Young children, especially newborns, need many hours of sleep during the day. They spend most of the day sleeping because this is the period where they do their growing. Babies need the best environment for sleeping, and you as a parent want to give it to them. Quality sleep is achieved when sleeping in a dark or pitch black environment. Keeping lights off is easy, but infants spend a lot of time sleeping during the day, so keeping the sunlight out must become a priority. Getting nursery blinds will help you do this, so let’s discuss it further.
Blackout Curtains and Shades
The main objective of this thought exercise is to combat natural light during the day. Falling asleep is easiest in a dark room as thousands of years of evolution have taught us to sleep during them. The baby nursery should be no different, it does not have to be pitch black with blackout shades, but dark enough to help your child sleep. The window coverings’ job is to keep the baby’s room dark enough to help it sleep but also allow you to navigate it.
For adults, melatonin production happens when the sun goes down as it signals to our bodies that it is time to sleep. Babys sleep throughout the day, during the night and during the day. It is your job as the parent to help simulate this for your child. As the provider, it is your job to give your job to this environment.
Clean and Decluttered
As your infant grows, he or she will grow curious and will want to explore their surroundings. For this reason, you will want to keep the nursery neat and decluttered. One of the best ways to go about this is to have a place for everything, diapers, toys, clothes, blankets, etc. Keep your child’s room neat and clean and they will be free to roam when he or she starts crawling and walking.
A clean nursery will also prevent injury, for both yourself and your baby. Having the items in place and not all over the floor or flat surfaces will keep you from stumbling around in the dark when your baby inevitably wakes up at night. Also, knowing where everything is will keep you from having to scramble around searching for items. So when your baby gets fussy and frustrated, knowing where to find the diapers, wipes, lotions, vaseline and toys will save you many moments of stress.
Wake up to Natural Light
As morning comes and the sun rises, one of the best feelings in the world is having your blackout blinds rise up and allowing the natural light to envelop your bedroom. You can do this by using smart shades to cover your bedroom windows. They can open per a timed schedule (allowing natural light to come in as it rises in the early morning) or you can control them with your smartphone. This last feature is particularly useful for a nursery, as you can control the amount of light coming in during the day with the greatest of ease.
The more control you have over the nursery, the easier it will be to take care of your baby. Incorporating other technological items like smart locks, cameras, and smart lights, will help you in your parenting adventure. Your child will be spending the majority of their first few months of life sleeping, but it will be broken sleep. They will be sleeping in intervals of 3 to 4 hours, gradually increasing as they age. This will mean broken sleep for you as well. Being tired all the time will mean that you will want some things automated, so why not bring in some help with some of the latest tech available for early childhood parenting.
Best Sleep for Everyone
Parenting is an adventure with many ups and downs. Babies need all the care and attention in the world, even when they are sleeping. It isn’t possible to keep an eye on them like a hawk at all times, so incorporating the help of technology in the nursery is a huge help. This will allow you to rest easy when the baby is asleep because you will need it too. By designing the nursery well, and giving your son or daughter the best environment for sleep, you will be able to get the rest you deserve and be the best parent you can be.