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Baby Sleep Tips

  • After the first few weeks, start to encourage night time baby sleep patterns if your baby is awake a lot at night and sleeps much of the day. You can do this by making the bedroom dim and reducing nighttime play.

  • Start developing a bedtime routine & set up a regular sleep schedule for your baby.

  • Keep the babies bedroom dark, cool and quiet. Your baby’s room should be at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult. Keep your baby warm during sleep, but not too warm. It should not be too hot or too cold.

  • Do not smoke around the baby or permit your guests to smoke near your baby. Do not allow pets to sleep in baby's bed.

  • Always put your baby down to sleep on his or her back. Make sure everyone who cares for your baby knows to place your baby on his or her back to sleep.

  • Avoid sleep surfaces that are too soft. A safe crib is the best place for your baby to sleep. Ensure your baby crib is certified safe. Keep your baby close, but not in your bed during sleep.

  • Set a routine and repeat it every night around the same time. This may involve giving your baby a bath, changing him, having a story together and then settling him to sleep.

  • Always try to put your baby down to sleep in the same place. This way your baby will associate that place with sleep time.

  • Work out a simple bedtime routine lullaby or message such as ‘'night night sleep tight'’. Repeat this every night and your baby will also learn this is another cue to sleep.

  • Make sure the sleeping area is dimly lit as bright lights and activity usually keeps babies awake.

  • If your baby wakes up, check to see if he / she needs a diaper change or if your baby is feeling too cold or hot.

  • If your baby wakes after she has settled, stay in the bedroom to soothe her back to sleep.

  • Play soft lullaby music to help soothe him off to sleep.

  • Rocking and walking with baby in your arms often settles a crying baby but remember.

  • Gently patting your baby may calm her to sleep.

  • Use a white noise machine or try a sound conditioner. The steady hum of the noise is a soothing sound for babies. offers information, articles and resources to help with baby sleep problems. We welcome your input and suggestions. If you have a sleep tip that might be helpful for other parents, please let us know and we will be happy to include your suggestion on our website. Send your baby sleep tips to: