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The Benefits of Establishing a Bedtime Routine for Your Baby

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Having a routine for your baby, especially at bedtime, is important for these reasons.

  1. Your baby will feel safe and secure.

  2. A routine will give your baby and you reassurance.

  3. Stress and anxiety will be reduced.

  4. Your baby will learn the difference between day and night sooner.

  5. At the end of the day, your baby will know the cues for a good night’s sleep as you follow a bedtime ritual.

  6. Your baby will feed more effectively.

  7. She will learn to rest and empty her tummy between feeds, rather than constantly snacking day and night. 

  8. When travelling, a routine will help your baby adapt if she knows when her feeds and naps are.  Even when in a strange room at bedtime with the same cues of bath/feed/bedtime in place, this will help her and you feel less stressed and anxious when you are settling her.

In essence, a routine creates a calmer household. The key point to remember, though, is to start your day between 7-7.30, at the latest so that you can get sufficient feeds and naps through the day, which will in turn lead to a better night’s sleep for you all.  Try to be patient with the new routine as it will take your baby time to adjust and settle into it.


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