Whether it’s running away from nap time, staying up too late or waking up too early the next day, sleep seems to be a consistent hurdle throughout your child’s growing years. It’s a pity nap time isn’t celebrated until adulthood!
Different phases of maturity demand a different goodnight treatment; newborns need tender cuddles while tots demand a firm foot down. Regardless of your methods, the bedroom plays a big part in coercing quality sleep. Try implementing these tips to create a conducive sleep environment.
Humans have a “light cycle”. Our biology responds to sunlight, artificial light and darkness. When we’re in the dark, somewhere in the center of our brains Melatonin is produced to regulate our sleeping cycle. The chemical soothes and relaxes, eventually inducing sleep. To ease the bed time process, keep the room dark with blackout curtains or blinds. If your toddler insists on a night light, use a warm yellow bulb as white light tends to mimic the effect of natural sunlight.
Colour of The Room
The warm and bright colour of sunshine might be a happy trigger for most of us, but it’s been proven to make babies cry more. You may want to paint your baby’s room with the calming hues of blue or relaxing shades of green instead.
Our sense of smell is extremely underrated. The classic lavender has been known to help you relax and a jasmine scent can provide the same result with an added anti-depressant effect. Since infants can be extremely sensitive, use watered down mixtures of essential oils instead of candles or diffusers.
White noise is music to an infant’s ears because it mimics what living in the womb sounds like. For the first year, you’ll find it extremely useful to induce sleep in infants. However, there is no sure answer when it comes to selecting lullabies for toddlers since they’ve developed individual preferences. Some may prefer complete silence while others can’t sleep without their favourite rhyme playing in the background.
Do you have any tricks to help your baby sleep? Share with us in the comments below!