Your baby needs sleep for healthy growth and development. Scientific studies have shown that babies with a regular bedtime routine and consistent sleep schedule are more likely to learn good sleep habits that last into childhood. In fact, one study found that establishing a bedtime routine when your child is a baby will lead to better sleep habits when she is five years old.
What are ‘good sleep habits’?
- earlier bedtimes
- falling asleep more quickly and without help
- more total sleep
- fewer wakings at night
To help your baby learn to fall asleep on her own at an early age, put her down in her crib when she’s drowsy but still awake. Starting a bedtime routine early for your baby will give her the chance to develop these sleeping habits while she is young. Helping your baby now could help both of you sleep better in the future!
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