First decide when you want baby to wake and go to sleep.
Start the day at the same time every day and put the bed at the same time every day!
Expose baby to the sunlight by spending the awake time playing, talking and doing tummy time!
Most times between 1 1/2 hours and 2 hours after awaking, baby will show some signs of sleepy cues. Now is the time we want to go into a calming routine.
Go to the bedroom where it is nice and quiet. Dim the lights and/or draw the curtains. Start the sound machine. Change baby’s diaper if needed and swaddle baby. Start your nap/bedtime routine.
Bed time!! Place baby in crib DROWSY not asleep! If you would like you can pat baby a few times or caress the forehead then walk away. If baby falls asleep before you get to the bed gently wake so baby can see that they are in bed.
NOTE: Baby should always be put in bed on their BACK!
Baby’s room should be between 68-72 degrees, dark and have a white noise machine going during nap and night sleep.
REMEMBER! Routine is your friend!
I have been a Professional Nanny since 1987 and Debra Gail has been a Professional Nanny since 1986. This is our blog of fun things we find or do with our charges.