Last updated on August 2nd, 2021

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Kim West, MSW, Mom of 2, creator of The Sleep Lady Shuffle

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When it comes to your baby registry, it can be overwhelming to think of all the odds and ends you may need. However, the most important items for your registry are any products that will help you establish healthy, safe, and supportive sleep routines for baby. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite registry items to help baby sleep safely and soundly.
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Sound Machines

Babies love white noise! It reminds them of being in utero, and soothes them when they’re fussy or tired. Since you can’t “shhh shhh” them all night long, a white noise machine is a must have for your nursery. These sleeping devices for babies feature soothing sounds to help interrupt your baby’s crying session and engages their relaxation and calming reflex.  Just make sure it’s placed outside the crib, where it can’t fall in or on the baby and let it work its magic.
Here are some of The Sleep Lady’s favorites:

L-R: Marpac Dohm-DS, Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother, Marpac Hushh for Babies

Marpac Dohm-DS All-Natural Sound Machine
Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother
Marpac Hushh for Babies, Portable White Noise Sound Machine

Blackout Curtains

Babies are very sensitive to light and heat, so you’ll want to make sure to add blackout curtains to your registry. Make sure that they are placed nowhere near the crib, or anywhere baby can grab at them. The curtains will help baby establish day versus night, which will help instill healthy sleep patterns over time.
The Sleep Lady’s Favorites:

L-R: 100% Blackout Roller Shades, Amazon Basics Room Darkening Thermal Curtains

100% Blackout Roller Shades Cassette Valance Continuous Loop Custom Shades
Amazon Basics Room Darkening Thermal Insulating Blackout Curtains


One of the more overlooked categories for safe sleep is the air that baby will breathe. Humidifiers are especially important for newborns because they are obligate nasal breathers, breathing only through their tiny noses for their first 4 – 6 months. Any congestion can make breathing, feeding, and sleeping incredibly difficult for your little one. Remember to keep all cords and machines away from the crib, always use a cool mist humidifier for baby, and keep the water refreshed daily.
The Sleep Lady’s Favorites:

L-R: Crane Cool Mist Humidifier, Crane Travel/Personal Cool Mist Humidifier

Crane Cool Mist Humidifier
Crane Travel/Personal Cool Mist Humidifier

Sleep Sacks

Since blankets are not safe for baby in the crib, when the weather gets cooler, it’s imperative to have sleep sacks on hand for baby. Sleep sacks not only keep baby warm, but help them transition from swaddle to having a little more freedom. Since baby is wearing the sack (at an appropriate size), it is safe for baby to sleep warmly and comfortably. It’s important to remember that babies sleep best between 65 and 72 degrees, so a sleep sack won’t overheat baby, but will keep them warm in moderation.
The Sleep Lady’s Favorites:

L-R: Love To Dream SwaddleUP Original, Love To Dream 50/50, HALO Sleep Sack, SwaddleMe Organic Swaddle

Love To Dream Swaddle Up Original
Love To Dream Swaddle Up 50/50
HALO SleepSack Swaddle
SwaddleMe Organic Swaddle
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Author: Kim West, MSW, Mom of 2, creator of The Sleep Lady Shuffle

My name is Kim West, and I’m the mother of two beautiful girls, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practicing child and family therapist for more than 21 years, and the creator of the original gentle, proven method to get a good night’s sleep for you and your child. My sleep journey began when I started experimenting with gently shaping my daughter’s sleep by not following the conventional wisdom at the time. After having success (and then more success with my second daughter!), I began helping family and friends and my step-by-step method spread like wildfire, exactly like an excellent night of sleep for a tired parent should!