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My son did not enjoy sleeping AT ALL when he was a baby. My husband and I literally tried everything to get him to go to sleep. We read every book we could get our hands on and searched far and wide for a solution that might help us in our struggle for some much-needed sleep. I personally had gotten to the point where I was so exhausted that I felt like giving up as a mom. When I was at my final breaking point, something amazing happened…
One day I was talking to my mom about my struggles and pretty much complaining about my lack of sleep and how hard it was to be a mom to a child who simply refuses to sleep! We have all been there with our moms right?! During this chat, she reminded me of her Fail-Proof way of getting babies to sleep with zero issues. Her suggestion? Have a routine for the baby that works for you! She went on to remind me not to try and implement some foreign unfamiliar tasks that I wouldn’t normally do. At this point, I was willing to try anything! And guess what? IT WORKED! And I was FINALLY able to get some much-needed sleep!
I have used this tried and true method for all my kids since then and it has worked EVERY SINGLE TIME!
Ready to know What Bedtime Routine Worked For Us to Get the Kids to Sleep?
1. Take a Bath
Our son had awful eczema and allergies, so bathing was vital to our routine. This gave us a scheduled time each day to care for his skin as well as get the wiggles out. Because we bathed nightly, I bought some good bath toys that have lasted for 4 kiddos. Make bath time fun by giving them toys to play with like these cute little boats or some caterpillar stacking cups. I also love to add my favorite baby bubble bath. It’s always fun to hear those baby giggles!
2. Get a Fresh Diaper and Jammies
I don’t know too many kids who like getting dressed or putting new diapers on, but my husband and I made this fun! We would sing bedtime songs and give our son some extra special attention with conversation during this time. As we lotioned him up we would implement baby massage to try and soothe him.
3. Read Books
We would always read a book or two as well. All kids, even babies love to read and look at the bright colors of books. Our son always tried to grab the book, so we would always give him a different one to chew on. We would always read the same books in order to convey consistency and we would only read these particular books when it was bedtime. We called them “bedtime books.”
4. Cuddle and Feed
Once we got our son all settled, I would sit down with him in the rocking chair. I would cuddle and nurse him. Once he was sleepy but still awake, I would move him into his crib. He would get his pacifier and get zipped into a sleep sack. After he was all tucked in I would say goodnight to him.
I noticed with each one of my kids they all loved different comfort items. My oldest really loved his binkie and our daughter loved a stuffed animal. With our third, he loved a taggie, and we are still trying to figure out what our youngest likes, any ideas? Finding the right comfort item for your child is key to a successful restful night!
5. Sound Machine
Once he was all settled, I would gradually turn the sound soother on up to a volume that blocked out other noise and kept his bedroom quiet. We discovered that he had been restless and startled awake often because of random noises. Having a sound machine was a complete game changer for us and it helped him get into a deeper sleep much faster!
And there you have it! 5 Easy Steps for a normal routine without all of the crazy frills, so that you and your baby can start sleeping again!
~Written by Shiree.
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