How do you introduce a bedtime routine for your baby?

When your baby is about three months old you can try starting to introduce a routine in the evening. Try and make it stress free and fun for you and your baby. A good time for going trying your routine is between about 6.30 and 8.30pm. If you do it to late your baby may become overtired.  A good bedtime routine helps calm and soothe your baby before sleep and helps them develop good sleeping habits now and for the future.

A good way to start your bedtime routine is:

  • have a warm bath – it makes your baby nice and relaxed
  • read a bedtime story – have the lights down low and read a book. It is a great way to introduce books to them and stimulate their language skills
  • singing a song – there are so many lullabies and they will love to hear your voice
  • Milk – feed your baby while you are singing to him/her

It is good to stick with the same routine as much as you can.

Sleeping and bedtime books

We have lots of books in the library on sleeping and bedtime and the ones I have selected are:

Book Cover - Goodnight” title=“View this item in the library catalogue
Goodnight / made by Natalie Munday and Kate Ward

Book Cover - Lullaby & Good Night” title=“View this item in the library catalogue
Lullaby & Good Night / Anne Geddes

Book Cover - The little elephant who wants to fall asleep : a new way of getting children to sleep” title=“View this item in the library catalogue
The little elephant who wants to fall asleep : a new way of getting children to sleep / Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin

A rhyme before bedtime

The rhyme I have picked this month is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are