Laura Flores, mum to 3-year-old Jannah

"I believe there's nothing more soothing for babies to fall asleep to than listening to theirs Mummy's heartbeat. But rocking a baby every night can be exhausting, for which I really recommend using a carrier. At the first sign of baby being ready to nod off, place him/her in the carrier and move around slowly; I always had a happy baby ready to be moved to the cot in a few minutes. The carriers from and worked great for us."

Jean-Paul Smalls, dad to 19-month-old Serena

"Start the bed time routine early! Babies have no idea of the difference between day and night, so get into the habit of dimming lights, relaxing bath time and gentle play to help them soothe into sleep. I'm in charge of bath and bed time in our household and as a dad it's one of the great ways to grow your own bond with your baby." 

Read more of our sleep special: Dubai’s Baby Whisperer: How to adapt infant sleep routines for life in the UAE

Jessi Walker, Mum to Eisa (1)

"Where one parent swears by a particular product or technique, you'll find a thousand more damning it to the darkest corners of hell. But, with that disclaimer in mind, let me tell you about the Chicco Next2Me. This co-sleeper meant my exhausted body was spared the journey to the other side of the room, minimised my SIDS anxiety as baby was forever in sight, and didn't take up too much space in my small apartment. It can be height adjusted and tethered to your bed. It will be the first thing I pull out of storage if I'm ever expecting baby number two!"

Khaja Sharfuddin, dad of 2-year-old Mohammed and 1-year-old Aafiya

"Follow a routine. It is difficult in the start but the consistency will pay off. Being a muslim, I have always played a Quran recitation for my kids as they go to sleep. New parents can try any kind of rhythmic music or lullaby to lull their little ones to sleep. As many experts advise, I have experimented with the use of low lights and not playing with them even if they are awake during the night hours and it works perfectly." 

Read more of our sleep special: How to ditch the dummy at bedtime and other toddler sleep hacks

Paul Baker, dad to Jonathan (21 mos)

"You need to know why your baby is crying. I found an awesome video that helps you identify if the cry means they have wind, if they're hungry, they're sore, etc. It truly changed our lives. I would also recommend both parents put baby to bed from the beginning. Otherwise they can build sleep associations that are tough to break."

Rhiannon Oliver, mum to 22-month-old Alys

"Know that things WILL change, that this will pass, and that one day you won't actually be permanently exhausted. Know too, that although you know your baby better than anyone (preach!), sometimes tiredness means you can get a bit stuck in routine and habits that aren't working for you, and so reaching out for some help and a new perspective can change everything. Gadget tip: if you travel lots, a sleep-pod or nest that you can move easily from country to country can be a game changer. We used (and loved) the Sleepy Head."

Read more of our sleep special: 8 simple steps to blissful sleep for your baby and you

Ayshwarya Chari, mum to Atira (8) and Vivaan (3)

"Do what's right for your family, regardless of perceived judgment. Most techniques, whether cry it out or co-sleeping, do work (to some extent). Sometimes we're ashamed to do what works because we're told it is wrong. The only way my children slept was when they co-slept. I fought it for a long time before I realized that it doesn't matter. It hasn't made any difference now that my daughter is 8 years old; she wouldn't want to sleep in our bed now if we begged!"

Seth Love-Chappels, dad to two boys (6 months and 2 yrs)

"The ultimate sleep tip... besides breastfeeding?! Every child is different, but I've found holding your baby close to your heartbeat always works."

Go-to sleep aids

There are some excellent products out there that are little lifesavers for some parents...

Gro egg

This cute night light also doubles as a temperature guage, letting you know the optimal conditions in your nursery.

Gro Egg, Dh210,

Black out blinds

A great way to gently help newborns adjust to life outside the womb, blackout blinds can help create a nice dark space for daytime naps. 

Pleated blackout blind, Dh25, Ikea

Sleeping bags

Perfect for keeping newborns snug and swaddled without the hassle or worry of loose blankets, one of the top choices for parents is still the Woombie, which has been designed to resemble the feeling of being tucked up in the womb.

Woombie Original swaddle in giraffe, Dh162.75, Mumzworld


With a wide range of options, and price points available, from the hallowed Mamaroo with every conceivable function, to pared-down, manual rockers, they can be a great way to soothe baby. Although there's probably no substitute for being rocked in your arms... 

Mamaroo, Dh1,595, 

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