Baby Care Basics:
5 Must-Know Tips for That First Week Home

1. Baby wipes
Most docs recommend avoiding premoistened diaper wipes for the first month of baby's life since some of their chemicals can irritate a newborn's tender skin. Instead, use cotton balls dipped in warm water. When baby’s ready for regular wipes, choose ones that are alcohol-free and unscented to prevent irritation.

2. Bath time
Until baby’s umbilical cord is off and healed, baby can only take sponge baths. Start by soaking your baby a little. Make sure to always keep one hand on baby, and remember that infants are especially slippery when wet. Start with his face–one area at a time since covering the whole face with a washcloth can be scary -- and work your way down. Make sure to thoroughly wash inside all the folds (under the arms, in the neck, the genital area, etc.) and save baby’s dirtiest parts -- aka the diaper area -- for last. Then, move back up and wash baby’s hair. And note: There’s no need to bathe more than every few days.

3. Newborn skin
At birth, baby's skin will probably appear to be dry. How come? It’s in the process of peeling off an entire waterproof layer of sorts. But in general, a baby's skin doesn’t need much specialized care -- just lots of TLC. A mild cleanser is safe, though many people recommend just plain water. Your baby's face takes a lot of abuse (just think of all that spitting!), so do your best to keep it clean. But if baby's skin seems excessively dry, irritated or itchy, or if you notice a rash or breakout, consult your pediatrician ASAP.

4. The umbilical cord get sucked into registering for cute toys or outfits Umbilical cord care has changed dramatically over the last 20 years; now, many hospitals recommend doing nothing but keeping the cord dry (read: sponge baths only). But some pediatricians still recommend using alcohol on the cord with each diaper change to speed up the healing process. That way you’ll be able to give your baby real baths, as opposed to sponge baths, sooner. So find out what your doctor recommends.

5. Fingernails and toenails
The safest way to keep a newborn’s nails short is to just file them and not cut them at all. Since the skin of the fingers is usually attached to the back of the nail, cutting the nails often results in nipping the fingertip too (ouch!). Even though the bleeding is minor and can be stopped quickly with a little pressure, it's very upsetting to the parent -- and always seems like a lot more blood than it really is! Once baby is a little older (18 months), you can cut their nails while they’re asleep.

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Q&A: Bedtime routine for baby?

We want to establish a consistent bedtime routine. Where do we start?

Re: We want to establish a consistent bedtime routine. Where do we start?

The Bump Expert

Smart move. Performing the same series of activities night after night will signal baby that it’s time for sleep, and should help her go down more easily and sleep more soundly. Start with a bath, regardless of the dirt factor. Warm water is calming and that’s the point -- no need for an all-over scrub.

Back in the bedroom,  turn the lights down a bit and sing or play soft music as you dry her off and put on her PJs. As you nurse her or give her a pre-bed bottle, try not to talk, or at least keep your voice very soft. Or, read a quiet bedtime story (tried and true: Goodnight Moon) before kissing her goodnight. Even though it might seem silly to read to a little baby, she understands more than you’d think (and just loves the sound of your voice). Repeat the story ritual night after night and she’ll start to learn that dreamland comes next.

Paula Kashtan

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Routines really DO work! It's amazing. I used to have to rock my LO to sleep. Now with a routine, I can lay her down tired, but still awake, and she is able to put herself to sleep.

yadroc5831 |

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I agree...routines do work. We give her a bath and a warm bottle and swaddle her at night and sometimes she can put herself to sleep. It also helps if LO wakes up in the middle of the night, to use the light from your tv if its on at night or the moonlight outside just to keep them reminded that it's nighttime. That helps us alot!

meka06 |

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I have a question for you mommies...My Dr. said NOT to bathe my baby every day. In fact she said only 1-2 times a week!!! Especially during the winter. Bath time has become a part of our nightly routine. I don't use soap every day. She just sits in the warm water and I rinse her. Thoughts?

barkley17 |

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We started giving baby baths/showers nightly even though we got the same info/instruction from our doctor as well. Warm water may dry out baby's skin but I've always heard that hot water for prolonged periods of time is what dries out the most. She loves the nightly showers, plus we've noticed no diaper rash since we switched from 2 baths a week. Daddy also gives her a massage with mrs. meyers baby lotion after showers and she comes out silky smooth. I think doctors say 1-2 baths per week at first because nightly may not be neccessary but I don't think nightly baths hurt. I think the routine helps.

babymonk |

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I meant to say daddy gives her a massage with mrs. meyers baby oil, not lotion. It smells sooo good! Our daughter is 8 weeks old and often puts herself to sleep. Part of our routine is also a homedics sound machine with projection. We turn on the heartbeat sound and she watches the pictures on the ceiling. It's great because if she wakes up shortly after she falls asleep, she just lays there quietly and watches the pictures until she falls back asleep. Now we just have to figure out the transition to the crib from the bassinet.

