A light for sleeping: is it necessary?
Pediatricians recommend that children sleep with the light turned off in their room. That does not mean that they cannot have a small light in their room or that a neighbour’s porch light cannot be left on.
The idea is to mimic daily routines: maintain a soft light during the day hours and turn off the light at night. In this way, children gradually get used to the natural cycles. With darkness, the human body secretes melatonin, the hormone that helps to regulate sleep. If you keep the light on, your body will not get used to releasing this hormone and it could cause sleep problems, as well as vision problems.
Lighting in the baby’s room
It is recommended for the baby’s room to have natural light and good ventilation. Curtains and shutters help to regulate the amount of light so that it is not bothersome or harmful to children.
Regarding artificial light, it is recommended to be modifiable, in order to create tenuous lighting environments that convey tranquillity. Moreover, warm light is most recommended for these spaces.
For safety purposes only, LED lights are recommended for babies. This is because when they start to take their first steps, it becomes essential for them not trip on cables or floor lamps.
It never hurts to remember that there are devices to cover plugs and prevent electrical shocks.
Early stimulation with light
Light is very important for children, who perceive the changes in light with great sensitivity. As they grow, they come to understand and get used to those changes and include them as part of their routine.
For that reason, stimulating them with light helps to wake up their senses and connect them to the world that surrounds them. Between 3 and 6 months of age, it is recommended to start with something simple, like turning off and on the light, as if it were a game.
After the age of 6 months is children’s time to discover the world, and their curiosity explodes and so they can be given toys with lights. You can also play with them with shadow puppets or with a lamp in a dark room.
Starting at 10 months, they are able to use simple devices like buttons, and so they can be given slightly more complex toys.