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Summer Sleep Tips

Yay, summer is here! And with summer comes it's own set of sleep challenges for those of us with little ones. To help you to prepare (and ensure the best possible rate of survival!) here are a few tips:

KEEP IT DARK 

During Summer, settling for naps or bedtime can be challenging, simply because there is more light which diminishes melatonin, the sleep hormone responsible for making us feel sleepy. If your child has higher levels of melatonin they will find it easier to settle to sleep and to stay asleep, so make it really dark! If you need to make your child's room darker, consider investing in some portable black out blinds. These can be really handy as they easily stick to a window with suction cups and you can also take them with you if your child needs to sleep somewhere else. Snoozeshade also make black out options for the pram/stroller, capsule or the portacot, so that it doesn't matter if you are at the beach, park or camping, you can still provide a lovely dark place for your child to sleep.

KEEP IT COOL 

It's hard to fall asleep if you are hot and sweaty so try to regulate the temperature of the room. Ideally we would like to aim for 18-22 degrees Celsius - this may mean that you need to open some windows or use a fan, if you don't have air conditioning, to cool down the room before nap time or bed time. Blackout blinds will also help to cool a room down when the sun is at it's hottest by blocking it out.

Make sure that you are using the right sleeping bag or swaddle for the current temperature. Sleeping bags can be used as a positive sleep association that help a child to wind down or prepare for sleep, so keep using them throughout summer too. Invest in a good quality sleeping bag, like a standard weight Merino Kids sleeping bag, which is great for temperatures between 18-30 degrees celsius – just change the layers of clothing that you use with it, even if it's just a nappy and nothing else! Merino works better at drawing moisture away from the skin, preventing your child from waking up hot and sweaty. It is proven to keep baby cooler than using cotton, bamboo or muslin!

WHITE NOISE

If you are out at the beach, camping, or any noisy environment, I would also recommend that you use white noise, such as a baby shusher or baby shusher app, to cover up noises that may distract your child from settling to sleep.

KEEP THEM HYDRATED 

Throughout the day offer your child plenty of chances to drink so that they don't wake up due to thirst.

RESPECT NAP TIME AND MAINTAIN YOUR USUAL ROUTINE WHERE YOU

A well rested child will deal with changes better, while an overtired child is likely to be more difficult to settle and may struggle to stay asleep. You can still offer naps in the pram/buggy or a baby carrier while you're out – life doesn't have to stop for nap time! But if your child has short or interrupted naps, try to offer an earlier bedtime and follow it with a 'recovery day' where you stick to their routine so that they have the chance catch up on sleep.

ENJOY SUMMER!!

Remember, if you have any issues a Baby Sleep Consultant can help you to get back on track. Follow us on Facebook for more tips from the experts!

Samantha Krukerink

Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant for Baby Sleep Consultant

Tauranga

PH: 021 129 0129

Email: samantha@babysleepconsultant.co.nz

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