How to establish your own pre-sleep routine, plus the pros and cons of this baby settling method.
You can try a pre-sleep routine with your baby from birth. A pre-sleep routine can be used in conjunction with other methods of getting your baby to sleep such as pick up, put down (suitable from birth), controlled comforting (suitable from 6 months) and controlled crying (also suitable from 6 months). However, sometimes a pre-sleep routine is enough in itself.
STEP 1: Signpost bedtime by telling your baby it’s time for bed.STEP 2: Give her a bath, feed and story. You don’t have to do all three but it helps, and always do them in the same order.STEP 3: Put her to bed in her cot. She needs to associate it with sleep so she knows what bedtime means.STEP 4: When she wakes for a feed, keep it boring. Dim the lights, don’t play or chat and only change her nappy if really necessary.
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