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New parents need sleep! I’m sharing how we reclaimed our sleep by replacing our older mattress with a brand new mattress and transitioned our baby to her own room.
As you all know, we have a 1 year-old, Nina, who is the caboose in our family of 6! She has been sleeping in our room since she was born. She slept in a bassinet alongside our bed for the first few months, and then moved to a crib, still within a couple feet of our bed. We chose to keep her crib in our room for awhile because it meant I could attend to her needs easier with middle-of-the-night feedings.
Before: Crib Alongside Our Bed
But as we celebrated her 1 year birthday, we realized she woke easier and had a hard time staying in her crib when she saw us sleeping just a few feet away. Our mattress was getting pretty old, so between that and waking up with her in the middle of the night, our restful sleep was suffering.
So after doing a bit of research, we chose to partner with Lull to reclaim our sleep! With a 95% satisfaction rate, I was confident with our choice. After making sure Nina was all set up to get her best sleep possible, we decided it was time for us to get life changing sleep, too.
Lull Mattress Review
Lull Mattresses are shipped right to your doorstep with no-contact, free delivery – which, with the current state of things in our world, is a huge plus in my eyes. The only advantage to shopping for a mattress in person is to try out how it feels, but Lull has free shipping, a 365 night risk-free trial, and if I didn’t love it, they offer a full refund and free returns. I wouldn’t have to do any of the heavy lifting or trying to fit my large mattress back into a small box!
Our new favorite mattress arrived at our doorstep– it was contactless, they literally rang my doorbell and left, so the entire process is really the easiest and safest! It wasn’t too heavy to slide inside and was so easy to unbox– it took me just a few minutes and I did it by myself!
To unbox a Lull Mattress, you unwrap the plastic-wrap outer layer, unroll the mattress onto your bed, and then remove the inner, vacuum-sealed plastic. Once the inner plastic is cut open, the memory foam immediately starts to expand. It was almost fully expanded within a matter of minutes. There is NO weird smell and it is made completely non-toxic and non-carcinogenic! We took comfort in knowing our mattress was made with our health in mind.
3- First Impressions
I was honestly expecting something similar-feeling to the memory foam mattress toppers we had been using for several years and was pleasantly surprised to see how supportive our Lull Mattress is! The foam conforms to your body evenly when you lay, but it doesn’t sink in or make you feel “stuck”.
We also noticed that when one of us got out of bed at night or moved around, the other wasn’t disturbed! This was a huge change from our previous mattress! I wasn’t surprised to learn that over 35,000 people gave their Lull Mattress a positive review.
As a hot sleeper, I was curious to see if the 10″ of foam would make me overheat at night. I was pleased to find that the foam was breathable and kept me cool all night long!
4- Two week Review
I wanted to wait a couple weeks to get used to the mattress before I wrote a review, because I wanted to make sure my sleep improved. It took me a couple days to get used to sleeping on memory foam, to be honest, but I can honestly say I’ve been getting the best quality sleep and feeling well rested in the morning!
I don’t know about you guys, but as we have gotten older (one of us is turning 40 this year), our body aches have become more prevalent, but I have noticed that the way our weight is distributed on our Lull Mattress alleviates pain. I used to not be able to sleep on my side because my shoulder would start to hurt, but I can sleep in any position now!
We absolutely recommend a Lull Mattress to anyone!
Lull Mattress Protector
I was pleasantly surprised with the Lull Mattress Protector that was sent and can be purchased separately. After inspecting and using the mattress protector, I can’t imagine not having it!
Similar to the memory foam of the mattress, the mattress protector is completely breathable but it is also WATERPROOF! What magic is this?! It doesn’t make weird crinkly noises like most waterproof mattress covers, but instead is quilted and soft. Do you see the sheen on the underside? It keeps liquids from penetrating and damaging the mattress.
It is stain-resistant and shrink-resistant so when you wash the mattress pad, it will remove all allergens to prolong the life of your Lull Mattress.
In conclusion, we couldn’t be happier with our choice to invest in Lull. We wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. We’ve finally been able to reclaim our sleep, thanks to Lull!
Tips for Transitioning Baby to their Own Room
Just before getting our Lull Mattress, I moved Nina’s her crib into her sister’s room across the hallway.
There are many methods for getting your baby to sleep through the night, but after 4 kids, I’m going to share what has worked for us.
1- Make Sure Baby is Tired at Bedtime
As you can imagine, quarantine life has caused our routines to fly out the window, but in order for Nina to transition to her own room I knew she needed some structure around bedtime. So I started to make sure she wasn’t sleeping too late in the morning so she could get adequate naps (she still takes 2), and was sufficiently sleepy by bedtime.
Everyone’s time-lines will look different (depending on the baby) and I’m not a sleep coach, but suffice to say– if your baby is too tired or not tired enough, they will fight you at bedtime.
2- Create a Bedtime Routine
For all of my babies our bedtime routine has looked like this:
Play outside (or inside if weather doesn’t cooperate but doing something physical),
Eat a big balanced dinner with lots of protein
Take a bath (with sensitive skin, we don’t wash our babies with soap more than twice a week unless they are visibly dirty)
Massage with lotion
Lay down in the crib with a bottle of milk (someone will stay there holding the bottle until they are done)
3- Keep Company for a Few Minutes
I have found keeping baby company as they are starting to fall asleep is only needed in the first week or two of transition. Sometimes this is literally a few minutes, but in the beginning it can take 10-15 minutes. I’ll hold their hand, and lay down on the floor so they can’t see my face over the bumper. I’ll shorten the amount of time I stay each day, until I don’t have to stay at all.
I also have a basic rule that if baby is crying, I go and comfort them. Lay them back down if necessary, and put the paci back in before leaving. If they start crying immediately, wait 5 minutes and go back. Again– this may not work for everyone, and this method has always worked for us.
Nina now will go to bed at the same time every night, without crying, and she sleeps almost 12 hours a night. This whole transition took only 2 weeks for us.
It’s been SO nice to have our room to ourselves now. Our new Lull Mattress provides support and comfort like we haven’t experienced before. As cheesy as it sounds, I really feel like we have reclaimed our sleep!
To see the details about our bedroom with all sources, check out my recent summer bedding blog post here.
If you have any questions, I would love to hear from you! Thanks for being supportive!