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Why is setting a bedtime routine important for helping a baby sleep through the night?

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A study of 405 mothers -- with infants between 7 months and 36 months old -- showed that babies who followed a nightly bedtime routine went to sleep easier, slept better, and cried out in the middle of the night less often.

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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