- Half Feed (one breast, or 100-120ml formula) so that his/her hunger is satisfied enough to get through bath time with causing a fuss
- A quiet and enjoyable bath. Using a flannel to lay over the baby's chest to give them some security and warmth. If your newborn REALLY cannot enjoy a bath, then look at using a warm cloth to clean around the neck and skin folds. Rosewater smells great and will also help to gently clean, put a little on your damp flannel. Try baby massage. Bathing and massaging should be enjoyable and calm.
- Second half feed.
- Swaddle or wrap your baby.
- Depending on which works best for you, you may like to cradle your baby and gently sing them to sleep in your arms before putting them in their cot/bassinet. Or you may like them to be in their bed while you stay close to sing to them or gently rub their back or tummy.
- Our son had a dummy to settle him to sleep until 8 months old, then he replaced that with his stuffed toy donkey we all call "Horsey" which he has to have to this very day, 3 years and 4months old! Munchkins have a great range of Nici and Lily and George products that are cute, cuddly and friendly "bed pals".
- Other parents I know have successfully used a night light like our Giimmo Lights which can be charged and taken anywhere. They softly glow different colours over and over again.
- We also had a musical mobile. Our son loved to watch his little friends circling around him, and more often than not by the time the set period of music was finished he was fast asleep. Munchkins also stock a range of "Tiny Love" mobiles.
Bedtime Routines for 6 months +
Keep creating a positive bedtime ritual. You want your child to see that sleep is a pleasurable state to be in and that, there is a special time or activity that happens before sleep.
I would love to hear what routines have worked well for you, and why you have chosen these routines, please leave your comment