Most parents deal extensively with the subject of a “healthy sleeping environment” during pregnancy. It plays an extremely important role in a healthy baby's sleep and is an essential factor in preventing sudden infant death syndrome.
But in the flood of information that is available to (expectant) parents, it is often difficult to keep track of things and not to panic before the child is even born is not that easy. Especially at the beginning, new mothers are often afraid of doing something "wrong" or overlooking something that is of vital importance.
That's why we have you, together with Sabrina von Babyschlafprofi.de, the 6 most important topics for a safe sleeping environment in a nutshell - including a short checklist to print out!
Have fun reading & implementing:)
Tip 1: The right room climate
A healthy indoor climate is part of an optimal sleeping environment.
the optimal sleeping temperature is around 16-18 ° C. However, you should make sure that the cot is not directly on the radiator or in direct sunlight.
To a Fresh air supply To ensure that it is important to ventilate frequently (but only briefly). The window should not be tilted for this, but opened completely. We therefore recommend that you regularly do brief ventilation rather than permanently exposing the child to drafts. This can be very critical, especially in the head area.
the humidity should be in the range of 50 to 65 % in the bedroom. Too low humidity and too high a room temperature lead to dehydration and irritation of the mucous membranes and increase the risk of infection and colds.
Tip 2: the right place to sleep
Especially in the first months of life, many mothers fall back on the cradle, the stroller or the bassinet. At the beginning, these offer the advantage that the children usually feel very comfortable and secure due to the limited space. However, we advise against letting the children sleep permanently in bassinets, prams or the cradle, as the Air circulation is not always sufficiently guaranteed. Instead, we recommend putting the child to sleep in a cot or an extra bed.
The bars in a cot ensure good air circulation, which protects the little ones from overheating. The baby mattress should offer ergonomic lying comfort and also allow good air circulation to prevent heat build-up or the formation of mold.
When buying a cot / playpen, please make sure that there are no head restraint points. Your adult fist should just fit between the bars, otherwise there is a risk that your baby's head or arms will get caught in the space. You should also make sure that there are no strings or ribbons within the baby's reach. We answer some of the most common questions below:
Baby cot in the parents' bedroom?
With regard to the prevention of sudden infant death, the WHO generally recommends that the child sleeps in their own bed in the parents' bedroom when they are 1 year old. So the child is very close at night and it is also very practical for breastfeeding mothers if the baby bed is as close as possible to their reach.
What do I have to consider with the extra bed?
The side bed is open on one side and is placed directly next to the parents 'bed or attached to the parents' bed. Care should be taken to ensure that there are no gaps between the extra bed and the parents 'bed and that the child is not endangered by crawling out to the open side of the bed (e.g. falling out of the parents' bed).
Can I let my baby sleep in bed with me too?
Yes, but ... If parents want to have their child very close to them at night and share the bed with them, then some "safety rules" get noticed:
- No adult who sleeps with you should be a smoker.
- There should be enough space.
- Water beds and sofas are not suitable for sleeping together in them.
- The child should not sleep next to an older child or alone in the parents' bed. Furthermore, no pets should be in the parents' bed.
- A fall protection should be attached, which prevents the child from falling out of bed. It should also be ensured that it cannot be trapped between the bed and the wall or slip under blankets and pillows (risk of suffocation!).
It doesn't matter whether your baby ultimately sleeps in its own bed or with you in the parents' bed, the sleeping place should never be a playground and itself are in bed as little as possible (no cushions, cuddly toys, lambskin etc.). In addition, from our experience it does not make sense to attach luminous and music-making mobiles to the bed.
Tip 3: the right sleeping environment
Dark sleeping environment
Many parents wonder how light or dark it should be for their child to sleep. It is important to know that a Darken the room, day and night, promotes the release of the "sleep hormone" melatonin! Melatonin is a sleep hormone that children can produce themselves from around the age of 4 months. This hormone makes it easier for us humans to fall asleep and sleep through the night.
In the evening, the melatonin level rises steadily, which makes us tired and allows us to fall asleep easily. Incidentally, the concentration in breast milk is also higher at night. So you pass melatonin on to your baby even when breastfeeding at night.
Attention: We are now more and more surrounded by electrical devices that emit blue light (TV, tablet, PC, cell phone, etc.). the This can disrupt the release of melatonin and your child will sleep much worse as a result. What applies to adults, ultimately also applies to children: it is best to keep all devices away from the sleeping area (even if it is sometimes difficult:)
There have even been studies showing that even the neighbour's TV light, if it falls into your own bedroom, can have an impact on your sleep. Therefore, you should also darken the room during the day so that your baby falls asleep relaxed and sleeps more restfully. You should do this when changing diapers or giving bottles at night Only dim the light slightlyso as not to upset your child's biorhythm.
