What sorts of things do you do before nap times and bedtimes for your little ones? I really need to start a proper routine for both for my LO (I was just letting LO fall asleep whenever for naps until recently when she stopped doing it on her own! and bedtime I would just sing to her while I changed her diaper and put on her pj's, and take her to bed). My brain is completely on vacation lately, and I just can't think what to do for routines, especially for before naps! I've started to read to LO before bed as well, but I feel like the bed routine isn't long enough. (I don't really want to add a bath to the routine just now - her skin gets a bit dry, so I don't want to bath her every day... plus she tends to get excited after a bath)
For naps, we go into her room and don't turn on the overhead light. We use the dim lamp over her changing pad. Change diaper, turn on fan (white noise), change clothes if she has spit up, put her in her sleep sack, go to recliner and rock for up to 5 minutes, then in the crib. In my mind, she associates dim room with sleep. Other times when we go in her room to play, we have the bright light on.
For night, it is bath, pajamas, nursing, and book if she is still awake, which is most nights. My LO needs a bath every night, she gets pretty gross (spit up, food, sunscreen, etc.).
Good luck. I still hate naps, although they are better than when she was a bit younger.
We do a bath every 2-3 days before our normal routine. Bedtime routine is diaper change, lavender lotion, pj's, book, then we turn off the light and have just a night light and then bottle, burp and in bed with his crib aquarium playing ocean sounds. Before we would rock a little bit after the bottle until he was drowsy, but recently he's not wanted to be rocked, but just put him in bed with his paci and little stuffed bunny.
Naps were kinda similiar. We have a blanket over the window to make it nice and dark. We'd change his diaper, give him a bottle, rock until drowsy and into bed with the aquarium going. Again, recently he's been doing fantastic and we just change his diaper and pop him into bed with a paci, rabbit and aqaurium and he's been going on his own.
I don't think a routine necessarily has to be long for bed, but consistent so that they know what to expect and have enough time to wind down, but that's JMO xxx
We are trying really hard to impliment a routine between 8pm an 8.30 bath time, feed and story (Daddy reads).
I wasn't sure it was working but yesteday we had a really busy day and she barely napped about an hour max, and in the evening we had our NCT reunion and she was completely miserable.
But as soon as they left I took her upstairs and started our routine, she was so happy, and fell asleep straight away and slept really well last night.
We wake up usually around 8am for good. He takes a nap around 11am, and 3pm. Some days he sleeps more and somedays he doesnt. But we always go to bed at 10:30pm and sleep to 8am now that we co-sleep. If we don't co-sleep he's up at 10, 12,2,4,6,and 8 for feeding :0
Claire is 3 months now but for the last month her routine has been the same. Up at 8:30am for the day. Nap at 10;00 for a half hour to an hour. Nap again at 2:00 for 2 and a half hours. cat nap at 7;00 and then bedtime routine is bath,lotion,pjs,bottle and bed at 9 or 930pm
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