It’s a good idea to invest in a wall thermometer to ensure the bedroom (or the room in which your baby sleeps) is just the right temperature. It is recommended a temperature of between 16-20 degrees Celsius is suitable (The Lullaby Trust, 2018). This may seem a little cooler than you would expect, however babies sleep better when they are a little cooler. It’s so important to not let your baby over heat as this is a risk factor for sudden infant death (SIDs). Always place your baby on their back to sleep and ensure to tuck blankets in or use a baby sleeping bag with an appropriate TOG in regards to the room temperature. To check your babies’ temperature to see if they are too hot or too cold, feel the back of the neck or their tummy. You should never check their hands or feet to check if they are too hot or cold as babies’ hands and foot are usually cooler which is completely normal. For more information on safer sleep, check out the Lullaby Trust’s website.
Now the clocks have sprung forward, the use of a blackout blind or curtains are a great way of dealing with the lighter evenings. Be sure to test them out first to make sure there are no unwanted gaps which may potentially disturb your little one’s sleep. Darkness helps stimulate the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin, therefore it is vitally important on helping your little one feel sleepy and to get a good nights rest. Things such as cot mobiles or anything that emits light may actually impact negatively on your babies’ sleep; particularly if it produces a blue light, which research suggests suppresses melatonin. These could be contributing to your child becoming overstimulated at bedtime and harder to settle to sleep.