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Bedtime Routines - what is yours?

Wednesday, 3 February 2016  | 

A bedtime routine can really help a baby settle and become ready for bed. The consistency and predictability of a bedtime routine will help your baby wind down and will give you a chance to enjoy some quality time with your little one.

I have followed a basic routine with Jack since he was born. This is what I include in Jack's bedtime routine.

I start Jack's bedtime routine at 6:30pm and begin by giving Jack a bath. We currently bath Jack every two days as he suffers with eczema. He really enjoys splashing around in the bath and playing with his favourite bath toys.

After drying Jack and applying his eczema cream we get him dressed in his pyjamas. We then go into the bathroom and brush his hair and teeth. We went through a stage (quite recently) of struggling to get Jack to allow us to put a toothbrush in his mouth. We resolved that by buying a character toothbrush. It seems to distract him enough!

We then turn down the lights and use a nighttime projector to project stars onto the ceiling. I love this as it just makes bedtime feel more relaxing.

Jack loves books and currently picks three books that he would like us to read at bedtime. Alongside a warm cup of milk, this usually makes him drowsy enough for bed.

We say goodbye to all his toys, shut the blinds and then put him down to sleep. After a few minutes of moaning, he tends to self-settle.

That's our bedroom routine done. Quite simply it's a bath, book, drink and then bed.

What do you do to prepare your little one for bed? I'd love to know.

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