There are so many gadgets on the market designed to help babies sleep, but, I think we all know, they are all pretty much a law unto themselves and what works for one will not necessarily work for another. Alfie favoured the sound of a hair drier while going to sleep (not recorded, that didn’t work for him, it had to be the real deal) while Kitty would basically only nap in a wrap sling with the sling wearer moving around. The Nap Nap looks as though it might provide the best of both worlds, combining white noise (mimicking womb sounds) and gentle vibration in a sleeping mat. Used in neonatal units around the world, it is suitable for even the tiniest babies and the vibration technology used is known to help with the breathing patterns of preemies.
The mat is water resistant with a removable, washable organic cotton cover available in a range of colourful designs. Because it’s so lightweight and portable it can be taken on holidays offering a familiar sleeping set up and (hopefully) making for an unbroken night’s sleep – a two-hour charge lasts over a fortnight, so no worries about it running out either. The Nap Nap costs £120, but it’s not just for the smallest members of the family – the six modes of vibration have also been shown to help colic during tummy time as they grow.