One of the biggest challenges of being a parent, especially a first-time parent like myself and my fiance, is getting your child to sleep through the night. Something you will always hear from family, friends and even the internet is that having a bedtime routine is the key. I have never been great at keeping routines in my day-to-day life before becoming a parent, so you can imagine how interesting of a journey this has been for me! Luckily, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be, and I have a nightly routine that I found works for us and has made putting the baby to bed so much smoother.
Having a good nights sleep is absolutely crucial for infants brain development, immune system and also their behaviour. A well-rested baby is a happy baby, and in turn, makes you a happy mom or dad. I have noticed a huge difference in my son’s mood when we have done our sleep routine, versus when we haven’t. It may seem at times like it really isn’t doing much, but when you take them out of the routine for an overnight stay, you can really see that the routine you’ve created does wonders.
Calming baths before bed
When I first had my son, he hated baths. I mean loathed baths. He would scream as soon as the clothes would come off and be put into the water and it was not a pleasant experience in the slightest. Gradually he became less fussy and now he loves them which is a win for us! I’ve been using the Soothing Relief Oatmeal and Chamomile wash by Live Clean a lot recently as it’s very gentle on his skin, tear-free and has a soothing scent. Live Clean also have a bedtime bubble bath and a serenity line as well which is lovely and I switch between them as I need to.
After baby has been all dried off, I like to go in with the Live Clean Baby & Mommy Massage Oil to moisturize his skin and give him a little massage. Massages are a great way to bond with baby and it also helps them to relax and wind down. It’s also a perfect time for skin-to-skin if your baby is a newborn as it will settle them almost immediately.
Playing, Reading, and Cuddles
My son gets a burst of energy right before he’s ready to go to bed which is a tell-tale sign for us that he’s almost about to fall asleep. He will often be bouncing about, testing out his voice (read screaming) and rolling around. We take the opportunity to play with him, blow raspberries on his tummy to make him laugh and try and expel that last bit of energy however we can. If he is more on the crankier side, we will give him cuddles and read to him softly with the lights dimmed.
By this point, he has completely wound down and is rubbing his eyes and yawning and the last step in our bedtime routine is a feeding. After he has finished eating, his eyes are closed and he is on his way to sweet dreams!
I really hope this helped any of you new mom’s who are wanting to start a bedtime routine for their baby. Another tip is to try and get them to go to sleep at the same time every night. This is something that I am still working on myself, and will be doing another post in the future all about sleep training and how to troubleshoot it!
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