Ideal Bedtime Routine for Babies

Does your child wakes up multiple times through out the night? Chances are having a better bedtime routine would help your little one sleep 12 hours through the night! I'll explain how to solve night wakings and give you my ideal bedtime routine for babies as well as a few things to AVOID during bedtime!

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36 Comments

  1. It’s getting so hard for me to fix a bedtime routine for my 4months old baby😔 trying to do my best!

    1. This is a great age to start a routine and tweak it though! You’re doing great!!

  2. This is so helpful. Im going to try this routine starting tomorrow night. My 15 month old is still not sleeping through the night and depends heavily on a bottle of milk to fall asleep. (Bad habit we created and have been trying to break) I definitely see some mistakes in our bedtime routine. Thank You for the tips.

  3. Would this advice apply to an 11 month old? Eve since my kiddo’s first tooth came in, we haven’t had any look getting her to sleep in her crib once she wakes up during (usually around 2 am). We can get her back to sleep, but as soon as she’s in the crib, she’s awake and crying (even after multiple tries).

  4. How early should I try to put my baby on a routine? My baby is a month old and hes very attached and struggles to sleep at night when hes not in my arms. What things can I try to help with this?

    1. Hi Belle!! Congratulations on baby!! Yes you can implement this bedtime routine for a newborn!

  5. Please help. Do you have tips for getting a toddler and a baby ready for bed at the same time? My husband is at work and unable to help me with our night time routine and it’s been very stressful trying to bathe and put a ten month old and a two year old at a decent time when I’m out numbered. Any help will be greatly appreciated. ❤️

    1. I wouldn’t try to do both at the same time. Do whoever sleeps more soundly first. If you’re struggling you’re not necessarily doing anything wrong, you just have two little ones close in age. They don’t need a bath every day. Nothing wrong with a sponge bath.

  6. Love this!!! Currently fighting with my 5 month old during bath time! This is so helpful! I’m going to do this!

  7. Thanks for sharing this Becca! I’m gonna try it today! Would be lovely to have tips for nap time too. My 11 month old is driving me nuts and I don’t know from where to start! Fingers crossed that this works!

  8. Should bedtime be at the same time everyday? Or should it be based on nap length and awake windows. My 7 month old takes good naps now but they vary in length. So some days he takes long ones,..should I make his bedtime later or keep it consistent?

  9. What do you do when baby just plays in crib for what seams like forever and doesn’t show any signs of falling asleep independently?

  10. I totally agree with Becca, if there any new mums out there, please try to follow this and never feed baby to sleep. I did that mistake and I was totally sleep deprived. Thanks for info, I wish I knew this earlier.

  11. So I tried this for two nights. Tonight is night 2 and it worked… basically from the first try? Or is this a coincidence? We’ve never had an easy time getting baby ready for bed but she seems to be primed for going down during story time or so. I’m trying not to get too giddy but she is in her cot sleeping right now and I basically can’t believe it.

    1. Hey Ari! I am so glad you are seeing success with this! Kids are not robots, so there may be some rough nights, but consistency is key for bedtime routine an cuing baby for sleep 🙂

  12. I have a 8 month old baby I have been trying since she was 6months old to get her to sleep through the night and no matter what routine I use nothing works for her. She hasn’t fallen to sleep eating a while so that’s not an issue but she’ll wake up in the middle of the night mad because she’s hungry and when I do nurse her within a couple minutes she’s sleeping again but sometimes she’s back up within an hour.

    1. Hey Cynthia!! We are here to help you make sleep a thing!! With what you have described, I highly recommend checking out our Baby Sleep Course!! This will give you the tools and strategies on how to teach your little one to fall asleep independently and learn how to sleep all night long!! You can check out the course here for more information: https://littlezsleep.com/baby

  13. Your videos are amazing id love to see a video on how to do this with a 20month old and 3 month old ! Bedtime is always a struggle and a dread through out the day ! x

  14. Because of your videos our precious 3 and a half months old is going to sleep alone and only wakes up 2 times a night for a feed…sleeps from 7:30 ISH to 6:30 in the morning 🌅

  15. Thanks a lot for this great information..

    I realized my mistake in bedtime routine, I fed solid right after bath and expect my baby to fall sleep well throughout the night…

    Now ,I’d like to know at what time should i give solid dinner to him, if I do the bedtime routine at 6.30 pm?
    Can I feed him at 5 pm, and bath at 6.30 pm ,
    Because I want to stick to bedtime routine at 6.30 pm…
    In this case, solid food at 5 pm, and bedtime bottle at around 6.45 pm, isn’t too close, these 2 feedings?

  16. Thanks a lot Becca, I do agree and I hope that dark room works for my baby’s naps if practice daily as till today sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t

  17. An issue I have is what to do when there are siblings? For example, I have a 3 year old daughter and a 4 month baby. I am having a hard time figuring out what to do with 3 year old daughter when I focus on 4 month baby. I often leave her alone watching TV and hope baby will go to sleep quickly so I can get back to her, but for the past couple of weeks baby has needed a lot more attention at nap and bed time so I feel really bad for my daughter. When father is home I can focus on baby, but when he is not home I feel rushed to get my daughter to bed early to focus on baby or vice versa.

    1. Hey Lauren! Congrats on your new little one! I would recommend a sleep training plan, that way you have an end in sight and you know that baby will learn to fall asleep independently. My baby course is a 2 week plan that will teach your little one to fall asleep for nights and naps on their own! littlezsleep.com/baby

    1. Thank you, Anne! 💛 Getting sleep help should be easy, and we hope that our resources are always easily accessible and straightforward!

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