Getting Your Baby to Sleep Better During Daytime Hours
Getting your baby to sleep during the day can be a real challenge! That sun just keeps on shining, making it hard to develop those essential good sleeping patterns. What do you do when the sun shines through even closed curtains or onto baby’s pram? You use one of our blackout solutions of course!
Dark Spaces Make Getting Your Baby to Sleep Easier
Both sunlight and artificial light affect our brains, helping us adjust our internal clocks. The dark stimulates our brains to produce melatonin, which is the sleep-inducing hormone.
Light is one of the biological cues babies use to develop their understanding between night and day. Newborn babies are best initially exposed to lighter rooms during nap times, helping them quickly learn that night is for sleep and day is for play. However, a baby over six weeks of age naps better in a darkened environment during the day time.
Many curtains and blinds in the bedrooms and nurseries of our babies and toddlers let the light through, even when they are shut. This makes developing those all-important regular napping schedules incredibly difficult. Thankfully there are some ways parents can create a darkened and sleep-promoting area for their young children.
Blackout Blinds – an easy and portable solution is to use blackout blinds in your child’s bedroom. The suction cups and Velcro fastening lets you put the Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind up for sleep during the day and light evenings/mornings. It also packs down small, making it perfect for taking away on holiday with you.
It can also be hard to keep your home quiet for nap time (this is especially true if you have older children!) A white noise machine will help block out background noise while your little one sleeps.
Travel Cot Blackout – travel cots are brilliant pieces of baby equipment to have. Easily transported between rooms or homes, they let you pop your baby down to sleep wherever you are.
But like at home, the sun will shine during the day and disrupt baby’s sleeping patterns. To combat this, we recommend using a SnoozeShade Travel Cot Blackout. Easy to fit around the portable cot, it keeps your child’s sleeping space dark and calm, no matter where they are.
SnoozeShade Covers for Prams, Capsules and Strollers – One of the great things about a baby or small toddler is that they are portable! Pop them in the capsule to drive to the supermarket or the stroller to head out for a walk. To take advantage of this, it can be necessary to head out during their nap times and getting your baby to sleep and stay asleep in the daylight is hard work. The solution is to use one of the SnoozeShade products from our travel range.
With a solution for every pram, stroller, and capsule, you simply attach the cover over the top, letting you enjoy being out and your child gets a nap!
No more throwing blankets over the pram (which blow away), or pegging muslins (which become a distraction as baby starts to play with it) or covering the buggy with a coat in colder weather.
Snoozeshade will significantly darken the inside of your pram/stroller, travel cot or car seat. Your child will be able to make out shapes and movement, tell whether its day or night – but it takes away their ability to latch onto anything stimulating.
The SnoozeShade even helped me get my baby to sleep during a noisy wedding celebration! The end result was a well-rested baby and a happy mum and dad!
Something else to note is that blankets and muslins don’t always give protection from the sun.
The SnoozeShade range blocks at least 97.5% of UV and is the only one of its kind to be endorsed by a number of international baby sleep experts and approved by the Melanoma International Foundation.
Carry your portable white noise machine with you to block out any outside distractions and you have created a cozy space for naps on the go.
If you’d like some personalized advice and help to choose the right blackout solution for your needs, please get in touch!
Here at Cruisy Baby, we are parent’s ourselves and all questions are welcome! Getting your baby to sleep is much easier when we all work together!