- Have the same bedtime plan every day: take a bath, brush teeth, read together, keep lights low, talk quietly, and cuddle.
- Keeping the same routine before bed time and nap time is the key to baby learning when it’s time to sleep.
- Putting your baby in their crib while drowsy but still awake will teach them to go to sleep on their own.
- Getting your baby to sleep is always a challenge that leaves parents and caregivers tired.
The key to your baby sleeping all night and napping well doesn’t have to be hard. If you have a sleep routine, you will make it happen. Making a routine is as simple as having the same bedtime plan every day. An example routine could be: take a bath, brush teeth, read together, keep lights low, talk quietly, and cuddle. This will slowly teach your toddler what happens at bedtime so that they know it’s time to go to sleep. Another tip to having your baby learn to go to sleep on their own is to put them in their crib while they are starting to get tired but still awake. Once they learn to go to sleep by themselves, they can put themselves back to sleep some of the time when they wake up during the night.
To find more information, check out:
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2007). Getting Your Baby to Sleep. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from Getting Your Baby to Sleep
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