Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

Sleep. The right conditions for your baby to sleep well.
Gillian Stewart, Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Babies need the right conditions to sleep well. But what are these?

So much information is available that it can seem quite daunting. Below I have set out some of the main points for you to consider when settling your baby to bed.

A nursery that is safe, calm and friendly. Soft toys, books and wall stickers can make the room welcoming and fun.

The nursery should be well ventilated, with a temperature of between 16 and 20 degrees centigrade.
Low lighting and blackout blinds will give the right sleep associations for your baby.

Put in place a good bedtime routine. Be consistent so your baby knows what to expect and what is expected of him or her.

Avoid introducing unhelpful sleep associations...rocking, feeding to sleep and sleeping whilst being held.

The best little sleepers are the babies that have been taught how to self settle.

Your baby's cot should have a well supporting mattress. It is lovely to receive a cot from a friend or be given one that has been handed down through the family. However, you should replace the mattress. This is important for the health and safety of your little one.

Avoid cot bumpers and toys in the cot until your baby is older. This will prevent accidents from occurring.

Your baby does not need lots of layers of clothing and blankets to sleep well.
Light cotton fabrics are best. Babies are unable to regulate their own body temperature for about the first year so it is important not to overheat them.

We all want and need a good nights sleep. Help your little one to have a good nights sleep by creating a safe, comfortable and relaxing environment.

This, along with regular, good, daytime naps and feeds will help your baby drift off into the land of nod.

Sleep well. Sweet dreams.