babymonk |

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i got down a great rutine with my lbaby girl at 3 months old. we kept her in our master bedroom until then and she got into a great night sleep at 3 months. but my question is she is noe a year and 8 months old and i am expecting #2 may of 2010 and i am wondering how it is with a 2nd newborn in the house with a toddler and how or when will i SLEEP? some one please any info. :) thanks

time2jiggle |

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I don't really have one. Although I try to bed in bed between 10 and 11.

reileigh and reese 2010 |

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How old were your little ones when you started the bedtime routine?

awendling19 |

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2 months old we moved her to the crib and started a routine. Now she is almost 3 months and sleeping anywhere from 9-11 hours at night. Took a couple weeks of her crying till 3 am but now she's in bed between 9 and 11pm.

babymonk |

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I have found that routines help a lot but would advise to keep it simple. I try not to add anything to my routine that can't be taken with us if we were to travel or stay with family. My routine is to take her to her room during her last feeding and turn the lights down low and minimize interactions with her other than eye contact. Then I put her in her crib while she is still awake, but relaxed and she puts herself to sleep. She is 3 mo old and sleeps through the night. I have heard that you should teach them to put themselves to sleep so that if they wake during the night, they don't need you to help them fall back asleep again. They learn to do that on their own if you lay them down before they fall alseep. I have found that to work well because I can hear her talk a little to herself a few times through the night but she rarely cries or needs me to come in unless she gets hungry. And, if she does cry, I do go in there because I think she is still too young to "cry it out" but she only cries when she really needs something (like a bottle or if she is feeling warm/cold). I started this routine when she was 8 wks old and it only took a couple nights for her to fall alseep on her own.

gevering |

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My LO is 6 wks today and I have been wondering about how to create a bedtime routine, so thank you for all the great info. We will def use the info to get started, so I can get some sleep.

randyandjessica2007 |

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My LO's pediatrician said to bathe her only twice a week. Bathing too often is hard on her skin and can dry it out. She said bathing only twice a week is appropriate through the first 8-12 months, babies don't get overly dirty anyways

amrosenbaum@viterbo.edu |

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When is a good time to start this routine? My baby is only a week old, but I go to school and have a hard time staying awake. Lol. Also, we've only bathed our son twice and his poor skin is still so dry, even though I apply lotion at least twice a day.

michellentumblie |

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I also read Goodnight Moon to DD! She's only 1 month and 1 week old but I really think she loves being talked to before bedtime. But before we put her in her crib, we make sure she's awake a few hours prior and that the last feeding was at least a couple of hours ago.

jeeanfoxy |

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My twins boys are 7 weeks old today (born at 36 week 6 days). They're only sleeping 4-5 hours at night. According to the earlier posting, some people were able to get their LO to sleep from 9pm-8am. What do you do to make that happen? Also, they make lots of noises after their 12am=6am feeding. Most of the time they seem to try to get out of their swaddles, so they make struggle noise in their sleep (they would do that for a few sec/mins and go back to sleep). Is this normal?

shirleyy |

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I quit swaddling my son at about 3 weeks... He simply didn't like it. We have been putting him in sleepsacks ever since then and he sleeps like a champ. Our routine consists of washing his head every night- he had wicked cradle cap and we're trying to keep it in control- then he gets a little massage with some lotion, a clean diaper, into his sleepsack, one more round of nursing and then he goes to bed. He hasn't quite gotten the hang of putting himself to sleep yet, but it's in progress. He usually goes to bed about 10:30 and sleeps until 8 a.m..... he only gets up in the middle of the night if his diaper is loaded. I have a super-baby.

kalves82 |

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My Son is 7 1/2 months old and we have a great bedtime routine down, but now he is waking up after sleeping only 5 hours and will not fall back alseep unless I pick him up and he sleeps with us. I have tried to rock him back to bed and put him back in his crib and he just wakes back and and cries for a while until I get him. I don't know what to do!!!!

jk092481 |

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I would advise that you don't go and get him. If you let him sleep with you now because you don't want him to cry it out, then you'll be sleeping with him indefinetly. The article is correct, babies love routine so whatever that routine may be, they'll prefer it.

leah520 |

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My baby is five weeks old and I'm having trouble establishing a "routine" for his bed time. I see lots of moms recommend a night time bath, but I've only bathe my baby the recommended 1-2 times per week. Any other ideas for a night time routine?

carlylaura |

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I waited until my daughter was a couple of weeks old, and then we started our bedtime routine around 5pm. Dimming lights,soft music,the bath, wiping down baby's gums, massages etc. I would then rock and sing to her for a while and put her down around 7pm. The first few nights were a little painful for me, (her crying), but that didn't last long. She started sleeping through the night at 7 weeks. Also as time went on, we were able to shorten the time from beginning of routine to end, to about 30 min. Hope this helps someone-It worked for me!

drewsmommytoo |

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I tried to establish a bed time routine early on but it seemed like we could never get it. We have twin boys and they either fell asleep on the couch with us or in their car seats ( yeah we had to go for car rides). They did sleep all the way through the night around 2& 1/2 months and have done so since. I have found with the introduction of food ( they are 6 months now) that that has really helped with a schedule and routine. Surprisingly a routine just sort of developed for us. We eat , do some quiet time on the mat, then I bring them into their nursery when they start yawning or rubbing their eyes. I change diapers, swaddle, put on the mobile that plays music and projects lights on the ceiling/wall, and then sometimes have to give them a bottle to lull into sleep. I have heard your not supposed to do this but it is the best effective way I can get BOTH to sleep at the same time.

