For your baby to have healthy sleep patterns, it all starts with a baby sleep routine. However, training your baby to have a regular sleep schedule is not a walk in the park. Like most moms, you have perhaps done the research and sought advice but nothing seems to work.
Don’t worry, you’re not alone, it takes time and patience for all parents, but by following some steps you can make it happen. We can never stress how correct this theory is, establishing a predictable sleep pattern helps create healthy habits your child will appreciate for life.
Once you get a routine going, your baby will get used to going to sleep at a certain time. This gives you time to share lullabies and help your little ones doze off quickly and easily. What’s more, this is a perfect opportunity for you to bond after a long day. Up next we’re going to give you simple tips to use.
When is the Right Time to Get My Baby on a Sleep Routine?
You don’t have to start on this right after your baby is born. It would help if you had time together and allow them some time to recover from the effort of being born. Take off a few weeks to slowly create your relationship and then some months to fully begin the right sleep schedule.
After your child has adapted to their predictable eating and sleeping patterns, go ahead and introduce a bedtime routine. Take this slowly, one day at a time, until when they reach 3 to 6 months when you can fully set them on a predictable bedtime routine.
Be sure to have your bedtime, nap time, and wake time at the same time every day.
Tips for Getting Your Baby On a Routine
Before you even think of starting on your baby’s sleep pattern, first check on their sleep tendencies. What time does your baby sleep the longest? Once you figure this out (keep in mind that for a baby, five hours of sleep is good enough), then start timing them and take advantage of this time.
For instance, if your baby sleeps longest from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., try to use this schedule to create the best routine.
Introduce These Rituals Slowly
Start with day time rituals and gradually move to night routines. For better results, start with a soothing bath, gentle massages, an excellent and cuddly feeding, or even turning on an app or a white noise machine. This technique is tried and tested and has worked for so many people.
Adapt Your Baby’s Routine on Need Basis
You have nothing to lose by trying different methods until you get one that works best for you. Keep trying different styles until you find one that sends your baby to bed peacefully and securely. There is a catch however, as your baby grows, they might not go to bed as easily as they used to.
In that case, you ditch that and take them straight to bed and either read a bedtime story or give them a gentle massage.
One Sleep Spot
If you’re out and about, your baby might have to fall asleep in a stroller or a car seat, but always aim at putting them in their crib as soon as possible. Even for those short naps, your baby must know that once they are placed in their crib, it’s time to sleep.
Once you have established sleeping time for your child, avoid running errands around that time. You can either do it before or after their naps.
For your child to have a healthy sleep pattern, you have to establish a bedtime routine. Once you and your little one have settled down to perfect sleep time, this will allow both of you to have the rest and sleep you need to rejuvenate and have a great next day.