Jack's Bedtime Routine

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Jack has never been a good sleeper. He struggles to self settle, constantly stands up in his cot and tries to avoid naps completely. He went through a phase of sleeping through the night but currently at 11 months he is waking up to three times a night. Being in the midst of cutting a tooth is evidently adding to this. Still we persevere every night with a bedtime routine in the hope that once his teething finishes, he will finally begin to sleep better.

When Jack was a newborn we never consistently followed a bedtime routine. Both me and Wayne are musicians and therefore evening commitments often lead to one of us being out for part of the evening. We have since realised consistency is key. We currently are adhering to a consistent bedtime routine with Jack. This routine happens at roughly the same time every night. It is not strict as we don't want to be unable to leave the house in the evening for a family party or a meal. I have noticed that it means Jack will go to sleep a lot earlier giving me valuable free time in the evening and giving Jack the rest he needs.

Our bedtime routine usually begins around 7pm. This could swing half an hour either way depending on whether Jack has taken both his naps or has skipped one entirely. First of all he has a bath. He absolutely loves the water and will happily splash around and play. I used to just bathe him in water but have recently added a small bit of Johnson's Bedtime Baby Bath to the water. Aside from this I only use cotton pads, a washcloth and baby shampoo in the bath.

Once Jack has had a bath we take him out and dress him in his Pyjama's ready for bed. His favourite Pyjama's are Fireman Sam ones as he then spends all of his time looking at the picture of Fireman Sam on his top. We also brush his hair and teeth. Jack loves his teeth being brushed, to the point of hysteria when you remove the toothbrush.

We have brought a Nightlight Projecter for Jack's nursery. We set it for the 15 minutes after Jack's bath. It projects different coloured planets and stars onto the ceiling. I find it relaxing and Jack seems to be really interested in the lights. We then read him a book in his room before giving him his last bottle of the day. He then tends to self settle in my arms as he screams when self-settling in the cot.

After about 5-10 minutes in my arms I put him down in his cot covering him with a blanket and putting his favourite teddy in with him. He will not sleep without it.

Hope you enjoyed my blog post. I would love to hear about your babies bedtime routines especially if your doing something additional to me. Also if anyone has any advice about how to get a baby to self-settle then I would love to hear from you. I don't really want to try the cry it out method but realise that it is now important that he learns to do self settle.. I would love to hear of other methods you have tried. Feel free to drop a comment in the comment box or tweet me at Clairebellalove.

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