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Baby bedtime routine newborn

Creating a baby's sleep routine

Newborn baby bedtime routine

Organizing the sleep routine with times and practices repeated daily is the golden rule. Children are very sensitive to rituals, to things that are repeated. So, repeat every day, about an hour before, activities such as bathing, feeding, changing diapers, and singing a song while preparing to fall asleep. All this outside the bedroom, with him still awake. Take the baby to his room when he's close to finishing the rituals, put him in the crib, dim the light, and don't rock. This way, he will find that the repetition will bring him calm and the necessary relaxation to fall asleep.


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Do not get the baby used to sleeping in your lap, in the parent's bed, or in a place other than the crib. The ideal is to put him still awake in the crib and stay by his side. Regardless of age, your baby must understand that you are firm in your decision and, little by little, he will recognize the crib as his sleeping place.

Nani has toys that transmit security to the baby and make him learn to sleep alone.

Ideally, the baby should sleep in the dark. But a very dim light, outside the room where he is, can bring tranquility to the parents, and that's okay.

A quiet environment is important. There are children, as well as adults, who do not mind much noise at bedtime, but silence is the most advisable for better quality sleep and a good rest.

This tactic doesn't work. Babies, like all of us, have a "preferred sleep time", which is what is dictated by our "biological clock". The ideal for babies to have a good sleep throughout the night is to realize what time they are sleepy (sly, scratching their eyes, etc) and repeat this time every day. That way, the baby will have his own sleep rhythm.

Leaving the baby exhausted means overstimulating him, which will actually disrupt the baby's sleep rhythm. Leave physical activities for the afternoon.

The number of naps will depend on your age. Babies less than a month old sleep a lot during the day. When they are older, they start taking a nap in the middle of the morning and another in the early afternoon. Then go to sleep after lunch (once a day).

The ideal is to calm him down, but without taking him out of the crib or offering him a bottle. You should stay by the crib, caressing, but firmly. Avoid putting it on your lap.

It is common to think that a baby wakes up at dawn because he is hungry, but that is not true. The baby wakes up because the sleep rhythm has been broken. One suggestion is to replace the evening feed with chamomile or fennel tea to calm you down. Also, try to breastfeed before bed to prevent your baby from waking up in the middle of the night hungry. However, it is important to emphasize that up to six months of age, breastfeeding in the middle of the night is necessary and, therefore, allowed. At this stage, there is no pre-set time; it will depend on the time the baby wants to breastfeed.