When preparing the nursery for your baby, it is only natural to pay close attention to its aesthetic appeal. You want the room to look cute and sweet for your little angel. But aside from the interior design, you should also make sure that the nursery will encourage good sleep for your infant. You have probably educated yourself regarding the things you can do to make your little bundle of joy sleep better, such as less night feeding, noise machine, and bedtime routines, but have you considered the nursery?
Did you know that the baby’s nursery can also play a huge role in your baby’s sleep pattern? With that said, you need to make sure that the room is sleep-conducive and safe. Remember that the features of your baby’s sleep environment can affect his risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and other sleep-related health conditions. Reduce health problems and the risk of SIDS by creating a safe, sleep-conducive environment for your little angel.
Buy A New Cot: When, you should make sure that the crib has met and exceeded the federal standards. This means that the cot:
- Is deep enough
- Must have bars between 45mm and 65mm to keep your baby’s head from slipping between the bars.
- No decorative cut-outs or steps that might trap your baby’s limbs and arms.
Room Temperature: Make sure that the temperature inside the nursery is around 18Â C/65Â F. Keep in mind that infants cannot control their own body temperature; thus, it is crucial to regularly monitor the temperature of your infant’s room to make sure that it is neither too hot nor too cold. If your baby gets too hot, he will be more at risk of suffering from SIDS.
- Purchase a room thermometer to check the temperature.
- You can use a small electric fan to keep your baby’s room cool and refreshing. Make sure that you don’t place it near his crib so that he can’t easily reach it.
- Use blackout blinds to keep the heat inside your toddler’s room.
- During very hot weather, you can sponge him gently with tepid water.
Make The Room Dark: It is very important to keep the room dark throughout the night and early morning to help your infant sleep better. Keeping out unwanted sunlight can also help you get some sleep as well. The best way to accomplish this is to install blackout blinds; however, you should only use this at night and early morning so that your baby can differentiate between night and day. As a tip, you should choose blackout blinds that are entirely cord free. This type of blind is safe for children’s room.
Stay Organized: During the first few months, you will need to go into your toddler’s room in the middle of the night to feed him, change his diapers, and burp him. If you need to turn on the lights every single time, you will wake your baby up, making it harder for him to have high quality sleep when you are done. To this end, you need to organize necessary items and keep things handy. In doing so, you will only need a nightlight or a dimmer switch to navigate through the nursery to get things done.
You should also consider other factors that canfor your little bundle of joy. Here are some of them:
- You can consider putting a changing mat on the floor so that you won’t have to worry about your child falling over.
- Keep his lotion, wipes, and other toiletries out of his reach.
- Use a firm sleep surface and cover it with a fitted sheet.
- Keep objects, pillows, and loose bedding out of his sleep area.
These are just a few tips for creating a safe, sleep-conducive environment for your infant. Remember that high quality and peaceful sleep is essential for your child’s growth and development; thus, it must not be taken lightly.