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A well-rested baby is a happy baby
While babies typically have different sleep needs, every one of them can benefit from the smart strategies described here. By using these tips you'll lay the foundation for a lifetime of restful sleep.
Choose a kid-friendly bedtime
Zero in on when he's likely to be sleepy – experts generally recommend setting a bedtime between 7 and 8 o'clock. Wait much later and he's likely to be too cranky, overtired, and restless to fall asleep easily.
Decide on a bedtime and stick to it
Babies thrive on consistency. If you put your baby to bed around the same time every night, she'll quickly learn when it's time to sleep.
Create a simple, relaxing bedtime ritual
Even newborns can benefit from a bedtime routine, which lays the foundation for good sleep habits. Pick three or four soothing activities you can do together every night. These might include giving your baby a bath and a massage, reading a book, or singing lullabies. And it'll be easier on you both if you keep the routine brief – aim for lights-out within a half hour after bath time ends.
Put your baby to bed tired but awake
Let your baby learn how to fall asleep without you. If you rock or nurse your baby to sleep, he'll need the same attention when he wakes up in the middle of the night. Babies who go to bed drowsy figure out how to fall back to sleep on their own.
Know when to put an end to nighttime feedings
By the time babies are 6 months old, most who are growing normally can get through the night without needing to eat. Around that age, start weaning your baby from midnight snacking by feeding her just before bedtime. If she wakes up, offer comfort (like a back rub) instead of food. She'll be fine.
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