• Emma Jackson

Consider your Child's Sleep Environment

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

Making a few adjustments to the room your baby or toddler is sleeping in can play a HUGE role in how well your child is able to fall and stay asleep. Make sure the room is:

DARK: black out everything please, and then black out some more. Black out

shades and curtains are one option, while a less expensive option is black trash bags secured with duct tape, or even aluminum foil. The darkness helps to facilitate the secretion of the natural sleepy hormone, melatonin, which tells our brains that it's time to sleep. A night light can be helpful if you're using it for night feedings or for potty training

purposes. I recommend choosing a yellow or orange light that is less likely to interfere with sleep.

QUIET: a fan or a continuous white noise machine is excellent for blocking

ambient noise. Avoid nursery rhymes, nature sounds, or televisions which inhibit the brain from being able to get into a really deep sleep.

BORING: leave the mobiles or distracting toys in the play room. It can be tempting to leave a few toys in the crib to make it seem cozier or more welcoming - but if the goal is sleep, the toys will not get you there.

COOL: The ideal sleep temperature is between 68-72 degrees. If modulating the temperature isn't always an option, keep this in mind when choosing sleepwear.

SAFE: Babies under 1 should always be placed to sleep on their back, on a firm and bare surface that is separate from you. Refer to AAP.org for more safety guidelines.

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