During our son’s first year, we didn’t have a bed time routine. He usually went to bed around the same time, but we just put him down when he was tired. He would always stay up later on the weekends, probably because we did too.
But when he turned one, we decided it was time to get into a routine and have him stick to a specific bedtime. We have been doing this for a month now, and he has been sleeping really well at night and taking longer naps during the day too. It seems to be helping.
Here’s what we do:
Change into PJ’s
Eat a snack (half a banana or a graham cracker and milk)
Brush teeth (just water and toothbrush)
Pick up toys in bedroom and living room
Snuggle time with Mom or Dad
Read a book
Rock for a few minutes
Lay him down in the crib
(Sometimes he is awake, and sometimes he is asleep. It depends on how tired he is.)
Other Posts You Will Enjoy: