Newborn Bedtime Routine: Baby Sleep Simplified
Little Yawn Collective - Oct 05, 2021
Creating a bedtime routine for your newborn is an important step in the parenting process and will work wonders for your baby's approach to sleep.
A bedtime routine is a critical part of a child’s day. It helps to ensure they get the healthy sleep they need to have a good day tomorrow. Let’s explore how you can create your own bedtime routine for your newborn, and how you can simplify your baby’s sleep.
When Should I Establish a Bedtime Routine?
After you get home from the hospital with your little one, it’s going to take a few weeks to get adjusted, and that’s okay! Take your time, get as much rest as you can, and enjoy spending time with your new baby.
Once you both get settled and your baby is between six to eight weeks old, this is a great time to start establishing a bedtime routine.
Bedtime routines should start out very short at first, consisting of just a few key things, such as cuddly feeding, reading a short children’s book, or playing some soft, white noise to get your baby ready for bed.
Once your baby has gotten comfortable with this routine, you can slowly start adding new elements to create a full newborn bedtime routine.
Why Do I Need a Bedtime Routine for My Baby?
Bedtime routines are critical for newborns and young children, as this will reinforce your baby’s natural circadian rhythms and will help to teach them the difference between day and night.
Creating a calming and soothing bedtime routine will help your baby relax before they fall asleep. This will allow them to slow down and mentally prepare for a nap or bedtime.
Bedtime routines are also beneficial for parents, as this gives you a designated time to bond with your child and de-stress as well. Activities such as reading books, singing songs and lullabies together, and rocking your baby to sleep will help to establish a strong bond between you and your little one.
Creating Early Habits
Creating early healthy habits is critical for babies, and implementing these habits as early as possible will help your child to keep practicing them once they are older.
If you have an infant, the main habits you’ll want to teach your little one are:
- Healthy eating
- Being active
- The importance of sleep
- Having a bedtime routine
- Limiting screen time
Creating a bedtime routine is all about reinforcing early habits and ensuring that your little one will continue to recognize the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.
Your little one’s bedtime routine will continue to evolve over time as they get older and will eventually include things like brushing their teeth, taking a shower, etc.
Giving Yourself Rest, Too
Another wonderful reason why bedtime routines are so important is that they actually give parents the chance to relax and unwind, bond with your baby, and will give you a peaceful rest too.
As a new parent, you spend so much time taking care of your little one. With everything from feeding your baby, changing diapers, and playing with them, it can be an exhausting task. This is why you need to give yourself rest, too.
Try to tailor your child’s sleep routine to include things that you enjoy as well. If you are a bookworm, use this time to bond with your baby and re-discover some of your favorite children’s books from when you were little.
If you love to pamper yourself, add some Nourishing Body Lotion with Oat & Shea Butter to your baby’s skin before bedtime, and use some for yourself as well. This dreamy lotion is clinically proven to be gentle on your little one's skin, and it is infused with our signature NaturalSnooze fragrance, featuring scents proven to create an environment that helps with falling asleep and staying asleep.
All in all, if your baby is sleeping soundly, you will be able to get more rest as well. Studies say that well-rested parents are able to make better decisions, so be sure to take advantage of the time while your baby is asleep to get some much-needed shut-eye for yourself as well.
What Should I Include in My Routine?
When it comes to designing a new bedtime routine for your newborn, we are here to help!
Here are some examples of activities to include in your baby’s bedtime routine:
- Feeding your baby and having time for snuggles
- Give your baby a bath with our Soothing Shampoo & Body Wash with Calendula to calm and cleanse your little one from head to toe
- Give your little one a gentle infant massage before bedtime to help produce melatonin to help them sleep
- Sit in your rocking chair and read a children’s book to your little one
- Spritz some Relaxing Pillow Spray and massage your little one
- Sing soft lullabies to your baby while rocking them to sleep
- Tell your little one “Goodnight” and “I Love You” before bed, so that they will be comforted by the sound of your voice
- Turn on some white noise to lull your baby to sleep
Studies show that babies’ body temperatures cool after bathtime, helping them fall asleep naturally and faster. Remember to be flexible, and see what works best for both you and your baby to create the perfect bedtime routine.
One of the most important things to remember about bedtime routines and your baby’s sleep schedule is to be consistent.
Consistency is so important to the social, emotional, and cognitive development of babies. Creating and maintaining consistent times for a newborn's bedtime routine will help your little one feel relaxed, teach them to manage their own behavior, and let them know what the expectations are.
Therefore, having consistency will help to make the bedtime routine a normal part of your baby’s day, and will create predictability and stability for your child.
A Comfortable Sleep Space
Creating a comfortable sleep space is also very important in ensuring that your little one will have a restful sleep.
For the baby’s sleeping surface, be sure to choose a firm mattress. Firm mattresses are best for babies as they will give better support for the baby’s bones and growing body.
Your baby’s bedding should only consist of a tight-fitted sheet for their sleeping surface. Using light, breathable materials will help your baby to stay cool and to have a refreshing sleep. We recommend using soft cotton for your baby’s bedding.
When it’s time to lay your little one down for their nap or sleep, be sure to place your infant on their back as a part of their regular sleeping routine. This will keep your little one comfy and safe.
Keeping your baby’s crib extra tidy and free from unnecessary items will help to ensure that your baby will have a safe night’s sleep.
Once you have made your newborn’s bedtime routine and have prepared a comfortable sleep space for your little one, take the time to see how your baby reacts to the new routines, and don’t be afraid to make mindful adjustments if needed.
For example, if your baby starts to fall asleep during story time, that is great. Lay your little one down in their crib, and maybe pick a shorter story for the next evening. On the other hand, if your baby is still wide awake after going through your bedtime routine, try adding another soothing activity to the lineup.
You’ll quickly be able to tell which activities your baby likes the most, and you’ll begin to look forward to this time of nightly bedtime bonding with your little one.
Here at Little Yawn Collective, we help empower parents by helping you to create the best bedtime routine for your little ones. We know that bedtime can be hard, which is why it is our mission to champion proven sleep solutions for kids.
Creating a newborn bedtime routine for your little one will be great for calming your baby, bonding together, and easing them into a good night’s sleep. Be sure to follow our tips and tricks for putting together your child’s bedtime routine, and they will be sleeping soundly in no time.