Boy do I know what it’s like to be a tired momma! My first little boy didn’t sleep through the night once until he was 14 months old. That’s a long time to go without a good sleep. Because my first child had so many difficulties sleeping, when I had my second child, I was determined that she would sleep through the night. So, starting day one, I tried various methods to try and help her sleep. Guess what? It worked! Starting at a few weeks old, I was able to help her learn how to put herself back to sleep when she would wake up. Not to mention, 18 months later and she’s still a fantastic sleeper. If there’s anything I learned, it’s that it’s all about consistency! Check out these essentials that helped my baby learn how to sleep through the night.
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How to Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night
1. Set a routine. From the day you bring your baby home from the hospital, create a daily routine. If you’re a little too late for that, start today! Do things in the same order every day – paying particular attention to the events that lead up to bedtime. For me, my evening routine consists of an evening feeding, bath time, baby massage, PJ’s, story time, swaddling, lights out. At a very early age, my baby would recognize that after story time, I would turn the lights out and it was time for bed.
2. Create a peaceful environment. Get your baby’s room as dark as you possibly can. To help with this, I have black out curtains in my kids room. Make sure the temperature is adequate, and the environment is quiet. Use soft music or white noise to help lull them to sleep.
3. Use their crib. One of the biggest sleeping mistakes I made with my son was letting him sleep wherever/whenever he wanted. How was he to know that he was supposed to sleep when set in his crib? With my daughter, every time she was about asleep, I would set her in her crib (for naps and bedtime). I didn’t use her crib for anything else but sleep time (no playtime, story time, etc). That way her crib became a designated area for sleep.
4. Give nightly bubble baths. As I previously mentioned, bubble baths have always been part of my nightly routine. To this day, I still give my kids bubble baths right before they go to sleep. There is something so calming about soaking in a sudsy tub right before shut eye. And let’s be honest, would bath time even be complete without JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE™ extra moisturizing baby wash? I’ve always loved incorporating JOHNSON’S® into my children’s nightly bedtime routine; which makes me so excited to introduce you to their new HEAD-TO-TOE™ bath time washes, creams and cleansing cloths perfect protecting and moisturizing that delicate baby skin. Not only does it smell absolutely heavenly, but it helps keep my baby’s skin moist and soft. Especially now that fall is in the air, I appreciate that JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE™ extra moisturizing baby wash provides 10 times the moisture than the traditional HEAD-TO-Toe wash. Also, with all the splashing, I don’t have to worry about the soap irritating her eyes. JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE™ extra moisturizing baby wash helps create the perfect calming bath right before bed.
5. Baby Massages. After I get my baby out of the bath, I always love to give her a gentle massage using JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE™ extra moisturizing baby cream. I lather her entire body, and gently massage the baby cream into their skin all the way from their little fingers down to their little toes. I love JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE™ extra moisturizing baby cream’s gentle formula that helps nourish my baby’s skin for up to 24 hours. Usually around the cooler months of the year, I start to notice dry patches in her skin. However, using JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE™ extra moisturizing cream, my baby’s skin is nothing by soft, smooth, and hydrated. Talk about the perfect cream for the perfect baby massage.
Any nighttime tips you’d add?