"They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel." 

--Carl Buechner

      Patterns and routine help babies feel secure. Research has shown that babies who have a bed - time routine fall asleep 30% faster, wake up 50% less often, and sleep for longer stretches of time. 

          Using 3-4 relaxing activities will help

your baby wind down and learn that these

activities mean it's time to sleep. Try giving your baby a bath, gently massaging their muscles, and then spending a short period of quiet time together. 

       Keeping your baby's crib near your own bed for the first year of life will make it easier to respond quickly to your baby's needs. "The safest place for an infant to sleep is alone in a crib, in the parents' room for the first year of life." -American Academy of Pediatrics