We started our first semblance of a bedtime routine on the first of the year. Colin was a month old, we had gotten into a little bit of a groove, and our visitor flow was slowing down.
Our routine has evolved quite a bit since then. And since Colin has recently moved to his nursery, it's a bit more solid.
Our current routine usually starts with bath time, but that deserves a post on it's own!
After bath, it's time for a baby massage and hair training. Hair training is (mostly) a joke. Colin has the same cowlick as his daddy and I'm trying to help his hair to pick a direction.
|Good luck with that mom....|
Ambiance is important. If baby doesn't seem sleepy, I still turn on the night time mood lighting and let him play for a bit.
Next, it's book time. We currently read either Good Night Moon or Snuggle Up, Sleep Ones. On the Night You Were Born was a contender for bedtime book, but I can't read it without crying.
Finally, we sing "Bright Bug" by Casper Baby Pants (another topic deserving it's own post). Although I just listened to the song for the first time in a few weeks and realized I sing it quite a bit slower.
If we are lucky that results in this:
If you are wondering about the 80's style Walkman in the baby's bed, it's his white noise. I read some advice that actual radio static was better than a white noise machine because it's easier to replicate in a pinch. Sounded reasonable to me, so there you have it.
Night time is still a struggle. Some nights he wakes up once (which we are all happy with) and other nights it's significantly more.
Good night, Colin!