Parents choose to set up a baby's nursery in their own bedroom for many reasons. The arrangement of the nursery in the parents' room may be out of necessity or due to a chosen parenting philosophy. Regardless of the reason, it is essential to create an environment that is restful and relaxing for parents and child. Creating such an environment can be challenging, but with the correct know-how and tools, the task can be accomplished.
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Things you need
- Light dimmer
- White noise machine
- Room divider
Regulate the temperature in the shared room. Babies sleep best with a room temperature between 18.3 and 21.1 degrees C, but the room must be comfortable for the baby and parents. A fan can be used to adjust the temperature between the parents' and the baby's ideal temperature.
Separate the baby's nursery area from the parents' sleeping area as much as possible. Babies must have a very dark room to stay asleep. A room divider or curtains strung to form a wall allow the baby to stay peacefully asleep when his parents come to bed.
Connect lights to dimmers to allow parents to have light in the room yet keep it dark enough to allow the baby to continue to sleep. Dimmers are available for wall switches or can be added to lamps. Keep the room very dark for night-time sleeping. Babies should be put to sleep in rooms that are almost pitch black to reduce stimulation and allow them to doze off.
Create some noise. The womb is a very noisy place, so babies are actually comforted by some noise while they are sleeping. A white noise machine effectively creates noise that is soothing to the child without disturbing the parents sharing a room.
Lay the baby down and allow her to fall asleep alone. Ensure the baby is comfortable and positioned properly, but once she is laid down, leave the room. This allows the baby to settle and learn to fall asleep by herself.
Remove mobiles and other toys from the baby's crib. Toys in the crib can overstimulate the baby and actually keep him awake. Babies need to learn that cribs are where they sleep and not other play areas. Keeping the crib free of distractions reinforces the purpose of the space and helps the baby relax and fall asleep.
Tips and warnings
- Do not hang objects in or near the crib that could entrap the baby. If a curtain is used as a room divider, ensure it is hung a far enough distance from the crib that the baby cannot reach it.
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