Why parents may want to create a bedtime routine for their babies.
In the first year of a child’s life babies need anywhere from 13 to 15 hours of sleep each day, including naptime. And while in the early months, there’s not much rhyme or reason to when a baby sleeps, in time that changes explains Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No Cry Sleep Solution.
“A baby’s biological clock is set for an earlier bedtime, maybe as early as 6 or 7 pm and if we’re keeping our baby up longer than his biological bedtime, he can become fussy, overtired and then not sleep when you put him to bed.”
Elizabeth adds that we need to help a child prepare for sleep with a bedtime routine.
“A bedtime routine is crucial in cueing your baby and preparing him for sleep. The hour before bedtime should be peaceful and include a bath, a massage, reading, singing, rocking, breast or bottle feeding, so that your baby knows that sleeptime is coming and gets prepared to go to sleep.”
From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. From the nationally syndicated radio show “The Parent Report”, hosted by Joanne Wilson and heard on more than 100 radio stations. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.