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Good bed-time routines and tips for a 1 month old?

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Asked by cecil119 at 12:45 PM on Sep. 15, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Get your baby on a schedule.. Like feed him/her at a certain time, bathe him/her right after, then lay him/her down. He/she will eventually get used to it.

    Answer by SuperrMommyy at 12:47 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Breastfeed the baby to sleep.


    Answer by Gailll at 12:49 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Don't create any "sleep props" that you have to break later - cosleeping, nursing/rocking to sleep, etc. It works for some people on here, but I've personally only seen/heard horror stories from the people that have done it.

    Answer by missanc at 1:01 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Babies are creatures of habit just like most adults, set a routine that you can stick with or ou can leave for your hubby, grandparent, friend, etc in the event of your absence, this will make it much easier if you are ever gone at bedtime, or just need a break! with our little ones we always bathed, feed them- well i nursed them (this did change as they got older n were eating baby foods and solids, we reversed this part), brushed teeth, read a book, yes from literally day one-thats the teacher in me, had some snuggle time in the rocking chair and then laid them down. i played soft lullbye music all night for them as i wanted them to be accostumed to sleeping with noise, and we did and still do the book after bath beacuse it seemed that they got wound up brushing teeth and the book soothed them and clamed them.

    Answer by fairytale2mommy at 1:02 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Do what you need to and meet your baby's needs at this age. You CANNOT create "bad habits" or "sleep props" that need to be "broken" later. Babies are hard wired to be held and nursed to sleep. You don't need any routine at this age, it won't make a different 6-12 months from now if you start a "routine" at this age. Just nurse the baby to sleep when they are tired in the evening.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 1:20 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • The baby needs a schedule. Its been 8 years but I remember bath time was at 7 with a bottle following and then bed between 7:30 and 8.

    Answer by dmelyoung at 1:32 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Here a bedtime routeen for my 2month and 18month old supper at 6 then to the park to run off the rest of their energy, come back 2 the house about 7- 7:30 then let them play a lil while longer then bath them bot 8-8:15 read them a bed time story or two then in bed by 8:30 then they usually wake up bot 7:30 8am
    Cynthia L.

    Answer by Cynthia L. at 1:57 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Routines are fine. Bath, change dipe, bed. IF you want to do it on the clock you can. Or not.

    Here's the REAL DEAL, though: BE FLEXIBLE. Your baby will drive this bus on how he sleeps. Contrary to missanc's experience, the only "nightmares" I've known were from parents who were rigid schedulers and couldn't get their infants to comply. But the plural of anecdote is not data! Everyone will have a different experience!

    You will find YOUR OWN depth and do what works FOR YOU and YOUR BABY. If any method worked for all babies there wouldn't be all this dissension and debate and you'd never have to ask, right?

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:33 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Thank you all for your help in this matter!

    Comment by cecil119 (original poster) at 4:27 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

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