Our resident midwife Avril's top sleep safety tips to ensure your baby has a safe and hopefully restful night's sleep
Becoming a parent for the first time is such an exciting experience, however at times it can be tough.
Adjusting to a new routine with in becoming a parent for the first time is such an exciting experience, however at times it can be tough.
Adjusting to a new routine with your little one can leave parents exhausted, especially if your baby is having trouble sleeping through the night. Our resident midwife Avril is on hand to help you.
Check out Avril's top tips below to ensure your baby has a safe and hopefully restful night's sleep.
1. Create the ideal environment
Creating the ideal environment is essential for your baby to have a good night's sleep. Switch off any tvs and turn down any music.
If your baby is particularly distressed, it could be a good idea to give them a relaxing bath.
2. The Right Clothing
For ultimate comfort, dress your little one in light clothing, ensuring there is no pullies or straps attached.
3. Follow This One Simple Rule
Regardless of whether your baby sleeps in a cot or moses basket, always follow the rule 'Feet to Foot and Back to Back'.
This means, keep your little one's feet to the foot of the crib or basket and keep their back to the back of the crib. Never allow babies to sleep on their side or front as this can be dangerous.
4. No Loose Objects
To keep your baby safe, ensure there are no loose objects or soft toys around their crib or Moses basket.
5. Room Temperature
The ideal room temperature for your baby's room is 16-20 degrees celsius.
If you baby like a soother and it helps them drift off to sleep, allow them to have it. However, if your baby doesn't like a soother that is ok too and don't force them to have one.
Make sure to keep blankets nice and light for your baby. Ensure your little one's head and shoulders are exposed, to help them drift off nice and calmly.
It can be helpful to sing (if you can!) or play some soothing lullabies or white noise to help your little one have the sweetest dreams possible.