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What are some good ways to start a bedtime routine??


Asked by LiLJeni at 2:53 PM on Dec. 5, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • We do diaper change, massage with lotion (very dry skin!), pjs, brush teeth, read 2 books, sing 2 songs, then lay him down. We've done the same thing pretty much since birth (except when he was under 1 he nursed right before brushing teeth, and when he was really super little, he didn't have teeth so obviously we didn't do it)

    Answer by missanc at 4:10 PM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • We started ours at about 2 months old. It starts with a bath, then some snuggle time, nursing and then down to bed. Most importantly, make sure the baby's room is dark and quiet at bedtime so they learn the difference between taking a nap and going to bed for the night. Just pick some quiet, calm things your baby enjoys and do them in the same order every night. A lot of baby's enjoy cuddle time and a book or lullabye.

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 2:57 PM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • Turn off the tv. Turn off most of the lights in the house, except for in the bedroom the child's headed to, and turn off the lights as you finish in a room --bathroom light off after the toothbrushing and bathing and whatever's done, kitchen light off once the glass of water is found... etc. Head to the bedroom with the pile of books and whatever else might be needed (bed snack, water, favourite stuffy) and lie down.

    It takes about 45 minutes for most kids to relax into sleep. It helps if you turn off the lights before you expect to leave... and for the child to no longer be restless or chatty before you go.

    Answer by LindaClement at 3:08 PM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • We always found it worked best for us to get into a sleep time routine that was always the same. Bath (at night), diaper change, swaddling, lights out, drapes pulled, soft music on or singing, cuddling/rocking/swaying. When the baby got drowsy he was laid down. If done in the same manner, all the time, the baby picks up on the cues and knows it's time for sleeping. If the baby cries at all it isn't for long. And I don't mean screaming his lungs out, but minor fussing. This is what worked for us.

    Answer by elizabr at 3:33 PM on Dec. 5, 2010

  • We started our kids sleep routine when she was about 6 months old and would somewhat remember what we are doing, she is now 16 months and we are still doing the same thing. Our other baby is 3 months, and we will start him at 6 months too. We feed her dinner, give her a warm bath, let her play some in the tub, brush her teeth, pjs, read a book, lullaby, and then lay her down. She cries for about 15 minutes and then goes to bed. the only thing we have had to change is her bedtime time, when she was younger and took naps the bedtime was later, now she wont take naps so the bedtime is earlier.

    Answer by Becca1189 at 10:06 AM on Dec. 6, 2010