Being a parent is a whole new experience than anything you’ve ever experienced before. Each day marks a new development in your baby and with each developmental milestone will arise more questions about your baby’s overall growth.
If your baby is three months old, then you can also begin to think about establishing a bedtime routine that is essential to instilling healthy sleep habits in your baby’s growing years. A healthy bedtime routine combined with a pattern set up each night helps your baby fall into a regular sleep routine, playing a huge role in your child’s overall development. Having a set bedtime routine also gives parents plenty of relaxation time to bond with their young children. This article will guide you on the correct way to correct your sleeping habits and soothe sounds for your baby.
When should a baby sleep routine start?
No need to rush into a bedtime routine. A newborn baby sleeps most of the time and does not need a routine to sleep. By the time your baby turns three months old, he’s ready for a bedtime routine. By introducing a simple and consistent routine, you will help your baby develop healthy sleep habits. The goal is to introduce regular sleeping times between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Start with a short routine and then lengthen the time frame thereafter.
Benefits of sleeping habits for babies
We all relax and be happy if everything goes according to plan in our daily lives. The same is true for your baby! A fixed bedtime routine sets the right mood at the right time for the baby, and she feels relaxed and has a good night’s sleep. A accompanying bedtime routine while traveling helps your baby more easily adjust to his new surroundings. A scheduled bedtime routine is also beneficial for parents. It helps parents spend time with their children.
Build a good sleep routine
If you are ready to establish a bedtime routine for your baby, then the first thing you need to do is start early in the evening. In the case of young children, start with washing the baby, then change the diaper and change the baby to jam. After the clean up, you can finally kick your baby in your arms, or a rocking chair with a song or a story and your baby is ready to go to bed. Also, remember to go through this routine in your baby’s room or bedroom and no other place in the house. It is essential that your baby starts getting out of the bedroom for rest.
Ideas for a perfect bedtime routine
Here are a few tips that may be helpful in establishing good and healthy sleep habits for your baby.
Get up early
It is essential that about 30 minutes before your planned bedtime, you finish your usual household chores and move into calmer, quieter activities. This will act as a signal to your baby that bedtime is approaching.
Set a time for bedtime habits
Your baby’s age and temperament will help you set an approximate wind timeout before your baby is ready to go to bed. For example, it takes babies about 5 minutes to get ready for bed. In the meantime, toddlers will need more time to relax and therefore their sleeping habits will last longer than infants.
It can be helpful for your baby to start a routine of going to bed at the same time each day. This will help your baby now and in the long run to sleep on time.
Bathing before bed
Soaking in warm water before bed is a great way to relax your baby. Therefore, it is best to give your baby a warm bath before going to bed, making sure your baby is relaxed, clean, dry and comfortable before going to bed.
But in case your baby gets irritated after bathing and entering play mode, this has been observed in some cases, then avoid bathing before bedtime.
Get ready for the bedtime routine
Activities before going to bed include washing the baby’s face, wiping the baby, and dressing the baby at night. Introduce each of these activities to your baby as early as possible so that these healthy habits can be a part of your baby’s bedtime routine for life.
Dressing your baby appropriately
Putting your baby to sleep too much can lead to disturbed sleep and night sweats in toddlers. Dress up your little clothes in comfortable nightwear.
Introduce bedtime stories
Bedtime is a great time to start reading stories to your baby. This will also help your baby to deepen the habit of reading for a long time.
Introduce an attachment object
Children love to sleep with something in their party. It could be their favorite toy, a pillow or something else. This attachment can go a long way in making the baby feel comfortable and calm at bedtime.
Keep Ending Consistent
Give your sleeping habits a clear end. For example, read a story, sing a song or turn on the night light and then leave the room. If you follow the same routine with a clear ending each night, your baby will fall asleep on their own after your last act. Your baby will realize after your last act that it’s time to calm down and fall asleep.
Are there any downsides to your baby’s sleeping habits?
Like any other routine, your baby’s bedtime routine needs to be flexible. As your baby gets older, she will have mood swings and time she will resist the usual bedtime routine. She may not want to change before going to bed, and if she’s older, she may refuse to brush her teeth. This is unavoidable and needs to be accepted by all parents. You must also be prepared to make the necessary changes in your growing child’s bedtime routine. Listen to what your child has to say and be ready to change habits if needed. The change can be as simple as a change in the sequence of routine activities before bed or even dropping one of the routine’s established steps. Evaluate the situation and make your decision based on the situation.
A fixed bedtime routine reduces stress levels in both mother and baby. Establishing healthy sleep habits for your baby goes a long way. Just be flexible and change your habits according to your child’s comfort level.