Summer is great, there’s no doubt about it. No longer are we hibernating under a layer of winter clothes with the thermostat cranked up and gorging on carbs for energy. Instead, we have bright sunny days with warm Scottish weather on the odd occasion, a rainbow of fresh fruit and veg galore and an abundance of energy. Oh and lots of light nights…which is good if you fancy an evening stroll or BBQ, not so much with a little one to contend with.
You see, the summer months can affect your baby or tots’ sleeping habits as the nights are shorter – and lighter. And so, with Summer Solstice – the longest day in the year – fast approaching, we thought we would give you some tips for a good night’s sleep.
- Invest in a blackout Blind. A dark room will help your little one sleep earlier and for longer. We love John Lewis’ range of nursery friendly blinds. If you already have one, why not double up with a Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind. This portable little number attaches to windows with little suckers so you can make their room daylight free.
- Wind down time. Avoid over stimulation before bedtime and keep the mood quiet, with the curtains drawn. It’s all too easy to push their bedtime routine back when it’s so light outside but stick to your bedtime routine as much as possible. Soothing music, dimly lit rooms reading them a book
- Full tummies. Your little one, irrespective of age, needs a full tummy to settle properly. Ensure they’ve had their milk, be it from breast or bottle, or dinner for older tots so they are content.
- Night feeds. Keep night feeds fuss-free as any stimulation can wake up your baby fully
- Comforters and dummies. Not everyone likes to introduce a comforter or dummy, and not every baby will take to them. However, they are a great way to help them settle and self soothe which is what you need to help them get to sleep unaided.
- Stop, look and listen. Don’t jump too quickly in response to your baby’s every sound.
And if it all gets too much and you still can’t get them to settle, the team at Baby Matters can help with our night maternity service!