From a very young age, babies start to form and understand habits. They know and understand that it’s time to eat, when mom takes them to the rocking chair. Babies have a keen sense of smell and remember lots of things based on their smells and the way they feel like a favorite blanket or a toy.
Because of these things, it is highly recommended by many experts in the field to start a bedtime routine with your child at a very young age. Implementing a bedtime routine will help your child start to learn that when you start the bedtime routine that means it is time to settle down and wind down for the day.
She will know that soon it will be time to sleep. Even for babies as young as a few weeks old, they know and can understand a routine and what it means.
You can structure your bedtime routine any way you like, but the important thing is to keep it the same or very similar every night when you put your newborn to bed. It is also important to do the bedtime routine at almost the same time every night.
This will help to set the internal clock of your little one, so she knows and understands about what time is bedtime every night. She will start to feel sleepy without you needing to coax her.
This bedtime routine is something that you will keep for years. Although some things you will drop out of the routine and other things you will add into the routine, the general ideas of the routine will stay the same.
You might also adjust the time frame as your child gets a little older, but the idea of a nighttime routine will stay the same.
Here are few things you might want to consider implementing in your nighttime routine.