The word 'rigid' tends to have pretty negative connotations, doesn't it? A rigid routine, for example, seems so inflexible, so set in stone, so...well, so rigid! We get that, and we never direct our consultation clients to adopt rigid schedules and routines if they just aren't comfortable with that. That said, though, there are times when we encourage parents to try adopting more rigid sleep schedules and routines - specifically, more rigid bedtime routines. Read on to learn why!
bedtime routines for infants
When you have an inconsistent baby or toddler, every day is different. When that happens, it's easy to want to try to find the right "recipe" for good sleep. I remember trying to recreate exact days when my son, who inspired The Baby Sleep Site, slept well the night before or napped well. A successful bedtime routine is definitely something that is effective for many babies. In fact, if your baby is slower to adapt (i.e. not very "go with the flow") having consistency definitely helps a lot!
In our work with families over the years, we’ve discovered that often, one parent handles the baby’s bedtime routine. One parent does the rocking, one parent does the reading, one parent does the tucking...you get the idea. We’ve also discovered, however, that most parents would welcome some help from their partner at bedtime! And many partners would welcome the chance to tuck their little ones in on a regular basis. After all, bedtime provides the opportunity for some quality,