Hillaryjo |

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have a set time where u will give baby the last feeding and needs to be in their bed. My daughter even if she is asleep we wake her up around 9:30 and lay her in her bed by 10. n knocks out everytime

pkirtley |

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and when do these routines start? my LO is 12 days old today. . .should i try to get her on a schedule now?

tessa31 |

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my LO was born 7 weeks oremature he is now 11 weeks old and we haven't been able to establish a sound routine. He is still so small and wakes every 2-3 hours for B-feeding. Some nights 3-5 hours. Help!!!

miamaya78 |

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for miamaya - keep in mind your baby is only really a month old because he was born so early so keep in mind what is working for 2 month olds may not work for him. I was 6 weeks early so my parents had the same problem.

ehair |

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my son is almost 7 months. when he was like 2-4 months he slept through the night. he now wakes up every 3-4 hours. sometimes less. i am a walking zombie. he wakes at 4:30-5:00am. and is up. i put him to bed at 8. i usually feed him at 5-6 his dinner. then 6-7 i bathe him. i believe its good for a baby to go to sleep nice and clean. he also started this screaming really loud, he sometimes screams to the point of losing his voice. he is teething really really bad also. i am waiting for that first tooth. hopefully he starts to sleep through the night again. i dont understand how he can wake up hungry. he eats so good during the day. he also drinks plenty of formula. welcome to motherhood.....

carolj32469 |

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my son is almost 7 months. when he was like 2-4 months he slept through the night. he now wakes up every 3-4 hours. sometimes less. i am a walking zombie. he wakes at 4:30-5:00am. and is up. i put him to bed at 8. i usually feed him at 5-6 his dinner. then 6-7 i bathe him. i believe its good for a baby to go to sleep nice and clean. he also started this screaming really loud, he sometimes screams to the point of losing his voice. he is teething really really bad also. i am waiting for that first tooth. hopefully he starts to sleep through the night again. i dont understand how he can wake up hungry. he eats so good during the day. he also drinks plenty of formula. i have a question to any one out there, my son turns over and he lies on his stomach and he screams sometimes until he gets my attention, i hear everyone saying they put their kids in the crib and they drift off into sleep. is this really possible? i get so nervous cause he is lying on his stomach, alot of times from turning over, and i get really nervous to leave him just cry like that to get him into a routine. idk, maybe thats just me. if anyone has any thoughts on what i should do, please respond. welcome to motherhood.....

carolj32469 |

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my daughter is 4.5 months old and has been sleeping on her own since about 3 months or so. every night around 6:30 or 7:00 i get her down to her diaper and lay on the floor and play while i get her night time stuff together. i draw a warm bath, make her a bottle and put it next to the couch in her room, refill the humidifier and turn it on and turn off the overhead light and turn on a dim one. then once i am ready to go i close the door to her room and only leave the one from her bathroom open which brings in enough light from the living room so i can see but will be dark when the lights go out. i give her a bath, lotion her up, put on jammies. then i shut off the light, turn on the whale noise on her sleep sheep and then sit down and feed her a 6-8 oz bottle (sometimes she will only eat 4 oz depending on how recently she had her last bottle). i hum the same lullabye every night and she is usually almost asleep within 10-15 minutes. i place her in the crib and sometimes offer the pacifer. i restart the sleep sheep and creep out of the room still humming. she is usually asleep in a matter of minutes and sleeps about 12 hours a night.

lweiser47 |

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My sons routine is usually a warm bath and then i lay down with him and he has to have both me and his dad to lay with him...and i breastfeed him...and then hes out for most of the night...he just turned 4 months on the 7th ...

xotinkabella |

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if you're uncomfortable with bathing every night what about a lotion massage? Johsnons makes baby lotion scented with lavendar and chammomile just like the relaxing baby wash.

