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Sleep Training: Creating a Good Bedtime Routine

Sleep Training: Creating a Good Bedtime Routine

Babies and young children are creatures of habit, so they enjoy the predictability of a ritual. Performing the same simple tasks before bed each night helps signal that everything is safe and sound, and that it's time to go to sleep.

Here are some parent-tested guidelines for an easy bedtime routine.

Consistency is everything. Have a fairly firm bedtime and a predictable order of events. Make sure the ritual takes place in your child’s own room or sleeping area.

Keep it simple. Keep your bedtime routine basic so it can be followed even when you are away from home. You can include a warm bath, a bedtime story or a song, being tucked in, and a kiss goodnight.

Provide reminders. Toddlers may benefit from a couple of reminders that bedtime is approaching; springing it on them suddenly will only make them more reluctant to give up playing.

Turn out the lights. This helps your child distinguish the difference between day and night. If he wakes up and it’s dark, then it’s still “night time.”

Be flexible. If your child is sick and wants an extra story you can bend the rules a little ¾ just try not to dismantle the routine entirely.

Bedtime is a special time for both of you, so enjoy the bonding and snuggles along with the challenges.

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SO TRUE

nancy 5/1/2016
MY BABY DOES SLEEP BETTER NOW.

When do you start

4/29/2016
At what age are you supposed to start this cous my son started out in a bassinet next to my wife and is now a month old. I don't think he can sleep in his own room yet

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Leah 4/28/2016
Lately my baby has been waking up at 4:30am thinking it's play time when he usually wakes up around 7:00am or 8:00am. Turning out the lights does not help.

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Bebe 4/20/2016
I understand consistency is paramount when training a baby to sleep but each baby is different so if things don't work out perfectly don't give up just keep at it. For us it didn't happened overnight because my daughter is very active but we are getting there. Good luck!

BABY SLEEP

4/15/2016
Routine Routine Routine from day one! just as the article states. My little girl has slept all night and in her crib since 2 weeks old. She is now a year. I haven't missed any sleep. Get your routine early and follow it. Company can always come later. Great read! Great advice! Thank you