Issue 7 of Two Weeks to Better Baby Sleep
Your baby's room plays an important part in sleep. To encourage the best sleep, an ideal room should:
- so dark, in fact, that you can't see your own hand in front of your face! Use blackout curtains or double up your curtains to block out any light from outside.
Be cool - 18 to 22 degrees Celsius / 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Our body temperature drops before falling to sleep and this helps set the stage for our bodies.
Have white noise
- a dull sound that helps drown out any other noises. Cheap fans actually work great and also keep the room cool.
Have a sleeping buddy
- once your baby can hold an object, give them a blanket or stuffed animal. I love the combo blanket with a stuffed animal head! Make sure to put this next to your baby every time they sleep (naps and nights) but don't use this as a toy. It should only be associated with sleep!
If some of this sounds weird, remember that your baby came from inside the womb where it was dark, the perfect temperature, and had a constant whooshing sound. Re-make your baby's room to be as womb-like as possible and you'll have more sleep success!
Today's task is to fix up your baby's room! What can you use as white noise? What can you use as a sleeping buddy for your baby? Is the room cool enough and dark enough?
Want to learn more tips on how to promote better sleep for yourself? Visit Sleep.org for more information.
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