FutureMrsWittig |

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To Michellentumblie since your baby is only 1 week old, his skin will be dry for several weeks no matter what you do. My daughter was also that way but the ped said it was because their natural skin oils have not started to come out yet. Once he is a little older and starts fattening up, his natural skin oils will keep his skin from being so dry. You only need to bath them every 2 to 3 days. Like my mom says they are not digging ditches. LOL We tend to give Alicia her final feeding about 30 min before we put her down to give her some time to digest. We take her in the room which only has the lamp on, lay her down, cover her with her blanket and turn on the mobile. Then we kiss her and turn off the light. She has been putting herself to sleep since she was born and has slept through the night since she was 2 mo old. I know I am lucky but so far we haven't had an issue. I tend to bathe her in the mornings now before we go somewhere. I will probably start changing that once she starts to crawl around and get into stuff and start more of the nighttime bathing routine.

mdhohenshelt |

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My little guy is 9 weeks today and every night at around 8:30 i give him a warm bath, put on some lotion and his pj's then a bottle with the lights out, then burp and he is out for about 6 hours...that meant he waked up every night at 3:30-4:00am, so i am sleep feeding him at 12:30 hoping that some day soon he will sleep until 6 or 7 am. My problem is that he wakes EVERYNIGHT at around 4:30 with some colics that keep me from sleeping and he seems in some pain, but doesn't wake up completely..i'm cluless as what i can do...i need a full night sleep real bad!

jlambeth |

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I'm not sure if I'm putting this in the right place, since it asked if I want to post an answer. And rather I have a question. I've tried to do the routine thing. With everything going on, it's hard to have every night be right at the same time. And it seems that everytime I start the routine a bit later, he's ready for bed earlier, and falls asleep before his routine. Or if I try it earlier, he's wanting to fight his sleep for hours after. I still quiet things down, and dim the lights. And though I don't get a bath in every night, usually every other unless he gets really dirty eating. I still wash his face and give him a massage before putting jammies on. I nearly had him used to sleeping by himself, when my husband got laid off. Now he spends more time with baby so I can clean and such. And my son is now used to being cuddled to sleep. We can not get him to sleep the entire night in his crib. Everyone keeps saying to let him cry. Which I can NOT do. Nor do I think is right. And when we get up and comfort him, he wakes shortly after again. Someone PLEASE HELP! I would love to sleep with my husband in our bed. It's been over 8 months since we could sleep in the same bed because one if not both of us is up and down all night. It's really beginning to wear on us. And I feel bad, because I know other kids that slept through the night at my son's age. He just hit his 8 month mark by the way. I would appreciate any advice at all. Thanks.

MaLeKiANDi |

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jlambeth, I totally understand where you are coming from! Especially since my son still isn't sleeping through the night. But if I remember correctly, at about 2 months, baby still can not go that many hours without eating. His stomach is still small enough that he needs feedings on a more regular basis. Hence the reason he's waking up hungry. I believe that it's around 4 or 5 months that they can actually go through the night without eating. And they'll still wake up and fuss like they're hungry. But you can sooth him, and he should fall back asleep and be okay. To be sure, I would ask your doctor or a nurse. Because everything has happened so fast that I don't remember the exact age. My son was extremely colicky the first 2 months. I could not even get him to sleep 6 hours straight at night. He would scream non stop through the night. I must have read every single suggestion and tried them all because we were so sleep deprived. The best advice I can give you is to make sure that he has burped all that he needs to. Because that can cause that upset tummy for him. Maybe keep trying for longer, even if he's burped his normal amount. Have you tried any medication for colicky babies? Sometimes the gas drops seemed to help a little. Also, you could talk to his doctor about it, and see if he needs a different formula. Does he spit up a lot? A soy formula could be more suiting if so. And cuddling, and rocking was the single most effective thing. I'm sorry to tell you. Because I know you can't sleep and rock at the same time. Have you tried a swing? That worked sometimes for my son. But I'm willing to bet, that your rough patch with smooth out a bit here soon. The first couple/few months were the most difficult for us. Good luck.

MaLeKiANDi |

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My baby is 7 weeks old and I have been trying a nighttime routine for weeks now. I start with a little playtime, then a bath that seems to calm him, change him into PJ's, then I feed him and try rocking him to sleep...He starts to fall asleep and so I put him down, and he will wake himself up and then will stubbornly stay awake and cranky for hours. On nights I don't follow the routine and just let him fall asleep when he wants to, he seems to sleep better...so then, when do I do his bath? He doesn't sleep through the night yet...wakes to feed every 2-3.5 hrs. He is a bigger baby (now 15 pounds). He is a restless sleeper....grunting and thrashing his arms and legs but only at night. He naps well during the day. I don't know how to get us (him, me and my husband) better sleep at night and get him sleeping in his crib. The "routine" doesn't seem to work...do I just stick with it or try something else?

erikalrn |

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I started a ritual for my baby ever since he was 2 1/2 mos old. Every night we bathed him, put clean, fresh pajamas on him, I nursed him or fed him milk from a bottle, while rocking him to sleep. He is now 13 mos old and he still has this similar routine. It worked pretty well, he goes to bed(in his own crib) each night @ 8:30P and sleeps all night. This allows me some "ME" time, I can bathe, clean, read,polish my toes, and get ready for the next day. It has worked out wonderful for me. Establish a "Ritual".

