Summer time can be tricky when it comes to getting babies to sleep. With longer daytime hours, vacation plans and days spent at the beach or pool, some babies don’t take very well to the change in atmosphere and their sleep schedule suffers. The baby sleep experts at DockATot have come up with some of the best baby sleep tips for summer to help you get your little ones to rest soundly wherever you are this summer.
Baby Tips: Sleeping in the Summer
Make the Room as Dark as Possible
One of the greatest challenges in the summer is getting the kids to bed when it’s still light out. Our bodies pick up on the smallest amounts of light which can inhibit our best sleep. Your best bet is to make the room as dark as possible by using room darkening shades or curtains. This creates a “cave like” feeling and makes sleep more feasible. Use these for nap time and bedtime. You can also grab a set of inexpensive room darkening curtains and a tension rod to use when traveling over the summer. The tension rod will fit to most size windows whether you’re in hotel or visiting family.
Stick to a Regular Schedule
During the summer, especially when vacationing, it’s hard to stick to a regular schedule but it will benefit the entire family in the long run.Try to establish some structure to your days and create a summertime routine that aligns as closely as possible with your regular schedule. Keep wake time, bedtime, and nap times the same. That will help keep your family’s circadian rhythms on track.
Keep Bedroom Temps Cool Enough
It’s very hard to sleep when it’s hot. Babies’ bodies do not regulate temperature as well as adults do and they can become overheated more easily than older kids and adults. Keep the room temp set around 68-72°F. Bring in a fan if necessary to cool down the room, just make sure the air isn’t blowing on the child. During the daytime, pull the shades during peak hours of sun to help keep the room cool as well. Dress your baby in a simple cotton sleeper, lightweight cotton swaddle or onesie. Using DockATot for napping or resting can also help as it doesn’t harbor heat and creates an ideal microclimate for babies.
Don’t Skip Naps
It’s hard to stick to regular nap times in the summer, but kids need it more so in the summer when they’re out in the sun more and more physically active. Try hard to squeeze in a nap and if they fight it, insist on quiet alone time in the middle of the day to recharge.
Stick to a Schedule
Getting kids to stay on schedule during summer travel is just plain difficult. Traveling kids may resist bedtime, refuse naps, sleep restlessly, or wake up earlier than expected — resulting in cranky kids and worn-out parents. So insist on a semi-regular sleep schedule to keep everyone happy. The key is recreating the child’s bedtime routine as closely as possible in the new location. Maintain a consistent bedtime and bring along bedtime books and familiar bedding and toys to comfort tired kids and encourage sounder sleep. DockATot is a must-have when traveling for many parents, as it creates a consistent sleep space so babies can nap soundly on the go wherever they are.
This summer also marks an exciting partnership between DockATot and Project Night Night. DockATot will be donating $1 for each DockATot sold on their website through the end of July. Project Night Night helps homeless children (ages 0-12) get a good night’s sleep by donating a “night night bag” filled with sleep essentials, like a book, blanket, and stuffed animal, to homeless shelters. The initiative donates over 25,000 “Night Night Packages” each year to homeless children who need childhood essentials to have a concrete and predictable source of security and an increased exposure to high-quality literacy materials during their time of upheaval. By providing objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children they serve. DockATot is proud to contribute to this amazing charity!