Children come as sleepers or non-sleepers. If you have got a non-sleeper, you may find he does his non-sleeping in different ways as he grows. But you can get these kids into bed by stocking your kid’s nursery with these accessories. This will also help counter post-babyhood sleep problems with new mothers.
Here is a guide to some of the most popular bedtime accessories. These ensure your baby’s safety while she sleeps and some accessories might make your baby’s cot more comfortable and cozy. Seeing their uses can help you decide if you need any of these accessories for your baby’s bedroom.
- Crib: A crib is definitely a safe place for your child to sleep up to 2 or 3 years of age. Pick a crib mattress that fits perfectly into your crib. This is mainly meant for babies from 0 to 1 year.
- Night-lights: Night-lights can be useful if you have a toddler of 2 to 3 year old. But, babies don’t really need them and may sleep better in a dark room. Night-lights are available in many fun designs, also with the ones playing music.
- Bed rails: Bed rails ease the transition from a cot to a bed by stopping your child falling out. Buy two rails, one for each side, if your child’s bed is positioned in the middle of the room.
- Soothers: There are all sorts of soothers on the market to help your baby get to sleep, from teddy bears with simulated heartbeats, to toys that play sounds of ocean waves and lullabies. They are usually expensive. If you would like to buy one, ask for recommendations before you splash out.
- Baby monitor: A monitor is a transmitter and a receiver, which allows you to listen to your sleeping baby from another room. The most basic models have an on/off switch and volume control, whereas more expensive ones have light displays to show how loudly your baby is crying. The most sophisticated monitors use infrared video cameras so that you can keep an eye on your baby in the dark.
- Sensor pads: Sensor pads are placed under your child’s sheet and monitor her breathing. They are usually only recommended if there is a high risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death.
- Cot separators: Cot separators are useful if you have an infant sleeping in a big cot. The cot separator is placed horizontally across the cot, keeping your baby in the ‘feet to cot-foot’ position and helping to stop her wriggling under blankets and covers.
- Sheet and mattress protectors: Sheet and mattress protectors are made from absorbent cotton with a vinyl backing. They are useful during toilet training to kids.
- Blanket: Always keep a light-weight blanket near the sleep area in case your child wakes up feeling cold.
You as a parent are responsible for keeping your child safe. Children need to be constantly supervised, even when asleep, to prevent accidents from happening and to keep them safe. If you have to leave your child alone for a moment, first make sure they are completely safe. Infants should be put into a cot. Never leave children alone and unsupervised near water, near fire or heater, near unfenced stairs, unrestrained in a pram or stroller.
No matter what your child’s age or sleep troubles are, you need to be consistent and persistent to get him into bed for the whole night. We are quite sure putting these sleep accessories to use, your baby is going to fall fast asleep in the wink of an eye, thereby ensuring his safety and comfort.