Baby Bedtime

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-Putting your baby down for the evening should be a relaxing time for both of you and your baby. However, there are times when your baby just might not settle down. This is when a nighttime routine can really be helpful. Hi, I'm Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg author of Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children. We're gonna give you some tips to show you how to establish a nighttime routine to help your baby go to sleep. Newborn sleep is very erratic and very variable. On average, baby sleep about 14 to 18 hours a day, but most of it seems to be during the day and not at night 'cause their internal clocks are not regulated yet. For parents, first of all, I tell them this is normal behavior so relax, take a deep breath and this is really the way it's gonna be for a few months, but I also tell them to try to sleep when the baby is sleeping. This is the most important thing. It's a time for you to be with the baby. Don't worry about if the beds are made, if the dishes are washed. It's a time to bond with your baby. It takes about 3 to 4 months until your baby establishes a nighttime sleep pattern where they sleep more at night. So, it could be a little frustrating at the beginning with the parents. What you can do to help ease into this is to really have a nighttime routine, something that you follow every single day about 30 to 40 minutes before bedtime. And also, to make the transition from day to night, make sure in the evening to always keep the lights dim, to talk softly and sing lullabies to your baby and keep it quiet even during diaper changes as well as feedings and keep playtime for daytime. It's a great idea to give your baby a bath right before bedtime. It's a great way to start off your nighttime routine. It's gonna relax the baby, the warm water. You can also use bath products that have been shown to help relax and calm the baby, things that have added ingredients such as chamomile and lavender. This can be helpful too. Right after the bath, it's a wonderful time then to moisturize your baby. At the same time, you're gonna have a great bonding experience by giving a little baby massage too in circular motions starting from head down to their little toes as well. After the massage, you can then play some quiet games with the baby, rock them in the rocking chair, sing them some lullabies or even read them a story. When they're drowsy, you should then put them into their cribs and on their back. This will help to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Bedtime is a wonderful time to bond with your baby. Incorporating a nighttime routine into your evening activity will help give your baby a sense of security and ease them into sleep, making it a relaxing evening for both of you. -Thank you for watching Parents TV, our families our lives.