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As parents, we know that ensuring our little ones get sufficient, restful sleep is important for their well-being and development. A key factor in promoting healthy sleep habits is providing a great sleep environment.

Comfort is Key:

The first step is setting up your child’s sleep environment.  Start by selecting a cot or bassinet with a firm and flat mattress that has a waterproof cover. The Lullaby Trust recommends firmly tucking in any sheets and blankets. Your baby should be placed at the bottom of the cot to prevent them from wriggling under any blankets. Blankets should not be tucked in above your baby’s shoulders. Once your baby reaches a certain weight (around 4kg/8.8lb) they can use a well-fitted sleep bag. Always check the product’s guidance. Remember to keep soft objects such as pillows, blankets, and stuffed toys out of the cot for children under the age of 1.

Lighting within the sleep environment:

The right lighting can significantly impact your child’s sleep patterns. During the day, expose your little one to natural light by going outside. This will help regulate their internal body clock and promotes healthy circadian rhythms. In the evening, dim the lights to signal that it’s time for sleep. Use blackout curtains or blinds to remove external light sources that might disrupt your child’s sleep. We recommend making the room, where your little one sleeps, 10 out of 10 dark.

Room Temperature within the sleep environment:

Keeping the room temperature at a comfortable level is vital for your child’s sleep. The Lullaby Trust recommends the ideal room temperature range is typically between 16 °C to 20°C. Dress your child appropriately for the temperature and avoid overdressing, as overheating can lead to restless sleep. If necessary, use a fan or a heater to maintain a consistent and comfortable environment during the different seasons.

Calming Atmosphere:

Creating a soothing and calming atmosphere in the sleep environment helps your child unwind and prepare for a restful sleep. Avoid having toys insight of your child. Use neutral and calming colours on the walls. If you have other children or your home is a little noisy, consider using a white noise machine throughout each sleep situation. This will mask any sudden sounds which might disturb your little one during their sleep.

Minimise Distractions:

Keeping the sleep environment free from distractions helps promote uninterrupted sleep. Remove any electronic devices, screens, or toys that might overstimulate your child. Additionally, ensure that the room is quiet and peaceful, reducing the chances of sudden noises or disruptions.

Creating an ideal sleep environment for your little one is an important step in fostering healthy sleep habits. By focusing on comfort, lighting, temperature, and atmosphere, you can establish a peaceful sleep environment that promotes restful nights.

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