OMG How dark is it tonight. Panicking about winter now and putting LO to bed in dark
As a spring mum, by the time Max had a good nighttime routine, the evenings were light so he'd always fall asleep as the sun was still shining/going down.
Tonight is soooo dark and has got me thinking about winter and the evenings drawing in. Max will essentially go to bed in the dark and I'm not sure how he'll handle it.
I leave the monitor light on all night anyway so he has a little bit of light, but not sure how he'll handle being put to sleep in practically the dark.
For you summer 09/autumn 09 mums, what did you do?
Is there a light you can get that fades after say an hour or so?
Or I was thinking of putting one on a timer, and get it to switch off an hour after he falls asleep.
Do you have a small nightlight?
Shall I just keep putting him to bed as he does now and see what happens as the evenings draw in?
Ben was born march 09 and although he had a little nightlight to begin with he doesnt have anything now, its alot easier than having to deal with having lights on when they are older if they get used to the dark early on
I agree he does sleep longer, I even use a blackout blind lol
I think that if you just carry on as normal at the same time each night, then he will adjust slowly along with the drawing in of the nights.
Tobi has blackout blinds anyway, so the darkness will just help him allthe more.
He did have a blackout blind til we moved, so he just got used to going to bed when it was light still.
I started leaving the monitor light on when he was a couple of days old as he seemed to not like the dark.
But, Max goes to bed and self settles - do they still self settle in the pitch black????
I think the change will be gradual so he will just adjust as it happens. Abigail was a December baby so I had worries the other way round, as to whether the light would bother her (particulalry light mornings) but it's never been an issue as it is a change of just a minute or two each day. Don't worry, I am sure he will manage the change just fine
PS: Also self settling I think has much more to do with a bedtime routine and sleep cues rather than how dark / light it is.
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