Setting Sleep Environment
Your little one’s sleep environment helps to set the tone for sleep. When consistent, babies and toddlers recognize the environment as sleep cues which then becomes a part of their sustainable sleep routines.
A dark sleeping space helps naps and bedtimes when the sun is still shining bright at bedtime during the summer.
Turn a white noise on during naptimes and bedtimes. This helps to cue your baby’s brain for sleep. It also helps to drown out outside noise without making for a completely quiet sleep space. White noise is especially helpful if there are older siblings sharing a room and while traveling.
Bring the sleep temperature cooler. Babies tend to thrive in a sleep environment of 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, some babies run hotter than others, so paying attention to how your baby does in certain temperatures for sleep is helpful.
Remove distractions, especially for older babies and toddlers. This means removing crib or bassinet mobiles and toys in crib or bassinet. If you notice your older baby or toddler becoming very distracted at sleep time by toys or items in their vicinity during sleep, remove them at sleep times. This is nearly crucial for very agile toddlers.
Ensure a safe sleep environment by using only a clean, tightly fitted sheet on your infant’s sleep surface. Remove any toys, blankets, pillows and crib bumpers from their crib or bassinet. If you’re using a floor bed, be mindful of the space surrounding the bed. If you’re bedsharing with your little one, limit blankets and pillows near your baby, keeping their section of sleep near you cleared.