How to get your baby to sleep

Try these top tips to help baby off to sleep.

Step 1 – Warm Bath

Lot’s of parents find bathtime the perfect way to start your baby’s pre-bed routine, add some lovely calming scents to help relax baby.

Step 2 – Baby Massage

Massage has been shown to release oxytocin, which reduces stress levels and helps the bonding process. Improving sleep quality and quantity when part of a before-bed routine.

Massage can also help you recognise and respond to your baby’s body language and it’s a great way to make your little one feel safe and secure. In fact, research has shown that along with better sleep, there are many other significant health benefits to baby massage, including bonding with your baby.

If you would like to get some more info try The Daisy Foundation – Baby Massage

Step 3 – Quiet Time

After giving your baby a warm bath and a relaxing massage, it’s time to send your baby off to sleep with a little quiet time together.

Make sure you keep the atmosphere calm and cosy. If you choose to feed at this time, be sure not to feed your baby to sleep. Feeding could become something your baby expects, making it hard to change later. Instead, you can help your baby wind down further by reading or singing softly.

It’s best to avoid active play at this time, so your baby goes to bed sleepy but still awake. This will help baby learn how to self-soothe and get back to sleep on their own if they wake up during the night.

Alternatively here are some more sleep tips to help you and your little one earn the much-needed shut eye you both deserve.

 

Credit How To Dad

Published 4th May 2017

By Sarah Bates

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