Baby sleeping in the dark Staying Asleep 23/11/17

Don’t be afraid of the dark

Find out why creating a dark sleep environment can help your baby sleep better and longer.

Used to the darkness of the womb, when babies arrive they have no concept of the day/night cycle and establishing a difference between day and night quickly will help with babies development and parents settling them into a suitable daily routine.  Millpond Sleep clinic estimate that babies take about ten weeks to develop a rhythm of sleeping in the night and waking in the day*.

Interesting fact: A newborn baby will have around 5 sleep cycles per night each lasting around 50 mins to an hour long. At approx 3 months this will increase to one hour 30mins the same as an adults. Source https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a558727/understanding-your-babys-sleep

While many babies naturally fall into a day/night pattern there are some steps you can take to ease the transition. One of them is keeping the room dark at night time, seemingly obvious but sometimes, especially in summer months this can be tricky.

To help create a dark sleeping environment when you are setting up your babies sleep space make sure you think about what curtains or blinds you have in the child’s room. Pretty pale colours may look fantastic but make sure it has a good blackout lining.

Interesting Fact: Melatonin is a naturally produced hormone that helps promote sleep, its production is inhibited by light. Source: https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/tc/melatonin-overview#1

When planning your night time lighting aim to keep the room at a low level of light. Just enough to check on baby but not enough to disturb them. If baby does wake in the night rather than putting big overhead lighting on try and keep a low light to keep disruption to a minimum and help get little ones used to understanding that as it’s dark it’s not time to fully wake up. This can help baby settle into a settled day and night sleep pattern more easily.

See how you can adapt your existing light to an adjustable nightlight with the Grolight. Click here

*Taken from Millpond Sleep Clinic ‘10 Sleep secrets every parent should know’ leaflet.

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