lbradber |

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we keep our routine short and sweet, that way anyone who needs to can do it and my DD can fall asleep anywhere. I change her into her PJS, turn on the fan and night light, I tell her good night and her dad, Jesus and I love her, I give her a pacifier, bear and blanket, lay her down and walk out of the room. Sometimes she cries for a second sometimes she doesn't. If she doesn't go to sleep, I try again a 1/2 hour later that night or earlier the next day. We do the same things for nap and bed so we can do it in the car or stroller and she goes to sleep great! I've been doing it since she was tiny and she's one now. One thing that really helped me was figuring out how many hours of sleep she needs and calculating her bedtime by that till she had a stable daily routine.

mamajudson |

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Routine and repitions work wonders. I usually feed her, give her a bath and settled her in and read to her then she falls asleep. Its not easy but with repition she/he will get the hang of it.

nettatc |

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Right before I gave birth, a friend with three kids recommended a book, "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. BEST SLEEP ROUTINE BOOK EVER! I started sleep training my baby at 4 months and now she is a great napper and sleeper. I did not start that bathing routine at bedtime b/c I was worried that she would not sleep if I DIDN'T give her a bath and there are some evenings (esp. in the cold winters) that it isn't good for a baby. All I do is -around 8pm-9pm- change her diaper, wipe her down, turn down the lights except for a nightlight, give her a warm bottle and plop her right into her crib (while still awake.) I don't let her have the bottle in the crib. I feed her in my arms in a chair (NOT rocking) in her darkened room. I whisper Good Night as I put her in her crib and exit the room QUICKLY. She goes right to sleep and wakes up at 7am like clockwork! Dr. Weissbluth is a GENIUS!

happyb2bnyc |

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My son is 11 months old and we started with a routine 4 months. The first few months he ate every 2hrs so it made it difficult for any type of routine. After the 4 month mark he started sleeping better and was sleeping through the night. Unless teething badly he goes down at 7:30pm and gets up at 6:30am. It will get better but in the beginning they need to eat so much that it is hard for a routine. Good luck!

kwisdom3 |

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I need some advice from other moms. My son is 10 months old and has never had a bed time routine and I messed up by letting him sleep on me/with me until about 3 months ago. After I finally got him sleeping in his crib he wakes me up anywhere from 2 to 9 times a night. He don't want feed, but I have to go over, lay him back down, cover him up, and give him his binky. He usually goes right back to sleep but it's really tiring to wake up every night so much. I'm wanting to get him into a routine but don't know where to begin and I HATE hearing him cry. My husband says to let him cry because I ALWAYS run to him at his first cry. I think I can stick it out to let him CIO but where do I begin and how long will it take for him to stop crying? I have 3 other older children and they slept through the night by 4 months.

marlogirl23 |

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I have read a lot of good feed back, but I haven't read anything for my situation. My son just turned a year old and we have a nightly routine, but I put him to sleep by holding him in the living room, then take him back to his room where it's very difficult to lay him down without him waking up and crying. I have tried to just let him cry but it goes on and on ... I can't bear to hear it. Any suggestions?

emilyj61016 |

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Can anybody give me some advice... My son is 11months old. I tried to establish a sleep routine and put him in his crib but he starts crying for long periods of time and will only fall asleep about 30min-hour and to be honest I can't stand hearing him cry like that. So he is sleeping between mom and dad and then he sleeps from 8 - 5 or sometimes wakes up once at night. any advice on what to do or should I just put him in his cot and close the door?

Oliviakotze |

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i have noticed many of the moms who are having trouble are admitting they can't let their babies cry, run to them at the first whimper and/or let their babies sleep with them. a definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. let them cry! don't let them sleep with you! these are the #1 one ways to produce an independent self-comforting child, rather than a needy, demanding impossible to please one. sometimes being a good parent is doing what is hardest, even if it hurts. in the end you (and baby) will be so happy you did it.

kjwenn |

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My LO has been sleeping fairly well through the night since she was 8wks and we had her sleeping in her own crib by 2wks old. I found that a routine was best and putting her down in her own bed very early has helped a routine emensly. I will admit that some nights she does wake up at 3 or 4am but if she's not hungry I put the paci back in her mouth and she falls right back to sleep. Sleep routine is a book (Goodnight Moon), rocking/paci until she's drowsy or asleep and then in the crib she goes. We start the routine at about 9-10p every night and she's doing very well with it, For those of you that bath for bedtime I think it's fine as long as you replace the mositure lost with lotion; lather that baby up with lotion and they'll be super soft. The importnat thing is to stick with it and yes let those babies cry it out it's important your baby learns to sooth themselves. If my LO wakes up when she should be sleeping I let her put herself back to sleep or bf if she's hungry depending on her last feeding. Just stick with it moms and remember baby should not sleep in your bed that's never the solution to the problem.

cewilliams7 |

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More than an answer is a question of part of the routine, i try the same as everyone else but, how long can a LO cry it out for???

denisereed09 |

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My LO is 7 1/2 weeks old and I want to start a routine but after i feed him I'll try to put him down and he won't cry right away but after 5 min he'll start crying and crying and I'm not sure how long i can let him cry, i've tried 10 min but it seems not to work and to be honest i feel he's too little to let him cry for half an hr plus he won't take a paci, any advice.

