11 Gifts to help new moms get some much-needed sleep

1. Don’t ring the door bell

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While new moms won’t likely actually sleep when baby sleeps, they do cherish nap time so they can get a break and recharge. Getting some rest during the day so Mom isn’t overly tired will help her sleep better at night. Gift her this: “Please Do Not Ring Doorbell” wood door sign. (Saltbox House Designs, $12)

2. Sleep mask

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Once a new mom puts her head on the pillow, she doesn’t want any distractions until baby wakes again. Ensure she sees no signs of unnecessary light with this Wildfox “Hibernating” sleep mask. (Nordstrom, $34)

3. Aromatherapy essential oil diffuser

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New moms can have a lot on their minds, and that can mean it can be hard to fall asleep. Using lavender essential oils can help a new mom relax and fall asleep quickly, so try lavender essential oils (Mountain Rose Herbs, $13) with the VicTsing electric aromatherapy essential oil diffuser and cool mist humidifier. (Amazon, $30)

4. Nursing cami

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Ensuring a new mom is comfortable and feels good in her pajamas can make her night’s sleep much more pleasant. If those pajamas can make nighttime nursing a little more comfortable, that is even better. This Dottie maternity and nursing cami and short set will make sure Mom is just as comfy when she is up feeding as she is when she slides back into bed. (Milk & Baby, $50)

5. Lavender candle

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While a new mom doesn’t have a lot of time for herself, this luxurious chamomile lavender bedroom candle can help her steal a few minutes to relax while she gets ready for bed. This blend of chamomile and lavender will help to relax a new mom — be sure to blow out the candle before climbing into bed! (Bliss Home & Design, $60)

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6. Body wash

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A shower at night can feel like a real luxury for a new mom, but the La Source relaxing body wash gives her the chance to pamper herself for a few minutes before she slumbers. (Crabtree & Evelyn, $22)

7. Organic pillow

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A new mom’s body is still changing, and that can mean the position she sleeps in is changing since having the baby. This Naturepedic Trio organic pillow allows a new mom to adjust the amount of filling to get the perfect amount of support for a restful night. (Naturepedic, $159)

8. BluBlocker Eagle sunglasses

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After Baby goes to bed may be the only time a new mom gets some quiet time to check email and post photos on Facebook, but that light from her phone or tablet can increase levels of melatonin and make her sleep much less restful. Wearing lenses that block blue light, like these BluBlocker Eagle sunglasses, has been shown to improve sleep quality. (Amazon, $33)

9. Sheets

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Hormones can run amok in a new mom’s body, and the changes they can cause in body temperature can wreak havoc on a new mom’s sleep. Breathable and wicking, Brookstone Sheex Performance sheets will keep a new mom from feeling the sweat that has the potential to interrupt her sleep. (Brookstone,$149)

10. Under Bed Night Lights

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Waking up in the night for a new mom may happen many times, but it may just be to give baby back a lost pacifier. With Under Bed Night Lights, Mom doesn’t have to turn on the lights — which can mean not waking up fully for Mom and may mean a faster time getting back to sleep. (Hammacher Schlemmer, $80)

11. Linen Spray

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Climbing into a bed with newly cleaned sheets is pure bliss, but a new mom may not be able to wash the sheets as often as she would like. Spraying this Ja Malone London Lino Nel Vento linen spray will be the next best thing and will make sure a new mom isn’t reminded of her laundry pile when she climbs into bed. (Neiman Marcus, $60)

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