6 Sleep Innovations We’re Truly Thankful For

6 Sleep Innovations We’re Truly Thankful For

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Thanksgiving is around the corner and we’re feeling pretty thankful here at Nanit. Not just for our friends, family and customers. But for all the good sleep our families have gotten this past year (yes, we’re more than a little obsessed with sleep!).

Good sleep isn’t the result of just one thing, especially for infants. There’s a lot of little things that help your baby get those zzz’s. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we decided to give a shout-out to some of the innovations we’re most thankful for when it comes to babies getting sleep.

Here are the 6 sleep inventions we’re thanking our lucky stars for this Turkey Day…

  1. Blackout shades

In the recipe for good sleep, darkness is ingredient number one. After all, it cues the body’s release of melatonin. That’s why we’re so thankful for blackout shades that can turn even the most peppy, sunlit room into a dark sleep haven. (Shout-out to black garbage bags, too – tape them up on the windows to block out light when you’re in a pinch!)

  1. White noise

Dear, sweet, wonderful white noise. What would we do without you? Thanks to white noise machines little ones can get their beauty rest even if your neighbor’s nightly viewing of Wheel of Fortune gets out of hand. White noise is also one of those positive sleep associations that you can add to the bedtime routine. Just switching it on can let your baby know it’s sleepy time.

  1. Overnight diapers

We seriously wish we could give the brilliant inventor of overnight diapers a big hug. These super absorbent diapers make it possible for both you and your baby to sleep through the night without the need for a 1 a.m. diaper change.

  1. Footed pajamas

There’s a reason those footed pajamas from your childhood still haven’t gone out of style – they’re just so useful. Perfect for cooler nights, but lightweight enough to use through the seasons. And did we mention how completely cute babies look in ‘em?

  1. Pacifiers

Whether you call it a paci or a binky, the pacifier is definitely on our “can’t live without!” list. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a pacifier at naptime and bedtime, which “helps to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).” Added bonus? Pacifiers support healthy sleep habits – babies can use them at night to soothe themselves back to sleep.

  1. Nanit

Okay, okay, we’re tooting our own horn a bit here! But what can we say? We’re truly thankful for Nanit, which helps everyone in the family get better sleep thanks to its genius computer vision and machine learning technology.

Which sleep inventions are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? Share your picks with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Natalie Barnett, PhD serves as VP of Clinical Research at Nanit. Natalie initiated sleep research collaborations at Nanit and in her current role, Natalie oversees collaborations with researchers at hospitals and universities around the world who use the Nanit camera to better understand pediatric sleep and leads the internal sleep and development research programs at Nanit. Natalie holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of New England in Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Pediatric Sleep Science from the University of Western Australia. Natalie was an Assistant Professor in the Neurogenetics Unit at NYU School of Medicine prior to joining Nanit. Natalie is also the voice of Nanit's science-backed, personalized sleep tips delivered to users throughout their baby's first few years.

Kristy Ojala is Nanit’s Digital Content Director. She spends way too much time looking at maps and weather forecasts and pictures of Devon Rex cats and no-cook dinners. A former sleep champion, she strives to share trustworthy somnabulism tips with other parents—praying for that one fine day when no tiny humans wake her up while it’s still dark out. Her kids highly recommend 3 books, approximately 600 stuffies, Chopin’s “Nocturnes,” and the Nanit Sound + Light for bedtime success.

Mackenzie Sangster is on the Brand and Community team at Nanit. She supports content development and editing for Nanit’s Parent Confidently blog as well as other marketing initiatives. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends, cooking, being active, and using the Pro + Flex Duo to keep an eye on her fur-baby, Poppy!

Holly Hays is a contributor and writer for Nanit, channeling her years as a mama and former magazine editor to create fun, useful content for fellow busy, trying-to-do-their-best parents and caregivers. Holly has written for a wide range of brands and media outlets (Ergobaby, HGTV, Manhattan Toy Company, OXO), loves to cook and read mystery novels, and leans heavily on her two daughters to keep her up to date on all the latest slang.