Bedtime with Harry has been completely different compared to how it was when Amelia was his age. Harry started sleeping through the night most nights from 6 weeks which has been amazing! His big sister didn't start sleeping through until she was nearly two, so it's been a shock to the system but I'm not complaining. Even though he does still wake up the odd night for a bottle before I go to bed or early in the morning he will always go back to sleep straight away which is good unless he thinks its play time. However more recently he has started waking up again around 9pm and then again after midnight before I go to sleep and will stay up for a while. I'm not sure why he's starting doing it but we did recently move him on to cow's milk so perhaps he's not getting enough milk before bed.
We've been challenge by JOHNSON'S® to try their 3-step clinically proven routine which can help baby fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. As we've never really had a routine as such in place I am looking forward to trying this routine out and seeing if it will help him sleep for longer.
We have been sent some items to help with this challenge which are a JOHNSON'S® Bedtime Bath, Wash, Lotion and oil which are to be used during the first two steps of the routine and a book called 'Good Night Sarah' so we can snuggle up and read during quiet time before bed.Here is 3 step routine we will be putting into practice:
STEP ONE, Bath: Start your evening routine with a warm bath using JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Bath or Wash. Enjoy the bathing experience with your child as it is SO MUCH MORE™ than just cleansing. Bath time is a multi-sensorial playground that offers parents and baby opportunities to connect and bond. In fact did you know?
Playing with bubbles can help baby develop hand-eye coordination and discover that objects exist even when they can’t be seen.
Playing music and singing songs can stimulate parts of the brain responsible for memory, while playing certain types of music stimulates parts of the brain responsible for visual imagery. ii, iii, iv
Talking back and forth with baby can help with language development. Studies show infants who are spoken with more have larger vocabularies by 24 months of age.
STEP TWO, Massage: A soothing massage can help make baby relaxed and comfortable at bedtime, a great reason for a post-bath cuddle.
Start by ensuring your baby is dry and warm. Lay baby onto a soft comfy surface and use a little JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Oil or Lotion, warming it in your hands before smoothing it onto baby’s skin. Start with hands resting on baby’s tummy, then move downwards to massage legs and then move back upwards in small soft circular motions, engaging with eye-to-eye contact with your little one. Watch their reactions and ensure baby is happy throughout the massage. For more information click here.
STEP THREE, Quiet Time: The moments before bedtime are an opportunity to help baby wind down through reading, singing or listening to music.
We have been given the ‘Good Night Sarah’ book created by the makers of JOHNSON’S® to read during quiet time. Once Harry is relaxed and sleepy I can put them to bed our usual way.
This is a sponsored blog post by the JOHNSON’S® brand. I have received payment incentive and samples but all opinions are my own. JOHNSON’S® clinically proven bedtime routine consists of bath, massage and quiet time, tested on babies 7 months+, 1 week+ use.
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