SLEEP… today we are talking sleep, in particular the importance of a good bedtime routine
We started a bedtime routine with both babies when they hit that “no longer newborn” stage, at about 8-10 weeks. This is just to give you an idea of some of the things that you can do to relax your baby and signal that it is wind down time/ bedtime.
Pick a time and stick to that. We used to start the bedtime routine at around 6.30pm. Some people like to do it later to try and get their baby to sleep as long as possible while they are asleep.
Start with a bath. Keeping them active and playing in the bath is also a great way to tire them out. You can’t beat that freshly washed baby smell.
Massage your baby. Organic coconut oil is great for this, especially if your baby has any dry skin. Let’s face it we all know a massage can send you to sleep right, same for your baby. You can google baby massage and find some techniques but it’s not difficult, it is just as easy to go with the flow!
Tell them a bedtime story. However old your little one is it is never too early to start reading a bedtime story to them. Even if they don’t understand what you’re saying, your soothing voice is familiar to them and they will still enjoy it. I used to sometimes sing to them as well.
Milk. Whether you are breast feeding or bottle feeding, filling your little ones tum before they go down is the last thing you should do. Ideally you want to put your baby down awake. I said ideally, I was as guilty as the next mum of feeding to sleep, so do what works for you.
I used to use a light star show with soft music on and would turn it on as I left the room if they were still awake.
That’s my pearls of wisdom. Sweet dreams! xx