7:14 PM Posted by CalgaryDaddy
Whether your little one is a newborn or toddler, developing a bedtime routine can lead to a good night’s sleep and will help to ensure your baby is getting the rest she needs. JOHNSON’S® clinically proven three-step routine includes a warm bath, soothing massage and quiet time which will help drift her off to sleep.
Here are some sleep time tips and ideas to help as your baby continues to grow and develop:
The first few weeks of your newborn’s life are all about adjustment – for your baby and for you. Newborns can sleep up 18 hours a day – but never for more than three or four hours at a time. Though it’s too soon to expect structured sleep patterns, there are some key things to keep in mind:
• Learn Your Baby’s Sleepy Signs: Every baby is special and has a different way of showing you they are tired. Learn your little one’s signals which could include becoming fussy, crying or rubbing their eyes.
• Night & Day: Keep lights on and normal volume levels around the house while your baby sleeps during the day. At night, turn off the lights and keep the ambiance calm and quiet. This will help your little one sleep the longest at night and also start to learn the difference between night and day.
• Join in Naptime: It’s tempting to use your newborn’s naptime to finish chores, but be sure you use this opportunity as a time to catch up on your own sleep.
• Expect Wake Up Calls: Respond to your baby as soon as they wake up. Most newborns are unable to settle themselves on their own and will need your help to be lulled back to sleep.
Between three and six months old, your baby will be able to sleep longer during the night – which is great news for tired mommies and daddies! Your little one is also beginning to understand the difference between night and day, making it the perfect time to help develop their nightly routine.
• A Lasting Routine: Make sure your baby’s bedtime routine is not too long or impractical and make sure you adapt it at your baby gets older. According to a recent Babycenter.ca over 70 per cent of respondents said they had a bedtime routine they followed nightly.
• Bedtime Bath: Help your baby relax before bed by including bathing in her nightly routine. Some warm water and a lullaby can help soothe your little one into the land of nod. JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Bath®, formulated with NATURALCALM™, a unique blend of patent- pending essences proven to have relaxing properties is a great addition to the nightly bath.
• Soothing to Sleep: Put your little one to bed when she is drowsy but still awake; this will help her learn to soothe herself to sleep.
• How Much Sleep?: Your infant will sleep between 13 to 15 hours each day. Every baby is different and your little one may need more or less sleep.
By six months your baby will be starting to sleep through the night – a wonderful milestone for her tired parents! As your little one becomes busier with crawling, clapping and “talking,” it’s more important than ever to make sure she’s getting the rest she needs.
• Growing Sleepy: Your baby’s physical advances, such as rolling over and beginning to stand, can influence her sleep patterns. Don’t be discouraged if your baby temporarily wakes up in the middle of the night. Stick to your routine to help your little one return to a regular sleep pattern.
• Keep Naptime: Cutting down on naps won’t help your little one sleep longer during the night, in fact, sleep begets sleep!
• Bedtime Bonding: According to a recent Babycenter.ca survey conducted on behalf of JOHNSON’S® Baby, less than half of respondents (45 per cent) view bedtime as an opportunity to bond with their baby. Developing a regular nightly routine including a calm environment, bath and massage for your baby helps her drift off to dreamland while giving you precious bonding time. Try a nightly massage with JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Lotion®, with skin-conditioning emollients and formulated with NATURALCALM™ to help lull her into sleep.
• Fix Problem Habits: Rocking, cuddling and feeding your baby to sleep are major causes of sleep problems, so it’s best to try to break these habits early if you’ve established them.
• How Much Sleep?: Your baby will need about 14 to 15 hours of sleep each day. Crawling, rolling over, sitting up – an active baby means a tired baby.
As your little one continues to grow it’s important they still receive lots of attention, cuddling and sleep. Though they may have moved “beyond babyhood,” it’s important to maintain a consistent nightly routine to help your toddler fall asleep on her own.
• Changing Sleep Patterns: Your toddler’s sleep patterns will change throughout the next year. Although most toddlers will have learned to sleep through the night, change and stressful events such as an illness or trip may cause temporary setbacks to your routine.
• “Big Kid” Bed: You may consider transitioning your little one to a toddler bed at the two-year mark. It’s important to keep in mind that switching your toddler to a bed too early could be disruptive to their sleep routine. You may want to wait until your little one is almost three years old before making the transition.
• Daycare Dreams: If your toddler has started daycare or preschool, her nap time may be shifted to accommodate the need of an entire group of children. During this time it’s important to ensure she is getting plenty of sleep at night.
• How Much is Enough?: Toddlers need between 12 and 13 hours of sleep in total – usually 11 to 12 hours at night and another one to three hours during the day.