Reviewed by: Jess Micallef, UK, mum to Noah and Arlo, aged one and three.
Price: From Dh749, Babysouk.com
Key features: A multi-functional baby bed with anti-dustmite, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties for use in your baby’s sleeping area or around the home
Why I chose it: I had read so many great reviews online. I felt it was a safe place for my new baby to sleep and it looked so comfortable.
The best bit: It makes the transition from womb to outside world so easy for baby as they feel all snuggled up and cocooned. It is also very portable, so easy to be able to bring into different rooms of the house for baby to rest on. It also fits in a suitcase so it’s great for travelling. You can also buy extra sheets for the sleepyhead to make washing easy…
Any niggles? It doesn’t really last up to eight months as it says it does, but we have now bought the Sleepyhead Grand, which is huge, so my little one can still sleep like a dream.
Why buy it? This product will hopefully make your sleepless nights few and far between, which is a godsend when you are blessed with a newborn.
ClevaMama Clevasleep Positioner
Reviewed by: Nazish Esmail, mum to two boys aged six and four years.
Price: Dh189, mumzworld.com
Key features: This is a foam bed wedge for babies who suffer from reflux or breathing or digestive difficulties. It elevates them, easing their passageways and aiding with digestion. It also has side bumpers and straps to keep them in a safe position. We kept the wedge in the middle of our bed between us so we could keep an eye on him all night, and the barriers kept him safe.
Why I chose it: We had a hard time with our first son Ayaan’s feeding and sleeping. He couldn’t sleep at all in a flat position as it would cause him to vomit or sometimes choke, so my poor husband would walk with him most of the night (I was recovering from my C section) and then let him sleep upright on his chest or prop him up with pillows when he finally dropped off. So when we stumbled across this product in a random Dubai shop we snapped it up – even though Ayaan hadn’t yet had the diagnosis of reflux, we knew something to strap him safely upright would help.
The best bit: It’s portable and light so can be used or taken anywhere. It is also washable.
Any niggles? It is only for use up to age six months, or until they can start rolling over, so it didn’t really last long.
Why buy it? Totally recommended – this product really helped us (and our arms!) get five minutes’ rest!
Reviewed by: Rebecca Munns, mum of baby Maddie (12 months)
Price: Dh849, dbbabies.com
Key features: It’s an ergonomic cocoon that repositions the baby in the semi-foetal position that he/she adopted in the womb - like sleeping on a big cloud!.
Why I chose it: When Maddie was a newborn she suffered from terrible gas that left her wriggling in pain for hours from about 3am to 8am. Somebody recommended we consider getting a Cocoonababy. Although we thought it was expensive, we were so sleep-deprived we just decided to go for it to see if it would make a difference.
The best bit: Maddie’s sleep drastically improved after we got the Cocoonababy, almost overnight. It fit perfectly into the ChiccoNext2Me co-sleeping cot we had and we even took it with us to the UK when we went home for seven weeks in the summer. She didn’t need a travel cot – she just slept on the floor in it. It was amazing!
Any niggles? It only lasts until they can roll, which unfortunately for us happened at around four months. Boo.
Why buy it? If your newborn baby is suffering from gas or reflux I would definitely recommend it.!
Whisbear the Humming Bear
Reviewed by: Tsian Koussa, mum of Theo (10 months)
Price: Dh185, plus international delivery, whisbear.co.uk
Key features: This clever teddy bear recreates the soothing sounds of the womb to help calm baby and ease the transition from womb to world. It is also the first sleep aid featuring the CRYsensor, a device that automatically activates calming white noise when your baby starts crying.
Why I chose it: I was after a product that would help settle Theo to sleep. Plus, it is stylish and seemed to be a hit with other babies!
The best bit: The Whisbear is more than a white noise maker, it doubles up as a cuddly toy and with its magnetic feet, the bear can easily attach to the side of the crib or buggy. The cry sensor also switches on white noise if your baby stirs, to lull them back to sleep. This is all done without you having to make a move!
Any niggles? It would be perfect if it had a choice of sounds to choose from.
Why buy it? It has worked wonders with Theo, the bear not only helps him drift off to sleep but when he’s awake he enjoys playing with its colourful rustling paws and ears.
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