Guide to Baby Sleep
A good night’s sleep starts with a bedtime routine.
How To Put Baby to Sleep
Your baby’s sleeping habits will change as he grows. Sometimes he’ll sleep a lot, sometimes, not so much. You can help your baby get the sleep he/she needs, and get more sleep yourself, by learning how to establish a good nighttime routine early on. Start a baby bedtime ritual with 3 easy steps!
Johnson’s® 3-Step Bedtime® Routine
There’s Science Behind Johnson’s® 3-Step Bedtime® Routine
With over a decade of scientific partnerships with behavior and sleep experts, we know just how important a good night’s sleep is to the overall health, cognitive ability and the mood of your little one—as well as the happiness of the whole family. We evaluated over 300,000 baby sleep profiles, and identified the importance of multisensory bedtime rituals, leading to the development of our clinically proven 3-step Bedtime® Routine.
Did you know?
Research has shown that routine touch and massage improves sleep quality and quantity when part of a bedtime routine.
The Science of Lullabies
Song plays an essential part in helping your baby drift to sleep.
Getting your toddler off to bed and sleeping peacefully can often be a challenge. To ensure they get the sleep needed to be healthy and happy, create a bedtime routine that eases them into bed while strengthening the bond you share. As your toddler starts becoming more and more independent and doing so many things for themselves, it's tempting to think of them as "beyond babyhood" or “beyond girlhood.” But keep in mind that they still have many of the same needs they had as a baby. They still need a lot of attention, a lot of cuddling and a lot of sleep. In fact, toddlers need between 12 and 14 hours of sleep in total, usually 11 to 12 hours at night and another 1 to 3 hours during the day.
Toddler Sleep Time
While most toddlers have learned to sleep through the night, changes and stressful events such as switching from the crib to bed at too early an age, a trip or illness may cause temporary setbacks.
Toddler Sleep Tips & Tricks:
- Set a regular sleep schedule for naptime and bedtime (avoid naptime in the late afternoon)
- Establish a 20- to 45-minute bedtime routine to help him/her wind down and relax
- Provide a soothing surrounding that is dark, cool and quiet
- Your child should be drowsy but awake when going to bed
- Save favorite nighttime activity for last
Create a Toddler Bedtime Routine
A before-bed routine will help your toddler become sleepy and signals it is time to relax and prepare for sleep. Make sure that you stay consistent and follow the same pattern every evening. Your child will feel more relaxed if he knows what is coming next. Also, make sure your bedtime routine is always heading in the same direction — bed.