The Perfect Bedtime Routine. Sleep is so important for everyone, especially our littles. We believe in a calm consistent bedtime routine. We reached out to our wonderful friend Jamie at Good Night Sleep Site Halton for her ideas on creating a calm routine for everyone.
Jamie says: "A consistent calming bedtime routine is the first step in helping your child get a good night’s rest. It sends cues to his brain that sleep is coming next – and helps with the release of melatonin (his sleep hormone). I close the curtains in the bedroom and turn off any music or tv in the house. By quieting things a little, it will help your child calm. Your bedtime routine does not have to be long, 30 minutes is all it takes."
You do not have to offer a bath every night. If you are in the habit of giving your baby or child a bath before bed every night, okay. If you are running late, or your baby is tired and you have to skip the bath – that is okay too! Everything after bath time will be the same on bath night and non bath nights. For babies and children with eczema, avoid soap and bubble baths, keep baths to less than 10 minutes and moisturize immediately after bath, on damp skin.
Whether you give your baby or child a bath or not, I do suggest moisturizing before bed. For babies, a clean diaper. This one is a given. If you find your baby is leaking through the diaper during the night, you can go up one size diaper at night and stick with your regular size during the day.
Pjs & sleep sack (if you use one)
Cotton pjs (or other natural fibres) and sleep sacks are my favourite. They let the body breathe and wicks away any sweat which can help with regulating his body temperature.
Read a book or sing a song
Depending on the age of your baby or child (and how he naps), you might not get through an entire book before having to close it and say goodnight - but you can always try. Singing a song is a lovely way to help your baby or child calm down and get ready for sleep as well.
For babies, feed
You can offer your baby a feed as part of your bedtime routine. If you don't want him to fall asleep while feeding then you can move it to earlier in your routine. 30 minutes of calm, that’s all you need at the end of the day.
Such wonderful, helpful tips! Thank you Jamie for taking the time to share. If you have any questions or concerns regarding helping your babies and children get a better night’s sleep, she’s your girl! You can find her at Good Night Sleep Site Halton as well as on Instagram at @goodnighthalton.