Hello there Moms and Dads! Let’s talk about bedtime routine. You babies are not designed to sleep at night, especially the newborns. They have a short REM cycle. Most babies are receptive and able to start a bedtime routine at around 6 to 8 weeks. Having a newborn bedtime routine helps to calm your baby and eases them to a good night's sleep. It should be very short at first — maybe just a cuddly feeding and a brief reading of an age-appropriate book.
It's important to establish routine times for your child's night-time sleep and daytime naps. This helps maintain their body clock to release melatonin, which helps them get to sleep more quickly. Once asleep, we cycle through periods of deeper and lighter sleep throughout the night.
When it comes to children, having a routine is especially important. Establishing and maintaining good sleep habits helps your child fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested and refreshed. It may also prevent future sleep problems.
For a newborn, who can ever tell them the difference between morning and night time? Routines are very helpful in establishing your baby circadian rhythm, an inborn biological clock that helps her distinguish night from day, says Rose Kavo, PhD, adjunct professor of child development at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City.
This doesn't mean you should feed your newborn by the clock or try to establish a regular bedtime. In the early months, most infants are too physically immature to follow regular patterns. Feed on demand and let him sleep when he wants. But begin imposing little daily habits such as exposing him to the light of the sun when he's awake so he can begin to differentiate day from night.
Why is bedtime routine important to you and your baby?
- An appropriate bedtime routine can help your baby sleep better.
- When your baby is sleeping, you can relax too :)
- It helps transitional periods and sleep regressions.
Tips for best bedtime routine:)
- Make sure to give your baby a bath, clean diaper, lotion, etc.
After coming out of a warm bath, a baby's body temperature starts to cool, which can help your infant fall asleep more easily. It also helps using a mild and gentle baby wash. You might want to try a plant-derived one like our Mummy's Miracle Moringa Baby Wash It's ultra-mild formula is tear-free and formulated with active extracts of Moringa Oil, Glycerin, Honey Extract, White Tea Extract and Chamomile Extract. For babies, kids and sensitive adults. Contains no gluten, soy, oat, dairy or nuts. Natural Moringa formula, Tear-free. Gentle cleansing for hair and body. THE BEST Bubble Bath - Pediatrician recommended for Children of All Ages.
- Cuddles. Babies love the warm feeling.
Cuddling helps replicate the womb environment. Your child will feel safe and warm. Cuddling helps your baby develop a secure attachment to you. Try to put some baby lotion on. Try our Mummy’s Miracle Moringa Baby Lotion. Touch is love. Mummy’s MiracleTM Moringa baby lotion brings mom and baby together for a healthy soothing time that’s great for the skin and miraculous for the soul and you’ll love how it leaves your hands. A formula of Active Moringa oil, Moringa Extract, Honey Extract, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, Glycerin nourishes baby’s delicate skin. Also, for kids and sensitive adults. Aloe Vera Gel, White Tea Extract hydrates and protects your baby’s delicate skin.
- Give your baby smooth massages.
Massage can soothe your baby and help her to sleep. Massage has many added benefits for your baby, including improving weight gain, aiding digestion, improving circulation, and easing teething pain. Massage is a great way for you and your partner to bond with your baby, and you may find it relaxing, too! Smooth massage can also be more relaxing using our Mummy’s Miracle Moringa Baby Oil. Plant-derived. No Petroleum, Mineral Oil, Lanolin, Phthalates or Petrochemicals. Mummy’s MiracleTM Moringa locks in twice the moisture. Made for those dry, rough patches and overall prevention of moisture loss. Leaves baby skin silky soft. Made with Aloe Vera Gel, Moringa Oil, Coconut Oil and absolutely no mineral oil.
Lullabies help lull babies to sleep for three reasons: they help regulate the emotions of the baby or child, they work to foster a stronger bond between child and parent, and lullabies help establish a routine.
As your baby falls asleep, try leaving the room. This can be tough, but the Zen Swaddle may be able to help. It’s gently weighted parts place light pressure in the same places your embrace would, giving your baby extra comfort and security, even when you’re not there.
Love + miracles,