There’s no doubt I love my sleep and no parent would want to spend hours getting their child to bed.
A bedtime routines should be fun, relaxing but they should also be quick, fuss-free and done anytime, anywhere.
These are the basic 4 parts to it that have worked for Noah.
An outfit change is important. It physically suggests that we are serious about transitioning from day to night. At night, we turn on the air conditioning, so pajamas or sleep suits are more appropriate for his comfort.
I do not use any blankets on Noah as it is not advisable at such a young age so sleep suits are comfortable, safe, and most importantly tangle-free.
Swaddles also do the trick for me at this stage because they mimic the snugness of the womb and it instantly (or rather, magically) comforts and soothes the baby to bed. It also prevents Noah from scratching his face as it keeps his hands by his side.
Noah is never swaddled in the day.
I used to do baths for Noah when I get home from work but I don’t believe in doing that as part of the bedtime routine anymore. I realised that he really enjoys bath time and he gets really alert and happy post-bath. So it takes a little longer to ease him into bed after a bath. Lately, I do a wipe down with the Dodie Cleansing Milk as it is quick, effective and fuss-free. All the boxes checked for a bed time/wind-down routine. The cleansing milk essentially acts as a two-in-one because it cleanses and moisturises at the same time. So I get to skip a step right here.
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3. Prayers and Reflection
We take some time at the end of a busy day to pray with Noah. I know not every family is religious, so if prayer is not something you’re comfortable with, you could set aside some time to just reflect upon the day and talk to the baby. We love reflection time and these quiet moments we spend as a family mean the world to us. It is a tradition/routine that we will love to continue even as he grows older, so we can connect with him, touch base with him and seek his heart out.
4. Final Goodnight
This is the final signal that I’ll be putting him down in his crib and leaving him for the rest of the night. Some nights he’ll be asleep at this point, but on other nights he’ll be drowsy and about to doze off.
Studies have shown that babies adore the sound of their parent’s singing, even if we sound like screeching cats. I sing a simple tune of “HUSH LITTLE BABY”— the same tune I’ve been singing him since he was in my womb.
This same tune is sung every single night before bedtime. I try not to sing it any other time and reserve it only for bedtime.
So this essentially makes up the core of my bedtime routine with Noah. The great thing is that we’ve already started building it and I’m sure it will change along the way as he grows. Perhaps, more will be added to this routine? But at least for now, we can quickly hit the basics in a span of 10-15 mins.
During our upcoming travels, this same routine will apply!
Let me know your thoughts!
(This post is sponsored by Dodie!)