Are you ready to get your bundle of joy into the habit of that whole sleeping thing? After four or five months of broken up sleep for you and baby, you’re probably spinning your wheels to develop some daily routines that organically ease your little one into a solid schedule.
Kids are joy, laughter, happiness, and love! But, fussy babies on the late-night shift can turn the entire household upside down. Here are a few simple tips that will ensure both you and your bundle of love wake up energized and ready for a day of cuddling, cooing, and crawling!
Make Naps a Priority
There’s generally not a one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to napping. Just know that babies between 3-12 months should be getting around two to three hours of daytime sleep.
Where your little love naps is just as important as how often they nap. Experts say that the best naps take place in the crib! So although it might be tempting to let your little one snooze wherever they crash, it’s important to create a cool, comfortable environment so they can enjoy every minute of uninterrupted rest.
When it comes to naps, timing is everything! You don’t want the last nap of the day to go too late, but you also don’t want your baby to be cranky throughout dinner. Find your sweet spot so that the entire house can get into a rhythm that feels right!
Keep an Eye on Patterns
In the beginning, you’re going to have to do a bit of research on your snoozer to log which hours your baby gets the longest stretch of sleep. Once you get a good idea of your baby’s sleeping trends, you can start their bedtime routine at an hour that organically aligns with the time they’re ready for some shut-eye.
If your baby’s natural sleeping rhythm starts at 9 p.m., you’re going to want to start your nighttime routine at about 8:15 or 8:30 p.m.! You’ll be amazed by how easy sleep can be when you actively work with your baby’s natural rhythms.
Create a Bedtime Routine
Think about how wonderful you feel each night when you’ve had time to unwind with your evening routine. Whether it’s a face mask, a cup of tea, or slowly reading a chapter in your book, it helps your brain and body get ready for sleep. The same is true for your baby!
Creating a calming bedtime routine is such a special way to bond with your little one. Ease those tiny muscles with a warm bath that’s totally free from fillers, synthetic fragrances, and chemicals!
Start by having a splish-splashing good time with Jack N’ Jill Bubble Bath—a plant-based, hypoallergenic, aromatherapy blend loaded with all of the calming goodness to get baby in the sleeping mood.
Next, you’ll want to soap up your little one with Jack N’ Jill’s Simplicity Shampoo & Body Wash! Made with Soap Bark, which acts as a natural foaming agent (an alternative to scary SLS-Sodium Lauryl Sulphates), and a range of native extracts and organic oils, your baby will be smooth, clean, and nourished—naturally!
This gentle formulation contains antioxidants for anti-inflammatory benefits and loads of essential amino acids and vitamin B2 to help strengthen connective tissue and promote hair growth.
Finally, swaddle your sweetie, and enjoy the last ten minutes of their bedtime routine by reading a story about fairy tales and far away adventures. Now, you can rest easy knowing that your precious one is clean and oh-so-sleepy with our planet’s purest ingredients.
What steps do you take for your nightly routine? Our community would love to hear them!