What do you need to fall asleep? Do you need to be tucked in? Do you sleep with your clothes on, or do you have to wear an eye mask? Whatever you do to drift into a deep, peaceful slumber, it’s probably part of your routine. That routine provides you with the ultimate comfort so that you have a good night’s sleep.
Now that you know what YOU need to fall asleep, let’s make sure your child has his or her own sleep-friendly room!
Babies need a comfortable environment to sleep in. Let’s go over some basics of what the room should look like at bedtime.
Your baby will rest best in a comfortable and sleep-friendly room.
Decorating the nursery with toys, gifts from the baby shower, teddy bears, wall stickers, sweet sheets are all wonderful things and they make the parent feel great! But be sure to integrate some important elements in your child’s nest to help guarantee a good night’s sleep.
* Walls should be painted in a soft, neutral color.
* Use blackout curtains.
* Use a white noise machine. A must-have if you have dogs or other kids!
* The crib mattress should be firm.
* Keep stimulating toys out of the crib, including mobiles!
* The room temperature should be between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
* Use a night-light so you don’t wake up your baby in the middle of the night when it’s time for a feeding or a diaper change.
You might have heard that you should get your child used to sleeping in bright light and noisy rooms. Don’t listen!! Can you fall asleep in a loud room full of background noise? Perhaps you can, but your sleep won’t be as restorative. We all sleep better in a dark and quiet environment on a comfortable bed. If you are worried that your baby will get addicted to the white noise machine, simply decrease the volume over time.
As a bonus tip, I like to recommend lavender oil in the bed routine. Pour a few drops in your hands and give your baby a sweet massage. Rub all along the arms, legs, back, tummy, feet and ears. The massage itself is relaxing. It will set the tone for a calm and peaceful night.
Use all these tips to create a sleep-friendly room and to foster a good night of sleep!
Sleeping Babies = Happy Families