Bedtime for a newborn is every parent's dream and nightmare, wrapped into one. It's nice to think about all of that free time you're going to have, right? Oh wait . . . someone has to actually get the baby to sleep first. They say bedtime routines are the key to getting your kids to sleep, but are there any bedtime routines for newborns that actually work?
A lot of my daughter's newborn period is blurred in my memories, but I do remember the bedtime struggles. Those first few weeks were awful. I remember dreading the moment it got dark outside because I knew the rest of the world would be sleeping while I was exhausted, trying to figure out how to make a baby sleep. During one terrible night, I fell asleep with my daughter on my chest and dreamt that she had rolled off of me, face-down onto the floor. It was terrifying and I knew then that I had to figure out some kind of bedtime routine.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, it's important to recognize your newborn's sleepy cues in order to encourage nighttime sleeping. Because babies sleep whenever they want during those first couple of months, it can seem harder than ever to get them in a consistent bedtime routine. But the earlier you start some of these seven bedtime routines for newborns, the better everyone will sleep.