Most (not all) babies and toddlers can sleep in varying light and sound conditions. In the car seat, in the stroller, at home in a brightly lit room with you and your spouse talking.
Daddy’s Digest has put together a set of pointers to help fathers understand the idea baby sleep environment.
1. Children don’t need complete silence to help them sleep. What they need is consistency. If they fall asleep to silence, a sudden sound may wake them up. If they fall asleep to noise, a change (less or more) in noise levels may wake them up.
2. Many parents choose to use white noise to help their babies sleep and block out sudden noises. E.g. sound of a fan or rain playing through an app or white noise device.
3. The white noise must be low-level and away from your baby to help protect your child’s hearing. To reduce dependency, you can try occasionally turning it off (times of the day when there are less unpredictable external noises).
4. Darkening your baby’s room or sleep area will help reduce stimulation, create a calming environment and remind them that it’s time for bed. Similar to sound, consistency is important as a change in light levels during sleep may wake them up.
5. Make the effort to block out external sources of light and sound. E.g. closing windows, doors and curtains.
6. Take the time to understand and take preventative measures to help lower the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
It is important to note that our guide is meant to give quick insight and outline the facts. Always consult with a qualified medical professional or childcare expert when taking important decisions regarding your child’s health.