If you're worried about how the late summer nights are going to affect your baby's sleep schedule, you're not alone! Changes like the seasons or daylight savings can have an impact on your baby's sleep (and therefore yours) but thankfully, there are ways to get your schedule back on track.
Here are five tips for staying on track with your baby's sleep and enjoying summer.
Your baby doesn't have to know that it's still light outside! Pick up some blackout curtains to block out the sun and remember to close them before you put your baby down for nighttime sleep. It's suggested that you keep them open for naptime so that your baby can nap during different daytime conditions.
But when you want their nighttime schedule to start, you can make the room feel more like night by closing the curtains.
You might already be using white noise, but if you're not, it's definitely worth considering. White noise can help drown out noises from outside and create a more soothing atmosphere for your baby to drift off to sleep. There are lots of different white noise options available online or at stores.
If you don't want to buy anything, you could also try using the sound of fans in the bedroom or finding white noise on Youtube. But just remember that you'll have to leave your phone in the baby's area so if they don't sleep in the same room as you, that might be inconvenient.
Finding the right baby sleepwear can be a make-it-or-break-it moment. Not only does sleepwear designed for your baby help them sleep better, but it also makes their space safer.
Whether it's a swaddle, sleepsuit, or sleepsack will depend on their age and physical milestones, but you can find the right sleepwear for your baby here!
Products like sleepsuits and sacks help your baby sleep better by keeping them comfortable and dampening their startle reflexes. You can use this TOG (Thermal Overall Grade) chart to decide which products would work best for the warmer summer months.
Proper Room Temperature
Even when it's hot outside, you don't want to make the room too warm for your baby. The ideal bedroom temperature should be between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Sleep Foundation.
We know that not everyone has or can afford to run their AC all summer, so if you don't have AC, you can find a fan that will create a cross breeze in the room. You can also make sure to dress your baby appropriately for sleep and adjust the thermostat accordingly—it's suggested that babies wear one layer more than adults do.
The best way to check if your baby is running warm is by putting your hand on their chest or back. If it feels sweaty or too hot, then the room might be too warm.
Have Patience and Stay Consistent
It's okay if your baby's sleep schedule isn't perfect. It takes time for them to adjust to changes in the environment, so be patient and give them some extra cuddles or lullabies if they need them.
And don't forget that consistency is key! Try to make sure that your baby is in bed at the same time every night, even on weekends. This will help them to stay on track with their schedule and give you the rest you need.
We hope these tips help you keep your baby sleep schedule on track this summer, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way!
Find the Right Summer Sleepwear With Baby Merlin
Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep System are baby sleepwear options that are designed specifically to help your little one get the rest they need. Not only does the sleepsuit keep them comfortable, but it also helps reduce their startle reflexes so they can drift off more easily.
It works with room temperatures from 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s perfect for keeping them cool during the warmer summer months. Plus, it’s made from fabric that’s lightweight and breathable to keep your baby comfy throughout the night.
If you want to help your little one get the best sleep possible this summer, try Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Products! Feel free to contact us with any questions about the safety or use of our products.