For the majority of parents, the first days of parenthood can be overwhelming, especially when your baby has irregular sleep patterns. If you don’t get enough sleep as the caregiver, you won’t be in the right condition to care for your baby. Sleeping disturbances are one of the major causes of postpartum depression.
While most parents are concerned about the color and design of the baby room, the looks won’t help much during sleep time. You need to make the room sleep-friendly to help your baby sleep through the night.
Here are six unique modifications you can make to help your baby achieve a restful night of sleep.
1) Control Noise Levels
If you live in a noisy neighborhood, you don’t have much control over the sound coming from outside. Although children can sleep with some level of noise, inconsistent noise levels is what affects their sleep.
One of the best solutions is soundproofing the baby room to block excess noise. You can do this by adding more furniture in the room, placing a sound-absorbing blanket on the door and buying some soundproof curtains. Check out this post to learn more about the best soundproof curtains.
2) Room Temperature
Although most modern homes are perfectly insulated to retain heat, the temperature might not be optimal for sleep. The ideal room temperature for better sleep is 60-65F (15-18C).
If you live in a place that experiences extreme temperatures, ensure you have an air-conditioner in the baby room set within this temperature range. The aim is to ensure the baby’s body gets the perfect level of warmth throughout the night or day.
3) Check the Humidity
While using an air conditioner helps temperature control, it might lead to humidity problems. Anything that keeps the sleeping area dry can make the child wake more for milk. The dry air makes the baby have a dry mouth, which prompts them to wake up in search of something to hydrate.
However, it’s normal for a child to feed at night even after fixing the humidity levels. Fixing the humidity is especially helpful to babies who sleep with their mouths open. Maintain a humidity of 30 to 50% by installing a humidifier in the room.
4) Sleep Friendly Lighting
Most parents concentrate on installing attractive lamps without considering the effects these lights have on sleep quality. According to scientists, blue color spectrum has an inhibiting effect on melatonin (the hormone of sleep). This light makes the body think it is daytime, hence tricking it into staying awake.
To avoid this inhibiting effect, install lamps with red spectrum, not blue. Be sure to purchase a dimmable light to avoid making your baby room look like a monsters’ den.
5) Bedtime Music
Since we’ve already soundproofed the baby room, it’s time to increase the soothing ambiance with bedtime music. Just like inconsistent noise causes poor sleep, singing a lullaby and stopping once the baby sleeps will cause some inconsistency. If your child goes to sleep with music, that needs to continue all night. This will create a consistent distraction that is perfect for quality sleep.
6) Child-Friendly Bedroom Scent
Babies notice their caregiver’s scent from a very early age. Your baby feels more relaxed and comfortable whenever you are around. Since it’s impossible to sleep beside your child at all times, look for a child-friendly perfume and try it on. Chamomile and lavender are especially ideal for sleep when they are blended together. Be sure to use some diffusers to avoid overdoing the scent in the room.
Improving the condition of your baby’s room can save you the agony of sleepless nights. Try any of these solutions so everyone in your household sleeps better.