Bedtime Routine for 3-6 Months

This age is also an easier one to begin (and continue) a bedtime routine.  If you haven’t started one, don’t worry.  This is still a good time to start and much easier at this age than if you wait.

I recommend aiming for the baby(ies) to be falling asleep around 7:00 -7:30.  It will help to leave plenty of time for your bedtime routine so that you aren’t feeling rushed or hurrying your baby along.  It’s not crucial that they are asleep exactly at this time, but varying by 30 minutes or an hour each day may make it harder to for your baby to go to sleep as easily and get the optimal amount of sleep.  Naturally, things will come up in your life that make it hard to be consistent, but the more consistent you can be, the better.

These are some of my favorite steps in a bedtime routine for a baby at 3-6 months of age:

  • feeding*

  • diaper change*

  • put on pj’s

  • darken the room with shades and low lighting*

  • read a book

  • swaddle

  • turn on white noise machine

  • sing a song

  • rock or sway for a few minutes

You may do any of these elements as you like, but I especially encourage the ones with asterisks, in that order.

Sometime during this 3-6 month span, your baby will probably need to graduate from swaddling because many babies start rolling over.  It may not be as hard as you think to wean them off of it.  Start with one arm out for a few days or a week, and then both arms out, and then totally unswaddled.  If they need another layer on for warmth at night, you can use a sleep sack.  My favorite is the kind with sleeves that has plenty of leg room and zips up the front.