Struggling to get any rest in your third trimester? Or getting up every hour with baby? Read on for our tips on how to turn your bedroom into a soothing sleep sanctuary.
Snuggly pillows, a comfy mattress, and cosy PJs… bliss. Look for bed linen made from soft, natural materials, ideally, ones that are easy care – the ironing pile is tall enough without adding duvet covers to the mix. If you’re pregnant, you might find a body pillow works wonders at helping you to get comfortable.
a calming atmosphere
Children have a knack of spreading their chaos throughout every room of the house and it can be difficult to relax surrounded by clutter. Try to keep your bedroom as mess-free as you can. Not only will this help you clear your mind, but you don’t want to knock something over with a crash just as your little one has finally settled down to sleep.
Relaxation playlists can help to create a calming ambience and you could also try aromatherapy. Sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow or treat yourself to some lavender-scented body cream right before bed. If you’re pregnant, it’s best to ask for advice from your midwife before using any lotions or potions, just to be on the safe side.
No one wants to stumble around in the dark, but bright lights can be a bit harsh. A dimmable bedside lamp can cast a softer glow, helping you through those midnight feeds without waking either of you up too much. Look for a lamp that adjusts with a tap of your finger, so there’s no fumbling around for switches.
We naturally find it easier to sleep when it’s dark, of course. But as all new parents know, sometimes nothing beats a daytime nap. Blackout curtains can make it much easier to fall asleep in the daytime or early evening. If they’re heavy enough they should also help to block noise from outside too.
not too hot, not too cold
Your bedroom should sit between 18°C and 24°C. It’s hard to sleep if you’re too hot, so keep an electric fan on hand when the temperature creeps up. Some people also find that the white noise made by a fan helps them to nod off – including newborns. A four seasons duvet that you can change to suit the weather is a great investment. Use the lighter weight duvet when it’s warm, the heavier one when it’s cold and both together when Jack Frost has paid a visit.
You might not be able to stop your little one waking you up, but you can call a halt to other disruptions. Facebook notifications and emails can wait until the morning. Turn off your smartphone, tablet, and laptop a few hours before bed, or ban them from your bedroom altogether. Invest in a good old-fashioned alarm clock if needs be, just in case your baby decides to have a rare lie in on the one day you really need to get up early.