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 for $99

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 for $199

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 for just $79

4. A super-soft sheet set

Big W Cot Sheet Set

Of course, once you’ve bought the bed you have to buy the bedding too. Why not start the ABCs early with the Dymples Cot Fitted Sheet 2 Pack? The set comes with one alphabet print sheet and one green sheet. These sheets are super soft, making them a brilliant choice for precious baby skin.

Snaffle a sheet set for a tiny $12

5. A cuddly cot quilt

Big W Cot Quilt

The cosy Dymples Cot Quilt features a cute reversible design and will keep your baby snuggly all night long.

Grab this quilt for just $19

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 for just $30

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 for just $39.95

8. A collection of gorgeous muslin wraps

Big W Muslin Wraps

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

Pop a pack of three wraps in your cart for $19

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 for just $4

10. A baby monitor for peace of mind

Big W baby monitor

VTech’s BM5100-OWL Safe & Sound 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 adjustable camera angle and automatic infrared night vision. This monitor has a temperature sensor and allows parents and babies to chat walky-talky style. It also has nine soothing sounds and lullabies on board, to comfort baby to sleep.

Snap up a baby monitor for $199

11. A cute and soothing night light

Night light owl

With five different LED colour options that can be changed with a gentle squeeze of the wing, the sweet My Baby Glow Buddy Night Light offers the perfect nursery nighttime glow. And with a handy battery option, it’s also fully portable making it easy to travelling with.

This pretty night light retails for $39.95

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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