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Baby Sleep, Simplified

Helping Your Baby Sleep

More than 90% of parents want to change something about their child’s sleep routine according to research by Jody Mindell, Ph.D., chair of the Pediatric Sleep Council.

Here you have seven tips to make baby sleep simplified:

  1. Make sure to have a bedtime routine. Try to make the same activities, in the same order each night. Studies show that more nights during the week your baby follows one, the better she’ll sleep. And the good news is that babies get you to the routine pretty fast. If you repeat more the 3 or more nights in a roll, the baby will get used to it.

  2. Try an evening bath to mark the end of the day. Even if you skip the soap, the warm water can induce drowsiness.

  3. Prepare the bedroom. Pay attention to details: the right temperature, a soft light. You can also use a lavender essential oil on a diffuser to make the bedroom ready for the sleep.

  4. Offer one last feeding. Before you or your partner goes to sleep, gentle wake your baby to nurse or bottle-feed (this will help him wake less often in the coming hours). Then put him back down while he’s still awake but drowsy.

  5. Add some magic! It’s normal for a toddler to resist bedtime, kids this age want to practice their newfound independence. Give her choices: Would she like to stomp up the stairs like an elephant to get her room or tiptoe like a mouse? Or a bed-time song you invented together to sing long while going to bed? For toddlers: you can make up something unique to fit your child preferences if he likes a certain toy, character or sport: add this to a story that you always tell on bed-time.

  6. Head to bed sooner. You may think this will lead them to early morning, but both babies and toddlers can go to sleep earlier and sleep for about ten hours.

  7. Try a wake-up light. Schedule it to glow at a certain hour so he’ll know exactly when it’s ok to call you or burst through your door.