A holistic approach to designing your infant’s nursery can transform a “hostile” space into a healthy environment that promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety. The space a child awakens to and drifts off to sleep at night should be calm, safe, and always welcoming. Especially when you are the parent of a disabled infant with more pressing needs, you have to look for the best ways to create a safe and healthy environment that will be suitable for your child’s needs.

Baby monitoring systems

Audio and video baby monitoring systems are a must to keep your infant safe and sound. A disabled infant has more certain needs that parents must take care of for the health and wellbeing of their newborn. Those systems will allow you to listen to the sound made by your infant and watch them through a monitor to check whether they might be at risk of something bad or they are sleeping calmly. Over the first two years, infants grow and develop really fast, so it won’t take long until your baby will try to crawl out of their crib. Having a disabled infant requires you to watch over them all the time. Audio monitors are generally the most inexpensive and they are a simple way to know when your baby is awake. On the other hand, video monitors will allow you to check on your kid without waking them up with creaky floors and doors. Moreover, video monitors allow you to make some extra settings such as zooming in, two-way speaking, and night vision.

Comfortable crib

Creating a comfortable and protective crib for your disabled infant is one of the most vital tasks for their health and development. As your infant will spend most of their time in their crib, you need to choose the right crib mattress such as the ones you can find on HMHB.org which provides support for healthy bone growth and are made with high-quality materials. The crib mattress is essential because proper bedding will provide the necessary support for the spine and neck and will promote good night’s sleep. Choose a crib mattress with a waterproof cover because it is very common for accidents and spills to happen with babies. Also, make sure that you choose the right size to reduce the risks for safety hazards such as your baby’s arms or legs getting stuck in the empty place. A weighted blanket has also been proven to have calming benefits for a number of disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and autism.

Calming sensory bedroom

A safe space is essentially precious for disabled infants to retreat and calm down if overwhelmed.  A sensory-bedroom sanctuary can play a vital role in combating anxiety and conduct to relaxation and a good night’s sleep. Calming colors can have a significant impact on creating a calming and safe environment for infants who are disabled. Color preference in children with certain types of disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder has been proven to range among six colors including red, pink, yellow, brown, green, and blue. It has been reported a preference for red for infants.

Avoid stripes, patterns or prints because they can overstimulate your infant and increase their anxiety. Low lighting is another aspect which can contribute to the calming sensory bedroom. Soft, natural lighting is the best during the day, but in the evening a darker bedroom is better.  Sound effects or flashlights can overstimulate your infant’s senses and lead to stress and anxiety or hyperactivity. Experts advise parents to eliminate any type of electronic device from their infants’ nurseries to avoid any sound or light that might overstimulate or disturb their newborns.