Q. Is there anything I can change in my baby’s room to help them sleep better?
A. Yes! When thinking about your baby’s room there are a few things to take into account. First, make sure the crib meets the latest safety standards. Crib slats should be no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart and the mattress should fit snuggly in the crib. Next, skip the mobile. They are too stimulating for most babies. You want your baby’s room to be the most optimal sleep environment possible. Think about using a white noise machine, as the sound helps the brain achieve and maintain REM sleep. However don’t use sounds like “rain” or “ocean”. White noise is the only sound proven to help babies sleep. Finally, hang blackout curtains to keep baby’s room as dark as possible. And, if you need to see during those midnight feedings, use a red or an orange light as these colors do not interrupt the production of melatonin. A Himalayan salt rock lamp is a great option! Make sure you read up on safe baby sleep and follow the AAP guidelines at all times.
Melissa Griffing, Sleep Consultant \ Rested Roots \ www.restedroots.com