See below. Establish time when you would like to go to bed. Create a bed time routine: warm showers, room on a slightly cooler side. No heavy meals close to bedtime. No caffeine close to bed time. Learn relaxation exercises to help put your body in "i'm sleeeeeepy mode":). Don't use your bedroom as your office and use bed only for sleep and sex. Our body likes schedules and routines. Remember that:).
Easy to do. When picking a bedtime ritual pick something that is going to be easy for you to do every night and doesn't require many supplies (that way it's more mobile and can help baby get to sleep even when you travel). Then even on busy nights you can follow the same routine. Something like breastfeeding or having a bottle, brushing teeth and then reading the same book or signing the same song.
Slumber. You have been great ideas by a number of providers. Check out more sleep hygiene tips. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
By Being Consistent. The key is to do the same exact "thing", at the same time, in the same place, every single night! it does not have to be very elaborate either. It can a be a 3 minute routine consisting of turning down the light, singing/putting on the same lullaby, massaging your baby or scratching his/her head and down in the bassinet you go. Or....It can be 43 minute elaborate calming spa! just be persistent!
Consistency. Try to do the same ritual every night- this is more important than the ritual itself. Babies, like adults, like patterns and they will soon begin to recognize the bedtime routine, making going to bed much easier! try things that are comforting and quieting to the baby- baths, massage, white noise, breastfeeding, soft songs, etc are all good.