Sleep is a very important thing in this house, as it should be in every house. Sleep is vital for growth and development in our babies and kids and I have done everything I can to ensure that my babies are getting the right amount of sleep. Sleep for a lot of babies seems to start going downhill at the 4 month wakeful stage. For me it is at this stage where I wait about a month and then sleep train my babies between the age of 5-6 months. I know that sleep training certainly isn’t for every family, but I’ve seen the awesomeness of sleep training twice now and it carries on as they grow up. I’ve never had to worry about my kids falling asleep at other people’s homes or on vacation – because they know how to sleep. It seems kinda silly when you think about it – teaching your kids to sleep, but not all babies know how to self-soothe and that is the basis of my method of sleep training.
Along with sleep training comes the importance of having a bedtime routine. In our house Jay has always took reign of bath time and as Braden got older we would share story time and the rest of bedtime duties. When Ethan was born we each took one child and fully did bedtime, but now that they’re older they have baths together and either one of us can put either kid to bed. Sometimes we can even read them stories together…well, for as long as a 1 year old can tolerate a story, anyway! Each step to our bedtime routine is vital and I do not like straying from our routine. After supper we let them play for awhile and shortly after it’s bath time. Then comes story time, singing bedtime songs, and then prayers.
Sometimes in the winter months I skip bath time to every other night as both of my boys have mild eczema, and dry skin and baths sometimes seem to exacerbate both of these conditions. Something that has helped both of them have been the improved JOHNSON’S® NATURAL® products that are paraben-free, dye-free and phthalate-free. With over 100 years of baby care knowledge, moms can always trust JOHNSON’S® to be gentle on baby’s skin, and I really do find it to be this way. While it’s certainly not a cure for eczema and dry skin, it’s mild and gentle on their skin.
Do you have a bedtime routine for your kids?
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