Sleepy tips to inspire your baby’s bedtime routine

Illustration of a baby from Dream big little one

Getting little ones to sleep. Nightmare, right? If you’re in sore need of some Zzzzs, check out these top bedtime tips from Wonderbly parents who’ve been there, done that, and awoken to tell the tale.

Despina Stacey, Customer Support Angel

“White noise and relaxation sound apps. Loads of them available – and they’re just as therapeutic for parents too!”

Angela Newman, Sales Angel

“Being as calm and relaxed as you can within yourself and not trying to hurry things; it’s important to leave the day’s stresses and issues out of your mind. Mine had a pretty fixed routine with hot milk with honey and a story.”

Mum and baby reading Dream Big Little One

Candice Latchman, Finance Analyst

“Our routine is the three Bs: Bath, Book, Bed! We usually read two to three books – all with a goodnight theme.”

Set off on a bedtime adventure

Our bedtime book Dream Big, Little One is perfect for soothing little ones to sleep – and inspiring the sweetest of dreams. It’s a magically personalized lullaby about one special child following their dreams and reaching for the stars. 

Asleep baby with Dream Big Little One book

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Rob Watts, Vice President Engineering

“The shush pat method. It was hard to do with newborn twins – but saved our sanity in the end!”

Ewa Barska, Finance Analyst

“We have a nice bath, then we read a book or two, then we cuddle. I sing a lullaby or two, then baby gets put down into her bed. I leave the room and baby falls asleep by herself in a few minutes with her fave teddy and dummy at hand.”

Illustration of a little girl from dream big little one

Charissa Welkie, Head of Angels

“When they were babies they were nursed to sleep and then put down in their cribs. Now they’re toddlers / preschoolers, we do stories then sit with them until they fell asleep. It’s actually the nicest, quietest 15 minutes of my day. I get to sit in the dark with our night light and sound machine (Hatch Baby) and read dumb things on my phone :)”

Lauren Osborn, Customer Support Angel

“We sing Stay Awake from Mary Poppins – it actually really does make them fall to sleep really fast! My boy practises phonics and books brought home from school. My girl likes princess songs… we sing one for 20 seconds and she has to guess which Disney princess movie it’s from :)”

baby reaching for the moon

Countdown to sleep with a cosy, cuddly story

Have you seen our bestselling bedtime book, Bedtime For You? With its comforting message of love and cuddly cast of animals, it’s a firm favourite with parents and little ones alike. Just add a child’s name to create their super-sweet story, and enjoy the happiest of bedtimes together.

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