denisereed09 |

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My daughter is over 24mo now, and we're expecitng out se ond. We startes with a bedtime routine very early on, and have been thankful ever since. First it was a bath followed by singing to her while nursing in her room with very low lighting. Using unscented oil in the bathwater works great. It's a good idea to use a touch of soap if baby has a diaper rash in order to prevent a fungal infection. Otherwise soap is completely unnecessary. At first she always fell asleep in my arms, but that was a great bonding time for us. After she got older, she recognized the other parts of the rutine and was able to fall asleep on her own

sangaray |

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We started a routine at around three weeks ( after the Christmas hussle was over ) he is just about 8 weeks and it's been amazing, bath, cuddles , nursing/bottle story and bed. We moved him to his crib at around six weeks and hea doing great. I'm also starting to dream feed and it helps him to sleep longer

Lady Strife |

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For the moms worried about drying out their skin with more than 1-2 baths per week, just give them a bath but don't use any soap. We let our baby splash around for 15 minutes every night and only use soap once or twice a week. Her bedtime routine has worked like a charm. Slept through the night since 8 weeks old.

seversma |

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Our baby is 7 weeks now, and we tried to stick to a bedtime routine since he was born. At first, it worked fine since he went straight to bed after the bath and feeding. But for the past couple of weeks, he's been incredibly fussy when we try to put him down. It also doesn't help that he fed almost every hour for a couple of weeks when he hit his growth spurt and is now finally back on a 2-hour feeding schedule (although before his growth spurt, he could go 3-4 hours between feedings at night at times). We don't usually run to him at his first cry but are having a tough time letting him cry it out at bedtime because he has a hernia which bulges out whenever he cries. Any suggestions to help making bedtime easier for him (and us)?

sweetjangmi |

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We had/have a routine. My baby is now nearly 10 months old and going to bed is nothing but a fight. We've even tried extending her bed time an hour hoping she'd be more tired. It's just not working :( I honestly think the seperation anxiety is simply taking over at this point.

Jess Schue |

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I do the routine listed by the bump expert. I end up reading Good Night Moon 3 times then I start a book of poems by Shel Silverstein. LO always falls asleep before I read too many poems.

dino24saur |

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I've had the same problems with my baby and I was scared I thought that he is ill.I've visited the pediatrician and he told me that he doesn't have any health problem and he recommended me to gave my baby an organic baby formula just before the bedtime.Since I am doing this my baby sleeps well.

AidaRoRo |

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Wei just give the LO (3 months now) a bath about 8, bottle after that then to his crib he goes. We've never had any problems with bedtime, and he has been sleeping all night since 2 months.

sjmcgee |

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this is such a wonderful advice "Even though it might seem silly to read to a little baby, she understands more than you’d think (and just loves the sound of your voice). Repeat the story ritual night after night and she’ll start to learn that dreamland comes next"...thanks for sharing www.cameraconcept.nl

Apollosan |

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My LO is 2 months old and we already have a pretty great routine established for night time. Between 11pm and midnight, we do: diaper change, warm bottle of formula, binky, "super swaddle" (swaddling tightly) and I sing "Dream a little dream of me" to her. I got a couple "swaddle me" blankets as a shower gift and they are AMAZING!!! She's starting to sleep an average of 6-7 hours at night in the past week. She wakes up anytime between 7-7:30am. The first time she did this I woke up in a panic thinking I missed her. But she was fine and we were both better off for it. Actually during the day, we do relatively the same thing except we don't "super swaddle", I just lay her down in her little travel bed with a light blanket over her or nothing if it's really warm out, but everything else is the same. I still just sponge her down a couple times a week, but only give her one real bath a week. I figure in another month or so we'll introduce a real bath in the little bath seat on a more regular basis. Good luck Mommas!! :D

krittybrown |

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my son is 21 weeks and always needs to be held/lightly bounced to sleep. i've tried a couple of times letting him cry for no more than 5-7 mins and crying just gets worse. he also still wakes up every two hours to feed...he even started drinking 5oz before bedtime (i thought, great, now he'll sleep longer), but makes no difference in his night feeding schedule. overall he is a very active baby, has been since he was born, is very alert, loves to be out & about. when i bought a sound machine, it cracked me up because instead of soothing him (at first), he was very attentive of each sound and wanted to know where it was coming from looking all over the room. now he's use to it, but doesn't put him to sleep on his own. my routine is to bath him between 7:30-8:30pm every other day, and then feed him......any advice??? i really wish he could just go to sleep on his own and also not wake up so often at night to eat

luvbetty19 |

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As soon as we got home from the hospital, our little man slept in his crib in his own room. At first I had to hold him and walk around the house till he fell asleep. Once we started bathing daily, followed by a bottle, we had full nights at only 2 months. At first he would be swaddled with arms tucked in, but once he started pulling his arms out like a little Houdini from a tight swaddled, we kept his arms out and never had any issues. He is almost 8 months now and he has not woken up in the middle of the night since he first started sleeping through the full night. I also tend to keep the room a little cooler in temperature and not too warm. For any moms willing to try (if still breast feeding), there are thicker formulas out there that tend to stick to baby's tummy for longer. This may help in getting them to not wake for food as often. I truly believe this has also helped our little man.

