Since we've covered a number of ways in which a bedtime routine is important, both scientifically and in terms of some of the benefits for your family, this time around we're going to talk a bit about how you can improve your child's environment to encourage better and longer sleep in their bedroom.
The good news is that determining what will help your child sleep better when it comes to their bedroom is very similar to what might help you sleep better at night.
According to Sheena over at Laptops & Naptimes, one of the most important things to consider about your baby or toddler's room (or any person's room for that matter) is the temperature. Although adults and older children are able to express when they're too cold or too warm (and plenty of couples face the dreaded battle of the thermostat on a regular basis), toddlers and especially babies have difficulty doing this. So, it's important to ensure that their bedroom is at a comfortable temperature.
What might that be? To start, Sheena suggests that you should aim for 65-70 F (16-20 C), but keep an eye on your child to make sure they're not showing signs of being too hot or cold. If they are, then adjust the temperature accordingly. If they seem to be cold, you could add a swaddle or other item of clothing instead of turning up the heat.
Another element of your child's bedroom that can keep them from sleeping well if there's either too much or too little is light. As Sara from Growing As A Mom suggests, blackout curtains can help to keep your child from waking-up too early. Depending on the time of year and where you live, they can also help encourage them to go to bed while it's still light outside. Of course, if your child is afraid of the dark, a night light may be warranted.
Lastly, plenty of parents suggest a white noise machine as a great addition to your child's bedroom, and Sara from No Peep Sleep Solutions is one of them. If your household is particularly noisy, it can help to limit the chances of your child waking-up when someone laughs at whatever they're watching. Obviously, this can be of great benefit to a busy household as it means the whole family doesn't have to shutdown when your baby should be asleep.
That being said, we recommend researching the options available before you purchase one as research has shown that many white noise machines on the market now can be harmful to children, especially when used for long periods of time.
Luckily, Snorble® has been developed with this in mind, and is capable of providing white noise (and other similar options) without the risk of harming your child. For children afraid of the dark who need a night light, Snorble also offers a number of calming options to ensure your child is soothed to sleep. For more information on what Snorble offers, please visit our main page.
Also, if you're still having problems with keeping your child in their own room all night, then check-out these three tips that might help make it happen.
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