10 Apr Setting the stage for a Good Night’s sleep
- Be sure to make your child’s room as dark as possible when it is time to sleep. Naps can also be taken in a dark room from 8 weeks to assist with the production of melatonin. Block out curtains or blinds can help extend naps and prevent early wake ups.A night light is only needed if you child asks for one, then choose one that does not project blue light. While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, blue light at night does so more aggressively.
- Breastfeeding moms should use a dim nightlight when feeding to help baby and herself fall asleep better after the feed. Once again rather choose a light that does not project blue light.
- Be sure to choose white noise machine with continuous sound throughout the night or nap because a white noise machine with a timer can be disruptive to sleep.
- Choose a device that does not project light, because (as mentioned before) light inhibits the production of melatonin.
- Ideal temperature for baby’s sleep is between 19 and 21 degrees C.
- During South African summers try to keep a child’s room cool with air conditioning or a fan.
- Sleeping bags help to maintain even temperature throughout the night and keeps your baby warm when temperatures drop in the early morning.
Setting up you baby’s room is loads of fun and now it will also help set the stage for good night’s sleep.
by Jolandi Becker – Good Night Sleep Consultant