Add a three-minute massage after his bath
Youngsters thrive on skin-to-skin contact. It lowers the stress hormone cortisol, boosts the feel-good hormone oxytocin, and helps to release the calming sleep hormone melatonin. So, it’s no surprise that research has found that infants who have their skin stroked regularly fuss less than babies who don’t. ‘Massage helps babies go to sleep quicker and stay asleep longer,’ says Lucy. Just three minutes post-bath before you pop his sleepsuit on will make all the difference.