Parenthood is incredible, but we can all agree that sleeplessness is not. According to Dr. William C. Dement, parents of newborns can expect to lose approximately 2 hours of sleep each night until their baby is 5 months old. After that, parents typically lose an hour of sleep each night until their child is 2. Your family here at Nested Naturals has rounded up 5 sleep tips for babies so you and your little one can have better nights and even better mornings.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Make good friends with the dimmer switch. Adding one to your child’s nursery allows you to create sleepy, calming mood lighting! Most parents can relate to the pain of sneaking in to check on their little one at night and accidentally waking them up. If you’re renting or simply don’t want to mess around with electrical, look for dimmer switches you can add to lamps. The colour of the bulb you use is important as well! Good lights for going to sleep are around 2700K while lights that are 3500K+ are better suited for rooms you want to be awake in.
Timing Is Everything
You’ll have better luck getting your baby to sleep soundly if you put them to bed when they’re quieting down, but have not yet nodded off. Babies who fall asleep on their own are more likely to learn to soothe themselves to sleep.
Avoid Eye Contact
When bedtime is in the cards, the last thing you want to do is get your baby excited. One of the most stimulating things for your baby is prolonged eye contact, so as hard as it may be to look away from their sweet face, avert your eyes.
Calm, Cool & Dark
The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends keeping your baby’s nursery between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Just like you, your little one will have a better sleep in a cool, dark, calm room.
Vitamin D for Sound Sleeps
Studies have found a positive correlation between healthy Vitamin D levels and both mood and sleep quality. If you are living in the US or Canada, it’s likely that you and your baby aren’t getting enough Vitamin D from its primary natural source: sun exposure. Research shows upwards of 75% of the population has a deficiency. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies—starting in the first few days after birth—receive routine Vitamin D supplementation (400 IU per day).