OviaU 🎓 Welcoming your little one to the nest — Part 4: Creating a cozy first year

Throughout this series, we’ve been looking forward to the moment when you’ll welcome your little one to the nest. From designing your nursery to navigating the early days at home, we’ve covered how to create a safe and snug space for your new baby. Now, with continued help from our partners at Stokke®, we’ll share some additional sleep tips for your baby’s first year.

Didn’t catch the rest of our series? Follow these links to learn about “preparing the nursery,” “the early days at home,” and “transitioning to the crib.”  

It’s all about sleep

Throughout a baby’s first year, life seems to revolve around sleep. While parents aren’t getting nearly enough, they’re busy scheduling naptimes and perfecting their sleep-inducing skills. But all that effort certainly isn’t wasted. Healthy sleep allows for healthy growth and development. 

Keep them cozy but safe

Your baby’s crib should contain only a firm mattress — no blankets, pillows, or stuffed animals. But that doesn’t mean your baby can’t be cozy. The Stokke® Sleepi™ crib mattress uses an innovative material called NaturesWeave™, which provides maximum airflow and pressure relief. Plus, the unique oval shape of the Sleepi™ crib provides a nest-like feel that invites safe and sound sleep. 

Think dark and cool

While light signals to our bodies that it’s time to wake up, darkness is our cue that we should relax. Remember to shut the blinds or curtains before you put your baby to sleep. Closed curtains will also help keep them cool, as will a crib with proper airflow. The Sleepi™ has a perforated bed bottom that, combined with special grooves in the mattress, provides excellent air circulation so that your baby can have a comfortable, restful sleep. 

Develop a nightly routine

It’s essential to have a “sleep toolkit” of calming, soothing activities. For example, nursing, bathing, massaging, swaddling, storytime, and singing can all create positive sleep associations for your baby. Explore what works best for you and your child, keeping in mind that you want to create a bedtime routine that’s simple and sustainable so it’s easy for you to do every night. 

The perfect first bed for your baby

Your baby’s crib is undoubtedly the heart, not just of the nursery, but of your home. So, choosing a crib that combines safety, design, functionality, comfort, and familiarity is the key to ensuring the whole family enjoys sweet dreams. 

The Stokke® Sleepi™ is designed to expand and change as your little one grows. And with its unique oval shape, it creates a distinctive centerpiece for your nursery. With a range of extension options, the Sleepi can be used from birth to ten years, giving your baby a safe and comfortable bed to enjoy sweet dreams throughout childhood. Tap below to learn more. 

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