We teamed up with Pampers to explain how a good bedtime routine can help your little one (and you!) get a restful night's sleep.
It might seem silly to create a bedtime routine for your 4-week-old, but there is actually a legitimate reason sleep coaches and doctors recommend setting (and sticking) to a nightly regimen. Simply put: melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin levels follow a circadian rhythm, rising in the evenings to help prepare our body for sleep and dropping in the early morning hours. When you create a bedtime routine and follow it every night, it will eventually start to trigger the brain to start producing more melatonin. Basically, a nighttime routine will teach your baby's body that it's time for sleep. So there is no secret ritual or product that will get your baby to sleep through the night, but more a combination of activities that will promote sleepy time for your little one. See how you can create a melatonin-producing routine below!