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How can I help my baby settle into a routine of nightly sleep?

To encourage your baby to move into a more mature sleep pattern, you can try establishing a bedtime routine. Bedtime routines can be started early, or at a later period. Steps you can take include encouraging play and activity during daytime. When your baby falls asleep during the day, speak at a normal voice and go about your daily activities as usual. When bedtime approaches, move baby into a quiet, dimly-lit environment, speak in a soft voice, change nappy, clothes, etc. and make sure that baby is not overdressed or underdressed. Other steps include bathing, reading a story, rocking and cuddling, or singing a lullaby before bed, putting your baby to bed when they are sleepy but not yet asleep, and having the baby sleep in the same room as you.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Insomnia (sleep problems)

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