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Tips For Establishing A Bedtime Routine

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  1. Tips For Establishing A Bedtime Routine

  2. Sleep is so important for both baby and parent(s), but it is often considered to be one of the most stressful elements of raising children. Babies naturally need sleep to recharge their batteries and help their bodies and brains to grow, and while as adults our growing has finished, we still need good quality sleep to function normally and take care of ourselves and our children. Establishing a bedtime routine is important if you and baby are to get the sleep you both so desperately need, and the following tips should help you do so in a safe and calm manner:

  3. Baby’s bedtime routine can wait for a few weeks: ● Your newly born baby will doubtless do a lot of sleeping in the first few weeks and establishing a routine will not be possible at this stage. You will probably both spend a lot of time reenergising and recovering from the whole birthing process, which can be exhausting for mom and baby, and sleep deprivation will likely not occur…yet! However, the sleep may be sporadic as most newly born baby’s will need to feed every couple of hours, so you’ll need to take advantage of when your baby is dozing and try to sleep at the same time.

  4. Your baby will develop a natural sleep routine: ● Your baby will probably develop their own pattern of sleep quite quickly and trying to change this for a bedtimeroutine that suits you better, will only disrupt them and cause stress to all involved. Don’t rush the routine: ● Take time to slowly introduce your baby’s bedtime routine and be prepared for things not to run smoothly straight away. If you’re in a hurry and are trying to force the routine on your baby without giving them the time to relax and settle before you put them down, then this will serve only to unnerve them and make

  5. them restless. Bathe your baby, cuddle them, read or sing to them, but don’t rush things and make sure your baby is calm and sleepy before you attempt putting them down. Do your best to let your baby fall asleep on their own: ● This is not always easy to achieve, but if you can manage to put your baby down to sleep while they are drowsy, and let them fall asleep on their own, this will help make the whole routine easier for you in the future, since they will not rely so heavily on you to rock them or soothe them to sleep. This can also help your baby learn how to get themselves back to sleep if they wake up in the night and you are not there.

  6. A shortened version of your baby’s bedtime routine may work for daytime naps: ● You may not need or want to spend as long on preparing your baby for a nap routine as you would at night time, but a shortened version of the evening routine may work well for daytime naps. Be consistent but adaptable: ● Your baby’s needs will change as they grow, and while you should try your best to stick to a routine once you’ve established it, you must be prepared to adapt it to your baby’s new needs.

  7. If you’re struggling to establish a bedtime routine with your baby, never be afraid to seek professional help from a baby sleep consultant. Practical advice and guidance is often given by groups of specialists who understand the varying needs of babies, and who have studied sleep patterns and baby behavior from a psychological perspective, and often comes in the form of email or telephone support along with informative videos that demonstrate practically how best to establish a bedtime routine that works for both you and baby.

  8. Author Bio: Better Bedtime’s registered baby sleep consultants provide services to parents in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding area. Our nurturing approach has been developed by years of helping local parents get more sleep and babies to develop healthy sleep habits. Through years of experience and certifications in sleep training for baby, the team at Better Bedtime is here to help. From our client testimonials you can know what our clients say about how we solved problems of bedtime for a 4 month old, 5 month old, 7 months old and more. Contact us to know more about our services -