Baby Bedtime Routine

They say that a well-rested baby is a happy one! Introducing a good bedtime routine from early goes a long way to establish good sleeping habits, and more content babies. With a bedtime routine, your baby will be more relaxed as they learn to anticipate what’s coming next. The more relaxed they are, the more likely they’ll go to bed and fall asleep easily.

The sooner you start a bedtime routine, the better, and by the time your baby is around 6 to 8 weeks, you can follow a set pattern each night.

How do I develop a good bedtime routine?
Start early enough in the evening so you have time to get through everything before bedtime as your baby might battle to fall asleep if they’re overtired. For young babies especially, it might be best to develop a routine that is short and simple, for example feed, bath and a song or story.

Choose three relaxing things to do with your baby before bed, but watch for their tired cues as you don’t want to overstimulate them. Activities such as giving your baby a massage, singing a lullaby or reading a book are all lovely for your baby, and make for great bonding time too. The routine should end in the baby’s room, so that they associate their bedrooms with sleep.

Reduce noise and light so that bedtime is associated with a more quiet and dark part of the day.

Try to allow your baby to fall asleep on their own. It’s extremely important to develop a self-soothing habit from young. Consistently rocking them or nursing them to sleep might lead to them not being able to soothe themselves back to sleep without this, including in the middle of the night if they wake up.

Tips and tricks to encourage your baby to sleep:

  • Pat them gently but firmly on the back
  • Swaddle them
  • Give them a dummy
  • Try not to talk or make too much eye contact as they might see this as “playtime”
  • Sing a lullaby
  • If your baby is still unsettled, offer a feed
  • Bath them with gentle, soothing products, such as PURITY® & Elizabeth Anne’s Good Nights range