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How can you successfully set a bedtime routine for helping a baby sleep through the night?

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Some parents start their baby's bedtime routine as early as 6-8 weeks old. Your baby's routine can be any combination of regular bedtime activities. The keys to success:

  • Play active games during the day and quiet games in the evening. This keeps your baby from getting too excited right before bedtime but gets her tired from the day's activities.
  • Keep activities the same and in the same order, night after night.
  • Make every activity calm and peaceful, especially toward the end of the routine.
  • Many babies enjoy bathing right before bedtime. It calms them down.

SOURCES:

Mindell, J. , 2006; vol 29: pp 1263-1276. Sleep

Mindell, J. . HarperCollins Publishers; 2005. Sleeping Through the Night, Revised Edition: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep

KidsHealth.org: "Sleep and Newborns."

Mindell, J. , May 1, 2009; vol 32: pp 599-606. Sleep

Ferber, R. . Fireside; 2006.  Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: New, Revised

HealthyChildren.org: "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," and news release: "AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction."

Franco, P. , May 1, 2005; vol 115: pp 1307-1311. Pediatrics

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

Mindell, J. , 2006; vol 29: pp 1263-1276. Sleep

Mindell, J. . HarperCollins Publishers; 2005. Sleeping Through the Night, Revised Edition: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep

KidsHealth.org: "Sleep and Newborns."

Mindell, J. , May 1, 2009; vol 32: pp 599-606. Sleep

Ferber, R. . Fireside; 2006.  Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: New, Revised

HealthyChildren.org: "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," and news release: "AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety and SIDS Risk Reduction."

Franco, P. , May 1, 2005; vol 115: pp 1307-1311. Pediatrics

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 7, 2019

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