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    Hey ladies,
    Some advice being new to this whole parenting thing ive done pretty good till now. Im stuck.

    My DD is 4 months old and will only fall asleep in a dimly lit room (mostly just a tv turned on low brightness and contrast and no noise).
    Is this normal for a baby?
    She is going into her own room over the next few weeks and i dont know whether to get a night light for her or teach her to sleep in dark?

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    I would say normal. Personally I wouldn't train her to sleep without it because there's going to be times where you can't get it dark and you'll want her to sleep. Maybe you could alternate and try her out in a dark room so she could be a bit more flexible.
    I am just thinking about myself in this situation as I can't get DS room dark during the day and I feel like this is a big reason why he struggles to fall asleep


    We have one of those salt lamps between our room and DS (9 months) room. His room is quite dark but it still let's us see in the middle of the night without turning lights on.
    I'm thinking maybe a night light would be too bright, but of course would depend on the particular one. Maybe you could try it with something outside her room
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    I remember reading an article ages ago that nightlights don't let babies and children get into the really deep sleep that they need. I can't remember the exact details but will try to dig it up. At such a young age, I don't think it will be too detrimental however I think you'll want to get rid of this association once she starts trying to self settle.

    ETA: I'm not sure if this is the exact article I read but it's along the same lines: http://theprimalparent.com/2011/06/0...e-night-light/
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    I'm in two minds about this..... On one hand I kinda want to say to just do whatever works but yes I have heard that having lights on while we sleep is 'bad'. Something about the light affecting how the brain produces melatonin and not letting us get into long deep sleep cycles- this is the case for everyone, not just babies. Apparently the blue undertones of TV light is the worse kind of light to affect us.
    BUT I would suggest just slowly making changes to wean off the light and not to stress yourself about it. Having a baby of this age is hard work so do whatever feels right and be kind to yourself. Good luck. Xxx

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    😓 thanks ladies

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    Shes still in our room so i guess when she goes down of a night ill leave the hallway light on and maybe adjust the amount of light each night by closing the door further until its closed. Shes always been an ok sleeper during the day; 2 hour nap at 830, 1 hour nap at 11-12 and if im lucky half hour at 2 and 4. Then she wont sleep again till 830-9 😔 if i try and put her down earlier she screams and screams so i just let her pave the way each day. Night she'd fall asleep at 830-9 and wake up at 730-8 it was amazing. Last few nights she is waking every hour and half 😴 so unbelievably tired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    I remember reading an article ages ago that nightlights don't let babies and children get into the really deep sleep that they need. I can't remember the exact details but will try to dig it up. At such a young age, I don't think it will be too detrimental however I think you'll want to get rid of this association once she starts trying to self settle.

    ETA: I'm not sure if this is the exact article I read but it's along the same lines: http://theprimalparent.com/2011/06/0...e-night-light/
    Thank you its good for some ideas.

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    meh - I always had a light for DD

    as a baby I had one of those lights that had 3 brightness settings and just had it on the dimmest one. So that night feeds were in her room, dim light but I could see to feed and change her.

    Now (she is nearly 9) she still sleeps with a very dim night light so that she can see to get up and go to the toilet.

    For a while she was sleeping with the full lamp as she was scared of monsters etc ....

    Do whatever works

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    I agree with a pp, do what works for you guys. If it helps her sleep, I don't think a nightlight is a bad thing

    I used to have a nightlight in DS's room for when I would go in for night feeds etc, so I wouldn't have to turn a bright light on. He doesn't have one anymore, but if he wanted/needed one, I wouldn't bother me at all.

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