Bedtime Routine

Quick Tips for Busy Parents

There are a lots of books with lots of ideas on how to get your child to bed and to sleep
Here are a few quick tips taken from them

Set a bedtime and stick to it

A wind down period about an hour before bedtime will mentally prepare your child for bed This may include bathtime a bedtime story or a bedtime drink or snack Make it what you want it but be consistent

Establish regular sleep cues so that your child will come to know what to expect Sleep cues are signals to your child that it is time for bed and time to sleep These will include your bedtime routine perhaps with the addition of a musical toy or cot mobile a special doll or comforter and even a particular type of bedding such as a baby sleeping bag

Putting your child to bed in the same cot or bed every night will make this a familiar and special place just for sleeping and therefore a further sleep cue for your child

REMEMBER be consistent

Routine the route to sleep

Many consider a bedtime routine to be one of the most important factors in getting your baby to sleep through the night
There are many excellent books that give guidance and outline typical schedules
and of course your health visitormidwife will have lots of ideas and experience in establishing routines

A TYPICAL ROUTINE
Set a bedtime and stick to it A wind down period about an hour before bedtime will mentally prepare your child for bed Consistent sleep cues will be signals for your child that it is time for bed and time to sleep

A typical routine may consist of some or all of the following
please consult with your own health care professionals to establish what is best for your individual needs

1 Daytime Sleep
Monitor and control sleep during the day It will probably take some time to fine tune what works well for you and your baby
You may want to schedule the last meal andor feed around the last activities of the day so that your child isnt hungry when bedtime comes

2 Bathtime
Bathtime may be one of the first sleep cues of the evening and signal the start of the wind down period for you and your baby Additionally bathing your baby can provide a very special opportunity for bonding
Ideally bathtime should occur about the same time every evening A warm bath can soothe and relax your baby before bedtime and should be an enjoyable time for you too Being prepared will help you be calm and confident Enjoy this time together
Why not add some soothing and relaxing essential oils to the water such as lavender and roman chamomile which are renowned for their calming properties