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In all honesty, we’ve had such a hard time getting Camilla on a sleep routine. By the time she turned six months, we both were exhausted and drained. She is now eight months and we still struggle from time to time. As a result, we attempted to create a sleep routine that fit our needs as a family, as it has been a bumpy road since we started trying to set a bedtime routine. We know that consistency is key, so we’ve added Baby Dove’s new Calming Nights line to our routine. The calming scent of warm milk and chamomile combined with our nightly routine has helped Camilla relax before bed time.
5 Easy Baby Sleep Time Routine Tips
- Choose the right bedtime. First of all, find a bedtime that is right for your family’s lifestyle. In our case, choosing a later bedtime has worked the best. You should still watch for signs of sleepiness and follow your babies lead, but I’ve read that babies usually are ready to be put down around 7:30 P.M.
- Establish a routine. Without a doubt, establishing a routine is a must for sleep training. We use the Baby Dove Calming Nights Tip to Toe Wash to promote relaxation before bedtime. It’s mild formula creates a rich and creamy lather that gently cleans. In addition, we use the Calming Nights Baby Lotion, as it soothes Camilla’s skin from the very first use, and leaves her feeling soft and scented. The scent of warm milk and chamomile helps her relax before bedtime. I’ve learned that our baby should have a bath about an hour or so before bedtime. We’ve been using the Baby Dove Calming nights line because it has nutrients identical to those naturally found in skin. The cleansers and lotions replenish the essential moisture found in babies’ skin and help maintain moisture overnight.
- Limit the length of naps throughout the day. Believe me I know how hard it’s to wake a sleeping baby, but sleeping too long can rob night time sleep. I’d rather deal with an upset baby during the day and have longer hours of sleep at night. In our case, Camilla is a night owl and staying awake throughout the day is usually the challenge. However, I’ve trained her to sleep less throughout the day, and it has gotten easier to reduce the length of nap time.
- Use white noise. Find a white noise machine, lullaby, or sound that you can use during every bedtime and nap. Using a white noise machine also helps insanely when traveling. I’m usually able to put Camilla down for a nap or bedtime easier as she is used to the noise. If you travel often then I suggest finding a white noise machine that is travel friendly that doesn’t require wifi or electricity.
- Give it time. As you can imagine, bad habits are hard to break. With that being said, a sleep routine can take days or weeks to stick. Simply continue with the routine and there will be no stopping baby from sticking to the routine.
We’ve found that being flexible has been the best advice given to us. As first time parents we are learning as we go, and leaving expectations out of it has worked for us. How have you developed a nighttime routine? Also, find a line of products that fits the needs of your baby.