Having a routine for your baby, especially at bedtime, is important for these reasons.
- Your baby will feel safe and secure.
- A routine will give your baby and you reassurance.
- Stress and anxiety will be reduced.
- Your baby will learn the difference between day and night sooner.
- At the end of the day, your baby will know the cues for a good night’s sleep as you follow a bedtime ritual.
- Your baby will feed more effectively.
- She will learn to rest and empty her tummy between feeds, rather than constantly snacking day and night.
- When travelling, a routine will help your baby adapt if she knows when her feeds and naps are. Even when in a strange room at bedtime with the same cues of bath/feed/bedtime in place, this will help her and you feel less stressed and anxious when you are settling her.
In essence, a routine creates a calmer household. The key point to remember, though, is to start your day between 7-7.30, at the latest so that you can get sufficient feeds and naps through the day, which will in turn lead to a better night’s sleep for you all. Try to be patient with the new routine as it will take your baby time to adjust and settle into it.