Bedtime is such a special time for parents and baby. Creating bedtime rituals will help your little tot relax and get ready to go to sleep. No two babies are the same and they all have different needs for relaxing at bedtime. Here are a few tips on soothing bedtime routines to incorporate into your daily schedule:
Routine – Babies love set schedules, so create a routine that you can execute consistently. It’s never too early to start sleep training, as babies can start following patterns as early as 6 to 8 weeks of age.
Playtime – Before you settle down for the night, try wearing your little one out. Give your tot horsey rides, dance around the house and sing, or play his favorite game.
Bath time – A warm bath is the perfect way to help babies unwind and relax. Use a scented bath in lavender to soothe baby and get him ready for sleep.
Massage – After bath, massage your little one’s skin with a gentle lotion to help reduce stress and calm him down before putting him in pajamas.
Story time – Set aside some time after the bath to sit in a dimly lit room to share a special bedtime story. Take some time to snuggle and help him relax and get ready to drift off to sleep.
Say “Goodnight” – Help your baby say “goodnight” to family and to his favorite toys. Finally, have him say, “Goodnight, moon!”
Music – Play some soft music during his final feeding. Gently talk about his day and what tomorrow might bring.
Lights – Once the feeding is done, lay him in bed, turn out the lights, and close the door. It’s ok if he fusses a little before he falls asleep.
Keeping bedtime rituals short and sweet will make them easier to follow through on a nightly basis. When away from home, if the ritual is easy to follow, it can still be utilized to help baby stay on his sleep schedule and feel more at home.
About Hindi Zeidman
Hindi Zeidman is the founder of Ollie Swaddle, the cozy swaddling solution designed to decrease fussiness, assist in self-calming, and ultimately improve baby’s quality and duration of sleep. As a parenting and baby expert, Hindi helps moms and dads navigate the ups and downs of parenting through her advice. She covers topics ranging from the best ways to swaddle, how to soothe and calm your baby, best bedtime routines for baby, and more. TheOllieWorld.com