Sleep is one of those things that we as mothers just don’t seem to get enough of. I have found through multiple children that different things seem to work for different children and that some are just better sleepers than others. I have, however, discovered a few simple tips to help your child sleep that seem to help any baby or child sleep better for longer.
The environment your baby/child is sleeping in can dramatically affect how well they sleep.
Tips To Help Your Child Sleep
A Dark Room Is Essential
Our bodies are hard-wired to sleep when it’s dark. Light inhibits the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that naturally promotes sleep. The human body is also conditioned to wake when the sun is providing light. Sometimes it can be hard to maintain a dark environment as your baby/child may not always be napping or sleeping at home in their own cot/bed. The Gro Anywhere Block Out Blind is portable and can be put in place in minutes. It’s also great for people renting and who may not be able to change their current window dressing. What I love about them is they actually do block out the sun. The Gro Anywhere Blockout Blind attaches directly to the glass using suction cups, ensuring a close fit that really does block light properly. I have attempted so many times with different curtains or blinds that just didn’t have the same effect.
White noise can be a saving grace in a busy household. Not only does white noise block out exterior noises that may cause your baby/child to wake, but it also imitates the noise experienced while in utero and has a calming effect on babies/children. There is a wide range of evidence to support the advantages of using white noise to help babies/children sleep. Again as I love things that are portable so you can create this optimal sleep environment wherever you are, I have found the MyBaby Soundspa Portable White Noise Machine to be the most suitable. The Sounds Portable can run on batteries or through mains adapter and has 6 soothing sounds to choose from.
What parent hasn’t worried about whether their child is too cold or too hot while sleeping? A room temperature of 16-20 degrees is ideal. It can be difficult to judge the temperature of a room and so that is why we recommend the Gro Egg. The Gro Egg has an innovative colour changing system and handy temperature display which makes it super easy to reference a temperature guide and ensure your baby/child is dressed accordingly.
By using the Gro Egg and knowing what temperature the room is, you can dress your baby/child accordingly. Most baby sleepwear ranges have temperature guides to indicate what tog rating sleepsuit/bag your child should be wearing. The temperature guide will also give an indication of what should be worn under the sleep suit/bag. One of my favourite brands is Love to Dream. They have an amazing range of different togs available and different styles to suit every age. The Swaddle Up versions are great for younger babies as they are not as constricting as swaddling, but also stop the startle reflex from waking baby. For older children, I love the Sleep Suits, as I know my kids never stayed still while in the cot and so would always kick off blankets. The Sleep Suit ensures they are always covered and you eliminate risks like loose blankets in the cot.
The sleep environment is, in my opinion, one of the most important factors when trying to get kids to sleep. As always there are other factors to consider like teething, sickness, nap times during the day etc., but if you follow the tips above you are certainly putting your best foot forward.
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Hopefully, these tips to help your child sleep will help you get some much-deserved shut-eye. Also just remember one day our kids will be all grown up and we may actually miss those nighties snuggles. Take care of yourself mumma!