Do you have a gorgeous little bub at home but are struggling getting into a good bedtime routine? Evenings are a time for relaxing and it would be nice to get some time to spend doing the things you’d like, right?

Once baby is past the 3mth stage, it’s a great time to start introducing a few things to help them develop good sleeping habits.

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The following are suggestions for you to try. You don’t have to do them all and your routine should be personal to you and your family. But whatever you choose, the activities should be a calm and soothing experience to encourage those night time sleepy feelings.

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The routine should start somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour before you want baby to be asleep. It’s important that your routine is predictable. Do the same things in the same order and hopefully over time, just doing the routine will make your baby sleepy.

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Bathe your baby

– This only works if your baby enjoys bath time, not all babies do. If baby doesn’t really enjoy their bath, then it’s probably best to leave it until morning instead. A wipe down with a cloth and warm water could be a good alternative.

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Baby Massage

– This can be such a relaxing experience, for both you and your baby. Lie them down on your lap or on the floor in front of you. Start from their feet and work up. Once you’ve done both legs, you can start with their hands. Then move up their arms, finishing with a little body and head massage. Some natural oil will make the experience even better. Try an organic extra virgin coconut oil, it has lots of really great benefits. Read about it here. Or a little lavender oil to help aid relaxation.

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If you’d prefer to do a class first on baby massage first, ask your health visitor about any that might be available in your area. Often there are some which are free of charge.

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Read A Bedtime Story

– Reading is the perfect activity for bonding with your baby. They’ll love to hear your voice and will find the experience a soothing one. Studies have also shown that bedtime stories can help quicken their mastery of language. And when added to the bedtime routine, children begin to associate reading with emotional warmth and fun. So reading really is a good thing to do with your baby.

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Sing

– Lullaby’s can really help your baby drift off into snoozeland. They’ve been used for over 4000 years as a way to help sooth and settle babies. It’s believed the swaying rhythm of lullabys closely matches the movements baby experienced while in the womb. By recreating this womb experience through song, parents can comfort a child and soothe him or her off to sleep.

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White Noise

Tiny Feet Photography, newborn photography, baby photography, baby photos, dornoch, baby pics, newborn photos, newborn photographer, newborn pics, inverness, highlands, elgin, nairn, scotland, victoria mackenzie,Developing a good bedtime routine, baby shusher– Apparently the womb is a pretty noisy place. To babies it’s as loud as a lawnmower! However, life outside the womb is not loud. In fact it can be uncomfortably quiet for them.  Using white noise in the background when settling baby can recreate the level of noise they’ll be used to. Ever notice how baby falls asleep when you’re using your hairdryer or vacuum? That’s white noise. It also helps to drown out all those other noises like doorbells or dogs barking that could disturb your sleeping babe.
Did you know that white noise or ‘shushing’ can also help to soothe a crying baby? The key is to make sure it’s  LOUDER than the crying. Holding a screaming baby while shushing like a gentle librarian is useless. Your baby can’t hear the shushing over his own crying. You need to shush LOUDLY (sounds a bit ridiculous I know) so that the calming noise can penetrate above the crying.

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There are various options out there for white noise but whatever you choose, it needs to be loud. I recommend The Baby Shusher and you can even get an app for it. Those of you who have had a newborn session with me might have seen me using it to help baby go to sleep.

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Of course these are all just suggestions and one might work for one baby and not another. So it’s up to you to choose the ones which work for you. But doing at least one or two in the evening can really help develop a good bedtime routine which will benefit both you and your baby.

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If you have any great tips and would like to share them, either leave a comment here or pop over to my Facebook page and leave them there. I’m sure other parents would love to hear them.

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Until next time…

Viki xx