Did you know that babies need as much as 11 hours of sleep a night? Unfortunately, about 25-30% of all babies and toddlers have trouble sleeping. What's a harried parent to do?
Start a bedtime routine, of course! A sense of regularity will help a child relax at night, and make him more likely to fall asleep and get some quality ZZZs. Here are a few quick tips to help you establish an ideal one:
Give him a bath
A warm bath is a surefire way to calm your baby down after playtime, and also serves as a mommy-baby bonding session. A warm bath every night can also be your baby's cue that it's time for bed. Most moms think bathing baby at night would cause him to get cold, but a nice warm bath can actuallys set the mood for a nice deep sleep. Of course, be sure to use only bath products that are gentle on his delicate skin.
Give him a massage
Everyone loves a massage, babies included! A nighttime massage induces the release of serotonin, the so-called feel good brain chemical that can help prime him for sleep. Feel free to use either baby lotion or baby oil during massages—ones that have calming essences that can help soothe and relax your baby.
Sing a lullaby or read a bedtime story
With bath time done, it's now time for calmer, quieter activities. Singing him a lullaby or reading him a story are excellent options because aside from lulling him to sleep, they'll also help expand his vocabulary.
Give him one last feeding before bed
Hunger can wake your baby up in the middle of the night, so it's a good idea to give him one last feeding before bedtime. However, be sure to feed him only until he starts feeling drowsy—not until he completely falls asleep. Otherwise, he may expect a meal as a pre-condition for sleeping.
Make sure you choose a reliable set of products like the JOHNSON'S® Bedtime Range and Routine. This includes the Johnson's bedtime™ baby bath, Johnson's bedtime™ baby lotion, Johnson's bedtime baby powder, and Johnson's® bedtime baby oil. These can help soothe and calm your baby so he can fall asleep faster and stay asleep for up to an hour longer.
Got a smartphone? Then be sure to download Johnson and Johnson's BEDTIME™ Baby Sleep App, which helps streamline your baby's bedtime routine. It features a Sleep Log that keeps track of your young one's sleeping patterns and even produces a sleep score that comes with advice from Johnson's Sleep Experts.
It also includes a step-by-step video guide to Johnson and Johnson's proven 3-step nighttime routine. Plus, you'll also get a library of scientifically-based lullabies and ambient sounds that are sure to help your child fall asleep in no time.
Indeed, ample sleep is important to your baby's development. And the more sleep he gets, the more you get, too! By following these pre-sleep routines, bedtime will be a natural and stress-free experience for your child.