The Right Routine
Create a consistent pattern that prepares your baby physically and emotionally for bed:
Use the 5 B’s: Bath, Breast/Bottle, Brush or gums, Books, Bed.
Use a verbal bedtime cue. Saying the same thing before you leave the room each night, lets your baby know the day is over and sleep is expected.
Put your baby down ready, but awake. A bedtime routine should prepare, not put, your baby to sleep. Babies who go down awake at bedtime are less likely to need help getting back to sleep in the night.