Can you ladies share which bedtime routine you put your babies on? What age did you start? I didn't know a thing about routines so I started when my son was 5 m.o. He is now 7 m.o and is doing great on it. Mines goes like this:
6:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm - Bath
7:30pm - Get him out of his bathtub. Gentle massage. Put on diaper and pijamas.
7:45-8:00pm - Bottle.......then to bed.
I always make sure to put him in his crib while he is falling asleep but not asleep so he can finish the process in his bed. At times I try to put him in his crib when he is sleepy and sometimes it works. Most of the time, however, it doesn't. But that's ok :-)
That is exactly what I did, except I started later. I wish I had started at 5 months..smart lady!! The only thing I add in is that in between dinner and bath, it is quiet time in our house. No playing or tv on. We read a book or some other quiet activity. I find he is more relaxed at bedtime that way..not all riled up and excited. Way to go momma! I agree..you sound like a natural to me!
This sounds pretty close to what we do. I also started around 5 months - my son just turned 7 months.
8:00 - dinner
8:30 - bath, then lotion massage and pj's
9:00 - some quiet play time if there is time, usually not as he loves his bath and may not
be done and in pj's before 9:30
9:30 - we read the same 2 stories in the rocking chair - Brown Bear and Goodnight Moon
- at the end of Goodnight Moon, we "night night" everything in the room and then I
tell him "night night"
9:45 - I put music on and nurse him while rocking - he does not usually fall asleep and
after about 3 songs, I lay him down with his paci and he falls asleep on his own, but
if he falls asleep while nursing, I just transfer him
I know this is on the late side, but trust me, I have slowly been working him down from a midnight bedtime!!! In the last few days, he has not napped well and I moved the whole schedule up an hour and he is asleep by 9!!!
prettyKitty - you have been much more successful than me on the "laying down" while he is still awake but drowsy. I could not do that AT ALL before - my guy has a really hard time self-soothing and just could not do it. He finally stated taking a pacifier in the last month, which helps. He is only just now falling asleep on his own - I took the "baby steps" approach but boy is it nice now !!!!
It sounds like you have a great schedule - your little one is lucky!
This sounds like our schedule too...pretty much same time frame and everything except for us like adgal, have quiet time and read a book after bath...he usually drinks a bottle while im reading and then its off to bed where he falls asleep by himself. We started this routine at about 6 months old and he's now 11 months! It seems to work well although we still have our ups and downs some nights like any family...
We literally have a late schedule. Something we have had all the time with both children. Bedtime can be at 11:30 on a work night or sometimes if we stay up late it is 1:30 or 2. I do need to mention I work at nights so we just kind of have free time after I get off of work late. So I guess it depends on the parents schedule what sleep schedule you have. Our kids have always been little night owls.
Sounds like a very similar schedule to mine, i started my daughter at 6 months it goes as follows 5-5.30 dinner
6-6.30 play then bath
7-7.30 bottle then bed
I actually did sleep school for 4 nights and they recommend dinner earlier so the little one can have time to play and digest their food i found because my daughter had very bad reflux this works well and i basically read a book say nigh nigh and let her fall asleep on her own by this stage she is so tired that within 15min she is asleep. I guess it depends on what suits you but i changed thinggs several times until now she sleeps through the night from 7-7 its a miracle !
I'm glad I found this...I was wondering how in the world to get Aubyrana to bed with breast feeding her...I'm gonna start this schedule next week when she's seven months old, I started a schedule with DS at seven months and he seemed to get it and be ok with it then, so we'll see!
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