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How to establish a bedtime routine for your baby

 

A good night’s sleep is essential for the long-term health of your baby.

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

How to establish a bedtime routine

It’s never too early to get into the habit of a bedtime routine for your baby. In the first few weeks, bedtime may be a different time every night. When your baby reaches about two months of age, she may begin to settle into a preferred bedtime.

A regular evening routine will help your baby to settle more quickly and, according to scientific studies, can reduce the number of times she wakes in the night as she gets older.
Once your baby is more active during the day, she may need time to ease into bedtime. Gradually shift from stimulating activities to a quiet, relaxing routine that leads to sleep.

 

Sources

Mindell JA, Li AM, Sadeh A et al. Bedtime routines for young children: A dose-dependent association with sleep outcomes. Sleep 2015; 38(5):717-22.
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/Getting-Your-Baby-to-Sleep.aspx (Accessed December 29 2016)

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