatch Baby Rest Night Light, Sound Machine and Time-to-Rise ($60), amazon.com
"There is a never-ending supply of baby books out there. Many of them are great, some are not. Everyone has a different learning style and you will be able to find a reference book that presents information in a format that works for you," Murray says.
"Having a good book on your bedside table means that when the unexpected happens in the middle of the night, you will have helpful information at your fingertips," she advises. "The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes a large variety of parenting books, and you should be able to find one that meets your needs."
Buy It! Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 6th Edition: Birth to Age 5 ($14), amazon.com