Written by Moms on Call
If you’re currently pregnant or just had your little one and are creating that perfect baby nursery, you have likely spent your fair share of time on Pinterest. It’s so easy to get caught up in the beauty of it all, we often forget the importance of creating the baby’s ideal sleep environment. The experts at Moms on Call understand that babies learn by association and routine, so giving them a boring sleep environment helps them to do just that–sleep!
You can still have the best of both worlds with a beautiful nursery and an effective, safe sleep environment for your baby. After all, everything looks more beautiful when the family is well-rested!
Moms on Call’s Tips for Creating a Safe Sleep Environment
- We recommend that the baby sleeps in a crib in their own room. Babies sleep best when they are not in the kitchen of their favorite restaurant (that’s you, momma) where they can smell you from a room’s length away!
- However, know that babies can develop great sleeping habits from any room. You are the parent, and you choose where your baby sleeps. We are simply providing the tips that work best with the Moms on Call method!
- The crib should be less than 5 years old, have a new mattress, a mattress cover and a tight fitted crib sheet.
- Colgate makes our favorite mattress!
- There should not be any pillows, stuffed animals, loose blankets and interactive toys (including mobiles) in or near the crib. The crib should be free of all stimulation.
- That cute mobile can be hung over the dresser and the perfectly chosen pillows, stuffed animals and blankets can be placed on the floor or in a decorative basket.
- If you choose to have a crib bumper, we recommend a thin mesh breathable bumper.
- White noise is reminiscent of the noise babies hear inside the womb. The white noise machine should be kept on all night long, turned up loud enough for you to hear on the other side of the door.
Lighting and Temperature
- At night, the room should be pitch black. Black out shades are wonderful for this.
- During naptime, window blinds can be left open or a lamp can be left on.
- Babies’ bodies naturally regulate with light. They will associate night with darkness and naptime with daylight.
- Babies sleep best in cool temps! The room should be kept at a cool 68-72ºF.
Check out our quick video dedicated to creating the ideal sleep environment for your baby!
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