Tirk97 |

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i started a routine for bedtime with julius the day we came home from the hospital. we take a bath, get lotioned up and lots of love and then (from birth, a bottle) cereal and a bottle (if desired) usually a few bites of cereal and fruit will do the trick to keep him sleeping through the night. ive had this boy sleeping through the night since he was one month, one week without cereal. he started cereal at 2 months, 3 weeks and eats everything and i even cook him his own special big boy food!!

lavblunt23 |

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I would love to give my son a water only bath nightly for his bedtime routine (he's 4 months) but everytime I put him in water, he screams. He hates water as much as his carseat :(

LDawson1226 |

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I love reading all of the ideas and suggestions on here. I think they are all great ones. However, these are all for one baby (or twins.) I am really struggling with establishing a routine that works for my four year old and my 8 week old AT THE SAME TIME. Daddy works until 8:30 most nights, so I am on my own between 5 and 8, and I don't seem to have enough arms to create a nice soothing environment for both of them at once. Any moms out there with new baby and pre-schooler who can give some advice about how to calm them both at once? When she wants to eat, it is time for his bath. When it is time for her bath, I am supposed to be reading to him. I can't seem to get them in sync....wonder if I should even try? Any advice is welcome!

NickieDoria |

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I started a routine with my LO at 3wks old. People called me crazy and said there's no point, buut Im telling you she's 11wks old now and she's only given me a hard time 2 nights since we started, and one of those nights was because she wanted more milk. The routine begins at 8pm. I start with a warm bath, dry her off, lotion her, brush her hair even if it wasn't washed (I wash it every other day), and put her in a nice clean sleeper. I bathe her and dress her on our kitchen table right now. We head to the livingroom with the lights off, tv on low where she has her bottle. After the bottle we head into her bedroom, I sit in the rocker and read her a story. I sing her 2-3 songs then lay her in her crib, tucking her in. We have a humidifier going because her nose gets dry, and it has a light feature that we turn on that shines stars on the ceiling. I also put on one of her 3 toys that play soft lullaby music (switch them up each night cuz they play different tunes and all automatically shut off in 5min) and leave her room. By the time she's asleep its about 9pm. She used to get up between 12am-1am for a bottle then back to bed but almost a week ago she started sleeping until 4-430am before she needed a bottle, and again about 3 days ago she changed it to sleeping until 6-630am before a bottle. After her bottle she usually will go back to sleep for another 2hrs'ish. This routine has not changed (aside from her longer sleeping time) and she has responded well to it. Her skin isn't dry from the baths either (I noticed that as a concern in some of the other posts). We had her in a bassinet in our bedroom for the first month, then put her in her crib afterwards. I think because we did it so young she didnt have a problem with the transition. I should note her room is right beside ours, not on a different floor or further away which MAY have changed my mind on when to move her to her own room...

fatalchoice |

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Letting your baby cry it out is insane, I feel it is abusive and ignores their natural needs. They have no way to talk to you, so they cry. They don't cry because you are spoiling them, they cry because they need something. Even if that something is just a cuddle, or a reassuring touch. Letting them cry until exhausted so they fall asleep is horrible parenting. You are teaching them they can't trust the caregivers around them to be there for them when they need them, so they grow up with trust issues. Having a baby is inconvenient at times and expecting them to sleep through the night as newborns (0-3 mo) is unrealistic. Suck it up, get up and tend to your child! Soon they will grow into better sleepers on their own schedule, not yours.

watermama |

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A night bath seems to be different for some -- we like to keep it simple, yet still provides routine and keep her clean. We just sit her in some warm water to get her bum clean and sometimes it's just a quick run under the faucet . Some lavendar soap is used no more than twice a week - like on a friday evening or saturday afternoon bath. She's nearly 9 months old and is relearning going to sleep on her own. We read a book and/or sing A,B,C's though one of her alphabet books.

tinkerbee19@hotmail.com |

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Our bedtime routine really starts at dinner, when we make sure our twin boys get a nourishing meal. Then we have half an hour of play time. Sometimes a bath, but always 8 ounces of warm milk in a bottle or sippy cup. Then it's nighttime diapers, pajamas, and bedtime. We have a fan in their room and make sure they have binky and blankie. Might not seem like much but this bedtime routine has had them sleeping through the night for over a year.

travllight |

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Routines are awsome. just decide what you want to do as a routine and then do it at the same time everynight. Your baby will catch on. at 8pm Evan gets a bath using the sleepy time bath, he then gets lotioned down, a bottle and right to bed. Sleeps until 6am. It is so heavenly. We started this at three months old and he is now 6 months!

skauffman1 |

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Room temperature - make sure the temperature at your chosen bedtime is right.

sandishores |

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Our 6 month old is fed each night for the last time at 9. Every other night she gets a bath after dinner. Then we read a bedtime story or two in her rocking chair. After that it's hugs and kisses before her daddy lays her down. She usually cries for a little while so daddy goes in every 10 mins to make sure she has her pacifier and she's out within 30 minutes. It used to be an hour. We thought something was wrong but her ped suggested letting daddy lay her down and check on her instead of me and it worked! Now we actually have time together in the evenings. And she sleeps until 8-10 each morning. we've been doing this about 3 months now and it works like a charm.

