We try to keep a pretty consistent bedtime routine for both our kids. Even with a 5 year age gap, they both do best going to bed at 8pm which means I start giving verbal reminders about an hour beforehand that it’s almost time to head upstairs for bath time.
Evening baths are a must on our current hot & humid days. We get outdoors and play hard so we’re all sweaty by evening. My son heads to the master bathroom for the shower so the kids’ bathroom is free for me to bathe his sister. It’s the perfect relaxation time to start getting into “bedtime” mode.
Elise has not been our greatest sleeper. She surprised us by sleeping through the night consistently from months 2 to 4. Then just as suddenly quit. I can count on probably 2 hands the number of nights she’s slept through the night since. We recently started using Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath and Baby Shampoo in Calming Lavender during bath time. Followed by a gentle massage of her legs & arms while I rubbed in some Johnson’s Bedtime Lotion. The first few nights she suddenly slept 10-12 hours straight. It hasn’t been a perfect fix (I partly blame that last incisor – teething is no joke), but I was quite impressed with the sudden improvement. Maybe the trend will continue once that incisor breaks through.
Taking care of their gums and teeth is very important. Our schedule is so consistent, Elise knows exactly when to head to the bathroom to brush her teeth – running ahead of me giggling the entire way. Then using the step stool to try to reach the brushes and paste. They are still just barely out of her reach so I have to give her a lift to the counter and, of course, assist with the process.
Each night after brushing her teeth, Elise will give hugs to Dylan and me. Then run to her Dada for story time. He sits and rocks her in the glider in her room while reading book after book. She’s gotten pretty particular about which books she wants too! And, sometimes, we’ll catch her sitting there “reading” to herself or a friend.
Meanwhile I head to Dylan’s room for some one-on-one time. Depending on how exhausted he is from the day this varies from us just snuggling and talking about his day, to reading a book, and/or writing in our journal.
At 8pm it’s lights out for both kids. They each have a couple special “friends” they like to snuggle with. Elise’s new favorite is her Owl from Hallmark. It’s made of soft minky fabric and sized perfectly for her to wrap her arms around. It’s also super kissable. 😉
The Owl features a silkier belly fabric along with small ribbons perfect for little ones to rub for comfort at bedtime or anytime of the day. Owl hangs out in her crib most of the day, but sometimes can be found hanging out in the playroom or taking a ride in the toy stroller.
What’s your bedtime routine like? Does your little one have a special “friend” to cuddle with?
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