Creating a Simple Bedtime Routine
Babies respond well to routines, so create and follow a simple and consistent bedtime routine from day one. This routine signals to your baby that sleep is approaching and acts as a sleep cue.
Try the following:
A short warm bath
Then a light baby massage
Try a few minutes of a simple book – they won’t understand, but the voice is calming
A last feed. Try and encourage them to feed as much as they can
Then a quick final cuddle and into cot
A calm sleep environment
Turn the TV off or any music and make sure this is nothing too stimulating in their cot.
- Make sure your baby’s room is as darkened – you could have a soft night light. Invest in some black-out blinds, these are useful for keeping early morning rays out.
- Use a swaddle or a baby sleep sack, this helps create a cosy warm space for your baby.