The associations that your child has with the nursery, as mentioned in previous posts, should be positive.
Here are some things that you can do to make your baby’s nursery more conducive to sleep:
- Dark: try to keep your baby’s nursery dark while she’s sleeping. It does not have to be pitch black though; in fact, some kids might need a night-light to sleep between 18 months and 2 years old, when they start having nightmares. If you decide to leave a night-light make sure it’s not too bright, but gives enough light for your toddler to see his surroundings.
- Quiet: nursery should be away from the main activity area of your home. You don’t need to be whispering around while your baby naps or sleeps, but she shouldn’t be exposed to loud noise while sleeping.
- Crib: your crib should be comfortable and free of toys and blankets. Make sure your crib is JPMA certified.
- Temperature: Room temperature is vital in creating a safe sleeping environment for your baby and should be maintained at 68-72°F to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- No TV, radio, dvd, phone… or other electronic devices or toys accessible to your child.