Is there anything more beautiful than a sleeping baby? All those sleep deprived nights and endless crying seem to be a distant memory as soon as those tiny eyes are closed.
3 months onwards is a great time to introduce a bedtime routine that will stand you in good stead in helping your child achieve great sleeping habits.
You don't have to include every step into your routine, you can personalise it and choose what you do to fit perfectly around you and your family. Do ensure to keep the activities calm and soothing. Late night kitchen disco's right before bed time are never going to end well when it comes to quashing all the excitement.
Bathe your baby - Not all babies are the biggest fans of having a bath and if it seems to be turning into more of a screamfest than a relaxing experience then maybe move bath times to mornings and just wash down your little one with a soft warm cloth.
Baby Massage - Baby massage can be as relaxing for you as it is for baby and it's also a great time for for some skin to skin bonding. The ideal time would be right after bath time. Lay your baby down on a towel (incase of accidents) in a warm, dimly lit room and gently massage your baby starting at the legs and feet and working your way up. To make it even more luxurious for your little one, use a natural oil or lotion to make it extra soft and soothing.
Read A Story - Reading at bedtime in the early days can be a great habit to get into. Not only will your voice instantly relax them it will also help develop their language skills for when they are ready to talk. Although they wont yet understand the words, they will love hearing your voice.
Sing - Softly sung lullabies are a tried and tested method of helping your baby fall to sleep. It doesn't always have to be a lullaby, anything you or they enjoy can do the trick.
White Noise - White noise is renowned for sending your little loves to the land of nod quicker than any other. It can be great for drowning out household noises that may disturb them such as rowdy pets, washing appliances and those dreaded creaky floorboards. Leaving it on for them to fall asleep to can help them associate that particular noise with their sleepy time environment.
These methods may not work for every baby or even every family. One or two of these can be plentiful and can really help for a dreamy bedtime routine and we all know babies and children love a routine.