Firstly, I want to say that you are doing an amazing job. Don't forget this.
Secondly, let's talk about how to set up a room that promotes good sleep. If you are wanting your little one to sleep better during the day, at night or both, one of the first things to review is their sleep environment. Is the sleep environment conducive to sleep?
My top 5 tips on setting up a bedroom are:
Darkness: Yes, think black!. When it’s dark, your eyes send a signal to your brain to tell you that it’s time to feel tired. Your brain, in turn, sends a signal to your body to trigger that it is time to rest. We want a bedroom to be dark from the beginning of the night all the way through to morning i.e. 6am onwards. Plenty of options for blackout window coverings these days, and it can be done on a budget. Darkness for naps is also recommended.
SIDS Safe: For babies under 12 months of age their sleep space should meet the SIDS safe guidelines. Refer to rednose.org.au for more information. Safety is a must.
Temperature: You don't want your child to be hot or cold. For babies and younger toddlers, sleeping bags are a great way to ensure your little one is dressed appropriately for bed and for the entire night. In the winter I recommend you keep your room warmed to approx 19-22 degrees celsius. During the warmer months, you can use lighter layers and a cooler sleeping bag if you don't have the luxury of air conditioning. If your child wakes up between 4am - 5:30am, feel their chest, were they cold?
White noise: I recommend using it at safe volume levels for all naps and for the entire night. For younger infants, white noise is soothing, they are used to being in a noisy womb. For older babies and toddlers, white noise is soothing but it's also helpful in filtering out any noise disturbances (creaky floorboards, morning work alarms, dogs barking, traffic etc.).
Comforters: Yes! I am a huge advocate for using comforters (for babies approx. 6 months and older). Comforters are an amazing sleep tool and most children love them. I don't have a preference on which brand to buy. As long as the product is safe for sleeping and it doesn't have any fabrics or pieces that could be sucked or chewed off, then use whatever your little one loves.
Reach out if you have any further questions. Have a wonderful week!
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