Expert Advice On Optimizing Your Baby’s Sleep Environment For Spring & Summer

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Christine Brown

Christine Brown

Ah, Spring! My favorite season by far! The flowers pop up, longer days and warmer temperatures inviting us to step outside and soak up the sunshine. Sweet Vitamin D without supplementing! But as much as I love this time of year, it isn’t without its challenges for our little one’s getting good quality sleep. In this blog post, we’ll explore my expert advice on optimizing your baby’s sleep environment for spring and summer. I’ll provide practical tips to a restful oasis for your little one to drift off into dreamland.

Understanding the Spring Sleep Shift

Heading into spring, we’ve just had the daylight savings time change, where we shift the clock one hour later. The shift in daylight hours can disrupt your child’s internal body clock, also known as the circadian rhythm. With the sun rising earlier and setting later, it’s natural for sleep patterns to adjust accordingly. However, for young children who thrive on consistency and routine, these changes can pose a challenge.

The Impact of Light on Sleep

Natural light plays a significant role in regulating our sleep-wake cycle, with exposure to sunlight helping to synchronize our internal clock. During the spring, the extended daylight hours can make it difficult for children to wind down at bedtime, especially if their sleep environment is not dark. A sleep environment that is too bright can also make napping more difficult and can create a cycle of early morning wake-ups, which no one wants!

Temperature Regulation

As the temperatures rise, maintaining a comfortable sleep environment becomes essential for promoting restful sleep. Warmer nights can lead to increased restlessness and discomfort, making it harder for children to fall and stay asleep. Think about how you feel when you are trying to sleep in a room that is too warm! Proper temperature regulation is key to ensuring quality sleep throughout the spring and summer months and to keep our babies safe from the increased risk of SIDS from overheating.

Creating an Optimal Sleep Environment: Tips for Optimizing Your Child’s Sleep Space

Invest in a Blackout Solution

One of the most effective ways to combat the effects of extended daylight hours is by investing in a blackout solution, including blackout curtains and/or shades for your child’s bedroom. These light-blocking window treatments help create a dark, sleep-friendly environment, signaling to your child’s body that it’s time to wind down for the night, to sleep to their normal time in the morning and to get a quality mid-day nap.

To ensure your little one’s room is dark enough for sleep and to learn about our favorite blackout solutions, download our Darkness How-to.

Maintain a Comfortable Temperature

With temperatures on the rise, it’s important to keep your child’s bedroom cool and comfortable for optimal sleep. Aim for a room temperature between 68-72°F (20-22°C).

For babies, running a fan year-round helps with air circulation, just be sure the fan isn’t pointing directly at your little one.

If you live in a climate where your child’s room will get warmer than 72°F (22°C), you may want to invest in a portable floor air conditioner to regulate the climate during warmer days and nights. The floor unit is preferred over a window unit because you can keep the room dark by putting the curtains around the exhaust hose.

This one comes highly rated and has a sleep mode, which enables you to turn off all lights on the unit during sleep periods.

Choose Breathable Sleep Sacks

For babies, we don’t want to have anything in the crib with them until they are over one year of age to decrease the risk of SIDS. The ideal sleep environment for babies is an independent sleep space, like a crib or a bassinet, with nothing in the crib, but a firm mattress, with a fitted sheet and the baby in a sleep sack. You can learn all about creating a safe sleep environment here.

If you’ve been using a heavier weight sleep sack for the winter, you want to replace it with a lighter-weight cotton or bamboo fabric which will allow for better airflow and temperature regulation, ensuring your little one stays comfortable while they sleep. Two good options are:

  • My favorite sleep sack, the Snuggy Buddy (10% off with discount code: BELLALUNA10)
  • Sarah’s favorite sleep sack, the Zipadee-Zip
chart about dressing baby for sleep based on temperature

Declutter and Refresh

Spring cleaning isn’t just for tidying up your home—it’s also an opportunity to declutter and refresh your child’s sleep space. Remove any excess toys, books, or electronics that may be causing distractions and hindering their ability to unwind at bedtime. A clutter-free environment promotes relaxation and sets the stage for a restful night’s sleep.

Summing Up Our Expert Advice For Optimizing Your Baby’s Sleep Environment For Spring & Summer

As we welcome the arrival of spring, it’s important to remember that optimizing your child’s sleep environment is essential for promoting healthy sleep habits year-round. By implementing these practical tips and creating a restful oasis for your little one to retreat to, you can ensure they get the quality sleep they need to thrive, even as the sun shines brighter and the temperatures warm up. Here’s to happy, well-rested kiddos and peaceful springtime slumbers! 🌸💤

If you need help your child’s sleep, we’d love to help you! Let’s schedule a discovery call and talk about how we can help your family get the rest you need. Sleep deprivation doesn’t have to be a way of life just because you are a parent!

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