This is one of the easiest things you can do to help your 11 month old sleep great. It’s hard for any of us to sleep in bright, noisy or distracting sleep environments. Your baby is no different. Some of these tips may seem pretty obvious, but others may surprise you. Let’s discuss the steps for creating a sleep-friendly bedroom for your baby below.
👉🏼 White Noise
White noise helps babies fall asleep quickly and sleep long stretches. It blocks environmental noises from waking your baby, like a barking dog or older sibling.
White noise is safe for your baby, too. As long as you place your white noise machine several feet away from baby’s crib and don’t turn it up to full volume, it won’t damage your baby’s hearing. You can download a decibel tracking app on your phone to test how loud your white noise machine is. Aim to keep it around 65 decibels.
If noises typically come from outside your home, place your white noise machine near the window. If your home tends to be loud, place your white noise machine near baby’s bedroom door.
👉🏼 Darkened Bedroom
If you’re struggling with early wakings or short naps, a darkened bedroom can improve your baby’s sleep dramatically. Our bodies are naturally programmed to sleep when it’s dark and be awake when it’s bright outside. Bright bedrooms can confuse our baby’s body clocks. Your baby may be tired and ready to sleep, but his brain is telling him to stay awake because his bedroom is bright.
I highly recommend you black out the windows in your baby’s bedroom. You can get lovely, decorative blackout curtains or try these inexpensive black out films.
I’ve seen so many babies instantly sleep 1-2 hours later in the morning (and take longer naps) just by providing a darkened sleep space. Trust me on this and black out your baby’s bedroom!
👉🏼 Have your baby sleep in a crib
Young babies often sleep well in small and cosy sleep spaces like a bassinet or co-sleeper. But as your baby learns to roll, scoot and sit up, she needs space to move around and get into comfortable sleep positions.
You might be co-sleeping now because it’s the only thing that helped your baby sleep well. But most parents find that as their baby grows and approaches her first birthday, she wants to practice karate while she sleeps! Getting kicked, pushed and prodded all night will ensure no one in your family bed sleeps well!
That’s why a crib is your baby’s best option for quality sleep. If your baby is used to co-sleeping, she may not sleep amazingly her first night in the crib. But if you implement all the tips from this guide, as well as transition your baby to the crib, you’ll be setting her up to sleep through the night!
My sleep training program walks you through the steps of transitioning your baby from co-sleeping, a bassinet or the DockaTot into the crib.
Make sure your baby’s crib is bare. Truly minimalistic. Your baby should sleep in pajamas and a sleep sack and have nothing else in the crib. No stuffed animals, pillow, toys or a mobile. This provides the safest (and least distracting) sleep environment for your baby. There’s nothing else for her to do other than sleep!