10 top sleeping tips for how to sleep better – you and baby

To know how to sleep better, the first vital step is ‘getting to sleep’. You can find lots of sleep advice but there are two things that will surely impede your ability to get to sleep and have a good night’s sleep, hot weather and a new born baby. Our sleep tips will help with both of these issues.

 

A good sleep is an integral part of your overall wellbeing. It not only rejuvenates the body by helping to repair your heart and blood vessels, it’s the body's most effective way of digesting excess stress hormones from your day. Reduced stress hormones will help rest and clear the mind so your body and mind feel refreshed in the morning. Remember, it's not just 'more' sleep you need but 'quality' sleep.

It’s dangerous to let your baby overheat so these sleep tips will help you both sleep better. If you’re a new mum you won’t be getting too much sleep no matter what the weather. My daughter told me she would have paid any price to get a few good night’s sleep when she had her first child. Come to think of it, I was exactly the same when I had her. Sleep is what most mums miss the most, especially when it’s hot, don’t you agree?

 


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  1. Have a cool bath before bed.

    Both you and your little one will be needing to regulate your temperature to get a good night’s sleep. A cool bath just before bed helps to calm you both down, brings down the core body temperature and gets you ready for sleep. Make sure you wet your heads as that’s where a lot of the heat escapes and it’s a sure-fire way to help the body cool down.

  2. Essential oils

    Ad a couple of drops of Roman Chamomile and or Lavender oil to the bath water to relax the nerves and mind. They have a gentle soothing effect and aid in the relief of sleeplessness, mild anxiety and a feeling of irritability. I you don't have a bath add a few drops to a spray bottle and mist the air. 

  3. Feet first

    If you can’t have a relaxing bath, immerse your feet on cool water. It’s amazing how quickly this can cool you down. Those ten little piggies are pretty sensitive to temperature because there are lots of pulse points in the feet and ankles. Cool down the whole body by dunking (clean!) feet in cold water before hitting the hay.

  4. Sock it to em!

    Fill a clean sock with rice or buckwheat, tie it off and put it in the freezer for a few hours. It makes a great cold compress if you don't have one.

  5. Head first

    A cold compress on baby’s head, neck and forehead, will help to cool things down. A cool head is great in a crisis but also helps you to get a good night’s sleep.

  6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

    It may sound like I’m stating the obvious, but keeping your body’s water levels topped up is vital during those hotter days. Babies can de-hydrate quickly so make sure they get extra water especially before bed in the hot weather.
  7. Cool down those gums

    When bubba is teething, I know both of you will be struggling to sleep. A great tip that I found helpful was to give baby a teething ring that have been I the fridge (not freezer). Their gums will enjoy the gentle texture and cooling effect, plus it will help to cool baby in general.

  8. Go natural

    Linen made of natural fibres such as lightweight cotton breathes more than synthetic fabrics and promotes ventilation and airflow.

  9. The freezer can help you sleep better.

    Place sheets and pillow cases in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer or a few minutes. This will help you get to sleep plus it’s a safe way of cooling your baby. You may need to repeat the process through the night as your body will soon heat the sheets.

  10. As cold as ice

    Make a DIY air conditioner by placing a shallow pan filled with ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.

 

When your body is relaxed and you mind is calm, you’ll have better quality sleep. Your bonus sleep tip is to meditate. Meditation is the best way I know of to quiet the mind. When the mind is quiet, the body will follow and relax.

The toys below can be refrigerated and can cool baby's gums and help relieve their discomfort while teething. The calmer we are the better we sleep.

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Vulli Sophie The Giraffe Teether

Sophie is Phthalates and BPA free, made of 100% natural rubber and food paint. She is perfect for soothing baby's sore gum when teething and is completely safe.

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IcyBite Keys Teether

The cool resilient surface soothes and stimulates sore gums safely and stays colder, longer than water filled teethers! The colorful key shapes with raised, offset surfaces assist in the eruption of teeth by gently massaging infant’s gums.

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Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Toy

The soft, pliable BPA-free teething loops are perfect for teething or gumming babies. The centre cube features a quiet rattle so baby can explore sound and cause and effect.

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