Summer Solstice - the longest day of the year - arrived June 21 and marked the true beginning of summer and a farewell to spring. It also has some new moms concerned about changing sleep patterns and sun exposure but as The Beatles famously sang:
“Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it’s alright, little darling...”.
Most research shows that the shift in sleep is more of a concern for toddlers than it is for babies. Otherwise we advise one of two approaches. The first, keep the routine, which must include blackout curtains, a cooler room, and patience over the transition. The second, involves simply moving the sleep schedule up by an hour to coincide with the longer light, then back again come autumn.
Longer, warmer, evenings provide more opportunity for mom to get out of the house with her little one. Allow the fresh air and smooth stroller ride to lull baby into evening sleep, while you enjoy an extended walk and ice cream with a friend. Bring one of our bright printed muslin swaddle blankets on hot evenings to use as a breathable stroller drape. A heavier blanket by renown textile producer David Fussenegger is ideal for playing with baby on the grass during an evening picnic. And of course, there’s all the little things to accentuate later outdoor play: baby bonnets by either CamCam or Petite Genoux afford extra sun protection, a hilarious silicone teether (Boston Terrier? Llama? Donut? All three please!), and Charlotte’s Bum Butter for newborns.
We’ve previously written about the golden hours for a family photoshoot and the beauty of natural light late in the afternoon into the evening. The longer light hours provide more time to feed and cuddle during a mama and me photoshoot. On the Solstice, amp the cuteness and involve a sundial theme.
The Summer Solstice has many celebrations and rituals associated with fertility, so enjoy that magic and breath-in the positivity in the air. It’ll relax both you and your lovely into sweet albeit later summer slumber.
Enjoy a wonderful Summer lovelies.