- A bath
- A gentle massage
- A story or song (the same one every night can set a good rhythm)
- A gentle swaddle (I prefer Aden and Anais products, but also SwaddleMe)
- White noise machine
- Putting the baby down before they’re fully asleep
Routine is important because it makes it easier on the parents, yes — but also the new baby, who now has an idea/understanding of what to expect.
Although your day may have been hectic, you should never expose a new baby to anything hectic or harried in terms of routine/process at the end of the day. Your keywords should always be around calm and soothing and easy — and again, for you it will never be monumentally easy, but you will get the hang of it.
‘Getting the hang of it’ is all about setting up that nighttime routine. Consider the bullet points above. If you’d like to talk more, feel free to contact me. I love helping new parents with this.