Today I am sharing my night night routine! For me, it took a lot of patience to figure out what works for my daughters to count sheep. I have a disclaimer though, my daughters aren’t very fussy and they don’t fight sleep. I’m sharing my routine any way because I feel my routine is the reason they are very willing to go to bed. What I do may see like quite a lot but I have 2 daughters and I have them both ready for bed in an hour. Ideally I like to have my daughters in bed by 8:30 and I usually tuck myself in at about 10:00 or 10:30ish.
Every day I already know what I am preparing for dinner. Why? Because I think about dinner all day long!
Usually I get home around 6:00 and prepare dinner. While preparing dinner I am entertaining my daughters with some sort of activity. At about 6:30 or 6:45Pm we are already eating. We eat family style. My youngest girl in her high chair and my oldest sits at the table. I usually sit between them and feed the youngest and watching out for the oldest as she feeds herself. At about 7:15 they are finished and I am preparing bath water for the youngest daughter. I like to get her out the way first because the oldest can sit down and flip through a book while I am bathing the youngest. The youngest doesn’t really care to entertain herself. While getting water prepared, I put 8oz of milk with cereal in a warmer for her. Right after the youngest bath, I prepare the water for the oldest daughter and also her milk goes into the warmer. I take the youngest to dry off, massage her briefly with a moisturizer, dress her in night clothes, wrap her in a blanket, put her in a comfortable position and give her the bottle with cereal. It usually takes me about 20 minutes to do everything and to lay the youngest down for the night. Once she’s comfortable she starts to close her eyes and then poof she’s out like a light!
I get the oldest undressed and ready for her bath. She’s way easier to deal with only because she sits up on her own and attempts to bathe herself sometimes. If I wash her hair it takes me a little longer but because she has very manageable hair, I am able to spend little time on it. I give her a brief massage as well with a moisturizer, give her the warm bottle and wrap her up in her favorite blanket. She loves to sleep so she’ll listen to me read for maybe 5 minutes before she’s out for the night. The good thing is they are already tired from a full day of activities. By 8:30 they are both are sleeping and most times they don’t finish the warm bottle so I put them up for their breakfast the next morning.
Now here’s the deal, children like structure and they get use to a schedule over time. If you continue to run the same night night routine, they already know what to expect and they usually cooperate.
1st Arrival home, start dinner, entertain children
2nd Dinner ( feed them well)
3rd Bath time while bottle warms (warm bath at least 7 minutes) helps relax baby
4th Brief Massages ( at least 2 minutes of body rub)
5th Wrap them in blanket and lay them down comfortably with their warm milk
Here’s what I think helps also:
Having dinner and making sure the children are full makes them sleep along with already being tired from the day.
Babies like to be warm.
My oldest daughter sleeps on her tummy and my youngest sleeps on her side. Comfortable positioning keeps them resting all night.
This may not work for all babies ( colic, been sleep all day, sick) but I do believe this is effective.
Of course my night night routine changes for when one of the girls are sick but I try to keep everything structured with them. They appreciate it. Usually they sleep all night long. I wake them up pretty early at around 6:00am but the mornings they sleep in without me interrupting, they will sleep until about 8:00am the next morning. My oldest will sleep longer. I check on my youngest while sleeping about twice in a night, once before I head to bed myself and the other when I get up to use the bathroom. Sometimes if my headwrap slips off in the night, when I get up to put it back on I check on the girls. I am very very terrified of the whole sudden infant death syndrome idea. I make sure the youngest is on her side. I let her belly sleep only if Im up and able to keep an eye on her while sleeping.
I hope my night night routine is a help to a momma in need! Remember these things get easier over time momma! Stay tuned for momma’s night routine!
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