The hardest thing to nail down after having a newborn can be a good night’s sleep: for both new parents and their young one. We’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to make your baby’s nursery into a haven for sound sleep and sweet dreams.
The key to a baby who sleeps through the night is minimizing as many stimuli as possible. Keep an eye out for brightness in the room and make sure to draw the curtains when it’s nap time. Thicker curtains can reduce light and support a calm environment where your young one can get the rest they need.
A simple mobile suspended above the crib can give your baby something to focus on as they drift off into sleep. Avoid a mobile with lots of bells and whistles like flashing lights and noises: a simple hanging fixture that gently rotates without any fanfare should suffice.
Night lights can wash the room with soothing colours that can go a long way in having your baby go down for nap time. Avoid bluish colours that can approximate daylight and trigger restlessness in your baby. We recommend sticking to warm sunset colours: reds, pinks and oranges.
Your baby may be hesitant to head straight to the crib. Set up a corner with a comfortable chair you can use to hold them and spend some bonding time while easing them into a nap. Rocking chairs can be great for holding your infant and gently coaxing them to sleep through the gentle, soothing rocking motions.
White Noise Maker
A dull noise washing through the room while your baby is sleeping can help disguise other disruptive noises in the house, like washing machines, beeping appliances or vacuums. Set up a white noise machine somewhere in your nursery so your baby can slip into a soothing soundscape to support uninterrupted sleeping.
Sometimes babies can awake from mild discomforts, like dry skin and nose. A humidifier can help this problem by keeping the humidity within the nursery at a consistent level. Here are some DIY projects for your baby’s nursery.
It’s important to not be noisily tumbling about the nursery at night when you come to check on your baby. Good storage is important for keeping toys and other infant care trinkets tucked neatly out of your (and your baby’s) way.
Minimizing disruption to your baby’s sleep is key to keeping them asleep through both nap and bedtime. This can be challenging when you’re trying to change out a soiled diaper to avoid a rash or mess. Keeping a changing table in the nursery can help you make diaper changing a quick affair so you can get your toddler back to bed as soon as possible.
If you’re hesitant to let your kid sleep away in the nursery or if your living situation is better set up for co-sleeping, consider rearranging your room to accommodate your infant. The key is to still give your baby its own secure sleeping space. Set up a mini-crib near your bed should you need to get to your young one quickly.
A Sturdy, Stable Crib
It’s important to invest in a sturdy, secure crib with guards that protect your baby from falls should they roll in their sleep. Cribs are best placed away from windows so fluxes in temperature and light don’t bother your little one while they sleep.
A Soft Rug
Nothing changes the feeling of a room like a well-placed rug. And this isn’t just for adults, as this feng shui tip holds true for kids as well. A rug can help break up monotonous colours and add texture to an otherwise drab or underwhelming room. A rug in the nursery has an added benefit of being a soft place for a baby to crawl about and expend their energy: just in time for bed.
Install a Thermostat
Newborns are sensitive to spikes in temperature and these fluxes have the potential to disrupt their sleep. Setting up a thermostat and temperature regulation system in the nursery can keep things as cool or warm as your baby needs to fall asleep comfortably.
Every time your tiptoe about the nursery or crack the door to check on your newborn is an opportunity to disturb their sleep. A video monitor with sound placed at baby’s bedside helps ease the fears that have us noisily dashing back and forth from the crib.
To help your newborn ease into naptime, ensure there are no screens in the nursery. Screen time is incredibly stimulating for young children and infants in their early development often struggle to unwind and disconnect after immersing themselves in a show on the television or family tablet.
Much like the mobile, a ceiling fan can help keep a newborn’s attention as they fall asleep, with the added benefit of cooling a warm room and providing a bit of white noise. Check out the royal baby’s nursery design.