Baby Bedtime Routine Even You Can Do When You’re Exhausted

It is a challenge to get babies on a schedule, especially when you as a parent are exhausted! But good news we had a simple baby bedtime routine that works!

It is a challenge to get babies on a schedule, especially when you as a parent are exhausted! But good news we had a simple baby bedtime routine that works!

Baby Bedtime Routine Even You Can Do When You’re Exhausted

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My son did not enjoy sleeping AT ALL when he was a baby.  My husband and I literally tried everything to get him to go to sleep. We read every book we could get our hands on and searched far and wide for a solution that might help us in our struggle for some much-needed sleep.


I personally had gotten to the point where I was so exhausted that I felt like giving up as a mom. When I was at my final breaking point, something amazing happened…


baby bedtime routine


One day I was talking to my mom about my struggles and pretty much complaining about my lack of sleep and how hard it was to be a mom to a child who simply refuses to sleep! We have all been there with our moms right?! During this chat, she reminded me of her Fail-Proof way of getting babies to sleep with zero issues.  


Her suggestion?


Have a baby bedtime routine that works for you!  She went on to remind me not to try and implement some foreign unfamiliar tasks that I wouldn’t normally do. At this point, I was willing to try anything!


baby bedtime routine that works for you


And guess what?  IT WORKED! And I was FINALLY able to get some much-needed sleep!


I have used this tried and true baby bedtime routine for all my kids since then and it has worked EVERY SINGLE TIME!


Ready For a Baby Bedtime Routine That Works to Get Your Baby to Sleep?


1. Take a Bath


baby bedtime routine

Our son had awful eczema and allergies, so bathing was vital to our routine.  This gave us a scheduled time each day to care for his skin as well as get the wiggles out.  

Because we bathed nightly, I bought some good bath toys that have lasted for 4 kiddos. Make bath time fun by giving them toys to play with like these cute little boats or some caterpillar stacking cups.  I also love to add my favorite baby bubble bath.  It’s always fun to hear those baby giggles!


2. Get a Fresh Diaper and Jammies


I don’t know too many kids who like getting dressed or putting new diapers on, but my husband and I made this fun! We would sing bedtime songs and give our son some extra special attention with conversation during this time.  As we lotioned him up we would implement baby massage to try and soothe him.


3. Read Books


baby bedtime routineWe would always read a book or two as well.  All kids, even babies, love to read and look at the bright colors of books. Our son always tried to grab the book, so we would always give him a different one to chew on.


We would always read the same books in order to convey consistency and we would only read these particular books when it was bedtime. We called them “bedtime books.”

Some of our favorite books we would read at bedtime included Goodnight Gorilla, Spot Goes to the Library, Whose Baby Am I? and Brown Bear Brown Bear.


4. Cuddle and Feed


Once we got our son all settled, I would sit down with him in the rocking chair. I would cuddle and nurse him. Once he was sleepy but still awake, I would move him into his crib. He would get his pacifier and get zipped into a sleep sack. After he was all tucked in I would say goodnight to him.


baby bedtime routine


I noticed with each one of my kids they all loved different comfort items. My oldest really loved his binkie and our daughter loved a stuffed animal. With our third, he loved a taggie, and we are still trying to figure out what our youngest likes, any ideas? Finding the right comfort item for your child is key to a successful restful night!


5. Sound Machine


Baby Bedtime Routine

Once he was all settled, I would gradually turn the sound soother on up to a volume that blocked out other noise and kept his bedroom quiet. We discovered that he had been restless and startled awake often because of random noises. Having a sound machine was a complete game changer for us and it helped him get into a deeper sleep much faster!


And there you have it! 5 Easy Steps for a practical baby bedtime routine without all of the crazy frills, so that you and your baby can start sleeping again!


Have older kids? Check out our toddler bedtime routine!


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It is a challenge to get babies on a schedule, especially when you as a parent are exhausted! But good news we had a simple baby bedtime routine that works!



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  • bootiesandthebeast

    I have a very similar routine, but didn’t think about reading! As a teacherI should of included this, but only thought to read during the day for some odd reason. Thanks for this.

    April 30, 2018 at 11:11 am Reply
  • Roseann Hampton

    I’ll need to pass this on to my stepdaughter – she is expecting her 1st baby in 2 weeks! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

    April 27, 2018 at 7:33 pm Reply
  • Meredith

    I’m a huge believer in the nighttime routine for babies and kids!

    April 16, 2018 at 3:14 pm Reply
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