Having a good bedtime routine will help ensure your baby is easy to settle at night: Start with a quick breast or bottle feed before their bath so they don’t get hungry mid-bath and start to cry. If your baby is having solids, then they would have dinner before their bath. The bath also helps by raising baby’s body temperature and then dropping it afterwards, which helps to relax them. After a bath get your baby dressed and ready for bed. Swaddle or put them in their sleeping bag to help them recognise that it’s time for bed, and that they will soon be having their last feed before bed time. If they’re old enough for stories, this is a good time to read to them. If not, sing a gentle song or lullaby in their room. It’s best that their last breast or bottle feed occurs in their sleep space with only dim light and enough heating that neither of you is cold. Feeling cosy in the semi-dark will help your baby produce the hormone melatonin, which helps them fall asleep. The act of sucking as they feed triggers the calming reflex too; while cuddling and holding your baby also helps relax them.