Your baby’s bedtime routine

RoutineFrom as early as 6 to 8 weeks, it’s a good idea to start to set up a simple and consistent bedtime routine that suits both you and your baby. Try to start the routine at a similar time each day and follow the same pattern. Bedtime is your special time for cuddles and attention, where your baby can feel peaceful and ready to rest.

Getting ready for bed

Make your baby’s sleep routine calm and relaxed. Start winding down after dinner, and slow the pace so that your little one isn't over-stimulated before you put them to bed.

To relax your baby, you can:

  • Give them a bath
  • Clean their teeth – if they have any! (Remember to do this every night, to prevent tooth decay)
  • Give them a last feed
  • Read a story
  • Sing a lullaby
  • Cuddle them and give a goodnight kiss

What time is bedtime?

Try not to let your little one fall asleep too early in the evening – they’ll just be more likely to wake up during the night. A good baby bedtime is between 7 and 8.30pm; any later than this and they may become overtired and cry.

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