A calming bedtime routine is an example of something you can do every day that your baby will learn to associate with sleep. A good bedtime routine is calming and is a cue to your baby that sleep time is coming. Follow a bedtime routine as a healthy sleep association:

  • Begin with a warm bath
  • Use bath products with a gentle lavender scent
  • Lift your baby from the bath into a warm, soft towel
  • Dim your baby’s bedroom and don’t leave the room between bath and bed
  • Give your baby a soothing massage
  • Read a story to your baby while she lies in your arms
  • Feed your baby in your arms (not in the cot)
  • Sing or play a lullaby
  • Say goodnight gently and lovingly