If you are currently or recently have been pregnant, you’ve probably heard the not so reassuring advice from strangers to “sleep while you still can.” While some babies sleep more than others, it is true that parents often put loads of energy into helping their little angel catch a few extra Z’s. Follow these tips to ensure that your nursery is on your side in the sleeping game.
Newborn babies are used to the sounds of the womb, where Dr. Harvey Karp explains, “the blood flow is a shush louder than a vacuum cleaner!” Recreating this environment for them will help them feel secure while also blocking any loud outside noises. White noise is even beneficial for older babies, so it could be a good idea to invest in a white noise machine.
Keep out bright light and create a calm atmosphere with black out curtains. Especially when baby goes to sleep at night, keeping the room dark will cue that it is time to sleep.
In addition to the womb being a dark and noisy place, it was also a tight squeeze! Many babies enjoy being wrapped up tight, as it reminds them of where they’ve spent the last nine months- safe and warm inside of mama! There are many swaddle blanket options on the market these days, including muslin blankets and velcro swaddle blankets. And for the baby that prefers their hands free- the Magic Merlin Suit or a SleepSack.
Many babies love the soothing effects of being rocked back and forth, and it can be a special bonding time for the two of you. Whether you’re nursing, giving a bottle, rocking to sleep, or just singing lullabies, the rocking chair aids in a gentle transition to bedtime.
How you decorate the nursery can affect how well baby sleeps. For example, calm colors and subtle patterns keep baby from being over stimulated. It might also help to keep noisy and active toys in a play area outside of the nursery, and reserve the more gentle toys for nursery playtime. This will help baby associate the nursery as a welcoming, but peaceful environment.
Baby or adult, reading a book is great way to calm your body and mind before bedtime. Including a few books in your bedtime routine will help your baby prepare for sleep while you enjoy special, quiet moments together.
Soon baby will be dreaming the night away, and hopefully that means you will be too!