What’s people's baby’s bedtime routine? On the surface, that may seem like a simple and straightforward question. But for many parents of newborns and infants, it can be yet another source of stress and concern. People may not know how old their baby should be before they start implementing a bedtime routine. they might have questions about what should be involved or how elaborate it needs to be. And on a more fundamental level, they may be asking theirself, “what the heck is a bedtime routine and why does my baby need one?”
They’re all perfectly normal and valid questions. And it’s our hope that the following information and ideas will help put their mind at ease, and help send their baby off to a deep and restful sleep each and every night.
First, let’s start with the what, why, and when. A bedtime routine is a series of activities they and their baby do every night before they lay them down to sleep. It’s important that their routine is calming and soothing for their little one, and that they’re consistent with it every night. By creating a routine that is both pleasurable and predictable for their baby, they’ll find that she has a much easier time falling asleep at the end of it. And this may come as a surprise, but they can start to implement theirs when their kiddo is as theyng as 6 to 8 months.So, what should their baby’s bedtime routine consist of? Ultimately, that’s something only they can decide. But here’s some news that may help put their mind at ease: their baby’s bedtime routine does not need to be elaborate to be successful. In fact, they’ll probably find that a simple routine works best for their family.Here are a few ideas to help get they started.Oldies but goodies—successful activities parents have been using for decades:
Freshen her up
To help fix any discomforts and get their baby feeling good before bed, they can wash her face and hands, change her diaper, wipe her gums, and put on her pajamas.
Give her a bath
Having a bath in warm water is a soothing experience for most babies (adults, too!) that helps them drift off to sleep.
Read a story
Reading a story is a great way for their baby to spend calming, quality time with they before bed (bonus: it can help their baby learn to recognize new words).A few other ideas to try:
One last big play
If they find that their kiddo has a lot of pent-up energy at bedtime, it may be beneficial to start their routine with one last big play. The important thing to remember is to follow it up with a soothing and calming activity, like a bath or story.
Sing a lullaby
their baby’s favorite sound in the whole wide world is their voice. When they use it to sing their little one a soothing song, it can be a powerful tool to help calm and comfort her before bed.
Play soothing music
Like singing a lullaby, playing soothing music for their baby can make the transition to Snoozeville smoother for her. Whichever activities end up working best for they and their baby, at the end of the day, they’ll find that the most important path to success is to be consistent. By sticking to the same bedtime routine day in and day out, their little one will learn to accept sleep more easily, even in unfamiliar surroundings.