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Sleep Routines for Baby

Sleep routines can be challenging for parents especially when a newborn just doesn’t want to go to sleep. Developing a  sleep routine can help with this. Keep bed time consistent and develop soothing rituals such as singing, rocking, reading to, or cuddling baby. These rituals can not only help baby sleep, but become ways of connecting with your baby.

What special sleep routines have helped your baby sleep?

Is there part of the routine that you look forward to the most?

Posted March 16, 2010

by MichelleH

23 Comments

23 Responses

  1. Laine says:

    I am from Life Happens During Naptime and am entering the giveaway! My favorite item (besdies the stroller!) is the Baby Sit & Step – what a cool idea!

  2. Andrea says:

    Hi! I’m from Life Happens During Naptime and I am so excited about entering the giveaway to win a tandem stroller! I took a look at your products and love the Jeep® Trek Easy-Travel Playard! I love that it folds up into nothing which makes it so easy to cart to Grandma’s house!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I’m entering the mom’s best giveaways…but also wanted to comment on the sleep routine.
    I’m a second time mom, and this time around, I’ve learned to just relax a little and not push so hard for a routine. A little at a time, and my daughter has snuggled herself into our life just perfectly. I don’t feel like we even had to try.

  4. Michelle says:

    Jennifer,
    Thanks for your advice. There is definitely wisdom in experience!
    Michelle

  5. Michelle says:

    Andrea,
    Welcome! The portability of the Jeep Playard is definitely a plus. It’s prefect for travel. Good luck with the contest.
    Michelle

  6. Michelle says:

    Laine,
    Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like our products!
    Michelle

  7. Thanks for the tips, I started a routine a month or so ago and can not say enough about how great they work. My daughter was a year and still getting up 2-3 times a night for food. We started a set routine and within two weeks she was sleeping through the night on a regular basis. I wish I had started a routine sooner, I could have saved myself so many sleepless nights.

  8. Michelle says:

    Over Thirty Mommy,
    We are glad you have found something that is working for you. Good advice for new parents setting out. Thanks for visiting our blog!
    Michelle

  9. Nicole says:

    I have been struggling so bad with getting JoHanna on a sleep routine! She is sleeping longer then 3 hours now but sometimes is waking up in between, which during the day is fine but i wish she would stay awake! lol The one thing is to cuddle with her at night before our bedtime! Can you tell I am a first time mom? lol

  10. Cory says:

    I followed the babywise book for both of my children and I really liked it. Both of my children slept through the night very early and never cried when putting them down for naps and bedtime.

  11. Michelle says:

    Nicole,
    That’s so sweet. I’m sure you are a great “first time mom” – congrats!
    Michelle

  12. Michelle says:

    Cory,
    Good tip on Babywise. Sounds like it ended up being a great resource for you.
    Michelle

  13. Peggy Gorman says:

    I am from Mom’s Best Bets and I am a Mom of 4 grown children. One thing I did notice is about babies and their sleep habits is that ,its the people they are and their sleep stays the same . My oldest was a cat napper ,20 mins and he was ready again ,my daughter loves to sleep and even as a baby I had to wake her up in the morning for her breakfast!! My other 2 sons slept all night early.
    What I did was to put a bassinet by my bed when they were babies,I held them alot .
    One peice of advice to new Moms is relax ,enjoy your babies and get them on your routine. Everything will fall into place!!

  14. admin says:

    Thanks Peggy! Good advice to just relax. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the simplest things are the most effective!
    Michelle

  15. Jenn H says:

    I agree with the relax advice. Each kid is different. It’s good to have a plan but you need to follow baby’s lead. It WILL come.

  16. Katie says:

    Mostly I look forward to the part when he is asleep and I can finally check my email!

  17. So true! My son is 8 months old today (yey!) and up until he was 4 1/2 months old he was waking up every hour and wouldn’t sleep in his crib. We started him on rice cereal and set a bed time and it worked (with a little crying along the way) he slept the whole night!!
    Good luck to all of you :)
    ~Ros

  18. admin says:

    Ros,
    Thanks for sharing your “sleeping solution” with us!
    Michelle

  19. admin says:

    Katie,
    HA! There is something to say for what you can get done when baby is sleeping. :)
    Michelle

  20. admin says:

    Thanks Jenn. Sounds like you are speaking from experience! Michelle

  21. Wendi says:

    My first born didn’t sleep through the night until she was 18 mos. She was a catnapper, and would doze off in her stroller/car seat/playpen/etc. She was my “portable” baby. My second child slept 5 hours straight the night she came home from the hospital (no training necessary!), and has slept 11 hours consistently every night since she was 9 mos. But she would only sleep in her crib, so we had to plan our day around her schedule.. otherwise she’d miss naps and became Little Miss Crankypants. ;)

    Peggy was right, every child is different and I’ve learned to accept that and deals with each child’s need differently. But I’ve also learned that kids thrive on routine. They like to know what to expect. Bedtime rituals are especially important to us, because that’s the time we reconnect as a family. They get to spend quality time with mom and dad after being ‘sent away’ to daycare/school during the day. My husband and I love that time too because what can be better than cuddling with your kids after a busy day at work?

  22. admin says:

    Wendi,
    You are right – cuddling with your children is a great way to end a busy day! Thanks for sharing with us.
    Michelle

  23. Baby Health says:

    Hi…

    I saw this really good post today….

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