Putting your baby down for the evening should be a relaxing time for both you and your baby. However there are times when your baby just might not settle down. In this case a night time routine can be very helpful.
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Jennifer Trachtenburg: Putting a baby down for the evening should be a relaxing time for both you and your baby. However there are times when your baby just might not settle down. This is when a night time routine can really be helpful. Hi! I am Doctor Jennifer Trachtenburg, author of 'Good Kids, Bad Habits,' the real age guide for raising healthy children. We are going to give you some tips to show you how to establish a night time routine to help your baby go to sleep? New borns' sleep is very erratic and very variable. On an average, baby sleeps about 14-18 hours a day, but most of it seems that to be during the day and not at night, because their internal clocks are not regulated yet. For parents, first of all I tell them, this is normal behavior. So relax, take a big breath and this is really the way it's going to 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 the time for you to be with the baby. Don't worry about if the beds are made up or the dishes are washed. It's the time to bond with your baby. It takes about three to four months until your baby establishes a night time sleep pattern where they sleep more at nights. So it could be a little frustrating at the beginning with the parents. But what you can do to help ease into this, is to really have a night time routine, something that you follow every single day, about thirty to forty minutes before bed time. 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 play time for day time. It's a great idea to give your baby a bath right before bed time. It's a great way to start off your night time routine. This can relax the baby, the warm water. You can also use bath products that have been shown to help relaxing calm the baby, things that have added ingredients such as camomile and lavender. This can be helpful too Sounds good. Right after the bath it's a wonderful time then to moisturize your baby. At the same time you can have a great bonding experience by giving a little 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 are drowsy you should then put them into their cribs and on their back. This will help to prevent SIDS - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Bed time is a wonderful time to bond with your baby. Incorporating a night time routine into your evening activity will help give your baby a sense of security and ease them into sleep, making a relaxing evening for both of you.

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