As with all electrical devices, electromagnetic radiation is also generated with baby monitors (depending on the device, low-frequency and high-frequency fields), whereby the limit values of all devices are usually well below the limit. Various scientific studies have shown that electromagnetic radiation can affect our hormonal balance, our immune and nervous systems, as well as our psyche. With your baby in particular, you should make sure to have one between the bed and your baby monitor, mobile phone or cell phone Maintain a distance of at least 1 m (the bigger the better) in order to keep the conceivable health risk from electromagnetic radiation as small as possible. Incidentally, the cot should not be in the immediate vicinity of night storage heaters, socket distributors, extension cables, etc.
PS: In principle, care should be taken to use devices with the lowest possible field intensity. It is always worthwhile to seek advice from specialist retailers.
Smoke free environment
This topic is familiar to many mothers. And yet it is still sometimes underestimated or ignored. It cannot be emphasized enough: It is imperative to ensure a smoke-free environment - at night as well as during the day! Otherwise, it can adversely affect the child's development.
Photo: Satisfied baby in our WOMBI
Tip 4: the right baby clothing
It is recommended to put the child in a baby sleeping bag to sleep, especially in the first 12 months. A sleeping bag is the best alternative to a blanket, especially in the first few months, and ensures a restful and safe sleep for the baby. This way, there is no risk of the baby slipping under the covers.
Adaptation to the temperature
When choosing the right baby sleeping bag, you should always use the Note the season and room temperature. As a matter of principle, the child should not be dressed too much or too thickly as this can lead to a build-up of heat! No hats or similar should be worn when the baby is sleeping, even if the child is sick or has a fever. When sleeping, a diaper, underwear and pajamas under the sleeping bag are usually sufficient; even less in summer.
Choosing the model
There are now a large number of baby sleeping bag models on the market, which does not necessarily make the decision for a suitable model any easier.
Basically, safety always comes first! Therefore, one should consider when choosing the right baby sleeping bag harmless materials and the right cut be respected. We recommend using manufacturers who clearly specify the material information.
Nevertheless, there are some differences, especially in terms of design or functionality, from more open to closed baby sleeping bag models. There are some very good models on the market, but every baby is very different and the challenges and demands of mothers are different. If you have a baby who has trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night, our WOMBI, for example, could be a perfect alternative for you.
The Wombi is the first closed baby sleeping bag in Germany. We have specially designed it so that the baby feels like it is in the womb. The closed design gives the little ones an additional feeling of security. The casual cut lets the little ones move around freely and promotes their development. Many of our customers therefore see it as the optimal alternative to swaddling (which for many is the only solution) and the best solution for unpitting; the transition from swaddling to free sleep.
Tip 5: the correct sleeping position
In the first 12 months in particular, it is safest for the baby to to sleep on your back. This is the best way to breathe. We do not recommend lying on your stomach or on your side, as these two sleeping positions pose a higher risk for the little ones.
But what if my baby prefers to sleep in the prone position?
If the child prefers to sleep on their stomach, they can be gently turned back onto their back after falling asleep, for example. Don't worry: the risk of choking on vomit is no higher in the supine position than in the prone or side position!
In order to gradually enable the child to turn back independently from prone or side to supine position, it is important to support the child to lie on the stomach again and again during the day Thus, the neck and back muscles of your baby are optimally trained and strengthened.
Tip 6: the right (and so important) harmony
It is often a topic that is forgotten when mothers talk about safe and restful baby sleep. It is just as important!
For children, good and healthy sleep also means that they feel safe and secure. And that can only happen if the parents get along and Radiate harmony to your baby.
Therefore, especially before going to bed, there should be harmony between mom and dad (and the child :) - even if it may not be that easy after a strenuous day and little sleep. Of course, we know that every healthy relationship needs a more comprehensive discussion. This should then, however, if possible postponed until the child is asleep.
Check for yourself how safe your sleeping place is
So that you don't lose track and can check for yourself whether you are doing everything correctly, we have summarized the 6 most important topics for safe baby sleep in a short checklist - to download and print out.
We wish you and your baby healthy and safe baby sleep. Your Wombambino Team & Sabrina von Babyschlafprofi.de.