Practical and pretty: 11 must-have sleep essentials for babies

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When you decide to have a baby, you rarely realise that you have also decided to invest in lots of baby stuff.

Once it does dawn on parents-to-be that they are going to spend the foreseeable future obsessing about their child’s health, comfort and happiness, they’re often a little befuddled by the selection of baby products available to help them do all this.

Thankfully we’ve put together a handy guide detailing exactly what should go on that shopping list. And we’re starting with the holy grail of parenting – baby sleep.

Once you get sleep sorted, all the other elements of parenting start falling into place. So without further ado, here’s eleven sleep essentials to help the whole family get a good night’s sleep.

1. A pretty and practical Moses basket

Big W Moses basket

Many parents choose to use a Moses basket when they first bring their baby home. This Instagram-worthy option features a snug, cotton-covered mattress and a comfortable firm frame to ensure sweet dreams for all!

Grab this Moses basket

2. A safe and stylish cot

Big W cot

Cots safely sleep children from newborn right through to the age of three. The Grotime Haven Cot makes choosing a cot for your baby a whole lot easier. It features a simple and modernist design and will look gorgeous in any nursery, slotting in with any colour scheme.

Snap up this cot

3. A comfy cot mattress

BigW Cot Mattress

The Big Softies mattress is a nursery no-brainer. It’s designed for comfort and built with premium inner springs which ensure children are supported while they sleep.

Pick up this cot mattress

4. A super-soft sheet set

dymples sheet set

Of course, once you’ve bought the bed you have to buy the bedding too. Why not start with a sweet Dymples Cot Fitted Sheet 2 Pack? The set comes with two sheets in neutral shades to match every nursery theme. These sheets are super soft, making them a brilliant choice for precious baby skin.

Snaffle a sheet set

5. A cuddly cot quilt

cot quilt

The cosy Dymples Cot Quilt features a stylish circle stitch and is lightweight to keep your baby snuggly all night long.

Grab this quilt

6. A must-have mattress protector

Big W Mattress Protector

A mattress protector is a must for babies’ beds, keeping nappy leaks, accidents and other spills from penetrating the mattress. Protect-A-Bed’s cotton quilted universal cot mattress protector is waterproof, yet breathable, absorbent, soft and comfortable.

Pick up a practical mattress protector

7. A stay-cosy sleeping bag

Love To Dream swaddle

Keep your little one snug as a bug with the Love To Dream Swaddle Up. This comfy piece is made from a soft cotton/elastine mix that’s perfect for hot nights. With its simple zip up closure and patented wings, this swaddle allows your baby to sleep in a natural position with their arms up to access their hands for true self-soothing.

Grab a sleeping bag for your baby

8. A collection of gorgeous muslin wraps

cotton wraps

Dymples Cotton Wraps are soft, comfortable and made from stretch cotton.  This two-pack comes in two different designs and these wraps are prefect for swaddling or to use as a lightweight cover-up.

Pop a pack of two wraps in your cart

9. A supply of go-anywhere onesies

BigW Onesie

Dymples Pin Dot Coveralls take cute onesies to a whole other level of adorable. This onesie features a polka dot print, zip closure and its footed design keeps tiny toes warm.

Pick up a onesie

10. A baby monitor for peace of mind

baby monitor

VTech’s BM3300 Full Colour Video and Audio Baby Monitor gives parents peace of mind and lets them check in on baby from another room. It comes with a colour display parent unit and features high-resolution, 2.8-inch colour LCD screen and adjustable camera angles so you can have the best view no matter where you place the baby unit. This monitor has a temperature sensor and allows parents and babies to chat walky-talky style too. It also has nine soothing sounds and lullabies on board, to comfort baby to sleep.

Snap up a baby monitor

11. A smart and soothing night light

dream baby night light

There’s no fumbling in the dark for light switches with the Dreambaby Auto Sensor Swivel Safety Night Light. The light automatically turns on in the dark and off in the light. The 360° rotating swivel head means you can cast a soft light in any direction you like offering the perfect nursery nighttime glow.

Secure your baby’s night light

Who knew you could get your nursery shopping totally done and dusted – with an eye for on-trend design and the hip pocket – all in the one place?! Brilliant.


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