Bedtime with a baby can be one of the most STRESSFUL times of day. Sure, we all look forward to when bedtime has already happened, baby is sleeping peacefully and we’re able to snag a few precious moments of quiet before doing it all again the next day…but actually getting baby from awake to sleeping can be the most difficult thing we do all day.
~Today’s conversation is sponsored by Newton Baby~
For your baby’s bedtime routine start at the same time every night. Even if the rest of your day isn’t terribly scheduled, it’s important to make bedtime a priority.This will make it easier for baby to get used to falling asleep at the same time each and every night.
Plan ahead, with a soothing routine like a warm bath and a little baby massage with lightly scented lotion.
Now, you have a big decision to make at how intricate of a bedtime routine you want from here on out. You can go full on songs and rocking to sleep, or keep it simple and just put baby in her crib and walk out. I always went for the put in crib with a kiss on the forehead and walking out of the bedroom. This helped so much long term, because bedtime was quick and easy!
Make sure baby’s room is comfortable and ready for sleeping. Keep the crib clear of toys and stuffed animals, both for safety and so baby doesn’t get distracted when falling asleep.
Set up the crib with a cozy, comfy mattress from Newton Baby! Their Wovenaire Mattresses are breathable, hypoallergenic and completely washable!
They even gave me a special discount code just for you, (my readers) to receive $30.00 off their full-size or mini-crib mattress! Just use code BTI30 at checkout and the discount will be applied to the order.
Wake baby up before you go to bed for another feeding. Waking baby up might sound like a bad idea, but you can usually buy yourself a few extra hours of sleep (and get baby close to sleeping through the night!) by sneaking in this extra feeding on YOUR time!