When creating a sleep routine for your child, it’s important that this nightly ritual calms your child down so she knows this means it’s time for bed. Not only does your routine need to be soothing, it also needs to be consistent. Once you’ve practiced this routine several nights in a row, your little one will have it down pat and be sleeping like a pro! Even if your baby still isn’t sleeping through the night, you can start teaching good sleep habits early and start doing some of these activities each night with baby until he or she is ready for the full bedtime routine.
Set up the sleep environment
One step towards getting ready for bed includes getting the room ready as well. This might involve removing blankets and toys from the crib or toddler bed, using room darkening shades, and setting the temperature just right. You can even start up a white noise machine so it’s not too quiet and the noise helps soothe your child to sleep.
Take a bath
A nighttime bath is a common sleep routine activity because it’s very relaxing and soothing for most. Your baby will love feeling the warm water and being massaged with bath soap. Make sure to use bath products that are made with natural ingredients and contain no harmful chemicals. After drying baby off, wrap her up in a towel and take this time to cuddle!
Use a swaddle or put on jammies
After that nice, soothing bath it’s time to put on some pajamas or put baby in a swaddle. A zip-up swaddle like the Woombie is so easy to put on and great for quick diaper changes. It also helps in recreating the womb environment so baby can fall asleep quickly and soothe herself back to sleep if she wakes up. If your child has outgrown a swaddle, Silkberry Baby Footed Sleepers for baby and toddler are an eco-friendly PJ choice made from organic cotton and bamboo so they are silky soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic.
Older kids know that they must brush their teeth before going to bed for good hygiene, but toddlers will need some help. Eli the Firefly is a great storybook and plush toy that teaches kids the importance of dental hygiene and helps them brush their teeth for a full two minutes! Then, you can move onto story time…
Once your child is all set in her PJs and has brushed her teeth, you can settle into bed with a bedtime story. Mom’s soothing voice will have your little one feeling sleepy in no time. For babies, this is when they start to learn new words and develop their language skills so you won’t want to skip this step.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 22 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a million babies and counting!
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