Written by best-selling author of Sense Series and owner of the Parent Sense app, Meg Faure
If asked for only one tip on how to get a baby or toddler sleeping well, it would probably be to get a good calming bedtime routine established. A perfect bedtime routine has 5 elements:
TIME – Begin your bedtime routine at the same time each day. All babies and toddlers should be in bed between 6 and 7 pm. Begin your bedtime routine with a bath an hour before you want your little one down. Make sure your baby or toddler has an age-appropriate awake time between his afternoon sleep and bedtime.
ORDER – Each day stick to a predictable order between supper and lights out: an example of a healthy bedtime routine is:
CALMING – Keep the time between bath and bed calming:
CONSISTENT – A bedtime routine becomes a trigger for all the wonderful brain hormones that will settle your little one. By keeping the bedtime routine completely consistent your baby will anticipate bed and not fight sleep.
HEALTHY SLEEP ASSOCIATION – As you prepare for putting your little one into bed, ensure he has his ‘sleepy blanky’ – something he can hold and love as he drifts off to sleepyland.