Your baby’s comfort and security in the nursery depending on more than smart design choices. There’s a lot you can do to soothe and relax your baby, which will improve their well-being and help form good sleeping habits. Follow these tips for keeping your baby comfy in the nursery.
Regulate Room and Body Temperatures
Just like everyone else, babies can feel too hot or too cold. However, babies have a harder time regulating their body temperature. This can cause them discomfort or even lead to physical harm.
Maintain a nursery temperature between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Keep in mind that your baby’s room might be hotter or colder than your thermostat setting. If this is the case, find ways to help regulate the room temperature better.
Your baby’s sleep outfit can be adjusted to keep them warm or cool. Whether you dress your baby in a sleep sack or swaddle, be sure to choose a fabric with the right temperature rating for the season and the room.
Play White Noise
The next tip for keeping your baby comfortable in the nursery is to play white noise. One common myth is that babies like complete silence while they sleep. In truth, a baby hears constant sounds while in the womb.
Use a white noise machine or app to play sound while your baby falls asleep. White noise for sleep isn’t a delicate sound, but rather rumbly like what your baby heard in utero. Play the sound at a higher volume while your baby starts falling asleep; once they’re asleep, turn the volume down.
Limit Light During Sleep
Darkness signals that it’s time to sleep, so keep your baby’s room as dark as possible while they slumber—the room should be dark enough that you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Consider using blackout shades or curtains to eliminate natural light streaming through the window and disrupting your little one’s sleep.
Provide Safe Bedding
You might think of pillows and blankets when you imagine a cozy bed, but these items present suffocation risks for babies. For a comfy crib, choose a firm and comfortable mattress and cover it with a fitted sheet. No other items, including crib bumpers, should be in the crib. Change the sheets once a week and wash them with a gentle detergent.