Top 10 Nursery Items to Get Your Little One to Sleep

If there’s one thing all new parents crave more of, it’s sleep.

Sleep is such a precious commodity – especially in those early months – that anything you can do to improve it is worth trying, right? And it turns out, just like with adults, the right bed and bedding can make a real difference to how well your little one slumbers.

Before choosing a cot and bedding for your baby, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the NHS’s recommendations for baby bedding, which include a firm mattress, no cot bumpers, and no pillows or duvets for children under 1 year.

Then, check out our top 10 nursery items to help your baby drift off to the land of nod (and stay there!), so you can catch up on some well-earned zzzs too!

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1. Bedside Babe

Snuzpod 4 Starter Pack in Dove Grey
Snuzpod 4 Starter Pack in Dove Grey

The Snuzpod 4 Starter Pack is the perfect first sleep station for your newborn.

Your baby is recommended to sleep in the same room as you for the first 6 months. As well as a standalone crib, the Snuzpod can be used as a bedside crib to allow you to settle your baby back to sleep when they wake in the night without getting up. Having you nearby will soothe your baby, while the ComfortAir breathable system helps to regulate their temperature.

This set has everything you need for your little one to get a great night’s sleep, including a mattress, waterproof mattress protector and 2 fitted sheets. There’s also a SnuzCloud sleep aid, which has 4 soothing sounds and 2 light settings to create a relaxing atmosphere.

2. The Best Bed

Leander Classic Baby Cot in Whitewash with Optional Extension Kit

A comfortable and well-fitting bed is one of the most important things you can give your baby to improve their sleep.

This Leander Classic Baby Cot has 5 settings and will grow with your child to see them through their early years, from birth to age 7. An extendable mattress is available to purchase separately to fit the cot perfectly. This will ensure there are no gaps between the mattress and the cot bars where your baby’s head could get stuck.

The FSC moulded beech wood and rounded corners give this cot bed a soft, soothing aesthetic, ideal for nurseries.

3. Portable Power Nap

Little Green Sheep Natural Knitted Moses Basket with Mattress & Stand

This portable Moses Basket by Little Green Sheep is a safe and stylish place for your little one to nap near you during the day or sleep in your room at night.

The basket is made from organic materials with a removable, machine-washable liner. It comes with the mattress and stand and is available in 3 colours – White, Linen and Dove Grey.

Your baby can sleep here until they are approx. 6 months or they can sit up unaided. To help them fall asleep at night, avoid overstimulation in the evenings, and implement a calming bedtime routine, perhaps with a bath and bedtime story.

4. Rock-A-Bye-Baby

Leander Hanging Baby Cradle with Hook & Mattress

Recreate the warm and comforting environment of the womb with the Leander Hanging Baby Cradle.

The gentle rocking motion created by the suspended style will help lull your baby to sleep and support their balance and development.

The cradle is made from cotton and comes with a cold foam mattress. It can be suspended from the ceiling using the included hook. This is again suitable for babies from 0-6 months or when they can sit up unaided.

5. Relax and Recline

Obaby Reclining Nursing Chair and Stool

Lean back on the extra thick cushions, put your feet up and let your little one doze off on you with this Obaby Reclining Nursing Chair and Stool.

It’s perfect for those night-time feeds when you’re half asleep and just want to be comfortable while you settle them back to sleep.

There are also pockets on the sides, allowing you to keep any bedtime essentials nearby.

6. Mattress Matters

Panda London Bamboo Mattress Protector

We can all agree a dry mattress is essential to a good night’s sleep.

This waterproof Panda London Bamboo Mattress Protector will protect your little one’s mattress from unfortunate nappy spillages!

Best of all, your baby will stay cool and comfortable all year round, thanks to the breathable material.

7. Dreamy Shhh…eets

Panda London Bamboo Set of 2 Fitted Cot Bed Sheets

Bamboo bedding is soft and breathable, wicks moisture, and helps to regulate your baby’s temperature. It’s also naturally anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic, so perfect for babies’ sensitive skin – and it’s eco-friendly too!

Convinced? We thought so. Snap up these Panda London Cot Sheets to keep your bundle of joy comfortable all night long.

They’re available in multiple colours if you need a few sets!

8. Do Not Disturb

SnuzPouch Sleeping Bag 2.5 Tog in Cloud Nine

Never wake a sleeping baby… But what if you have to change them?

Well, the good news is, with the SnuzPouch Sleeping Bag, you don’t need to disturb their slumber to change their nappy at night. Simply unzip the convenient flap, change away, and replace it. Your baby will remain snug as a bug and probably won’t even know you’re there!

Sleeping bags are also an excellent way to ensure your baby’s nose and mouth aren’t covered during the night, which can be dangerous.

9. Breathable Blanket

Little Green Sheep Organic Knitted Cellular Baby Blanket

This Organic Knitted Cellular Baby Blanket by Little Green Sheep will keep your baby cosy as they dream.

It’s made from 100% certified organic cotton, which is breathable and helps to regulate your baby’s temperature. It’s also machine washable (an essential where babies are concerned!)

To tuck your baby in, place them on their back with their feet at the front of their cot and firmly tuck the blanket around them, no higher than their shoulders. This will help to avoid your baby becoming too hot or the fabric covering their nose or mouth.

10. Perfect Pillow

Panda London Baby Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow

Please note: You should not place a pillow in your baby’s cot until they are at least 1 year old because it can increase the risk of SIDS.

For older babies and toddlers ready for their first pillow, a bamboo one is an excellent choice. This Panda London Baby Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow will mould to the shape of your little one’s head and is also breathable, hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial.

We all know a lumpy or uncomfortable pillow can make or break your sleep – and it’s no different for little ones!

Keen to Kit Out Your Nursery with Sleep Aids?

We still can’t guarantee they’ll sleep (sorry!), but by choosing the best nursery furniture and baby bedding now, you’ll at least be well-prepared for when your little one arrives. If you want to talk about our nursery collection, call us on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email – we’re always happy to help.


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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