When you have a baby you expect those sleepless nights to happen, but once you realize that they are happening every night and there is no relief in sight you may just try everything to get your little one to sleep for more than an hour.
There are certain things you can do in your baby’s nursery to help them sleep better, which in return helps you sleep a lot better.
Avoid as many sleepless nights with your baby as you can with these 5 hacks for your baby’s bedroom.
Keep the Room Dark at Night
Use blackout curtains in the nursery on the windows so that your little one isn’t waking up when the sun peeks into the morning at the early dawn hours.
If you need some sort of light on in the room, get a dim nightlight or you can even put a nightlight in the hallway instead of in the nursery so you can still have a little bit of light to see in the room.
By making the room dark, your baby learns that it is time for sleeping and helps get their internal clock on track with their sleeping.
Try a White Noise Sleep Machine in the Nursery
Considering your baby came from a very noisy place in your womb, a white noise sleep machine can often help soothe then to sleep at night.
There are all kinds of different noises that you can choose from with most sleep machines having a heartbeat and womb sound to waves and lullabies.
You may find that keeping their room entirely quiet when they sleep at night may actually backfire once they get older as well. When it is completely quiet you may find that when they get older they need it to be completely quiet or they aren’t able to fall asleep. This may not be good if you have other children or live in an area that has louder noises at night.
Don’t Keep the Nursery Too Warm
You have probably noticed that it’s pretty tough going to sleep when you are in a warm room. Your baby is no different as it’s harder for them to fall asleep if they are too warm.
It can be tempting to want to keep your nursery at a warmer temperature but that may do more harm than good. An optimal sleeping temperature for a baby is between 67-70 F.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t want your baby overheated while sleeping because it can actually increase the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Make Your Baby’s Crib as Distraction Free As Possible
Distractions may not cause a problem with a newborn sleeping but as your baby gets older, distractions can definitely make it hard for your little one to fall asleep.
Try to make the crib area free of distractions that may prevent your little one from wanting to fall asleep. This may include things like mobiles, toys in the room, and even loud colors on the walls.
Use a Lamp for Late Night Diaper Changes and Feedings
When your baby wakes in the middle of the night for a diaper change or for a feeding, the last thing you want to do is to flick on all the lights in the room and make a big fuss.
Instead use a soft lamp on a dresser to change your little one’s diaper as well as get them ready for the feeding. This way you aren’t completely waking them up and confusing them in the middle of the night with all the lights on.
The last thing you need to keep in mind when it comes to your baby’s sleeping at night is to have some patience and a realistic outlook. There are just some babies who are not very good sleepers while some other babies are sleeping 8 hours a night by the time they are 6 weeks old.
But if you follow these nursery hacks for your baby’s room you may just find that you can catch some extra zzzz’s at night and your little one wakes up happy in the morning.