A better bedtime routine with Johnson & Johnson – Two weeks on
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Baby E’s bedtime routine and how we would love to make some improvements to it. Back then, we really didn’t have a very structured routine at all. We had fallen into the habit of letting him play and stay up till 10pm most nights. Sometimes he could be going strong till 11pm after which he’d doze off and we would hope he would sleep through till at least 6am the next day. Whilst it was wonderful he was sleeping a long stretch, he was waking Little Z in the evenings with his excited screaming and playful squealing, which of course is not great for a 5 year old that needs to get up for school in the morning.
Over the last two weeks we’ve made some changes and here is how its gone so far:
Stept 1: A better bath for baby. We wanted to introduce a better bath time for the baby including testing out some Johnson & Johnson products. After trialling these out over the last two weeks, we’ve found our favourites are the Johnsons baby bath and the baby oil. Baby E likes to have a bit of a lounge about bath and as long as he can relax, whilst putting his foot into his mouth, he is happy. I think the smell is of the baby bath is just so lovely and relaxing and really helps create a nice relaxed atmosphere. We then follow it up with a mini massage with the bath oil. A tiny bit goes a long it’s not greasy or too thick which is something that can be off putting with baby oils.
Step 2: Introducing an evening massage for baby. This is something I did with Little Z many years ago right from when he was a tiny baby and it worked so well. I tried on Baby E when he was a newborn a few months back and he didn’t really seem to enjoy it very much so I abandoned the idea of it back then. We gave it another shot a couple of weeks ago and whilst he still doesn’t enjoy a full massage he does enjoy having his legs and arms massaged and it does help with the wind down. It’s great for a bit of non-rushed one on one time and helps me slow down as much as it does him. Previously we were rushing the entire bath time routine and I think this has helped us just pause for a few minutes each evening.
Step 3: Less fooling about and bringing forward bed time. This was one that needed a bit or organising. I have to admit, I’m still not great at dealing with two kiddies at bedtime by myself so it’s always a bit of a team work thing between myself and the Husband. If something goes a bit awry in the evenings then the first thing to go out the window is baby’s bedtime routine as Little Z’s has that much more habit and structure to it. Despite our glitches, I am pleased to say that bedtime is now between 8:30 and 9:00pm for baby and that is a huge improvement in our house. We still need to keep bringing it forward but as Baby E has started teething we are a bit up and down with getting him down for the night. I am hoping that it all settles down over the next couple of weeks but I know teething can be somewhat challenging for some poor babies so its still a case of watch this space with that one.
Bedtime reading. This was suggested as something to include in a structured bedtime routine and we’ve been experimenting with it. Baby E loves looking at the pictures and the whole routine of going through the motions of “reading”. Whilst he can’t really understand what’s being said its another little structured step to more of a routine so we’ll carry on doing this and see what happens.
Overall, we’ve found that making some key changes and introducing some new bath and bedtime habits has contributed to a much calmer evening for Baby E and its helped us all have a more relaxed evening overall. It’s also meant less disturbances for Little Z. Whilst we’re still a way off having a bedtime bang on 7pm I think all the little changes have really improved things. I think teething has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works but we’re going to carry on bringing bedtime forward until we get to the 7 or 8pm point. The prospect of having an entire evening free again is very exciting but, right now, its rather lovely to have some Baby E time where he’s all playful so I may even settle for a 8:30pm bedtime. We’ll see!
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