MrsWill07 |

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i usually do not get home until about 7 pm. i come in and feed mine either a small bottle with just forumla or baby food. then about 8:30, 9 i give him a bath in warm water with lavendar baby wash. i dry him, give him a massage with lotion, then we go to the recliner in the living room with daddy and i feed him a bottle with cereal. after he is finished, i rock him on my chest, sing to him, hold him tight and place his blanket over his head. sometimes, he falls asleep before he finishes his bottle! i strongly urge same routine/pattern about the same time because it conditions them with what to expect. now, when we get to the recliner he starts to squeal, letting me know he is ready for his bottle! i try to have it ready while i let his bath water run :)

lorimayhearst |

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I agree with nighttime routine but I think the role plays the whole day. I see our son really tired 1 hour before bedtime he is touching his eyes but I will not let him sleep and you need to tire baby so he can sleep sound. there need to be routine also during the day.you knowthat if you let the baby take a nap before his usuall lunch nap he will take it ten later and shorter. I let him sleep up to 2 hours or 2 and half hours and that is why we can keep the bedtime routine. Thought he sleeps late about 10 10 .30 each night then he wakes up usually about 7.30 till 8 o.clock.

katkaki19 |

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Some nights this helps and some nights he gets mad and fights It so bad... but the one part he loves is bath time, after that he is trying to stay wide awake

KKillian1029 |

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My 2 years old daughter is now slowly adopting the sleep routine.You have to keep practicing about baby sleep schedule and sleep habits. First of all I selected right time zone for her sleep, making relaxed bed time quite early,starting from 8 pm. I let her drink milk for sound sleep and start telling stories, making use of my ipad. My opinion is to be consistent the sleep routine you started and your kid will follow it.

katei25 |

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My LO is 10 weeks old and we have been establishing what I think is a pretty good bpedtime routine....play time in evening or some sort of activity,band then a diaper change, swaddle, and bottle, then bed in his crib. My question is.... I would luv to incorporate a warm bath, but he absolute hates baths- cries and gets very upset- its always been like this..... Any feedback or ideas?

Kerstin2100 |

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For all the mothers who hate letting their babies cry, you hate it for a reason. It goes against our instincts as mothers. And we have that instinct for a reason. I've always comforted my son and he's 7 months old now and sleeps for 8 hours at a time. He's a happy and content baby. Letting him cry-it-out would never work for me. In the long run, it's worth it to keep that bond and his/her trust in you. It's only a short while of sleep deprivation for us. When you look back when he/she is older, you'll think just how short of a time it really was. It goes by fast. Our routine: Bring baby upstairs at 7:30 to breastfeed, put him in crib, give him pacifier, and sing him lullabies until he falls asleep.

tutu1985 |

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Our routine should work. My son falls asleep fine, but wakes up throughout the night. First time is around midnight, then every hour from that point on. I would also be careful about giving your baby a bath every night as it will dry out their skin which happened to my son and putting lotion on him caused rashes. I started this routine when my son was about 4 to 6 weeks old and he has had trouble sleeping off and on since he started sleeping all night.

udenbyjj |

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I started a routine around one month old. I start around 8:30-9pm. Twice a week I give her a bath and the other days I give her a sponge bath. I fill up a bowl of warm water and I use 4 drops of lavender essential oil. I wipe her down then give her a baby massage. At that time she is pretty sleepy, so then I feed her & burp her all in my rocker till she is almost to sleep. At that time I put her in her crib and swaddle her. She is a pretty handsy baby, so she will wake herself up if I do not swaddle her. It took about a week to catch on and she is sometimes fussy when I give her the sponge bath and massage, but I keep it consistent. She is now sleeping between 7-8.5 hours and is 7 weeks old. She sometimes wakes at around 2-3am, but only fusses for a short time and then goes back to sleep.

melanie5481 |

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Ok, what about a 4-month-old boy who has almost always slept in the bed WITH me? How can I get him used to a crib? He kicks me all night and has kicked me off my bed repeatedly. I find it easier to nurse him if he's already in the bed with me, but I don't get much sleep. Any ideas on how to get him to sleep in a crib?

malsburyj |

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We follow a short routine of eat, bath, massage, cuddle and straight to bed. I lay her awake but almost ready to sleep. We also use a baby deedee cozy sleepsack which helps her to identify with bedtime. She is very attached to her slate pink sack and won't sleep without it. We carry it everywhere we go and try to follow same routine. I think it makes her feel more at home and comfortable.

lilly&rose |