There are no clear rules as to what is the ‘right’ place for a baby to sleep. In practice, there are two main things that parents typically consider when thinking about this:
- What space you have available – If you only have a studio flat, then your baby will be in your room and possibly co-sleeping. If you have a separate room for your baby, the choice may be to have her sleep there or move her there at some point. Both choices are completely fine.
- Personal/cultural preferences – Some parents prefer not being separated from their baby at night, while others struggle to sleep well with baby moving and creating noise in the same room. This is a personal choice and both options are fine.
However, these are three things that you should keep in mind for your baby’s sleeping environment (especially after 3 months of age):
- Sleeping environment should be consistent so that regular sleep habits can be established.
- Sleeping environment should be calming, to make it easy for the baby to fall sleep.
- Sleeping environment should be safe, so that you don’t have to constantly worry what might be happening.
The place and way your baby is settled to sleep relates to her expectations at what happens if she wakes up in the middle of the night. So make sure the where she is settled to sleep in the evening is consistent with what happens throughout the night. Babies also like routine, so the more you can get it to happen similarly every night, the better.
A soothing sleep space is essential. Imagine that you want to recreate the environment similar to the womb and your baby will be happy:
• Dimly lit
• Neutral warmth
• Soft linen and blankets
• Soothing white noise can help
Sleeping is often the only time a parent is really separated from a baby, so it can create anxiety about your baby’s safety. So make sure your baby’s sleeping environment is safe in the following was:
1. The baby should sleep on their back or side, never on their tummy.
2. A baby should not sleep in the same bed as a parent or sibling – if you need to share a room or a bed, make sure your baby has his own space and is not near pillows or blankets.
3. The mattress should be firm and new – not used by a baby previously.
4. No blankets, pillows or duvets should be in the cot.
5. The room should be no warmer than 22 degrees (Celsius).
Our upcoming product will guide you through all essential steps to ensure best possible sleep for your baby – see more details here.